Clippers split double header
In game one, the Clippers were shut out, having just four hits, while starter Jack Cassel (2-4 7.04) went the distance allowing four hits, three earned runs, and walking two, while striking out three. His downfall was giving up two long balls on the day.
In game two, the Clippers struck early when Andy Marte doubled in the first to score Trevor Crowe.
RHP Masa Kobayashi has accepted his assignment down to Columbus. In turn, LHP David Huff was added to the 25-man roster. He will make the start against Tampa this afternoon.
Also, LHP Tony Sipp was outrighted to Columbus. In turn, RHP Greg Aquino has been added to the 25-man roster.
To make room for Aquino on the 40-man roster, Scott Lewis has been transferred from the 15-day DL to...
Today, the Indians traded RHP Randy Newsom to the Pittsburgh Pirates. No word on what compensation the Indians will receive in return, if anything. Pittsburgh's Double-A affiliate Altoona is playing Akron today, so it will be an easy transition for Newsom as he will flip sides and be in the Altoona dugout today. More details later.
The Columbus Clippers game was rained out on Saturday.
Aeros fall in first game, second game washed out
The Aeros fell to Altoona 8-0 in game one of a doubleheader Saturday night at Blair County Ballpark, with game two rained out. The postponed contest will be made up as part of a twin-bill Sunday afternoon starting at 2:05 p.m., which is an hour earlier that originally scheduled.
As I noted last night, LHP David Huff will be called up to start Sunday's game in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Rays. No word still who he replaced on the 25-man and who is removed from the 40-man, but it very well could be Masa Kobayashi.
Also, while I have been away in Miami (I return late tomorrow night), there have been some roster moves in the system:
- At Lake County 3B Jeremie...
Every year of late, it seems a new hot shot young Latin American pitcher opens the season at Low-A Lake County and their career just takes off. Recently, right-handers Hector Rondon and Jeanmar Gomez did this in 2007 and last year left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz did it as well. This year, the new big Latin American pitching prospect being put on display at Lake County is right-hander Alexander Perez.
Indians LHP David Huff is set to make his MLB debut on Sunday against the Tampa Rays. I am out in Miami, but got word that he is in transit to Tampa and will make that debut this Sunday. Congrats to Dave on the call and good luck!
Clippers sweep IronPigs
The Clippers put on an offensive show on Friday night scoring at least one run in every inning except the seventh and eighth. The only two players for the Clippers who did not have a hit were Travis Hafner and Wyatt Toregas.
In the bottom of the first, Chris Gimenez drove a two-run home run to left field, scoring Brantley, putting Columbus up 2-0.
Columbus sweeps double header
In game one, the Clippers won it in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the seventh off a Chris Gimenez walk.
However, the Clippers got off to an early 2-0 lead off a sac fly from Michael Aubrey and an RBI double off the bat of Jordan Brown.
In the bottom of the third, tied at two, the Clippers took the lead again via the long bomb, when Michael Aubrey...
This was not the kind of start that Triple-A Columbus catcher Chris Gimenez envisioned back when he packed his bags at the end of a successful showing in spring training out in Goodyear, AZ and boarded a plane for Columbus, OH a month ago.
Gimenez, 26, got off to an 0-for-22 start the first week and a half of the season, and since then he has been battling to get his numbers back to respectability...
The Columbus Clippers game was rained out and will play a doubleheader tomorrow. The Lake County Captains had the day off.
Aeros squeak by
In what could be considered a relatively quiet game, it was a scoreless game going into the bottom of the sixth. However, that would change.
Jerad Head led off the inning by hitting a double to left. Then, with two outs and Head at second,...
Today is a special edition of Minor Happenings, one that comes about as a result of the pretty significant news yesterday - from a farm system standpoint - that right-hander Hector Rondon has been moved to the bullpen. As fate would have it, I happened to have a scheduled visit to Akron last night and was able to get the scoop on the change from several people in the Indians organization.
Low-A Lake County 19-year lefty T.J. House had a lot of hype coming into this season. Having yet to throw a pitch as an Indian before the start of the season, he was ranked almost unanimously as one of the Indians top 20-25 prospects coming into the season.
House has the maturity well beyond his years to handle such expectations, but in the early going he has been more focused on getting...
Clippers down Lehigh Valley
The Clippers lifted the lid on a four game series with a 8-4 victory Tuesday night over Lehigh Valley. Andy Marte led the offensive charge with two hits and three RBIs. David Huff pitched six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits for the victory.
The Clippers scored in the second inning when Chris Gimenez led off with a single, and scored on a Jordan...
Okay, as mentioned, RHP Hector Rondon has been officially moved to the Double-A Akron bullpen. Taking his place in the rotation is lefty Ryan Edell who comes down from Triple-A Columbus, and who will start tonight. To make room for Edell, RHP Eric Stiller was put on the reserve list (Mahoning Valley). Also, to make room for OF/1B Matt McBride who is officially on the roster today, OF John Drennen...
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