The Columbus Clippers lost their second series of the season Monday night, falling to the Toledo Mud Hens in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Clippers (10-8), lost to the Mud Hens, 5-3, in front of 3,871 fans at Fifth Third Park in Toledo. Toledo got out to a 5-0 lead after six innings, and despite a three-run top of the seventh inning by Columbus, were able to hold on for victory, shutting the Clippers’ offense down in the game’s final two innings.
In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
It is Monday afternoon, and that means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" to get caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Kevin Dean recaps the action from last week with thoughts on each game, transactions, stats, and his Clipper pitcher and hitter of the week.
A day after the Columbus Clippers had a great showing at the plate, the Toledo Mud Hens returned the favor. The Clippers (10-7), fell to the Mud Hens, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon in Toledo, after winning the first game of the series, 12-6, on Saturday night. Toledo held a 6-0 lead after four innings, and staved off any rallies by Columbus in the game’s final innings, on way to victory.
The Toledo Mud Hens poured it on starter Corey Kluber Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the Clippers 8-3, moving them into first place in the International League West division. A familiar face got the ball rolling for the Mud Hens in the bottom of the second inning, when Jerad Head doubled into left field against his former teammates. Audy Ciriaco then followed it up with a two-run blast, and Toledo never looked back.
An offensive outburst propelled the Columbus Clippers past the Toledo Mud Hens Saturday night. The Clippers (10-6) used a six-run fourth inning to beat the Mud Hens, 12-6, in the first game of the series in Toledo after Friday night’s game against the Indianapolis Indians was rained out. Columbus had 19 hits in the game, including seven extra-base hits. The Clippers scored eight runs off Mud Hens’ starter Ramon Garcia (1-1), who only lasted four innings, while giving up 10 hits.
Behind a strong outing by right-hander Chris Seddon, the Columbus Clippers got back in the win column Thursday afternoon. The starter threw six scoreless innings, leading the Clippers to a 4-0 victory over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Columbus and Indianapolis split the first two games of the series, 5-1 and 3-4, respectively. Seddon (2-0) struck out five batters and walked none in his six innings of work.
It's time for another edition of the Happenings in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Today Tony talks about the hot hitting Jared Goedert and what he needs to do get a big league opportunity, has lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on the Low-A Lake County roster, gives an update on the health of LeVon Washington and others, and discusses lots of other players like House, Barnes, Diaz, Chisenhall, Tice, Sterling, Stowell and more!
Even with a 4-for-5 performance from Clippers second basemen Cord Phelps, Columbus was unable to take game two of the series as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon, 4-3. Phelps' had a productive day at the plate with two doubles, two singles, and an RBI, but the main issue in this game was that the Clippers went a mere 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners stranded on the base paths.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
The Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians in game one of their series 5-1 on Tuesday night. The Clippers offense was lead by catcher Matt Pagnozzi who went 2-for-2 in the game, including a double, home run, two RBI, two runs, and a walk. It was Corey Kluber’s turn in the rotation to pitch for Columbus, and he finished the game going six innings allowing one run and fanned seven batters. He was also able to pick up the win giving him a perfect 3-0 record in three starts this season.
Minor Happenings is now a bi-weekly feature on the IPI, and today we post the first early week edition of this popular site staple. Tony gives the 411 on fast-rising prospect RHP Cody Allen, provides lots of comments from Assistant Farm Director Carter Hawkins, has injury updates on close to a dozen players, and lots more!
The Columbus Clippers have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Clippers (7-5) fell to the Louisvile Bats by a score of 7-4 on Monday night, losing for the third time in four games. Louisville used a four-run sixth inning to put distance between themselves and Columbus after the Clippers had scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Bats’ lead to 3-2. Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2) was on the mound for Columbus, and took the loss, going 5.1 innings while letting in six earned runs.
Time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" again as Kevin Dean wraps up the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. They are off to a good start at 7-4 and in first place in the Western Division of the International League, and Kevin gives all the updates on what is going on there.
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!