By Darian Somers
Normally, a loss isn’t the place for cheering.
There were cheers coming out of the Curve clubhouse after their 3-2 loss to Binghamton on Friday before 3,929 people, though.
The eruption of applause and yells were for Andrew Lambo, who got the news he is headed to Triple-A Indianapolis after Curve manager Carlos Garcia made the announcement before the whole team.
“I guess that’s his style,” Lambo said of how Garcia broke the news. “I guess he likes to give clubhouse promotions. [He] doesn’t really like to call you in the office. I’ve never seen that before. You always get called in the office. After a loss, it’s kind of tough.”
Lambo’s promotion comes after he has had his best season in Double-A. Lambo, who was hitting .291, hit 14 homers in 58 games. The 14 homers were the most in the Eastern League, and he was second in RBIs with 46.
He also leads the Eastern League in extra-base hits with 27 and total bases hits with 123. He has also reached base in 55 games this year. He will leave the Curve after going on a 28-game on-base streak, which was just five games shy of tying the franchise record.
“He did a good enough job,” Garcia said of Lambo, who drove in a pair of runs Friday off of winning pitcher Logan Verrett (7-2). “He was able to be rewarded. He did very well. He played hard. He was a leader in the club. It was the type of performance he was waiting as an organization to promote a guy.”
Lambo will be going from one of the worst teams in Double-A to one of the best in Triple-A. The Indians own the best record in the International League. This will be the second time Lambo will be headed to Indianapolis. He was with the Indians in 2011 for 60 games where he hit just .184.
“It’s just a battle,” Lambo said of his struggles in Triple-A previously. “Baseball is a battle, wherever you’re at. It’s gets tougher and tougher. You are just battling. I had a little taste of it before. I’m not going up there cold turkey.”
Lambo’s promotion is just the second time he has been promoted since 2008. He has been in Double-A for a majority of those six years.
Lambo spent his first three seasons with the Dodgers organization before being acquired in a trade with James McDonald for Octavio Dotel. Lambo, who primarily plays in the outfield, will compete with Felix Pie, Alex Presley and Jerry Sands for playing time in Triple-A.
“I like to keep it simple, like to have fun, keep it loose and win,” Lambo said of the mentality he will take to the Indians. “That’s why we come to the park every day – to win a ballgame. Hopefully, I can help them out up there.”
Garcia said he believed Lambo could do the job at the highest level, and for Lambo to succeed, he has to stay consistent.
“Keep things simple,” Lambo said of what he needs to do to continue his success. “Stay with the same approach. I’m not really worried about stuff you can’t control. Control the controllable. Go out there and help the ball club win.”
Key player: Binghamton 2B Daniel Muno went 1-for-5 but drove in two runs and scored another.
Key play: Cesar Puello knocked in Muno on a single in the fifth inning, which proved to be the winning run.
Key stat: The Curve’s bullpen did not allow a hit or run after RHP David Bromberg gave up six hits and three runs in six innings.
How they scored
Top 3rd: Tovar singled, scored on Ceciliani double (0-1).
Bottom 4th: Dickerson singled, Cutler singled, both scored on Lambo single (2-1).
Top 5th: Tovar singled, scored on Muno double (2-2); Muno doubled, scored on Puello single (2-3).