A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time being, a fun feature we are going to try out is This Day in Indians Minor League History. We will do some research and try to find some interesting or random box scores or information that happened in the Indians minor leagues on this particular day. We will try to make this a daily feature as long as we can find something to post other than just repeating items from the last few years to avoid too much repetitiveness. Hope you enjoy, stay well and hope we can get baseball back soon!
Tony Lastoria, IBI
April 9, 2007
The Cleveland Indians saw their home opener in 2007 snowed out just one out shy of Paul Byrd’s potential five-inning no-hitter (snow-hitter, he dubbed it) and several games after.
The Indians Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bison, also had the same issue and ended up not playing its first game of the 2007 season until April 9.
The Bison hosted the now-defunct Ottawa Lynx franchise in its final season of play, serving as the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate.
Buffalo took a 4-0 lead in the first inning with the first four batters all reaching base safely. Ben Francisco, Luis Rivas, Shin-Soo Choo and Keith Ginter all had hits. Hector Luna and Ryan Mulhern also had RBI in the four run first.
The Bison beat the Lynx 8-3 in the snow-postponed season opener at Dunn Tire Park with top pitching prospect Adam Miller getting the win. Miller pitched six innings, scattered 10 hits, allowed three runs while walking two and striking out two.
Buffalo’s bullpen combination of Juan Lara, Mike Koplove, and Brian Sikorski fired three perfect innings behind Miller with three combined strikeouts.
Phillies pitching prospect Matt Childers took the loss, allowing 10 hits and seven runs (six earned) in three innings while 2006 Double-A All-Star Gary Burnham knocked in two of the Lynx’ three runs.
Miller was coming off an exciting 2006 campaign for the Akron Aeros where he struck out 157 batters in 153.2 innings with a 2.75 ERA and a 15-6 record.
The catcher that day for Buffalo was future Indians minor league manager and coach, Dave Wallace.