All five teams in the organization won yesterday in different ways.
The parent club clubbed the Twins with 17 hits on their way to a 11-6 victory. Travis Hafner went 4-4 with two home runs, and Casey Blake pounded a bases-loaded, two-out grand slam in the fifth. Yes, it's a new season in more ways the one.
Also, Fernando Cabrera looks like he figured out his mechanical problem; the lanky reliever struck out two in a scoreless ninth.
The only downer in the game was Ronnie Belliard leaving the game with a calf injury. As mentioned before, the Indians are the thinnest at the middle infield positions, so hopefully the injury won't be anything more than a day-to-day proposition.
The Bisons beat the Richmond Braves 10-1 behind Jeremy Sowers' six innings of outstanding work and 17 hits from the offense. Franklin Gutierrez, who is leading off for Buffalo this season, hit a leadoff homer and went 3-5. Andy Marte was on base five times, going 2-2 with three walks. Joe Inglett and Jason Cooper both hit two doubles apiece.
The Aeros edged Binghampton 2-1. Adam Miller started for Akron, and his 2006 debut was a success; he struck seven and allowed only three hits in his six innings. Akron got two runs in the eighth to take the lead.
Scott Lewis, who's been sidelined by arm troubles, pitched well in his return to action, and the K-Tribe won 9-3. Lewis struck out five and allowed three hits in 4.1 innings. Aaron Laffey pitched the final four innings of the game to get the save.
On offense, Trevor Crowe went 2-5, Brandon Pinckney went 3-5 with a double, and Wyatt Toregas went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Matt Whitney's first game of the year was one to forget; he was hitless with three strikeouts.
Captains pitchers struck out 12 in Lake County's 4-2 victory over Hickory. Mike Conroy blasted a home run, and 3B Nick Petrucci went 2-4.