The Arizona Complex League Indians have been an offensive juggernaut so far this year and this week was a particularly effective showcase of that. There is an argument that last Tuesday may have been their most exciting game of the season so far as they were down 8-1 to the Mariners going into the sixth, then scored four in the sixth and ninth innings to tie the game at 10. After each team scored in the 10th, the Indians added one more in the 11th and brought in catcher Victor Planchart for the save. He earned it despite throwing a wild pitch and allowing the initial runner to reach third before an out was recorded. They came back Thursday after a day off and walked off the Athletics at home. Overall, they went 4-1 with 44 runs scored. At 19-7 overall, they are now alone in first in the ACL Central with the third best overall record.
Day by Day
7/30 L 13-2 Angels at Indians: W Garcia, L Richardson
7/31 W 14-7 Reds at Indians: W Jimenez, L Sandridge
8/2 W 4-12 Rangers at Indians: W Reyes, L Corniell
8/3 W 12-11 (F/11) Indians at Mariners: W Gervacio, L Morillo, S Planchart
8/5 W 3-4 (F/7) Athletics at Indians: W Lopez, L Vasquez
Player of the Week
1B Junior Sanquintin: 7/18, 8 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB
Sanquintin had three homers over his 16 games then hit three more last week across five games. His biggest hit, however, may have been a single that he chopped over the first baseman’s head to walk off a win on August 5th against the Athletics. The 19 year old converted short stop is now hitting .263/.326/.553 in his second season.
CF Luis Durango: 8/22, 8 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 SB, 0 CS
Durango actually slowed down a bit this week, stealing only four bases without being caught and he now has 19 in 22 attempts this year. He has consistently reached base all season, but now has a seven game hitting steak and has reached 18 times over that streak.
OF Jorge Burgos: 8/15, 4 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 2 BB, SB
No offense to Milan Tolentino, who also hit over .500 this week, but Burgos was particularly impressive with three doubles and two walks while playing one more game than Milan. He threw in his second steal of the season yesterday to top off the week.
SP Samuel Vasquez: 2 GP, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, HR, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP
This segment of the weekly report has become mostly Samuel Vasquez updates and that isn’t great. While he wasn’t as bad this week as he was last week, he still had two really rough appearances. He has been removed from the rotation, but gave up two runs in three innings against the Angels, then five in 1.2 innings against the Mariners. Control remains his primary issue as he keeps walking and hitting batters at an extreme rate.
SS Jose Pastrano 2/13, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K
Pastrano had a torrid start, but has really had a rough time since July 15th, not just this week. In those nine games, he hit .200/.359/.333 with nine strike outs. His two extra base hits over that span were both triples, but neither were hit this week.
Up next (all times local):
8/6 Cubs 2 @ Indians 3 Completion of game suspended in 4th inning on July 17 (Mesa, 6 PM)
8/6 Indians @ Cubs (Mesa, double header)
8/7 Indians @ Reds (Goodyear, 1 PM)
8/9 Indians @ Brewers Blue (Phoenix, 6 PM)
8/10 Angels @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/12 Indians @ White Sox (Glendale, 6 PM)