August 20, 2018 Arizona League

A few coincidences ended up happening in August of 2018 to make this a pretty special day for both Indians teams in the Arizona League. On August 2, the AZL Indians Red vs Padres 2 game at Goodyear Ballpark was suspended and the next possible make up was on the road against the Padres 2 on August 20. On August 8, the AZL Indians Blue only got two innings in against the Brewers Gold before lightning paused that game until August 20.

Starting with the Blue game that began tied 1-1 in the third, Sergio Morillo was called in to relieve Lenny Torres who had begun the game two weeks earlier. Among the other changes in the line-up that were necessitated due to roster changes, Jon Engelmann joined the game and moved into center. His first at bat in the game resulted in a home run in the bottom of three to give team Blue the lead. Morillo allowed a bunt single in his first inning, but continued without another base runner through the fifth.

Ramirez plays 2B for the AZL Indians Blue during the 2018 season at Goodyear Ballpark. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

Team Blue added another inning the bottom of five when Pablo Jimenez singled, moved up when Engelmann reached on an error and scored on a Micael Ramirez single. Morillo allowed just four more hits over the rest of the game, all singles, and kept the Brewers from adding to their sole run. Henderson De Oleo wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of eight with a two run homer that scored Yainer Diaz.

While this game was played a full nine innings because it was stop midway through the first game, the second game was scheduled for just seven. The second game was also played against Brewers Blue and team Blue was the road team despite being the home team in game one. Both games were played at Maryvale Park in Phoenix.

Team Blue got off to a quick start in this one as Quentin Holmes and Korey Holland walked and scored on Raynel Delgado was safe on an error and Bo Naylor tripled for four runs. Jose Oca made the start for team Blue and gave up just one single over four shut out innings. Team Blue added one thanks to a Holland triple in the third, then three more in the fifth largely thanks to two errors to lead off the inning. De Oleo doubled and Ramirez singled to bring home the runs.

Jahir Varela came in to relieve and went two scoreless innings before Wilton Sanchez allowed two runs in the seventh, but closed out the win and the team Blue double header sweep against two different teams.

Miednik pitches for the AZL Indians Red during a 2018 game at Goodyear Ballpark. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

Meanwhile, in Peoria…the AZL Indians Red were scheduled for a home/road double header of their own against the Padres 2. The first game was the road game and Matt Turner and Kellen Rholl combined for a seven inning shut out. Turner K’d 6 in five innings with three hits allowed, then Rholl earned the save for his final two shut out innings. Team Blue first scored in the second when Brayan Lavastida, Miguel Jerez and Jonathan Lopez all singled with Lava scoring the only run of the inning. They added one more in the third when John Rodriguez doubled and scored on a sac fly. That would be enough to win thanks to the fantastic pitching of Turner and Rholl.

Metaphorically switching dugouts, team Red then became the home team and started game 2 just 2.5 hours after the first pitch in game one. In a way, this was almost like one single 14 inning game and Jake Miednik made the start, looking just like the first two pitchers in game one. He went three innings, allowed one hit, no runs and struck out three.

Again, team Red scored early, putting one on the board in the first thanks to a Wilbis Santiago single and Ruben Cardenas double. This would be the only run for either team throughout the entire game and the single allowed by Miednik in the first would be the only hit allowed by Indians pitching. Following Miednik’s impressive outing, Liam Jenkins came in the game in the fourth and allowed a walk, but no other base runners and struck out one in that inning and another in a perfect fifth. Aaron Pinto followed with a K in a perfect sixth, then a walk allowed in the seventh, but a double play ended the game.

This gave team Red a double header sweep of their own and one that saw the Padres held to zero runs and six hits over 14 innings. With two hits, a run scored and an RBI between both games, Wilbis Santiago was the offensive hero for team Red. Team Blue won their double header by a combined score of 13-3. Normally a catcher, Micael Ramirez lead the way with four hits across both games despite having to play second base in the first and first base in the second.

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