Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 5/10/13
Scott Kazmir was masterful yesterday for the Cleveland Indians. With 10 strikeouts (no walks) among his 18 outs in six innings of one-run pitching to lead Cleveland Indians to a 9-2 triumph against Oakland, but even if the veteran left-hander still was with Sugar Land,TX for a second season it seems doubtful the Skeeters would be doing much better than they already are in their second Atlantic League season. Kazmir made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 when he was only 20 years old and at one time held many of the franchise’s career pitching records. He is still among the team’s all-time leaders in strikeouts, earned run average, wins, and games started. He was the 15th pick overall in the 2002 MLB draft. Scott Kazmir, now 2-1 with the Cleveland Indians, would bring more headline-grabbing attention to the Houston-area Skeeters, they have won 11 of their last 12 and are playing at a brilliant .850 pace (17-3) after a 5-1 matinee victory at Southern Maryland (Waldorf). Among the accomplishments for Gary Gaetti’s club are a 10-0 record at home, series sweeps against both of last year’s championship series teams, Long Island and Lancaster, with 10 games in the two sets, and they sit atop the league statistics in both hitting (.286) and pitching (2.51). The offense is producing just over six runs a game, led by catcher Koby Clemens (the son of a former pitcher with the same last name) with six homers and 18 RBI despite a .241 average. Only one of the 15 pitchers on the staff, which probably will be trimmed a bit when rosters go from 27 to 25 at the end of the month, has an earned run average above 3.52. (This is an excerpt from the column Bob Wirz writes year round on Independent Baseball.  Forty columns are planned during 2013.  Fans may subscribe at www.WirzandAssociates.com, enjoy added stories on the blog www.IndyBaseballChatter.com, or comment to RWirz@aol.com.  The author has 16 years of major league baseball public relations experience with Kansas City and as spokesman for two Commissioners and lives in Stratford, CT.) Sco The post Scott Kazmir making big comeback with Cleveland Indians appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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