On Friday, it was the offense, but on Saturday, it was the pitching. Justin Masterson pitched brilliantly to lead the Indians to a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers Saturday. With the win, the Indians clinched the three-game series and remain just three games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps all the action from the classic pitchers' duel.
It is 7-1, Kluber is pitching well as usual, the Tribe seems to be rolling, winning a very important first game of the series. This is exactly the shot in the arm they needed, a big win making it two in a row, and then all of the sudden it happened. The Tribe had to go to the bullpen. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deeper look at the struggles of two of the Indians' most vital pieces in the bullpen: Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano.
Since day one, the Indians have been blessed with a luxury they have not enjoyed for quite some time in their bench. Meanwhile, a former strength in their bullpen continues to struggle with Joe Smith currently leading the charge. It was all a moot point on Friday night as Ryan Raburn walked off the Tribe in extra innings with a three run blast. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his second thoughts on another Indians walk-off win.
Jordan Smith had a huge night for Carolina and continued his recent hot play. Jesus Aguilar racked up another RBI for Akron. Carlos Moncrief crushed another homer. Josh Tomlin made a rehab appearance in Arizona. These are just some of the performances recapped around the farm on Friday by.
After twice contemplating a sacrifice bunt, Ryan Raburn hit a walk-off, three-run home run in the 11th inning off Jason Frasor, giving the Cleveland Indians a 11-8 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. It was the seventh walk-off win this season for the Indians, who began a stretch of 14-of-17 games at home. The IBI's Nathan Kemp recaps Raburn's memorable evening.
The MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away, which means that there are plenty of rumors as to what the Cleveland Indians should do. Everyone seems to have their own take on who the Tribe should go after, but it's evident that the team is in need of an upgrade. Mark Reynolds has struggled immensely over the past few months, and the IBI's Steve Orbanek returns to Orbiting Cleveland this week to opine that the Indians need to acquire a professional bat to replace Reynolds.
The Indians have been quite busy on the international signing front over the past month plus. Back in early June the Indians signed shortstop Yu Chen-Chang out of Taiwan, followed that up with two splashes at the start of the International Signing Period on July 2nd by inking shortstop Willy Castro and outfielder Junior Soto out of the Dominican Republic, and then just a few days ago came to terms on Cuban right-handed pitcher Leandro Linares. Tony shares the details on each signing...
Since the last edition of the Scrapperbook was published, things have been very rocky for the boys of summer in Niles, Ohio. They went on to lose 12 games in a row, but have since battled back to win seven of their last nine games. The IBI's Hayden Grove gets us all caught up on things happening down in The Valley in his latest "Scrapperbook".
The Indians offense is strewn with inconsistency. It may be a challenge to pick at an offense that just dropped 10 runs in Seattle but we all know that the week preceding was an offensive struggle. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a stab at analyzing and determining what he believes is the Indians optimum lineup, and it is much different than what Francona has been writing into the lineup card of late. He also chimes in with a request to get Yan Gomes more playing time.
We all know Francisco Lindor is an elite player, but watching his video game numbers pile up upon his promotion to Double-A is an entirely new level of dominance. Lindor did show his human side a little bit Thursday -- striking out for the first time -- but he more than made up for it in power. To read about Lindor's night, a Mahoning Valley infielder showing he can hit, and much more, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes an in-depth look at some of the hot prospects in the organization. He provides some insight into the season that outfielder LeVon Washington has had and when and where he will be promoted, provides some comments from Ross Atkins on a very talented Carolina Mudcats roster, reviews the hot start by shortstop Francisco Lindor at Akron and his major league time clock, provides insight into outfielder Clint Frazier’s pro debut and how the Indians are handling him, and discusses infielder Joe Sever who is an emerging prospect in the system.
In his third part of this series, the IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at the shortstop position for the Indians over the past three seasons. The first two positions he looked at were first base and second base and the Indians have seen significant improvement at both, and this time he reviews the shortstop position which is the only position which has stayed consistent over the last few years for the Indians.
Pitching has been the name of the game for the Clippers as the second-half of their season has gotten off to a promising 4-3 start. They could easily be 7-0 as their losses came by three runs or less (two of them were by a one-run deficit). With a limited offense, the pitching staff is key and if they keep the runs down, Columbus has a shot of making a late-season push for the playoffs. The IBI's Ethan Day recaps the week that was for the Clippers...
The Indians needed this one and they got it by absolutely dominating the Mariners on the mound and at the plate in a 10-1 win. Michael Bourn had the big blow with a grand slam, and Scott Kazmir continues to pitch like the Kazmir of five years ago. The IBI's Michael Goodman shares his "second thoughts" on a much needed Tribe win...
Wednesday night was a good night in the organization, and not just because the major league club won. See, Wednesday night was #WashTime, as the outfielder made his presence known in Arizona. In addition to #WashTime, the organization also had some Tyler Naquin, a little Eric Haase, and much more. To read all about the night in the minor leagues, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!