Archer has best start of career, tops Orioles
Clayton’s Chris Archer turned in the best performance of his Major League career Friday night for the Tampa Bay Rays, working seven innings of two-hit baseball in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg.
“It was good to see my work coming to fruition,” Archer told MLB.com. “I’ve never said that word before. I felt I was in control the whole time, honestly. I was able to stay within myself and execute pitches. It was one of those special nights that you try to tap into every game. Every pitch, I was telling myself what I wanted to do.”
Archer retired 13 of the final 14 Orioles he faced in order. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday, June 12, against the Red Sox.
Four Mudcats earn All-Star nods
Four Carolina Mudcats have been selected to play in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif. on June 18. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, center fielder Tyler Naquin and first baseman Sabourin will be starters for the Carolina League squad that will take on the best of the Single-A California League in Municipal Stadium. Right-hander Cody Anderson will be on the Carolina League pitching staff.
“I’m very proud of our All-Stars,” manager David Wallace said. “Each are very deserving, and will be great representatives of the Cleveland Indians, Carolina Mudcats and the Carolina League.”
Naquinth overall in the 2012 draft, has become one of the best hitters in the league. He is the third Mudcat to lead the league in hits, owning 73 and his .309 batting average is third best in the league.
Lindor, 19, and the Indians’ top pick in 2011, owns a .301 batting average, fourth best in the league.
Sabourin has been a model of consistency at the plate. His .310 average is second best in the league.
Anderson owns a 5-3 record with a 2.85 ERA in 66 1/3 innings.