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 Lake County Captains (28-26, 51-70) used two homeruns in the fifth inning to propel to a 5-3 win against the Lansing Lugnuts (22-33, 54-70) on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium. The Captains beat the Lugnuts for the seventh time this season.
The Scrappers were on the cusp of splitting a two-game series with the Auburn Doubledays before errors and a walk-off sac-fly sent them packing by a score of 4-3. Re-energized by the miscues of their opponents, the Doubledays won the game 4-3 in the bottom of the tenth and swept the Scrappers on a walk-off sac-fly from catcher Andruth Ramirez.
There is no doubt that Yan Gomes has come out of nowhere to be one of the best players on the team. The big question is whether or not Gomes can sustain it going forward. So far in baseball history, there has not been anyone quite like Gomes, but that does not mean he cannot sustain this success. Jim Piascik analyzes Gomes' performance to date, why it is so unique, and takes a look at some possible outcomes going forward.
When your team gets eight hits and draws nine walks in a game, you expect them to score more than two runs. Such was not the case on Friday night as the Indians dropped the series opener in Oakland 3-2 to the A’s. When a pitching-sound team like Oakland gives you opportunities to not only score, but take complete command of a game, you must take advantage. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he offers his Second Thoughts and recaps a frustrating loss in the Bay Area.
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!