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On Friday, May 20th Ezequiel Carrera - who played with the Cyclones in 2007 - became the 29th former Cyclone to make it to the big leagues. Carrera was promoted from Columbus (AAA) of the International League to the Cleveland Indians when they placed Travis Hafner on the 15-Day Disabled List and Carrera wasted no time in making sure the fans of the Tribe knew his name.
Carrera pinch-hit in the eighth inning with two outs and the go-ahead run on third base. Cleveland and Cincinnati were knotted at 4-4 in the battle for Ohio. Quite the predicament for the 23-year-old infielder. But Ezequiel made the most of his first opportunity in the bigs, executing a perfect drag bunt, avoiding the tag from Reds first baseman Joey Votto, and allowing Shin-Soo Choo to score with the go-ahead run.
Indians Manager, Manny Acta, was impressed with Carrera in Spring Training and kept tabs on him while in Columbus.
"He performed really well for us in the Spring and when the season started, It didn't stop," Acta said on Friday. "He played well in Triple-A, too. I had a conversation with [Columbus manager] Mike Sarbaugh, and he was impressed with the way he played over there in Triple-A. He continues to make progress with his baserunning and all that. Hey, sometimes those guys come up to the big leagues, they're unknown, and they can make an impact and pick up a couple of games for you."