Garko Leads Offense In 14-2 Triumph

Ryan Garko hits a three-run double.

All nine Indians in the starting lineup got at least one of Cleveland's 17 hits Thursday night in a 14-2 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. There was plenty off offense to help Cliff Lee earn an easy victory. Meanwhile down on the farm, Akron right-hander Adam Miller had his third straight sensational start, striking out 11 in a four-hit shutout. Miller has fanned 33 over his last 21 innings.

Ryan Garko (.417) hit a three-run double and his first career homer, a 431-foot solo shot into the Indians' bullpen, to lead the offense.

Travis Hafner (.299) snapped an 0-for-15 slide by going 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. His solo homer in the seventh finished the scoring and was his 34th of the season, setting a personal career high.

Jason Michaels (.270) went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI; Shin-Soo Choo (.340) was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI; and Jhonny Peralta (.254) and Victor Martinez (.316) each had two hits.

"That was some pretty impressive offense," said Lee (10-8), who struck out five without a walk over seven innings. The left-hander allowed a two-run homer to Juan Rivera that enabled the Angels to pull within 3-2 in the top of the fourth.

Garko's three-run doubled capped a seven-run bottom half of the inning.

"Everybody contributed," said manager Eric Wedge. "Choo had some big hits and made a nice catch and Garko's double was huge. It was still a ballgame until that."

Class AAA Buffalo (61-57) lost at Rochester, 6-5, though Jason Cooper (.216) went 1-for-2 with two walks and three RBI. Jason Stanford (4-6, 4.31 ERA) allowed six runs over six innings. Juan Lara (3.60) fanned two and Edward Mujica (1.24) struck out one as each pitched one perfect inning.

Class AA Akron (72-45) won at New Hampshire, 2-0, as Adam Miller struck out 11 for the third consecutive time. Miller (13-5, 2.81 ERA) allowed only four hits and one walk over nine innings. The right-hander has fanned 33 over his last 21 innings. Shaun Larkin (.265) hit a solo homer, his sixth, and Wyatt Toregas (.250) drove in the other run for the Aeros, who got only five hits.

Class A Kinston (25-21, 47-23) split a doubleheader at Myrtle Beach. Kinston won the opener, 3-2, as Tom Cowley (1-0, 1.50 ERA) allowed one run over six innings in his first start since being promoted from Lake County, where he was 4-5 with a 1.99 ERA. T.J. Burton (5.13) gave up one run in the seventh and final inning, but got his 19th save. In a 7-5 loss in the second game, Stephen Head (.221) hit a two-run homer, his 12th, and Nate Panther (.250) hit a solo shot, his first. Red Santos (3.23 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings, but Michael Finocchi (2.51) walked three and gave up three hits and four runs in the fourth. Randy Newsom (1-2, 3.75) then allowed two unearned runs over one inning and took the loss.

Class A Lake County (25-19, 29-41) was not scheduled.

Class A Mahoning Valley (28-21) scored five runs in the ninth inning to win at Jamestown, 8-7. Josh Rodriguez hit a bases-loaded triple to get the Scrappers within 7-6. Stephen Douglas followed with an RBI single to tie it. Douglas later scored the go-ahead run on a groundout by Josh Roberts. Rodriguez (.301) went 2-for-5 with four RBI and Jason Denham (.317) was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI to lead the offense. Kyle Collina (1-0, 5.79 ERA) worked one scoreless inning for the win and Neil Wagner (0.78 ERA) gave up two hits in a scoreless bottom of the ninth and got his 11th save.

Rookie League Burlington (26-23) blasted visiting Greenville, 9-3. Richard Martinez (.300) hit a three-run homer and scored twice, Felipe Garcia (.302) had two RBI and Trevor Mortensen (.250) went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to lead the offense. Alan Brech (1-2, 3.22 ERA) allowed four hits over six scoreless innings, striking out four. Brett Andrade (3.20) fanned two over the final 2 2/3 innings for his first save, coming on with the score 4-3 before his teammates tacked on five runs.

GCL Indians (18-23) got only two hits and made two errors in an 11-1 loss to the visiting GCL Yankees. Lucas Montero (.259) walked, stole two bases and scored the Indians' run on an error. Starter Ryan Morris (1-4, 5.89 ERA) allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. J. Rodriguez

Mahoning Valley

5

2

0

1

4

0

0

2

2. J. Denham

Mahoning Valley

4

3

0

2

2

0

1

0

3. J. Cooper

Buffalo

2

1

0

0

3

0

2

0


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. A. Miller

Akron

1

0

0

9.0

0

4

1

11

2. A. Brech

Burlington

1

0

0

6.0

0

4

0

4

3. T. Cowley

Kinston

1

0

0

6.0

1

6

1

1

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