Sowers Shows Stuff, Defeats Yanks, 5-2

Todd Hollandsworth watches his two-run homer.

No matter what he does the rest of his career, Jeremy Sowers can always say his first major-league win was over the New York Yankees. The lefty pitched seven strong innings and Todd Hollandsworth hit a two-run homer in the Indians' 5-2 victory at Jacobs Field. Down on the farm, Tribe minor-league affiliates went 5-2 with another Jeremy -- Guthrie -- earning the win at Triple-A Buffalo.

Victor Martinez had a two-run double for the Indians, who won their third in a row.

Sowers (1-1, 4.50 ERA) gave up a two-run homer to Jason Giambi in the first inning and then settled in.

"It felt very nice," said the 23-year-old left-hander, who was making his second career start since being called up from Triple A Buffalo on June 24 after going 9-1 with a 1.39 ERA for the Bisons. "It couldn't have come against a more prominent team. It feels good to beat the Yankees, but it would have felt good to get the first win against anybody."

Giambi later struck out twice and said he was impressed with Sowers.

"The kid pitched good," said Giambi, whose 25th homer put the Yankees ahead 2-0. "He mixed up his pitches and showed good composure."

Sowers' only difficulties thus far in his two career starts have been with three of the toughest left-handed hitters in the game. Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn of Cincinnati hit two-run homers off Sowers on June 25.

Fausto Carmona worked a scoreless eighth and Bob Wickman pitched the ninth for his 13th save -- leaving runners stranded at second and third.

Class AAA Buffalo (44-41) rolled over Rochester, 7-1, as Jeremy Guthrie (4-1, 2.52 ERA) allowed only one run over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander gave up four hits and three walks, striking out three. Andrew Brown (2.30 ERA) worked a scoreless 1 1/3 innings and Danny Graves (4.74 ERA) pitched a scoreless ninth. Ben Francisco (.273) went 3-for-5 with a run and Tim Laker (.268) was 1-for-3 with three RBI. Class AA Akron (51-31) got only three singles and was routed at Altoona, 10-0, as the host Curve pulled within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Aeros in the Southern Division of the Eastern League. Dan Denham (4-1, 4.50 ERA) allowed seven runs on 11 hits over four innings and Bubbie Buzachero (2.30 ERA) gave up three more runs over one inning, though Kyle Collins (4.50 ERA) allowed only one walk over three hitless innings.

Class A Kinston (7-5) won at Winston-Salem, 8-4. Brandon Pinckney (.278) went 3-for-4, Jose Constanza (.320) was 2-for-3 with three runs and a stolen base while Rodney Choy Foo (.324) and Javier Herrera (.450) both had two hits. Joe Ness (8-2, 2.76 ERA) gave up four runs over six innings. Michael Finocchi worked two scoreless innings and T.J. Burton (5.67 ERA) pitched a perfect ninth.

Class A Lake County (6-6) gave up three runs in the ninth and lost at home to Hagerstown, 6-3. Chris Gimenez (.245) hit a two-run homer, his fifth and Mike Conroy (.247) had a solo shot, his 10th. Starter Albert Vargas (4.48 ERA) gave up two runs over six innings, Mark Jecmen (4.34 ERA) yielded one run over two innings and Jason Schutt (0-1) allowed four hits and three runs in the ninth.

Class A Mahoning Valley (7-7) won at Auburn, 6-1, as Kelly Edmundson (.323) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Jared Goedert (.308) was 2-for-5 with two runs and Andy Lytle (.433) was 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and steal. Luis Valdez (2-0, 2.70 ERA) got the win in relief, striking out two and allowing four hits over three scoreless innings. Starter Josh Tomlin (1.80 ERA) gave up one run over three innings. Chris Cooper (3.00 ERA) fanned two and allowed two hits over two scoreless and Matt Meyer (1.59 ERA) struck out one in a perfect ninth.

Rookie League Burlington (7-6) won at Danville, 8-4, in a seven-inning game. Boodle Clark (.281) hit a two-run homer, his second. Mike Butia (.341) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Brett Kinning (.296) was 1-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base to lead the offense. Starter Scott Sumner (3.48 ERA) gave up two runs (one earned) over three innings. Jimmy Brettl (3-0, 3.86 ERA) got the win, allowing two runs over three innings before Nate Bunton (1.93 ERA) pitched one hitless inning.

GCL Indians (6-6) edged the visiting GCL Tigers, 1-0. Jeanmar Gomez (1-0, 0.84 ERA) gave up four hits and one walk over six innings, striking out two. Felix Heredia allowed one hit over the final two innings for his third save. Third baseman Janel Arias (.226) went 1-for-3 with a run and right-fielder Lucas Montero was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. J. Constanza

Kinston

3

2

0

3

0

1

0

0

2. K. Edmundson

Mahoning Valley

4

2

0

0

3

0

0

1

3. A. Lytle

Mahoning Valley

4

2

0

1

1

1

1

0


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. J. Gomez

GCL Indians

1

0

0

6.0

0

4

1

2

2. J. Guthrie

Buffalo

1

0

0

6.2

1

4

3

3

3. K. Collins

Akron

0

0

0

3.0

0

0

1

0


Three-star points through July 3
HITTER			1ST	2ND	3RD	TOTAL
Kevin Kouzmanoff		10	1	2	55
Joe Inglett		5	4		37
Trevor Crowe		4	5		35
Ryan Garko		5	2	3	34
Ben Francisco		4	3	2	31
Jon Van Every		4	3	1	30
Ryan Mulhern		4	2	1	27
Jordan Brown		5		1	26
Andy Marte		2	4	3	25
Brad Snyder		2	3	6	25
Brian Barton		3	2	3	24
Franklin Gutierrez		3	2	2	23
Eider Torres		1	5	3	23
Jose Constanza		2	3	2	21
Wyatt Toregas		1	5		20
Ryan Goleski		1	3	5	19
Lou Merloni		2	2	1	17
Josh Noviskey		3		1	16
John Drennen		2	1	2	15
Dave Wallace		2	1	2	15
Argenis Reyes		2		4	14
Mike Conroy		1	2	1	12
Jason Dubois		1	1	4	12
P.J. Hiser		1	2	1	12
Jason Cooper		2		1	11
Matt Fornasiere			3	2	11
Juan Valdes		1	2		11
Rodney Choy Foo		1	1	2	10
Brian Finegan			1	6	9
Fernando Pacheco		1	1	1	9
Jason Alfaro		1	1		8
Chris Gimenez		1	1		8
Stephen Head			2	2	8
Andy Lytle		1		3	8
Kelly Shoppach		1	1		8
Matt Whitney			2	2	8
Einar Diaz		1		2	7
Jake Gautreau			2	1	7
Pat Osborn			2	1	7
Nick Petrucci		1		2	7
Shaun Larkin			2		6
Ramon Alvarado		1			5
Chris De La Cruz		1			5
Matt McBride		1			5
Nate Panther		1			5
Michael Aubrey			1	1	4
Ivan Ochoa			1	1	4
Micah Schilling			1	1	4
Marshall Szabo			1	1	4
Ramon Vazquez			1	1	4
Alfred Ard			1		3
Boodle Clark			1		3
Kelly Edmundson			1		3
Jose Flores			1		3
Brandon Pinckney			1		3
Argenis Tavarez			1		3
Omar Casillas				2	2
Javier Herrera				2	2
Niuman Romero				2	2
Jared Goedert				1	1
Roman Pena				1	1
Luis Rincon				1	1
PITCHER			1ST	2ND	3RD	TOTAL
Sean Smith		9	2		51
Scott Lewis		6	4	1	43
Adam Miller		7	1		38
Jeremy Sowers		6	2	1	37
Chuck Lofgren		5	3		34
Jeremy Guthrie		4	3		29
Edward Mujica		2	4	3	25
Aaron Laffey		4	1	1	24
Tom Mastny		2	3	4	23
Reid Santos		3	2	2	23
Matt Davis		1	4	3	20
Kevin Dixon		2	2	3	19
Joe Ness			1	4	2	19
Rafael Perez		3	1	1	19
Hyang-Nam Choi		2	4		18
Jensen Lewis		3	1		18
Scott Roehl			5	1	16
Carlton Smith		1	3		14
Tom Cowley		1	2	1	12
Ben Howard		1	2	1	12
Andrew Brown		1		6	11
Mark Jecmen			3	2	11
Nick Pesco		2		1	11
Jim Ed Warden			3	2	11
Bear Bay			1	1	2	10
Julio Pinto		2			10
Jason Stanford			3	1	10
Bubbie Buzachero		1	1	1	9
Frank Herrmann		1	1	1	9
Tony Sipp			1	1	1	9
Brian Slocum		1	1	1	9
Cody Bunkelman			2	2	8
Osiris Perez		1	1		8
Dan Denham		1		2	7
Jim Deters			1	4	7
Travis Foley			2	1	7
Chris Niesel			2	1	7
Jorge Riera		1		2	7
Fernando Cabrera		1		1	6
Doodle Hicks		1		1	6
Matt Loberg			2		6
Jake Dittler		1			5
Michael Finocchi			1	2	5
Jeanmar Gomez		1			5
Hector Rondon		1			5
Erik Stiller		1			5
Scott Sumner		1			5
Josh Tomlin		1			5
Luis Valdez		1			5
T.J. Burton			1	1	4
Vic Darensbourg			1	1	4
Mariano Gomez			1	1	4
Albert Vargas			1	1	4
Ryan Knippschild				4	4
Angel Claudio			1		3
Chris Cooper			1		3
Rick Fairchild			1		3
Matt Robinson			1		3
Jason Schutt			1		3
Jesus Soto			1		3
Rob Bell					2	2
Jason Davis				2	2
Danny Graves				2	2
Juan Lara					2	2
Dustin Roddy				2	2
Wyatt Allen				1	1
Alan Brech				1	1
Fausto Carmona				1	1
Kyle Collins				1	1
Ryan Edell				1	1
Mike Eisenberg				1	1
Dan Eisentrager				1	1
Steve Karsay				1	1
Tim Laker					1	1
Matt Meyer				1	1

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