The Carolina Mudcats bounced back from a tough loss in their previous outing to shutout the Wilmington Blue Rocks 7-0 on Thursday night behind a big seventh inning, and a strong pitching performance from D.J. Brown.
The Lansing Lugnuts (8-11) pounded out ten runs on eleven hits in the series finale on Thursday night, as they completed a four-game sweep of the Lake County Captains (5-15) with a 10-2 win. The Captains have dropped six straight games.
Akron RubberDucks right-hander Kyle Davies struck out a season-high nine batters over six and 2/3 innings Thursday afternoon, picking up his second win of the season, as the RubberDucks defeated the Trenton Thunder, 4-1, at Arm and Hammer Park.
In today’s second part of our bi-weekly Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into Triple-A Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez’s performance, his usage, how he fits onto the Major League roster and how he is being showcased as a potential trade chip. In addition to that he provides several comments from the front office on some players at Low-A Lake County such as Nellie Rodriguez, Jordan Milbrath and others, and provides insight and information on players such as Jesus Aguilar, Francisco Lindor, James Roberts, Claudio Bautista and more!
It was a day for smiles in the Indians series finale with Kansas City Thursday afternoon. And yes, even for Corey Kluber (2-2, 3.90 ERA), who had himself a career day on the mound in his fifth start. Tossing his first big league complete game victory, the right-hander led the Tribe past the Royals, 5-1 to win the four-game series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
The arrival of first-rounder Clint Frazier highlighted the Captains’ week, though the team’s winning woes remained. They posted a 1-5 record last week as they managed to avoid a home sweep by the Burlington Bees, but their trip up north to Lansing, Mich. didn’t end well. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week.
The Indians rallied for a much needed 5-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday night, earning just their second win of the season against a left-handed starting pitcher in the process. The IBI's Michael Goodman reviews some of the performances from the game and notes some good and bad trends which are developing with some key Indians players.
Jose Ramirez, power hitter? The International League has been kind to Ramirez so far in 2014, as the infielder has put on an uncharacteristic power show. But Ramirez reminded us of the other parts of his game Wednesday, showing off his wheels and on-base ability. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Ramirez's night, Dorssys Paulino's talent shining through in Lake County, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
And the Tommy John bug gets ahold of another pitcher. 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 Josh Johnson having Tommy John surgery, more troubles in Arizona, and more.
Solid starting pitching and clutch hitting made for a good recipe of success Wednesday night, as the Tribe took down Kansas City, 5-3. For the second straight game, the Royals offense would strike first on back-to-back home runs. But that wouldn't stop ace Justin Masterson from giving the Indians another quality start, as the offense behind Jason Kipnis came through late. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a win from the ballpark.
The Lake County Captains lost their fifth straight game Wednesday, falling to the Lansing Lugnuts, 6-5. The Captains held a 4-0 advantage, but saw the lead evaporate late. Even though Lake County had four players with multiple hits, Lansing simply found a way to get it done late when the Captains could not.
The Carolina Mudcats lost a back and forth battle with the Wilmington Blue Rocks Wednesday, dropping their record to 10-9 this season. Carolina scored in the top of the first, but the Blue Rocks answered twice in the bottom half of the inning. Wilmington ended up sealing the win by blanking the dangerous Mudcats in the ninth inning.
After giving up eight runs through the first four innings, the Akron RubberDucks made a desperate comeback attempt, but fell short as they lost to the Trenton Thunder, 9-5. Tyler Naquin tallied three hits, as did Tyler Holt, but the 12 total hits for the team were not enough to make up for a 1-11 showing with runners in scoring position.
After leading early in the game, the Columbus Clippers lost 3-2 to the Gwinnett Braves Wednesday. Columbus scored both its runs in the bottom of the first inning before allowing one in the fourth and the deciding runs in the eighth. The Clippers' third and forth batters – Nyjer Morgan and Jesus Aguilar – both went 0-4 in the game.
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!