Bowie’s Garabez Rosa smacked a three-run home run during a six-run fourth inning Sunday afternoon, and the Baysox slipped by the Akron RubberDucks, 7-5, before a crowd of 4,208, at Canal Park. Rosa, the EL leader in RBI, increased his total to 14 on the season with an opposite field homer to right field off Akron starter Kyle Davies (0-1).
As the old saying goes – nothing in life worth doing comes easy. For the Columbus Clippers (3-7) Sunday afternoon’s 10-9 triumph was neither an easy victory, nor an ultimate failure, but it could have gone either way. The Clippers built an eight-run lead, and almost saw it disappear against the Indianapolis Indians (9-2) at Victory Field.
The Carolina Mudcats broke out of an offensive slump to crush the Potomac Nationals 12-2 on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander D.J. Brown was forced to make an emergency start as scheduled starter, Dylan Baker (1-0, 3.38) sustained a lower right leg injury as he took the field, and left on crutches.
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since he was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers, including Trevor Bauer's year to forget, T.J. House's rising profile, and much more.
For the Cleveland Indians and the fandom that follows them, Saturday's 12-6 victory was an oasis in what has been an offensive desert of a start. The team's offense finally broke out of a week long slump and piled up 12 runs on 12 hits, though the starting pitching continues to be inconsistent. The IBI's John Grimm looks at the rotation's performance to date and offers up some evidence that things may not be as bad as they seem....
All four Indians' affiliates were back in action on Saturday afternoon, and with that several of the Indians hopefuls of the future had a chance to shine. Ryan Rohlinger and Jerrud Sabourin were perfect at the plate on the night, and Dorssys Paulino and Paul Hendrix had big nights at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm......
It wasn't pretty, but at least the Indians salvaged a win Saturday in Chicago. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Nationals losing their third baseman, the Cardinals extending their GM, and more.
After tallying five double, the Carolina Mudcats were unable to capitalize as they fell to the Potomac Nationals 3-1. Even with nine hits, Carolina couldn't get the offense going as it stranded nine base runners. Cole Sulser was saddled with the loss after pitching 5.2 solid innings while a strong relief performance from Jacob Lee provided no relief for the game's result.
The Columbus Clippers continued their slow start to the season with a 12-4 loss to Lousiville Saturday. Columbus starter Brett Brach couldn't make it out of the first inning as a 2-0 lead turned into a 6-2 deficit for the visitors. A pair of two-run innings weren't enough to salvage the game for Columbus as the team was outhit by the Bats, 15 to seven.
The Akron RubberDucks won a tightly contested game against the Bowie Baysox Saturday, 6-5. Will Roberts pitched 5.1 innings while Bowie starter Zach Davies was forced out of the game after being hit by a come-backer in the second inning. Bryson Myles hit a key two-run homer while super-prospect Francisco Lindor added a triple as Akron finished with five extra-base hits.
A comeback attempt fell short for The Lake County Captains as they lost to the Kane County Cougers 9-8 Saturday. Adam Plutko lasted less than five innings, giving up five runs, while Juan Panigua tossed four two-hit innings for Kane County. The Lake County offense was hot at times, but not enough to overcome five extra-base hits from the Cougars.
The Akron RubberDucks debuted their new name and logo at Canal Park Thursday night, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time. Since the vast majority of IBI's readership probably was not there, Jim Piascik captured many of the sights of the spectacle, which you can see inside. Join Jim as he takes you through a day at Canal Park and the 2014 RubberDucks home opener.
As tempting as it is to indulge in the frenzy of panic that tends to emerge after losses - or steep oneself in the intoxicating thrill of victory - it's frequently more useful to try to find the good in losses and the bad in wins. In this vein, John Grimm gives his Second Thoughts on Friday night's loss to the White Sox, looking at the early struggles of Carlos Carrasco, Asdrubal Cabrera's clutchness, and more.
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!