Royals Teahen It Up Against Indians
Cliff Lee ... record falls to 10-8.
Cliff Lee ... record falls to 10-8.
Indians Ink
Posted Aug 22, 2006


This is how disappointing the Indians' season has become -- they lost Tuesday night in Kansas City, 5-2, to a Royals team that has been eliminated from the AL Central race with 35 games to play. The news was brighter down on the farm, where Tribe affiliates went a combined 4-2. Buffalo and Burlington rallied to late wins, Mahoning Valley clubbed 17 hits in a 13-3 triumph and Lake County won, too.

Travis Hafner (.310) went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games; Jason Michaels (.264) had two hits and scored twice; while Victor Martinez (.313) and Ryan Garko (.326) each had one of Cleveland's 10 hits and one RBI apiece.

It wasn't enough to match Royals third baseman Mark Teahen (.295), who went 4-for-4 with two runs and and two RBI. Teahen hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his 16th. He also got two stolen bases, swiping third in the eighth inning and continuing home on a throwing error by catcher Victor Martinez.

Teahen has 11 hits in his last 19 at-bats (.579) against Cleveland.

Indians starter Cliff Lee (10-9, 4.61 ERA) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings, striking out five.

Andrew Brown (5.40 ERA) gave up two runs in one inning and Brian Sikorski (5.68 ERA) worked one scoreless inning.

Lee fell to 4-1 in his career at Kauffman Stadium.

Grady Sizemore (.294) was a late scratch from the starting lineup with a stiff back, though he came on as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning -- and struck out.

Class AAA Buffalo (69-62) defeated visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-4, in the third of eight consecutive games against the Red Barons. Jon Van Every (.230) hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 lead. It was the fourth homer with Buffalo and 14th of the season overall for Van Every, who went 3-for-4. Kevin Kouzmanoff (.391) went 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI, Jason Alfaro (.264) had two hits and an RBI, and Ben Francisco (.276) was 1-for-2 with two runs. Danny Graves (1-1, 3.97 ERA) allowed one run on four hits over two innings and got the win. Jeremy Guthrie (3.17) allowed three runs over six innings and Edward Mujica (1.95) worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save with Buffalo and 13th overall this season.

Class AA Akron (78-50) allowed only four hits, but lost at Harrisburg, 4-3. Nick Pesco (6-6, 4.97 ERA) gave up four runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. Bubbie Buzachero (2.97) and Tony Sipp (3.15) each worked a hitless inning. Trevor Crowe (.287), Brad Snyder (.258) and Ivan Ochoa (.248) all had two of the Aeros' nine hits.

Class A Kinston (32-26, 47-23) lost to visiting Frederick, 4-0. Argenis Reyes (.259) went 4-for-4; the rest of the lineup went a combined 5-for-29. Scott Lewis (3-3, 1.59 ERA) allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. Randy Newsom (3.36) worked a scoreless 1 1/3 and Cody Bunkelman (8.15) gave up three runs over the final two innings.

Class A Lake County (31-25, 29-41) made three more errors, but won at Lexington, 5-2. P.J. Hiser (.266) hit a three-run homer, his 10th, and Chris Gimenez (.259) hit a solo shot, his 11th. Max Ramirez (.296), Fernando Pacheco (.238) and Matt Fornasiere (.240) all had two hits. Jeff Stevens (7-2, 3.98 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. Matt Loberg (4.30) fanned five over three scoreless innings and Matt Davis (3.13) gave up a hit and struck out the side in the ninth for his 26th save.

Class A Mahoning Valley (32-28) totaled 17 hits and rolled to a 13-3 win at home over Jamestown. Dustin Realini (.251) drove in six runs with three hits, including a grand slam, his fourth homer of the season. Evandy DeLeon (.233) hit a solo homer, his third. Matt McBride (.317) went 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, Jared Goedert (.277) had three hits, three runs and an RBI, and Andy Lytle (.310) had two hits, two runs and an RBI. Mike Eisenberg (2-1, 4.25 ERA) gave up one run over five innings, Jorge Riera (1.37) yielded a run over two innings and Andy Woods (5.29) allowed one run over the final two innings.

Rookie League Burlington (32-28) scored twice in the ninth to win at Kingsport, 7-5. Jansy Infante (.285) had an RBI single and scored on a single by Brett Kinning (.244) in the ninth. Kinning went 3-for-6 with two runs, two RBI and a stolen base, Richard Martinez (.311) was 3-for-4 with two runs and his second homer, a solo shot. Felix Heredia (1-1, 6.91 ERA) allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings to get his third blown save, but was the winner when Burlington rallied. Nate Bunton (1.78) pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.

GCL Indians (21-29) lost six of their final seven games and finished their season Monday. Outfielder Roman Pena (.311) led the team in hitting and was promoted to Lake County. He also led the team in hits (47), doubles (12), walks (22) and strikeouts (48) and was second in homers (5), runs (27) and RBI (23). Outfielder Lucas Montero (.263) led the club in runs (35) and stolen bases (23). Others who put up good offensive numbers were shortstop Carlos Rivero (.284), outfielder Ramon Hernandez (.256, 16 steals), catcher Alex Castillo (.283), and third baseman Jay Nilsson (.276).

On the mound, Jeanmar Gomez (2.48 ERA) went 4-3 in 11 games including nine starts; Luis Perdomo (3.60) had nine saves in 19 outings, allowing 11 hits and five walks in 20 innings, striking out 29; Hector Rondon (5.13) walked only three and fanned 32 in 52 2/3 innings, going 3-4 in 11 starts. Ryan Morris (4.61 ERA), a fourth-round pick out of high school by Cleveland in June, went 1-5 in eight starts, allowing 27 hits and 12 walks in 27 1/3 innings while striking out 21. Chris Archer (7.45 ERA), a high schooler picked in the fifth round, was 0-2 in seven outings including six starts, giving up 17 hits and 17 walks in 19 1/3 innings, striking out 21.

Infielders Rivero, Nilsson and Janel Arias led the club with 14, 12, and 11 errors respectively. Montero was the most solid defensive player, making only two errors in 45 games.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. D. Realini

Mahoning Valley

5

3

1

1

6

0

0

1

2. J. Van Every

Buffalo

4

3

1

1

3

0

0

1

3a. B. Kinning

Burlington

6

3

0

2

2

1

0

0

3b. M. McBride

Mahoning Valley

4

4

0

2

1

0

0

0


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. M. Loberg

Lake County

0

0

0

3.0

0

1

1

5

2. S. Lewis

Kinston

0

1

0

5.2

1

4

1

2

3. M. Davis

Lake County

0

0

1

1.0

0

1

0

3



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