*** Cleveland Indians Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
BUFFALO BISONS - The Bisons scored five runs in the last two innings against Ottawa on Sunday, but after giving up eight to the Lynx over the first four innings, the team was left with a 9-6 defeat on the road. Buffalo, now 7-9 and three games out of first place in the North Division of the International League, surrendered a total of 32 runs to Ottawa over the weekend, including a season-high 18 runs on Saturday. Hurler Tim Young was assaulted for 10 hits and 10 earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Outfielder Grady Sizemore clubbed a grand slam for the Bison to give them their only lead of the contest, but that was the only hit of the game in six at-bats for the free swinger who is now hitting just .180 for the club. On the bright side, fellow outfielder Mark Little added three batted in for Buffalo and raised his average to .316.
AKRON AEROS - The team may be a game over .500 at 8-7 heading into the week, but one would never know it by the performance they had on Sunday versus New Britain when the Aeros surrendered a whopping 19 runs and failed to push a single man across the plate themselves. Scott Sturkie (1-1) was saddled with the loss for Akron, allowing four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. It was the bullpen however, that was unable to supply even an ounce of support, allowing 15 runs on 14 hits on the day. The setback was the second in the last three outings for Akron, which is just a half game out of first place in the Southern Division of the Eastern League with a three-game homestand versus New Hampshire on tap. After lifting his batting average to an even .200 back on his 22nd birthday on April 15, Corey Smith has been on a bit of a tear for the Aeros, now hitting .345 with team-highs of five home runs and 13 RBI, although the infielder has also been tabbed with seven errors thus far as well.
KINSTON INDIANS - The pride of the Carolina League, leading the Southern Division by two games with a record of 12-3, the Kinston Indians appeared to be untouchable with a 10-game win streak to start the 2004 campaign. But in the last week or so the squad has been brought back down to reality with just two wins in the last five outings. On Sunday Kinston was shut out for the first time this season in a 5-0 setback to Myrtle Beach at home. Righthander Fausto Carmona was tagged with his first loss of the year after allowing four runs, just one earned, while striking out four in six innings of action. With the most innings pitched on the team, Carmona is now 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and a team-high 21 strikeouts in 20 innings of work for the Indians. Having after a stretch of four games where he had at least a pair of RBI in each contest, outfielder Nathan Panther has slowed to just one batted in in his last five games.
LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS - Despite being only three games below .500 this early in the season, the Captains are already 7 1/2 games out of first in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, although they did secure a 2-1 win over Charleston in 11 innings on Sunday to start moving in the right direction. The victory snapped a three-game slide for Lake County, but the club still has two games remaining on its eight-game road trip before coming home to face Hickory for four in a row starting on Thursday night. Even though his batting average has been steadily dropping since the season opener when he registered four hits in six at-bats, outfielder Ryan Goleski is still leading the team in hitting with a .367 average, to go along with five home runs and 17 RBI for the Captains.