Before the final two-game home stand against Louisville, the Indians awarded honors to the following: Most Valuable Player-Matt Hague, Vic Black (Henry Smock Relief Pitcher of the Year), Kris Johnson (Starting Pitcher of the Year), Andrew Lambo (Offensive Player of the Year) and Lucas May (Hustle Award).
Hague, a stalwart on the Tribe roster the last three seasons, also won MVP honors back in 2011. He's the fourth two-time winner in franchise history. Entering the weekend, Hague ranks among IL leaders in games (1st, 139), hits (1st, 151), at-bats (T-1st, 529), doubles (T-1st, 37), walks (6th, 70) and OBP (T-7th, .377).
Before he was traded to the New York Mets as part of the Marlon Byrd deal, Black .ranked tied for fifth in the IL with 17 saves during his Triple-A debut season, He struck out 63 batters in 43.2 innings of work, and after allowing three runs in his debut, followed with a 1.99 ERA (10 ER in 45.1 IP) throughout the remainder of his stint in Indy
Johnson was the Tribe's ace before getting promoted to parent Pittsburgh when rosters expanded September 1. Johnson was 10-4 with the best ERA in the league (2.39) through 26 games (21 starts) this season. He also ranks among IL pitching leaders in WHIP (4th, 1.17), average against (5th, .234) and wins (T-7th, 10).
Lambo belted an IL-best 17 homers with 13 doubles and a league-leading 37 RBI in his first 54 games with the Indians. Prior to his promotion and eventual MLB debut, he knocked 31 of 54 hits for extra bases for Indy, ranking second in the league in that category and third in the IL with a .606 slugging percentage. Overall in 2013, Lambo blasted 31 total homers in his first 112 games, the most in the Minors, and also ranked fourth in RBI (92)and tied for sixth in extra-base hits (58).
May has served as the backup catcher throughout the first half of the season until being thrust into a starting role in lieu of Tony Sanchez’s promotion to the Pirates. He had some key hits down the stretch to help the Indians overcome a late-season swoon and hold off Columbus and Louisville in the IL West.
Smoke Signals: The Indians will limp into the post-season following a 7-5 loss to Louisville in the regular-season finale Monday. The Bats put a five spot on the board in the bottom of the ninth to rally to the win. Indianapolis lost the last three games to Louisville, and the Bats won the overall series 13-9 between the two clubs.....The Tribe hits the road to face Durham in the first round of the IL playoffs beginning Wednesday. Games 1 and 2 are in Durham before the teams resume the series at Victory Field for games 3, 4, and 5, if necessary.