Things were far from bright for the Indians on the Bright Side of the Bay Sunday afternoon. Tying the game at three in the fifth inning, Oakland rallied back to score four unanswered runs over their final four frames as they took the series finale against the Tribe, 7-3. No quality start from left-hander Scott Kazmir (7-6, 4.39 ERA) and more dismal production from anemic Cleveland offense easily led to another defeat, as the team has now dropped nine of their last 13 ballgames.
After rattling off a seven game win streak early in the month, the AZL Indians dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling to the AZL Angels 8-7. The Tribe offense did manage to pound out 16 hits on the night, but nine men left on base coupled with the bullpen allowing the AZL Angels to score in each of the last four innings ultimately doomed the AZL Indians.
The Indians need help on offense at the big league level, and one player who may be available to help soon is first baseman David Cooper. He is torching the ball on his rehab assignment in Arizona, and may soon get pushed to Triple-A Columbus to give him a few games before adding him to the big league roster. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps his performance and others....
The Lansing Lugnuts tied the game in the ninth inning and won it in the twelfth inning on a RBI single by catcher Daniel Klein. Lansing won the game 7-6 over the Lake County Captains on Sunday afternoon.
The Clippers evened up the series with the Norfolk Tides Sunday night, coming out on top 4-2. Columbus’ offense was able to gain the lead in the third and would never lose it, keeping the Tides off the board for eight innings.
The Carolina Mudcats took game one of a doubleheader against the Salem Red Sox 7-1 on Sunday afternoon before dropping game two 3-1. The doubleheader split keeps the Mudcats a half game out of the wildcard spot in the playoff race behind Salem.
Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo each hit solo home runs off Scott Kazmir in the fifth as the A's beat the Indians 7-3 Sunday in the rubber match of the three-game series. With the loss, the Indians are now 3-3 on their current road trip. Cleveland is now seven games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central and 4.5 games behind in the Wild Card. Join the IBI's Nathan Kemp as he recaps the loss.
On Sunday afternoon in Williamsport, the site of the ongoing Little League World Series, history was made as the Williamsport Crosscutters no-hit the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and secured an 8-0 victory.
The next position to tackle in this series is that of left field. It is a position that bottomed out last year for the Indians and is now home to the one and only Dr. Smooth. Is he the answer this team needs or should they be looking to upgrade left field? The IBI's Jeff Ellis breaks it down to determine whether the Indians should stand pat or look to improve this position going forward.
Tribe fans filled the Terrace Club last Saturday for a special luncheon to celebrate Rocky Colavito’s 80th birthday. The IBI's DJ Sebastian was was fortunate to be in the audience to participate in the festivities, and provides all the fun and countless stories he shared throughout the event. There is no doubt that The Rock is still much loved in Cleveland.
There are victories, and then there are much needed victories. Saturday was definitley a much needed victory, as the Indians defeated the wild card leading Oakland A’s, 7-1. Join the IBI's Jim Berdysz as he offers his Second Thoughts from the huge Saturday night victory.
Clint Frazier continued his run through the overmatched Arizona League, and even though it's an offensive league, you have to be impressed with the numbers he's been producing. Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar and Dorssys Paulino also all had big nights, showcasing some of the most promising prospects in the entire system. Join Jim Pete with another edition of Around the Farm.
Asdrubal Cabrera broke a 0-for-20 slump with two RBI hits and Ubaldo Jimenez took a no hitter into the sixth, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland A's 7-1 Saturday night at o.CO Coliseum. Ubaldo Jimenez was effectively wild over five and two-thirds innings, walking five and striking out eight. He took a no hitter into the sixth inning as his pitch count ballooned.
The Columbus Clippers were crushed by the Norfolk Tides Saturday night, losing 8-1. The Tides picked up their first six runs in the first two innings, while Columbus was held to one run in the first and would not score again.
Over the years at the minor league level, lots of players come and go, and many fade from memory over time. After Saturday night, one thing is for certain. Jesus Aguilar will never be forgotten by Akron Aeros fans.
Aguilar, Akron's gregarious, 6-foot-3, power-hitting first baseman, added another chapter to his MVP-worthy season when he laced a two-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Aeros the lead and paved the way for a 5-3 victory over the Reading Fightin Phils at Canal Park.
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!