Downfall of the Fam-A-Lee – Part 13

Let’s have a look at some post-1979 trades to see what those brought. I’ll go chronologically starting with the the 1979 post-season and in this post, I’ll cover all the trades leading into and through the 1980 season. Larry Andersen On December 21, 1979, the Pirates sent Larry Littleton and career minor leaguer John Burden to the Indians for pitcher Larry Andersen. Littleton is best remembered as having the most at...

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Finding Homes for Pirate Scraps at the Deadline

Yesterday we determined the bait. Jack Wilson, Shawn Chacon, Tony Armas, Salomon Torres, Dan Kolb and John Grabow should be available at the trade deadline. While every club could use more pitching, there are only a few contenders in need of a shortstop. We’ll talk more about the arms later; this morning, let’s find Jack a new home. At first glance, I see three winning teams that could use an upgrade in the middle infield,...

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Suppose the Pirates are Trade-Deadline Sellers …

… what moves could they make? A couple of days ago, Nicolas sent the Pirate bloggers an e-mail asking us to weigh in with our thoughts on a few trade possibilities: Chacon to Cleveland? Torres to the Mets? Jacko to … Toronto, I suppose? Do you think there is any actual merit to those rumors, and if there is, then is there any actual value to be had? It seems like a short post would do the job, but I’m long-winded by...

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Bulls’ 8th Inning Beats Tribe

boxscore (Photos by NancyZ)
John Wasdin  -- photo by NancyZ
The Durham Bulls beat the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 7-3, this evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With this win in the last game of this four game series, the Bulls take the series, 3 games to 1. This is the first time this season the Indians have lost a series on the road. The Bulls and the Indians will meet again in Indianapolis at the end of July.
Neither of the starting pitchers, John Wasdin (photo) for the Indians and Jae Soo for the Bulls, figured in the decision. Both starters gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. But Soo pitched only 5 innings and struck out only 3 batters, while giving up on walk; Wasdin pitched into the 8th inning, walked none, and struck out 12 Durham batters.
The Indians wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. In the first inning, with one out, SS Brian Bixler lined a single into center field, and he came around to score when Brad Eldred crushed a homer to left field, a two-run blast. (Brad’s Grandma must have been at the game again.)
Russ Johnson -- photo by NancyZ
The Tribe got to the Bulls’ starter Jae Soo again in the 4th inning. 3B Russ Johnson (photo) grounded a pitch along the left field line that also bounced off the wall along the foul line, allowing him to reach second base standing. LF Nick Green followed with a grounder between the third baseman and shortstop into left field for a single, moving Johnson to third. 2B Luis Ordaz (photo below) grounded to third, but Bulls’ 3B Joel Guzman had it ricochet off his glove toward the shortstop, for an error. That put Ordaz on first with an RBI, as Johnson scored. The inning ended when C Einar Diaz flied out to left field, and the throw back in to the infield caught Ordaz off first base.
Tribe starter John Wasdin, continuing his rehab assignment, got throught the first three innings giving up only one hit. In the bottom of the 4th, DH Rocco Baldelli took a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a solo home run, to make the score 3-1. LF Justin Ruggiano singled and stole second. With the runner in scoring position, 3B Joel Guzman singled into left field. Tribe LF Nick Green quickly scooped up the ball and threw a bullet to C Einar Diaz, who put the swipe tag on Ruggiano who had rounded third and was sliding into home plate. The tag hit Ruggiano’s knee, but his foot had already crossed the plate — second run for the Bulls.

Luis Ordaz -- photo by NancyZ
The Bulls tied it up in the next inning, three runs each, on another solo home run, by RF Jeremy Owens.
The Indians tried to come back in the 7th. Bulls’ reliever Seth McClung had taken over for Jae Soo. Einar Diaz walked, and CF Matt Kata and SS Brian Bixler hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. RF Yurendell de Caster grounded back to McClung, who threw home to C Michel Hernandez to force out Diaz. McClung then fired heat over the plate, striking out both Brad Eldred and Jose Hernandez to end the inning with the bases loaded but no runs across.
Durham had a big inning in the 8th. John Wasdin started the inning by striking out the first two batters — making it 5 batters in a row and 12 strikeouts over his 7.2 innings, including striking out the side in the 7th inning. He threw 90 pitches and gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, without any walks. Juan Perez came in to relieve Wasdin, with two out. 2B Elliot Johnson greeted Perez with a double into right field. DH Rocco Baldelli was intentionally walked, in the hope of getting an easier force out. Manager Trent Jewett then changed pitchers again, bringing in right-hander Mike Nannini, who is up from Altoona for the weekend to help out with the Indians’ short-staffed bullpen. Nannini did not have a happy AAA debut, though. He gave up back-to-back singles to LF Justin Ruggiano and 1B Chris Richard, scoring first Johnson and then Baldelli. 3B Joel Guzman then doubled, bringing in Ruggiano and Richard, to put the Bulls ahead 7-3. CF Dustin Mohr grounded out to end the inning, but that was all the scoring the Bulls needed.
The Indians had 8 hits in the game, with Matt Kata and Brian Bixler getting 2 hits apiece. Juan Perez took the loss for the Indians, as he gave up the go-ahead runs. It is his first loss of the year. Durham’s Scott Dohmann got the win for the Bulls, his 3rd of the year.
The Indians will fly back to Indianapolis tomorrow, to begin a short 4 game home stand against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Brad Eldred’s home run in the first inning, for 2 RBI. It was his 5th homer with the Indians.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: Once again, a nice pitching performance despite the loss. John Wasdin pitched into the 8th inning, and struck out 12, including 5 straight strikeouts and including striking out the side in the 7th inning.
JJ Furmaniak -- photo by NancyZ
NOTES:
Good Alumni News: JJ Furmaniak (photo) , who played shortstop for the Indians for most of last season, signed with the Oakland A’s in the off-season. He did well in spring training this year, but was assigned to AAA Sacramento. He has played several positions for the Rivercats this season — short, second, third, right field and left field. He’s been hitting .275 with 12 doubles, 11 homers, 36 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. Late Friday, Furmaniak was called up to the A’s. He appeared in yesterday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland A’s. He came into the game as a defensive replacement at second base in the top of the 9th, and started an inning-ending double play. Then in the bottom of the 9th, he came to the plate with a man on first base and one out. He hit a slow roller to short, and the runner going from first to second was out, but Furmaniak beat out the relay throw to first base. I could see one of the St. Louis infielders gesturing over toward first base and saying to another infielder, “He’s fast. He’s fast.”
Matt Childers -- photo by NancyZ
Not So Good Alumni News:
Former Indians’ pitcher Matt Childers (photo), who is with the Ottawa Lynx in the Philadelphia Phillies system this year, has been suspended for 50 games. He violated the MLB substance use program.
Record Broken:
Columbus’s Brandon Watson hit a single in the 6th inning today, breaking a 95-year-old International League record — his hitting streak is now at 43 straight games.
There are only 5 more days to vote for our Indians players to be named to the International League All-Star Game. To vote go to:
www.milb.com or
www.indyindians.com
Go Tribe!

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Bulls’ 8th Inning Beats Tribe

boxscore (Photos by NancyZ)
John Wasdin  -- photo by NancyZ
The Durham Bulls beat the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 7-3, this evening at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. With this win in the last game of this four game series, the Bulls take the series, 3 games to 1. This is the first time this season the Indians have lost a series on the road. The Bulls and the Indians will meet again in Indianapolis at the end of July.
Neither of the starting pitchers, John Wasdin (photo) for the Indians and Jae Soo for the Bulls, figured in the decision. Both starters gave up 5 hits and 3 earned runs. But Soo pitched only 5 innings and struck out only 3 batters, while giving up on walk; Wasdin pitched into the 8th inning, walked none, and struck out 12 Durham batters.
The Indians wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard. In the first inning, with one out, SS Brian Bixler lined a single into center field, and he came around to score when Brad Eldred crushed a homer to left field, a two-run blast. (Brad’s Grandma must have been at the game again.)
Russ Johnson -- photo by NancyZ
The Tribe got to the Bulls’ starter Jae Soo again in the 4th inning. 3B Russ Johnson (photo) grounded a pitch along the left field line that also bounced off the wall along the foul line, allowing him to reach second base standing. LF Nick Green followed with a grounder between the third baseman and shortstop into left field for a single, moving Johnson to third. 2B Luis Ordaz (photo below) grounded to third, but Bulls’ 3B Joel Guzman had it ricochet off his glove toward the shortstop, for an error. That put Ordaz on first with an RBI, as Johnson scored. The inning ended when C Einar Diaz flied out to left field, and the throw back in to the infield caught Ordaz off first base.
Tribe starter John Wasdin, continuing his rehab assignment, got throught the first three innings giving up only one hit. In the bottom of the 4th, DH Rocco Baldelli took a 1-2 pitch over the wall for a solo home run, to make the score 3-1. LF Justin Ruggiano singled and stole second. With the runner in scoring position, 3B Joel Guzman singled into left field. Tribe LF Nick Green quickly scooped up the ball and threw a bullet to C Einar Diaz, who put the swipe tag on Ruggiano who had rounded third and was sliding into home plate. The tag hit Ruggiano’s knee, but his foot had already crossed the plate — second run for the Bulls.

Luis Ordaz -- photo by NancyZ
The Bulls tied it up in the next inning, three runs each, on another solo home run, by RF Jeremy Owens.
The Indians tried to come back in the 7th. Bulls’ reliever Seth McClung had taken over for Jae Soo. Einar Diaz walked, and CF Matt Kata and SS Brian Bixler hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. RF Yurendell de Caster grounded back to McClung, who threw home to C Michel Hernandez to force out Diaz. McClung then fired heat over the plate, striking out both Brad Eldred and Jose Hernandez to end the inning with the bases loaded but no runs across.
Durham had a big inning in the 8th. John Wasdin started the inning by striking out the first two batters — making it 5 batters in a row and 12 strikeouts over his 7.2 innings, including striking out the side in the 7th inning. He threw 90 pitches and gave up 3 runs (all earned) on 5 hits, without any walks. Juan Perez came in to relieve Wasdin, with two out. 2B Elliot Johnson greeted Perez with a double into right field. DH Rocco Baldelli was intentionally walked, in the hope of getting an easier force out. Manager Trent Jewett then changed pitchers again, bringing in right-hander Mike Nannini, who is up from Altoona for the weekend to help out with the Indians’ short-staffed bullpen. Nannini did not have a happy AAA debut, though. He gave up back-to-back singles to LF Justin Ruggiano and 1B Chris Richard, scoring first Johnson and then Baldelli. 3B Joel Guzman then doubled, bringing in Ruggiano and Richard, to put the Bulls ahead 7-3. CF Dustin Mohr grounded out to end the inning, but that was all the scoring the Bulls needed.
The Indians had 8 hits in the game, with Matt Kata and Brian Bixler getting 2 hits apiece. Juan Perez took the loss for the Indians, as he gave up the go-ahead runs. It is his first loss of the year. Durham’s Scott Dohmann got the win for the Bulls, his 3rd of the year.
The Indians will fly back to Indianapolis tomorrow, to begin a short 4 game home stand against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Brad Eldred’s home run in the first inning, for 2 RBI. It was his 5th homer with the Indians.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: Once again, a nice pitching performance despite the loss. John Wasdin pitched into the 8th inning, and struck out 12, including 5 straight strikeouts and including striking out the side in the 7th inning.
JJ Furmaniak -- photo by NancyZ
NOTES:
Good Alumni News: JJ Furmaniak (photo) , who played shortstop for the Indians for most of last season, signed with the Oakland A’s in the off-season. He did well in spring training this year, but was assigned to AAA Sacramento. He has played several positions for the Rivercats this season — short, second, third, right field and left field. He’s been hitting .275 with 12 doubles, 11 homers, 36 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. Late Friday, Furmaniak was called up to the A’s. He appeared in yesterday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland A’s. He came into the game as a defensive replacement at second base in the top of the 9th, and started an inning-ending double play. Then in the bottom of the 9th, he came to the plate with a man on first base and one out. He hit a slow roller to short, and the runner going from first to second was out, but Furmaniak beat out the relay throw to first base. I could see one of the St. Louis infielders gesturing over toward first base and saying to another infielder, “He’s fast. He’s fast.”
Matt Childers -- photo by NancyZ
Not So Good Alumni News:
Former Indians’ pitcher Matt Childers (photo), who is with the Ottawa Lynx in the Philadelphia Phillies system this year, has been suspended for 50 games. He violated the MLB substance use program.
Record Broken:
Columbus’s Brandon Watson hit a single in the 6th inning today, breaking a 95-year-old International League record — his hitting streak is now at 43 straight games.
There are only 5 more days to vote for our Indians players to be named to the International League All-Star Game. To vote go to:
www.milb.com or
www.indyindians.com
Go Tribe!

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Snell to Miss Next Start

Oliver Perez kicks a laundry bin and breaks a toe. Ian Snell burns himself making a Caesar salad? Courtesy of Jenifer Langosch and Pirates.com: Only days after feeling on top of the world after pitching his first Major League complete game, Ian Snell walked around the clubhouse on Sunday disgusted that he would have to miss his scheduled start on Tuesday due to a blister on his right index finger. “It’s a burn...

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