In this week's second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a long, hard look at the Triple-A Columbus roster. He takes a look at the hot hitting Tim Fedroff, Ezequiel Carrera and Jared Goedert and provides insight and analysis on whether they are big league options for the Indians anytime soon, provides several interesting comments from Ross Atkins on how they handle players that are affected by trades as well as some thoughts on Vinny Rottino and J.C. Romero, and more.
With the trade deadline now in the past and my vacation but a distant memory, it is time to get back into the swing of things with Minor Happenings as we head down the home stretch of the minor league season. Today, Tony provides updates on the departing Steven Wright and incoming Lars Anderson, the recent impressive performances from lefties T.J. House and Danny Jimenez, all sorts of goodies from Farm Director Ross Atkins on some pitchers in the system, an update on the health of Jeremie Tice, and more.
After eight innings of lackluster offense and inconsistent pitching, the Columbus Clippers (59-53) put together a monster ninth-inning rally to tie the game but ultimately fell to the Rochester Red Wings (55-56) in 12 innings by a final score of 10-8.
The Columbus Clippers (59-52) struggled on both offense and defense on Monday night, and that resulted in a 7-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (54-56). It was the Clippers’ second loss in a row; marking the first time they’ve fallen in consecutive games in more than two weeks.
Triple-A Columbus is on fire and have gone 12-3 in their last 15 games scoring tons of runs in the process, and suddenly are back in the thick of the International League playoff race looking to defend their consecutive league titles. Andrew Holleran takes us "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook and gets us up to date on all the game-by-game action, the hot play of Ezequiel Carrera and Tim Fedroff, and lots more.
The International League’s leader in runs per game played like it Sunday night, but the Clippers’ pitching staff faltered, and Columbus lost for the first time since Wednesday. The Clippers were riding a five-game winning streak heading into their Sunday contest against the Rochester Red Wings, and looked the part of a six-in-a-row club through three innings.
Prior to the All-Star break, Ezequiel Carrera was hitting .258 and the Clippers were 45-45. Post All-Star break, the Clippers center fielder is hitting .467 and Columbus is 58-50. Saturday night, Carrera was yet again a big part in a Columbus victory, as the Clippers surged past the Rochester Red Wings for the fourth-straight night, 8-5.
Offense has certainly not been lacking at the plate for the Clippers over the past two games, and Columbus has two easy wins to show for it. Columbus defeated the Toledo Mud Hens Friday night, 13-2. Thursday night, the Clippers throttled the Mud Hens, 16-2. Over the past two nights at Huntington Park, Columbus has tallied 37 hits--a franchise record for a two-game span.
Chris Seddon has been a force on the mound for the Columbus Clippers over the past two months, and is looking like he could be a big league option at some point this season. With rosters set to expand in about five weeks, Seddon's versatile left-handed arm could put him in the mix for a callup to the big league team in September if he finishes the season strong.
After their season-high six-game winning streak came to an end last night, the Clippers started a new one Thursday night. Columbus rolled past Toledo, 16-2, following a split double header last night in which the Clippers lost game one before tallying an 11-10 walk-off win in game two.
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The streak is over, but the Clippers were able to salvage one of the two games they played against the Toledo Mud Hens Wednesday night. Columbus won game two of the double header, 11-10, after their six-game winning streak ended in game one following a 5-3 defeat.
A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
Huntington Park is known around the International League as a field that favors hitters. On Tuesday night against the Toledo Mud Hens, though, the Clippers needed only to walk to get a win. Columbus (55-49) began its nine-game homestand with a 7-4 victory against Toledo on Tuesday at Huntington Park.
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