After postponing the first game of the week due to heavy rain, the ACL Indians offense flooded the league with hits and runs as they won the next four games […]
After postponing the first game of the week due to heavy rain, the ACL Indians offense flooded the league with hits and runs as they won the next four games in a row. Pitching remains a major problem area for the ACL Indians, but. with only a couple exceptions, defense hasn’t been an issue. What this team had done well they have continued to do well with this week, walking and stealing bases at an incredible rate.
Day by Day
7/23 Dodgers at Indians (PPD)
7/24 W 12-7 Indians at Reds: W Figueroa, L Maysonet
7/26 W 12-8 Indians at White Sox (F/10): W Mateo, L Veras
7/27 W 7-5 Indians at Brewers Blue: W Brito, L Dario, S Gervacio
7/29 W 4-0 Indians at Dodgers: W Candelario, L Becerra
Player of the Week
2B/3B Jose Devers: 4/16, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, SB
This is Devers’ first professional season after being signed as an international free agent in 2019 and he was doing fine up until this point, but he really turned things up this week. Going back to July 22nd (a little before our time period) he worked a small four game hit streak and he hit his first home run on July 26th against the White Sox. The next night he hit his second career homer against Brewers Blue. He scored at least one run in three straight games and walked three times between the two games on the 26th and 27th.
CF Luis Durango: 4/12, 6 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 7 SB, 0 CS
Durango played in three games this week, scoring exactly two runs in each. He was hit twice and stole two bases on Saturday, hit safely three times, walked once and stole two more bases on Monday, then hit a double and walked Tuesday with three more steals. He now has a .419 OBP on the season and 15 steals in 18 attempts with 14 runs scored.
1B/C Micael Ramirez: 8/19, 6 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Ramirez had two hits in all four games this week, adding in a couple starts at first so he wouldn’t need the normal days off as a catcher. In fact, he has hits in all but two games this year and has reached in all 17 games he has played in. Among regulars, he leads the team in all three slash stats as well as leading in age by three years (he is 22, all other players with at least 10 games played are 19 or younger).
LHRP Steven Perez: 1 GP, 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, HR, 2 BB, 2 K
Perez has either been perfect or terrible this year and his appearance on Saturday fell in the latter category. He came into the game in the sixth and allowed a double, but the runner was caught trying to steal third. He then allowed a double, triple, walk and homer to start the seventh. He wrapped up the inning with just one more walk, but managed to blow most of the huge lead the Indians had built early on.
SP Samuel Vasquez: 1 GS, .2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, HR, BB, 2 K, HBP
It has been an incredibly difficult start for Vasquez this season and his second to worst start this season came Monday against Chicago. He allowed a single and homer to start the game, then struck out two in a row. After a double and hit batter, however, he was removed from the game. This comes after three straight games where he at least got into the fourth following his one out appearance on opening day.
Up next (all times local):
7/30 Angels @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
7/31 Reds @ Indians (Goodyear, 1 PM)
8/2 Rangers @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/3 Indians @ Mariners (Peoria, 6 PM)
8/5 Athletics @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)