Originally written on Indians Baseball Insider  |  Last updated 11/16/14
GOODYEAR – Over two months into the major league baseball season, the AZL Indians, the Cleveland Indians rookie league affiliate, kicked off their Arizona League season Thursday against their complex rival, the AZL Reds.  Early season jitters and rust were apparent for the Indians throughout the game, starting in the top of the first inning, as the team ultimately lost 9-4.  The Indians gave the opening day start to pitcher Mitch Brown, who responded with early struggles.  On the second pitch of the game, Brown gave up a double to the Reds’ leadoff hitter, Cory Thompson, who came around to score two batters later, advancing on consecutive groundouts to give the Reds an early lead.  They were able to extend their lead in the second, when left fielder Kevin Garcia hit a three-run blast to left field, scoring his teammates Jose Fernandez and Shedric Long, who had singled and walked, respectively, earlier in the inning.  The Reds touched up Brown for one more run in the ...
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