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!

April 27, 2007

Playing their first series with the Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies) of the year, the Captains trailed 3-0 until the sixth inning with just five hits.

The Blue Claws scored three runs off of Captains starter Hector Rondon but Carlos Rivero picked him up with a three home homer in the sixth inning scoring Jared Goedert and Matt Whitney.

Josh Tomlin wound up allowing a home run in the top of the eight inning, allowing the BlueClaws to go ahead 4-3.

Phillies 2006 ninth round pick Andy Cruise came in to close the game out for Lakewood and struck out Lake County’s Adam Davis to start the inning.

The next batter, OF Roman Pena, tied the game with a solo homer to right field and the next batter, Matt McBride, followed with a homer to give the Captains a walkoff, 5-4 win with back to back homers with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Tomlin and Rondon were the most notable names in the box score on this day, though McBride ended up being part of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade and actually wound up playing in the Phillies organization for quite a while after and became a Lehigh Valley fan favorite.


Some other notable games on April 27…


Anthony Recker had two doubles, a homer and four RBI for the Clippers in a 7-6 win. Gio Urshela provided a walkoff sac fly for the win and had three RBI of his own.


The Clippers scored 12 runs on 19 hits. Michael Brantley went 2-5, Jason Donald was 4-4 with a homer and three RBI, Trevor Crowe went 3-5, Carlos Santana had two hits and two RBI, Wes Hodges went 3-5 with two RBI and Brian Buscher had two hits including a homer.

Most of the damage was done off of 2019 World Series relief hero Daniel Hudson of the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox).


Billy Traber, coming back from Tommy John surgery, allowed eight runs in 3.2 innings for the Kinston Indians and Dan Eisentrager followed by allowing nine runs in two innings. Jim Ed Waren surrendered four more runs over the final 3.1 frames and the Lynchburg Hillcats, then the Pirates affiliate, beat the K-Tribe over the head, 21-8 on 24 hits.

The Hillcats lineup was not exactly filled with big future names.

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