The Columbus Clippers have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Clippers (7-5) fell to the Louisvile Bats by a score of 7-4 on Monday night, losing for the third time in four games. Louisville used a four-run sixth inning to put distance between themselves and Columbus after the Clippers had scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Bats’ lead to 3-2. Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2) was on the mound for Columbus, and took the loss, going 5.1 innings while letting in six earned runs.
Time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" again as Kevin Dean wraps up the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. They are off to a good start at 7-4 and in first place in the Western Division of the International League, and Kevin gives all the updates on what is going on there.
Pros & Cons is a new IPI feature that will break down the value of some prospects in the Cleveland Indians' farm system and to kick things off we take a look at right-hander Jason Knapp. As noted in Minor Happenings on Friday, he is not pitching anywhere currently and Tony has the details on what he is up to and what is wrong. He also breaks down his value as a prospect going forward.
Alex Lavisky keeps lighting up Midwest League pitching like a pinball machine and Luigi Rodriguez continues to showcase five-tool talent, but the ATF star of the day is a corner outfielder that exploded on the scene last year with Mahoning Valley that you may not know about. Tune in to IPI's original Around the Farm for yesterday's minor league performances, after the jump.
On Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark, the Winston-Salem Dash defeated the Carolina Mudcats 6-5 despite giving up two home runs. Carolina was able to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Winston-Salem took advantage of an ill-advised Mudcats pitching change scoring two runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach. The Dash got their offense rolling early off Mudcats’ left handed starting pitcher T.J. House.
The Akron Aeros finished their four-game home series with a 2-1 loss to the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, dropping the Aeros to 6-3 on the season. Starting for the Aeros was left-hander Eric Berger, an eighth-round pick out of the University of Arizona in 2008. Berger spent last season in both Akron and Columbus, though his time with the Clippers was a bit rough as he posted a 10.05 ERA in just over 14 innings of work.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods sent 16 men to the plate in the top half of the ninth inning and scored 11 runs en route to the 22-12 victory over the Captains on Sunday afternoon in Eastlake. Before the big inning, the score was 11-10 BG heading to the ninth. In the first inning, The Captains took the early lead. Luigi Rodriguez started the rally with a slap single to center. Rodriguez stole second base. Alex Monsalve was hit by the pich. Rodriguez stole third and Monsalve stole advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The Columbus Clippers (7-4) lost to the Bats (4-7) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday at Louisville Slugger Field. After falling to the Bats in the third game of the series, the Clippers will now go two-straight series' without taking a majority of the wins. Louisville scored five runs off Clippers’ ace Zach McAllister (0-1) and were able to hold on late for a win. For McAllister, it was his first bad start of the year. In his first two outings of the season, both no decisions, he gave up three runs and went scoreless for six frames, respectively. On Sunday he went six innings while striking out five batters.
A new radio show, "The Inside Pitch", premiers this evening on the IPI and will be hosted by site contributors Andrew Zajac and Jeff Ellis. If you are a fan of fantasy baseball, this is the show for you as every week Andy and Jeff will provide analysis and thoughts to help you with your fantasy teams.
It is Sunday morning, and you know what that means here on the IPI....Tribe Happenings! Tony recaps the news from the past week for the big league team and touches on Derek Lowe's very good start to his season, Carlos Santana's new contract, the pending arrival of Johnny Damon, the plan for Matt LaPorta, and lots more!
The Carolina Mudcats scored six early runs en route to a 7-3 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. After allowing an early two-run homer in the first inning to Dash center fielder Trayce Thompson, Mudcats’ right-handed starting pitcher Michael Goodnight was able to effectively shut down the Winston-Salem offense until he was relieved in the sixth inning.
ATF is loaded with "Remember Me's" tonight. The first guy almost took over second base last year for the Tribe, and no, I'm not talking about Jason Kipnis either. The top ATF slot belongs to a reliever who missed the entire 2010 season before dominating the Carolina League in 2011. Check out IPI's original Around the Farm, for yesterday's minor league performances.
Jared Goedert hit a pinch hit three-run home run to left center field in the eighth inning and the Akron Aeros overcame an early four-run deficit to beat the Trenton Thunder 8-5 on Saturday. Akron has now won three in a row to clinch the first home series at Canal Park in 2012. After early struggles by starter Giovanni Soto, the Aeros lineup came alive after the third inning, as the team scored at least one run from the fourth to the eighth inning.
The Lake County Captains fell behind early against the Bowling Green Hot Rods and lost their fifth game in a row with an 8-4 loss at Classic Park in front of 2,172 fans. The Captains drew first blood off of left-handed starter Ryan Carpenter. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez led off the inning with a double to left field and then shortstop Francisco Lindor scored Rodriguez with an RBI single to right field.
The Columbus Clippers were able to beat the Louisville Bats on Saturday night 9-4. Chris Seddon got the start for the Clippers, and went five and a third innings and struck out five. He was rewarded his first win of the season. His counterpart with the Bats, Andrew Brackman, did not have a great outing as he was unable to make it out of the first inning after giving up five runs in only two thirds of an inning.
After making his major league debut last season, Columbus Clippers’ right-handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister is ready to get back to the big leagues, and stay there when he does. After two strong outings for Columbus to start the season he is off to a good start to his season, and Andrew Holleran recently sat down with him to discuss how things are going.
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!