The Akron Aeros got off to a fast start this past week (or five days, really), going 3-1 in four games over the Binghamton Mets and Altoona Curve. There were obviously things that did not go well, but anytime a team takes three-of-four on the road, it’s a good thing. Jimmy P. has his first Aeros notebook of the season and touches on how the team and some players have played in the early going.
Tony and Jim return to the cyberwaves tonight with another edition of Smoke Signals at 10:00PM. Tonight they will touch on some good things happening with the Tribe with the extension to Carlos Santana and the good first starts for Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Derek Lowe. Of course, they will touch on the bad things happening like an anemic offense and a closer blowing games!
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed catcher Carlos Santa to a five year contract extension which also includes a club option for 2017. Considering he is an All Star caliber talent and has only scratched the surface with his offensive potential, the Indians are locking in his arbitration figures and potentially buying out one free agent year with the club option for 2017.
The Indians have reportedly signed catcher Carlos Santana and will announce the deal some time on Tuesday. The multi-year deal will lock him up through his arbitration years and possibly buy out one or two years of free agency. With Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera in the fold, who will the Indians target next?
Another night of good action down on the Indians farm last night. Not only did all four affiliates win, but there were lots of very good performances by many Tribe prospects, namely lefty T.J. House, outfielder LeVon Washington, and outfielder Tim Fedroff. We recap their performances as well as several others in the daily ATF rundown.
The top of the Akron Aeros lineup was hot Monday night, and left-hander Giovanni Soto kept the Altoona Curve quiet, allowing just one run over five innings in a 5-1 win. Strong pitching has been the key to Akron’s early season success so far. The Aeros had allowed just three runs in their first three games of 2012 – the team’s lowest total since 2007. Soto logged another strong starting performance, striking out six batters while allowing just two hits.
The Mudcats opened a three game set with a 6-0 win against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Monday night. Lefty T.J. House took the mound for his first start for the Mudcats and was up against Greg Billo for the Blue Rocks. House would turn in the best starting pitching performance for the Mudcats in the early going of the season as he went seven scoreless innings only giving up two hits and had nine strikeouts. In five of the seven innings he pitched he faced the minimum.
The Captains got the bats going early to give the pitching staff more than enough cushion to win the opening game of the three game series, 8-0. Right-hander Gustavo Gomez started the game for the Loons and the Captains started the game swinging again. Left fielder LeVon Washington walked to lead off the game and then shortstop Francisco Lindor singled to put runners on first and second with no outs. Right fielder Luigi Rodriguez singled to drive home Washington and the Captains led 1-0 after the top half of the first inning.
Another game, another late-inning rally for the Columbus Clippers. With two outs and the Clippers trailing, 3-2, to the Indianapolis Indians in the bottom of the ninth inning, shortstop Gregorio Petit came to bat with runners on first and third. Petit drove what he said to be a slider from Indians’ reliever Tim Wood to deep left field, scoring both runners, and giving the Clippers (4-1) a dramatic 4-3 walk-off win in front of 7,507 fans at dime-a-dog night at Huntington Park in Columbus on Monday.
The first week of the season is in the books, or first half week we should say. Kevin is back with his weekly Clippers notebook that recaps the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Matt LaPorta has had a good showing so far, and he talks about him a little and a few others.
Jim Piascik takes a different approach to analyzing the Indians' 25-man roster as he ranks the players from 1 to 25. From Jairo Asencio and Aaron Cunningham to Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, Jim breaks it all down in a piece that he will re-post to the site at several points in the season.
Scotty Barnes showcased why HE should be getting the next call-up to the big league level, while Jeremie Tice showed off some of his previously hidden power. The best of the bunch is a creator of havoc on the basepaths, and was on base five times tonight. Jim Pete gives a "green jacket" look at yesterday's minor league performances.
The Carolina Mudcats defeated the Winston-Salem Dash 10-9 on Sunday afternoon to win a zany game, and take the first series of their young season at Five County Stadium. Clayton Ehlert blew the lead in the ninth inning, but clutch hitting and shoddy defense gave the Mudcats the three runs they needed in the ninth to give them the victory.
The first series of the 2012 season was a victorious one for the Columbus Clippers. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, Louisville Bats reliever, right-hander Nick Christiani, walked Clippers’ right fielder Trevor Crowe to give Columbus a 5-4 lead. The RBI walk by Crowe proved to be a game-winning one, and with a 7-4 win, Columbus (3-1) took the final game in a four-game series against the Bats (1-3) on a sunny afternoon in front of 6,157 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus.
Opening day has come and gone, and after two games that took a total of 28 innings the Indians stand at 0-2. Tony talks about the tough crushing blown save by closer Chris Perez in the opener, wonders if he was ready, disagrees with the idea closer's can't be taken out of a game, talks about Masterson and Jimenez's outstanding starts, and lots more.
The Winston-Salem Dash quickly erased the memory of their opening day loss to the Carolina Mudcats with a strong 7-2 victory on Saturday night at Five County Stadium. A towering solo home run in the second inning by Dash catcher Mike Blanke set the tone for the evening, and Mudcats' left-handed starting pitcher Mike Rayl got the loss due to a four run fourth inning by Winston- Salem that put the game out of reach.
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