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Run, eat and be merry! Hofbräuhaus Cleveland is holding a 5k and 10k races this Sunday with a portion of registration proceeds benefiting Cleveland Indians Charities. Runners receive a race shirt, finisher medal, age group awards, one free beer (21 & over only) and a brat!
There will also be an after party following the race that will include contests, prizes, live music, dancing and more!
Through fundraising, CIC provides the opportunity to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility and develop confidence.
Sunday, August 7 @ 8:00AM
(registration and packet pick-up @ 7:00AM)
1550 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Pre-Registration- $30 (fee includes a 12oz beer and a brat!)
Online registration closes on Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 9:00AM
All mailed entries must be received by Wednesday, August 3
Make checks payable to Hermes Sport and Events
2425 West 11th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Race Day Registration and Packet Pick Up- $40 (fee includes a beer and a brat!) * Cash or Check Only*
Jason Kipnis drove in three runs and Mike Napoli hit his team-high 24th homer in the Tribe’s 8-0 win over Oakland on Sunday at Progressive Field. In sweeping the A’s, the Indians maintain their 4.5-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central and their AL-best winning percentage (.588, 60-42).
Kipnis had a two-run single, Francisco Lindor a sac fly and Napoli that homer in the third; the homer marked Napoli’s 1,000th career hit. In the fourth, Roberto Perez had an RBI single and Kipnis added a sac fly, while Abraham Almonte added a fifth-inning sac fly.
Corey Kluber improved to 10-8 and lowered his ERA to 3.27 by pitching seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He ranks first in the American League in FanGraphs’ WAR measurement.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor
PHOTO GALLERY: Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson, Charlie Jamieson inducted into Indians Hall of Fame
–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Maureen MacGregor
It’s been a busy week for the Tribe’s Minor League affiliates, highlighted by some high-profile promotions, a historic hitting streak and some dominant pitching performances.
All numbers are through games played Thursday, July 28.
– The Clippers went 4-2 over the last week, which was an eventful one for the Tribe’s Triple-A affiliate. Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox, it was announced that the Tribe’s top two prospects, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, were being promoted from Double-A Akron.
Frazier and Zimmer joined the club on Tuesday as the Clippers opened a six-game road trip with the first of three games in Norfolk. The Tides ultimately took 2-out-of-3 games from Columbus, but Frazier and Zimmer both recorded hits in their first two Triple-A contests and Frazier went 4-for-12 (.333) with a triple and two runs scored in the series.
Not to be outdone by their newest teammates, Jesus Aguilar and Yandy Diaz put up big weeks as well. Aguilar went 6-for-16 with one home run, five RBI and two runs scored over his last five games this week, and now leads the league with 62 RBI and is tied for the league lead with 20 homers. Diaz, the reigning IL batter of the week, extended his hitting streak to 17 games, which is tied with teammate Ronny Rodriguez for the longest streak in the IL this season. The IL leader in both batting (.340) and OBP (.415), Diaz went 10-for-21 (.476) with one triple, one home run, five RBI, four runs scored and three walks to just two strikeouts in six games this week.
– The RubberDucks struggled this week, going 0-7 with losses in 10 of their last 13 games. Akron was outscored 23-45 this week and now sits in third-place, 5.0 games back in the Eastern League Western Division. Outfielder Jordan Smith put together the strongest week of any Akron hitter, going 7-for-17 (.412) with three runs scored. The 26-year-old is batting .308 (12-for-39) since the All-Star break after hitting just .232 (43-for-185) in the first half.
Veteran reliever Craig Stammen has been lights out for Akron this month. After opening the season on the disabled list, the 32-year-old right-hander made three rehab appearances with the AZL Indians before joining the Ducks on July 7. Since then, Stammen has worked 10.0 scoreless innings over eight appearances, with eight strikeouts and a 0.90 WHIP.
– Lynchburg had an up-and-down week, going 4-4 overall as they sit one game behind the Potomac Nationals in the Carolina League Northern Division. Catcher Francisco Mejia made history on Thursday, however, extending his hitting streak to 40 games with an infield single in the 6th inning. Mejia is now one of 16 players in Minor League history to record a hit in 40 consecutive games, and the first to do so since 2009 when Seattle prospect James McOwen hit safely in 45 straight games.
The 20-year-old switch-hitter’s streak began with 24 games for Lake County and has continued in the next 16 games with Lynchburg since his promotion on June 27. Mejia’s .345 average leads all Indians farmhands and ranks 5th among all qualified full-season Minor Leaguers.
– Lake County went 4-3 this week, including two series wins with a chance for a third on Friday against South Bend. Prior to his promotion to Lynchburg on July 27, outfielder Connor Marabell was hitting .325 (25-for-77) with nine doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and nine runs scored thru 22 games in July. His solid month for Lake County put him atop the ML with 31 doubles and moved him into 8th in the league with a .308 average
Since joining Lake County on June 4, right-hander Erick Algarin has posted a 2.30 ERA (4ER/15.2IP) in 11 relief appearances. However, he’s been even better in July, posting a 0.93 ERA (1ER/9.2IP) on five hits and four walks while striking out 15 in six appearances. He has struck out batters at a 42% clip, while boasting a 0.93 WHIP.
– Mahoning Valley put together its best week of the season to date, going 5-0 in a week that included two rain outs, a doubleheader and a scheduled off day. The Scrappers five-game winning streak marks their longest of the season.
Mahoning Valley’s surge has come on the backs of some impressive offensive performances. Outfielder Andrew Calica led the club with 10 hits, batting .588 with six runs scored and five RBI. Catcher Gavin Collins was not far behind, going 9-for-16 (.563) with four RBI and three runs scored. Outfielder Gabriel Mejia also went 9-for-20 (.400) with nine runs scored and one RBI.
Right-hander Triston McKenzie continued his dominance this week, allowing just one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks in a win against Connecticut on Monday. McKenzie is now 4-2 with a 0.61 ERA (ER/44.1IP) and 47 strikeouts against 14 walks in eight starts this season.
– The AZL Indians went 4-1 this week, and are 17-4 in July after going just 4-5 in June. At 21-9, the Tribe owns the best record in the Arizona League and has gone 21-6 since losing their first three games of the season.
Catcher Jose Vicente has been one of the Indians most effective hitters, leading the club with 28 hits and 21 RBI. The 20-year-old catcher is hitting lefties and righties equally well (.292 vs. LHP, .300 vs. RHP) and has not gone more than two consecutive games without a hit this season.
Cesar Ventura continues to dominate out of the bullpen. He tossed 3.0 scoreless innings over two appearances last week, bringing his ERA to 0.75 (2ER/24.0IP), the second-best mark in the AZL. The 6-foot righty is also 3-for-3 in save opportunities this season.
–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
Cleveland Indians Charities held its annual Celebrity Golf Classic Thursday at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord Township.
The event continues to be a top fundraiser for Cleveland Indians Charities’ outreach efforts. Golfers spent the day with Indians coaches, alumni and broadcasters, and nearly 50 celebrities will be on hand for this year’s classic.
Each fivesome of golfers was paired with a celebrity, a group that included current Tribe players Chris Gimenez and Dan Otero; manager Terry Francona and pitching coach Mickey Callaway; and alumni including Mike Hargrove, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Rick Manning and more.
The day included great gifts, prizes, breakfast, lunch, cocktail dinner party, live and silent auctions, and more.
About Cleveland Indians Charities
Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio to jointly create and execute youth education and health and fitness opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.
The Indians rallied for three runs in the ninth, the last of which came on Francisco Lindor’s walkoff RBI single, to beat Washington in front of 23,711 fans at Progressive Field. The win marked Lindor’s first walkoff hit.
The teams will wrap their quick two-game series with a marquee matinee pitching matchup today: Carlos Carrasco (7-3, 2.31) vs. Stephen Strasburg (13-1, 2.83). The Indians maintained their 5.5-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.
Down, 6-4, heading to the ninth, six of seven Tribe batters reached:
- Jose Ramirez walk
- Tyler Naquin PH RBI double
- Chris Gimenez run-scoring FC-E3
- Lonnie Chisenhall walk
- Rajai Davis bunt single
- Lindor walkoff
The Tribe bullpen (Crockett, Manship, Otero, Adams and Shaw) allowed one earned run in five innings in relief of Tribe starter Danny Salazar.
The Cleveland Indians will induct four men into the club’s Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 30, as part of pregame ceremonies before the Indians take on the A’s at Progressive Field.
Jim Thome, the Indians all-time home run king; Albert Belle, still the only 50-50 man in baseball history; Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in baseball history; and Charlie Jamieson, who hit .316 over 14 seasons with the Indians and was a member of the 1920 World Series team, will be inducted before the Indians game against the Oakland A’s.
A Jim Thome HOF Inductee Bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual, will be distributed to 15,000 fans on July 30, and Thome will be the lone member of this year’s class on hand for the evening’s festivities. The quartet’s induction now makes the Indians Hall of Fame 44 members strong after Omar Vizquel’s induction in 2014.
Gates open at 5PM. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45PM to not miss a second of the HOF ceremonies. Each man will be honored with a video on the scoreboard, with the family of the late Jamieson on hand to be recognized. Thome also will speak for a few minutes after being recognized before the crowd.
Thome played 13 seasons in all for the Indians, and his 337 homers and 1,008 walks in a Tribe uniform are the most in club history. He was a three-time All-Star as a member of the Indians, and four times finished in the top 10 in American League MVP voting.
He ranks second in club history in RBI (937), third in on-base percentage (.414), slugging percentage (.592) and OPS (.980), and 10th in doubles (263). Thome is first-time eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
Belle, too, was one of the most feared hitters in baseball during his prime; he hit 50 homers and 52 doubles in 1995, and remains the only Major League player in history to accomplish that feat. He was a four-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner with the Tribe, and three times finished in the top three in AL MVP voting.
He ranks second in club history in homers, with 242, second in slugging percentage (.580), fifth in OPS (.949) and 10th in RBI (751).
Robinson played the final three years of his stellar career in Cleveland, but is far better remembered for being a pioneer: He became the first African-American manager in baseball history, and served as player-manager from 1975-1976.
After hitting 586 career homers for five teams, Robinson managed the Indians for parts of three seasons, and eventually managed four teams. He won 1,065 games over 16 seasons, and was the 1989 AL Manager of the Year.
Jamieson played the final 14 years of his career (12 full seasons) with the Indians, hitting .316 and scoring 942 runs over those seasons. He also was a member of the 1920 World Series champions.
He ranks fifth in club history in hits (1,753), seventh in doubles (296), ninth in average and walks (627), 10th in triples (74) and 11th in on-base percentage (.388).
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Although you may be wishing it was still the weekend, the first place Columbus Clippers woke up pretty happy this morning.
*pinches self to make sure last night’s news was real* pic.twitter.com/xSaGeI0xMy
— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) July 25, 2016
Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox, it was announced last night that Double-A Akron outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, the Indians top two prospects according to Baseball America, were being promoted to Triple-A Columbus.
Frazier, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, racked up a .278/.362/.454 slash line in 89 games with Akron this season, slugging 13 homers and 25 doubles with 48 RBI in the process. The 21-year-old Loganville, GA, native was ranked the No. 21 prospect in Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100 prospects list.
Zimmer, the 21st overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, slashed .253/.371/.471 with 14 home runs, six triples, 20 doubles and 53 RBI in 93 games as a RubberDuck this year. At the time of his promotion, Zimmer led the Eastern League with 56 walks, ranked third with 33 stolen bases and was fifth in both OBP (.371) and extra-base hits (40). The 23-year-old San Francisco University product ranked No. 26 on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100.
Outfielders Greg Allen and Luigi Rodriguez have been promoted from Advanced-A Lynchburg to fill the gap left by Frazier and Zimmer’s departure in Akron.
In more good news for the Clippers, infielder/outfielder Yandy Diaz today was named the International League’s Player of the Week.
Over the last week, Diaz led the IL with a .519 batting average (yes, you read that right) as he went 14-for-27 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, eight RBI, six runs scored and five walks.
The 24-year-old turned in six multi-hit efforts over his last seven games and is riding a 14-game hitting streak, the second-longest active streak in the IL. Diaz is the circuit leader in both batting and on-base percentage as he has slashed .340/.419/.496 in 63 games with the Clip Show this season.
The Clippers entered Monday’s off day with a 4.0 game lead in the IL West and will kick off a six-game road trip in Norfolk on Tuesday.
-TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
Editor’s Note: We have not given enough love to our affiliates all season, and given the number of top-level players we have at our various affiliates, we’ll begin doing so each week throughout the second half. Look for these updates every Saturday or Sunday. All numbers are through games played Thursday, July 21.
While the Indians are sitting atop the American League, let’s take a moment to recognize the talent the Tribe still has waiting in the wings.
– Columbus has come out of the All-Star break swinging, going 5-3 with a pair of walk-off wins since July 14. The first-place Clippers own a 4.0 game lead in the International League West division with a 54-46 record.
Infielder/outfielder Yandy Diaz owns an 11-game hitting streak, which is tied for the 4th-longest active streak in the IL. Diaz is batting .435 with five RBI, seven runs scored, eight walks and just five strikeouts during the streak.
The 24-ear-old Cuban has made 27 starts in the outfield for Columbus this season after playing the infield exclusively in his first two professional seasons. He has made just two errors in 68 total chances with five outfield assists.
Third baseman Giovanny Urshela has also been on a tear since the break, batting .361 (13-for-36) in his last eight games. The 24-year-old has hit safely in each of his last five games, going 11-for-24 (.429) with two homers, three RBI and five runs scored.
– Akron followed a three-game skid with a three-game streak to go 4-3 this past week. At 54-45, the RubberDucks are in a de facto tie for first place in the Eastern League’s Western division, trailing the Harrisburg Senators (53-44) by .001 percentage points.
Outfielder Bradley Zimmer came on strong this week, going 9-for-19 (.474) with three multi-hit games in his last five. Although he has struck out the fourth-most times in the EL this season (112), he leads the league in walks (55), is second in stolen bases (31) and has racked up the fourth-most extra-base hits (40).
The Ducks have also gotten some great performances from their bullpen of late. Right-hander Grant Sides has not allowed an earned run since June 5 (20.1IP) and has not allowed a run of any kind since July 2 (7.1IP). Righty J.P. Feyereisen has not surrendered an earned run since June 16 (12.0IP), and owns a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances (10.2IP).
– Lynchburg extended its winning streak to eight games with a 5-0 week. The Hillcats are 17-8 in the second half (62-33 overall) with a one-game lead over the second-place Potomac Nationals.
The Hillcats capped the week with a trio of shutouts, all started by southpaws, as Lynchburg allowed 11 combined hits over those three games. Luis Lugo started things off Monday as he fanned 10 and allowed just three hits over 7.0 innings, Justus Sheffield allowed four hits and three walks while fanning eight over 6.2 innings on Wednesday and Thomas Pannone held the Carolina Muscats to one hit and one walk with three strikeouts over 7.0 innings on Thursday.
Not to be outdone by their pitching staff, Lynchburg hitters batted .348 with 40 runs scored this week. Anthony Santander hit .391 (9-for-23) with four home runs, five runs scored and 10 RBI in five games. The 21-year-old Venezuelan outfielder leads Lynchburg with 21 RBI in 17 games in July.
– Lake County went 3-2 in an odd week that featured a doubleheader, consecutive off days and a postponed game. The Captains are currently fifth in the Midwest League Eastern division with a 10-15 second-half record (50-45 overall), 6.5 games out of first place.
Outfielder Nathan Lukes was arguably Lake County’s most effective hitter last week, going 7-for-20 with four RBI, four runs scored, one triple and three home runs in five games. A seventh round pick by the Indians in last year’s draft, Lukes is 13th in the ML with a .302 average.
Right-hander Matt Esparza turned in the outing of the week for Lake County hurlers, as he held Quad Cities scoreless on four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings of work on Sunday in Iowa. His 3.09 ERA (33ER/96.0IP) this season ranks fifth among Midwest League pitchers that have thrown at least 90.0 innings.
– Mahoning Valley has struggled this season, sitting in fifth place and 10.0 games back in the New York-Penn League Pinckney division, but has turned it on in the last two weeks, winning seven of their last 11 games.
The Scrappers have been carried by their stellar starting rotation. Right-hander Triston McKenzie, the 42nd overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, is 3-2 with a 0.48 ERA through seven starts as he has allowed just two earned runs with 42 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this season. The 6-foot-5, 18-year-old leads the league in ERA, is second in strikeouts and sixth in innings pitched.
Cleveland’s second-round pick in last year’s draft, left-hander Juan Hillman, has also impressed, going 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA (7ER/33.1IP) through seven starts. The 19-year-old southpaw owned a 0.89 ERA through his first six starts before allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks over 3.0 innings in his last start on Thursday.
– The AZL Indians are off to a hot start in the desert as they lead the AZL Central division at 17-8. The Indians went 5-1 this week as they have won 10 of their last 12 games.
Infielder Jorma Rodriguez is third in the AZL with a .383 average, and is reaching base at the fourth-highest rate (.451). Nolan Jones, Cleveland’s second round pick in this year’s draft, has also performed well in his first professional setting. The 18-year-old third baseman is batting .333 (9-for-27) with eight walks and 11 strikeouts in his first eight games.
–TribeVibe contributor Robert Davidson
Antonetti headlines PCA’s ‘Breakfast with the Indians’; nominations for area baseball/softball coaches of the year now open
The Positive Coaching Alliance’s Cleveland Chapter will host a Breakfast with the Indians event at Progressive Field on August 16 with the Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti headlining an all-star panel.
Other panelists include the Indians director of player development Carter Hawkins and former big leaguer and manager of youth baseball development initiatives Matt Kata with Fox Sports Ohio broadcaster Jeff Phelps moderating the discussions. Panel discussions will help local sports coaches learn how to unleash the power of positive coaching at the youth level with topics including performance benefits derived from positive coaching techniques and how the Indians evaluate and develop talent.
Tickets for the PCA’s Breakfast with the Indians fundraising event can be purchased here – those interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
Additionally, the Baseball/Softball Coach of the Year award nominations is open! The award recognizes a dedicated baseball or softball coach who has demonstrated commitment to a positive approach on and off the field. Make your nominations here!