The ACL Indians offense continued to roll along and the pitching has caught up a bit, leading to four wins last week and decent lead in the Arizona Complex League over the Dodgers. After losing the make-up game from July 16, the Indians won the next four in a row by a combined score of 35-18. They lost the finale to the White Sox, but still managed to score eight to continue their hot offensive performance.

Day by Day

8/6 L 5-4 Cubs at Indians (Completion of July 16): W Baez, L Vasquez
8/6 W 17-8 (F/7) Indians at Cubs: W Figueroa, L Oquendo
8/7 W 8-6 (F/10) Indians at Reds: W Mateo, L Medina
8/9 W 5-2 Indians at Brewers Blue: W Reyes, L Dario
8/10 W 2-5 Angels at Indians: W L. Garcia, L Charle, S Figueroa
8/12 L 8-9 (F/7) Indians at White Sox: W Diaz, L Candelario

Player of the Week

RF Skeiling Rodriguez: 7/12, 4 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB

Rodriguez has been with the Indians since 2018, but this last week has been the best, by far, of his career. He didn’t play in every game, but in those he did he was electric with at least two hits in each, two home runs, five runs knocked in and four runs scored in three games. He now has eight multi-hit games in his 14 games played and his two home runs this week double his previous career total. Although he is 20 years old, his recent success merits a more intense look.

Who’s Hot

IF Milan Tolentino: 7/21, 3 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB, SB

Tolentino continued the strong start to his career with seven hits last week including two doubles on the 10th. This gave him four doubles in August and advanced his 2021 slugging percent to nearly .500.

SP Tomas Reyes: 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K

Reyes started the year in the bullpen, but has been extremely impressive in his two starts since joining the rotation. On Monday, he had his best appearance since coming to the US with five shut out innings against the Brewers Blue. He now has a 2.22 ERA across 24.1 innings this year in the ACL, but has an unimpressive 16 strike outs and eight walks.

Who’s Not

SP Alonzo Richardson: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 6 R, HR, 4 BB, K, HBP

It’s astounding that the ACL Indians continue to start Richardson, who has only made it past the third inning once this year. His start on last Friday set a new low with six runs allowed in less than two innings. He has now allowed home runs in five straight starts despite a low home run rate in the ACL and his lack of total innings pitched.

RHRP Diarlin Jimenez: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, HBP

Jimenez had just one appearance in relief this week, against Cincinnati on Saturday, and it didn’t go well. He allowed a homer to his first batter, then a walk and wild pitch. In his second inning, he allowed another homer and two doubles before being released. The Indians eventually won, but it took extra innings after four runs (one unearned) scored in Jimenez’s two innings.

Up next (all times local):

8/13 Indians @ Dodgers (Glendale, 5 PM)
8/13 Dodgers @ Indians (Glendale, Double Header Make-up of July 23)
8/14 Reds @ Indians (Goodyear, 1 PM)
8/15 Off
8/16 White Sox @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/17 Brewers Blue @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/18 Off
8/19 Dodgers @ Indians (Goodyear, 1 PM)
8/20 Indians @ Angels (Tempe, 6 PM)

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