After giving up eight runs through the first four innings, the Akron RubberDucks made a desperate comeback attempt, but fell short as they lost to the Trenton Thunder, 9-5. Tyler Naquin tallied three hits, as did Tyler Holt, but the 12 total hits for the team were not enough to make up for a 1-11 showing with runners in scoring position.
With momentum on their side heading into a four-game set with the Trenton Thunder, the Akron RubberDucks were looking to stay hot and gain some ground in the Western Division of the Eastern League. Following back-to-back nights in which the pitching staff blew leads, the momentum has officially faded and the RubberDucks have dropped the first two games of the series. On Tuesday, Akron held a lead through seven innings, but the Thunder put up three runs in the bottom half of the lead to secure a 4-3 victory.
After splitting three series and losing one outright in 2014, the Akron RubberDucks were looking for a victory to set the tone for the series. Akron was able to do just that taking the opening game of the three-game series with a 3-2 win on Thursday. Akron’s hurlers have now allowed just eight runs in the past four games, and continued that success on Thursday as Will Roberts, Tyler Sturdevant and Kyle Crockett combined to throw a six hit, two-run performance.
After snowfall postponed Tuesday's matchup, the Akron RubberDucks braved the elements Wednesday to take on the Trenton Thunder in a double header. Akron took the first game, but lost the second 1-0 as both offenses stalled. While the RubberDucks pitching staff performed well in both games, the Thunder still clinched the series victory.
The RubberDucks stranded ten runners in Thursday's home opening loss against the Frederick Keys 6-3. Akron outhit the Keys, but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities ending the night batting 1-10 with runners in scoring position. RubberDucks top pitching prospect, Cody Anderson, also had some troubles in his first home start of the season.
The Akron RubberDucks jumped out to an early lead and ended up beating Altoona, 5-4, Wednesday. Starter Gabriel Arias pitched five strong innings while Akron collected nine hits as a team. Next up, the RubberDucks are set to head home to Akron to debut new uniforms and a renovated stadium.
Altoona Curve outfielder Willy Garcia was hit-less in his last eight at bats, including five strikeouts; however, in the bottom of the ninth inning, he made-up for his poor start with a walk off, solo home run off of Tyler Sturdevant to seal the victory for the Curve 4-3 over the Akron RubberDucks. The loss drops the RubberDucks to below .500 for the season (2-3).
In front of a rare sellout crowd at Goodyear Ballpark, the Cleveland Indians stranded nine runners en route to a 4-2 loss to the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks. With five-projected everyday players in the starting lineup, the Indians offense failed to capitalize on 11 hits, including three doubles from left-fielder Mike Aviles. Join Rob Fuller as he recaps the action.
Carlos Santana, deeply entrenched in a competition with Lonnie Chisenhall to win the everyday third baseman job, made his case Tuesday, helping the Indians run away with a 12-7 win at the expense of the San Diego Padres. Not only did Santana blast a two-run home run in the first inning, the catcher-turned-utility man looked very comfortable at third base and made two exceptional plays in the process. Join Rob Fuller as he reports from Goodyear.
Trevor Bauer needed to impress on Monday following Josh Tomlin's performance on Sunday, but he struggled mightily through his two innings, leading to an 8-3 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Angels. With the race for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation heating up, Bauer's stock may have dropped a bit due to issues that have plagued him throughout his short career. Join Rob Fuller as he recaps the action.
With the Cleveland Indians still in search of a fifth starter, Josh Tomlin bolstered his hopes Sunday afternoon, leading the tribe to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Tomlin, battling for the final rotation spot with Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, amongst others, threw four scoreless innings. Join Rob Fuller as he covers the game from Goodyear.
On Thursday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers held their first-annual Hot Stove Banquet. The event was held, in part, to give fans a chance to interact with future major-leaguers, as well as give former Scrappers a chance to return to the Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Robert Fuller was there and gives the details of the event and also provides an update on Jose Ramirez.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers played their final game in the spacious confines of Eastwood Field Friday night, and the home season ended similarly to the way the season played out, as the Scrappers fell to the Auburn Doubledays 6-3.
For the third consecutive night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers offense was unable to figure out the Jamestown Jammers pitching staff. That is, until the bottom of the ninth inning. With only three hits through the first eight innings, the Scrappers offense exploded in the final frame, culminating with a walk-off home run by Nellie Rodriguez.
The 2014 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!