Attendance was a little sparse to start the game at the neo-retro gem of a ballpark known as Canal Park in downtown Akron.  Whether it was the pockets of gray clouds overhead or the Italian-American festival outside that was siphoning fans away, there were plenty of good seats available.

Those in attendance were able to witness Gerrit Cole in his first start after his appearance at the Futures Game on Sunday in Kansas City.  His mound opponent, at least for the first inning, was Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Rafael Perez on a rehab stint.  Robbie Grossman, Brock Holt, and Oscar Tejeda faced the Major League lefty and had 2 groundouts and 1 flyout in that order.

As for Gerrit Cole, the bottom of the 1st was a representation of his labored start tonight.  The first pitch from Cole w...

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