Indians prospect Anthony Gallas feels right at home in Northeast Ohio
Akron RubberDucks outfielder and Indians prospect, Anthony Gallas, is heating up in the month of May. The Cleveland native has tallied two home runs in his last five games, snapping what was a significant streak for the RubberDucks at home: 18 home games without a home run in the comforts of Canal Park.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth in their 19th home game, Akron trailing New Britain, 1-0, and Gallas in a hitters count.
“That at-bat, I felt on time and I got a fastball down the middle and put a good swing on it,” Gallas said.
The Kent State and Strongsville High alum snapped an 18-game homerless streak for the RubberDucks to start the season at Canal Park. It was his second long-ball in his last five games, and it helped propel Akron to a 4-2 win.
The start of the year hasn’t been the kindest to Gallas. The right-hander has hit just .218 (29-for-133) with 11 extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 34 games, but has seen success in the last week, recording 2 multi-hit games and 2 home runs in his last 6 starts.
“I’m trying to be on time and stay behind the ball,” Gallas said. “I feel like earlier in the year I was cutting the ball and I’m not out of the woods yet. I’m taking it game-by-game and pitch-by-pitch, putting good swings on the ball and hopefully good things happen.”
For Gallas, being able to play baseball in the place he grew up has given him the support he has needed through the highs and lows of the game.
“It’s good and encouraging to have people at the game. People care about you and that’s always good. Everyone is behind you,” Gallas said.
And he knows how much sports mean to Cleveland and the community.
“Ohio really is special,” Gallas said. “I don’t know what it is in the water here but you just have that sense of hometown pride.”
“The Cavs are playing and I can feel it. I know what it’s like to be (a Cleveland fan) and I know how much the fans really care about their sports teams. I’m a diehard Browns fan, a diehard Cavs fan and now playing for the Indians – what more could you want?”
– TribeVibe contributor Austin Controulis; Photos courtesy of Akron RubberDucks