Although I’ve received no official word, but possibly due to wet grounds, the ACL Indians have shifted from playing most of their games on field two at the training complex to the big league Goodyear Ballpark up the street. This was fairly big as the last four games of the week were all played at home (the first two being a double header at Camelback Ranch against the Dodgers). They started the week with a split in that series, winning the make-up game and losing the originally scheduled game, then they went 3-1 over the rest of the week. The final game was changed from a 6 PM start to a 1 PM start and was played at the development complex. Their final win against the Dodgers in this game put them 3.5 games up in the ACL Central and gave them the third best overall record in the Arizona Complex League.
Day by Day
8/13 L 1-2 (F/7) Indians at Dodgers
8/13 W 1-2 (F/7) Dodgers at Indians (Make-up of July 23)
8/14 W 5-7 (F/10) Reds at Indians
8/16 L 8-7 White Sox at Indians
8/17 W 4-5 Brewers Blue at Indians
8/19 W 2-7 Dodgers at Indians
Player of the Week
CF/LF Luis Durango: 6/16, 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB
Durango continues to consistently set the table as the ACL Indians lead-off hitter although he’s only stolen two bases this week. He has now reached base in all but two of his last 20 games, hitting .316/.419/.408 with 15 steals in 18 attempts over that span.
SP Alonzo Richardson: 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K
While still listed as a short stop, Richardson has only been used as a pitcher this year and his start against the Dodgers on August 13th was by far his best of the year. He faced just two over the minimum thanks to a pick off and struck out five over his four shut out innings. Surprisingly, he hasn’t pitched since.
RF Jorge Burgos: 5/20, 3 R, 2B, RBI, 3 BB
Burgos wasn’t as good this week as he has been, but he’s still been pretty good and his overall consistency gives him the advantage here over Junior Sanquintin. While he did take an 0 for 4 yesterday, over his 15 previous games he hit .397/.469/.500 with 15 runs scored, nine RBI, six doubles and eight walks.
SP Tomas Reyes: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, HR, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP
Reyes made just one start this week and had just one bad inning in that start, but it was a really bad one. After allowing just two runners to reach over the first three innings on a walk and an error, things fell completely apart in the fourth. He walked the first batter, then recorded his first and only out of the inning. After, he gave up three straight singles followed by a double, two hit batters and a grand slam. This came completely out of nowhere as he had hit just one batter in his previous seven appearances and had never allowed more than two runs in a game. This was also his first home run allowed since he gave up one in his first appearance of the season.
IF Jose Devers: 0/12, R, 2 RBI, BB, 6 K, 2 E
Devers appeared to have made great improvements over the previous week, but really struggled over the last week. In addition to going hitless, it was the worst defensive week for Devers as well as he committed two errors while splitting time between short, second and third.
Up next (all times local):
8/20 Indians @ Angels (Tempe, 6 PM)
8/21 Indians @ Reds (Goodyear, 1 PM)
8/23 Giants Black @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/24 Indians @ Brewers Gold (Phoenix, 6 PM)
8/26 Padres @ Indians (Goodyear, 6 PM)
8/27 Indians @ Royals Gold (Surprise, 6 PM)