Solid pitching and late-inning hitting propelled the Columbus Clippers to their third win in a row Sunday afternoon. The Clippers (13-10), rallied from a 2-0 deficit through five innings to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-9), 3-2, in front of 7,463 fans at Huntington Park. Errors by the Columbus defense gave Pawtucket an early lead, but a mistake by the Red Sox defense in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Clippers the game-winning run.
The Indians have a big problem in the outfield. It is not just the glaring hole in left field for this season, but it is the glaring hole at just about every position in the outfield for the next several seasons. Tony examines the Indians' dire outfield situation in Cleveland and the minors, looks at the Kotchman vs. LaPorta issue, Jimenez being just another Carmona clone, and the exciting Nick Hagadone in his weekly Sunday notebook.
The Indians were coming off Friday Night's late inning heroics, but it wasn't to be on Saturday as rain and Dan Haren put a damper during Game 2. The bats were asleep, but Jeanmar Gomez came out and pitched a gem, and is slowly starting to cement his place in the Tribe rotation. Check out Jim Berdysz take on IPI's new daily column, Second Thoughts.
Will Roberts is starting to make a name for himself down in Lake County, but the guy that everyone seems to be talking about is Matt LaPorta. LaPorta tops ATF this morning after continuing his International League onslaught. Is it time to move LaPorta back to the bigs, or is this just another indicator of his Andy Marte-disease? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind with another look at the minor league performances yesterday.
The Salem Red Sox scored three early runs and that’s all they needed to defeat the Carolina Mudcats 3-2 on Saturday night at Lewis Gale Field in Salem, Virginia. Red Sox starting pitcher, Ryan Pressly, snagged his first win of the season by striking out six and allowing the only three hits that Carolina could muster over six strong innings. Pressly was replaced in favor of Salem reliever Marco Duarte when he was unable to hold onto a shutout by allowing the Mudcats to score their only two runs of the night.
COLUMBUS—In a game that pitted one of the International League’s best offenses against one of Triple-A’s top pitchers, the former prevailed. Barely.The Columbus Clippers (12-10) rallied to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-8), 6-4, on Saturday in front of 6,191 fans on a chilly night at Huntington Park.
The Lake County Captains opened a three game series against the Burlington Bees on a cold, cloudy day at Classic Park. They showed the 1,668 fans in attendance a great pitching performance, as Will Roberts led the Captains to a 6-0 victory. Lake County scored the game’s first run in the second inning, off of right hander Jose Macias (1-3, 6.65 ERA). Catcher Alex Lavisky singled to center to lead off.
Right-handed pitcher Bryce Stowell has been lights out so far this season for Double-A Akron. After a mysterious season last year where he missed a few months at the beginning of the season, Tony recently sat down with him and talked about what happened last year and how he feels this season.
It was a crazy week with player movement within the Indians system as many players were sent all over the place to cover for injuries and promotions in the upper levels. The big move of the week was Nick Hagadone coming back to Cleveland last night with Rafael Perez's trip to the 15-day DL. Arthur recaps them all!
The Indians had an exciting win last night with their first walkoff win of the year in a 3-2 win over the visiting Angels. With the win they find themselves all alone atop the AL Central standings. Jim Berdysz recaps Friday night's game and gives his "second thoughts" on the brilliant performances of Masterson and Pestano, the Indians' struggles with driving in runs, and more!
The Akron Aeros defeated the Altoona Curve 2-1 in the first game of their three game series. Reliever Bryan Price picked up the win in relief. “Bryan came in and really did a good job commanding his fastball," said Aeros Manager Chris Tremie. “He kept the ball down in the zone for an outstanding two and a third innings.” Price came into the game in the top of the sixth inning to relieve starter Giovanni Soto. The right-hander, who has an ERA of 1.42, faced nine batters and only walked one. He struck out five batters, all swinging.
The Columbus Clippers continued their ten game home stand on Friday night and squared off against the Pawtucket Red Sox, who are sitting atop the IL North standings. The Clippers beat the Red Sox 4-1 to avoid their first five game losing streak since 2010. Clippers pitcher Zach McAllister picked up his second win of the season after throwing seven strong innings and only giving up one earned run. “He had a lot of life on his fastball, and was able to get on top of his pitches,” Clippers' manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the game.
The Carolina Mudcats fell to the Salem Red Sox 7-2 on Friday night at LewisGale Stadium in Salem, Virginia. After a successful four game home-stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats where they won three out of four, Carolina was unable to produce much offense thanks to the dominating performance by Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman. Allowing only three hits and striking out four batters in six solid innings of work, Workman earned his first victory of the season. Workman’s replacement, Red Sox reliever Manuel Rivera, struggled at times but was able to earn his first save.
The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Lake County Captains by a score of 3-0. The Chiefs pitching was the story of the game. Starter P.J. Francescon (2-1) pitched six innings allowing just two hits. He did not walk a hitter, and did not allow a run to score. Francescon struck out nine Captains hitters and earned the win. The dominant start was a big part of the victory for the Chiefs.
As Michael Corleone once said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Well, that's kind of how Indians fans feel about Matt LaPorta these days. Many had written him off this season, but now that he is hitting .371 with 6 homers in 18 games for Columbus, people can't help but be intrigued again. Tony discusses him and two dozen more players in the IPI's original Around the Farm.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have placed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26th. To fill his spot in the bullpen and on the 25-man roster the Indians have recalled left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone from Triple-A Columbus. Perez has been diagnosed with a strained left latissimus and suffered the injury during his scoreless inning of work on Wednesday night against Kansas City.
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!