Final thoughts after Zach Walters hit his sixth home run in 13 games, a two-run blast off right-hander Jake Petricka in the 10th inning to give the Indians the victory.
1. I don’t know who in the Indians’ baseball operations department first spotted Walters. General manager Chris Antonetti has said that the Tribe has liked him for a while. It’s possible they liked him in the 2010 draft, when the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Walters in the ninth round. But if the Indians make the playoffs, tabbing Walters as the player they wanted in the July 31 trade with the Washington Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera might turn out to be the biggest move in getting them in.
2. Since the Indians called up Walters from Triple-A Columbus on Aug. 10, when they were in New York facing the Yankees, Walters has shown he doesn’t hit homers in routs. He hits them when they count. Four of his six have come when the game was tied, two when the Indians trailed by a run. Until Tuesday, his biggest was a ninth-inning walkoff on Aug. 13 in the first game of a home double-header against Arizona.
3. Add in his brief time with the Nationals and Walters has 18 hits this season and nine are home runs. Two of his three with Washington came in blowouts, but the other was with the game tied in the top of the eighth at Miami.To read more or comment...
*Indians outfielder Ryan Raburn will transfer his rehab to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks on Wednesday. Raburn, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist, has been rehabbing at Triple-A Columbus. In three games for the Clippers, Raburn is 1 for 14 with two strikeouts.
*Indians designated hitter Jason Giambi, on the 60-day disabled list with left knee inflammation, is rehabbing with the RubberDucks Tuesday.
*Five Indians have been selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Javelinas. They are infielder/catcher Tony Wolters, outfielder Jordan Smith, right-handers Dylan Baker and Louis Head and left-hander Nick Maronde. Double-A Akron manager Dave Wallace and Carolina trainer Bobby Ruiz will also participate.
*Single-A Lake County outfielder Mike Papi was named the Indians' minor league player of the week. Papi has reached base safely in 15 of his last 17 games, batting .279 with four doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI and 12 walks. Papi has primarily played right field since for the Captains, compiling a .311 on-base percentage.To read more or comment...
If Indians manager Terry Francona was interested in seeing how his team would respond to Friday’s night error-filled debacle, he didn’t have to wait long Saturday.
It only took three innings in Saturday’s game against the visiting Houston Astros to determine there was indeed a bit more grief in store. But unlike the previous night’s loss where the Indians offense failed to deliver in the clutch due to a pair of late base-running blunders by veteran utility man Mike Aviles and rookie Tyler Holt, Holt and the Indians redeemed themselves in a 3-2 walk-off victory.
Holt was once again at the center of the late action, leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with a pinch-hit, first-pitch single. The speedster advanced to second on Roberto Perez’s sacrifice bunt, took third with one out on a wild pitch by reliever Jake Buchanan and scored on Jose Ramirez’s game-winning single.
Ramirez's full-count single up the middle marked the Tribe’s American-League leading 10th walk off win of the season and the first by Ramirez at any level as a professional.To read more or comment...