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.
The Akron Aeros faced off against the Binghamton Mets on Saturday afternoon and suffered their first loss of the regular season by a score of 2-1. Right-handed pitcher Steven Wright , who was drafted by the Indians in the second round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft out of The University of Hawaii, took the loss. Before retiring after five innings, Wright allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five.
Francisco Lindor tops off his first ATF, with Matt LaPorta joining him with some big-time lumber in Columbus. But the Easter Bunny brought special treats to a starting pitcher that struggled for the Clippers in 2011. Jim Pete hops along the ATF bunny trail with an in-depth look at yesterday's minor league performances.
The Columbus Clippers came out in their royal blue uniforms Saturday night and took game three of their series with the Louisville Bats by a score of 6-4. Right-handed starting pitcher Corey Kluber made his season debut and was looking to make up for a 2011 season with the Clippers that did not live up to his expectations as he went 7-11 with a 5.56 ERA...
The Captains got rolling out of the gate on Saturday night and finished with a 9-1 win to take two out of three against the Fort Wayne Tincaps. LeVon Washington led off the game with a double down the left field line. Shortstop Francisco Lindor reached base on an infield single, moving Washington to third. Lindor stole second base and designated hitter Alex Monsalve walked to load the bases, and then third baseman Leonardo Castillo drove in Washington with a sacrifice fly to center field....
Alex Lavisky is back at Lake County to open the 2012 season. and with last year's learning experience with everything on and off the field he is looking to have a productive season to start to put things together. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his season last year and what he did in the offseason.
The Transaction Rundown is a new feature that will post every Saturday late morning and be a quick recap of all the transactions that occurred during the previous week so that you can catch up on all the activity. To follow all the transactions all season, be sure to click on the 2012 Transactions link under the "Transactions" header along the top of the page.
An impressive six-run eighth inning scoring frenzy propelled the Carolina Mudcats to an 11-2 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday, April 6th. Shortstop Ronny Rodriguez, center fielder Tyler Holt and first baseman Jesus Aguilar combined for seven RBI’s. Aguilar went 4-for-5 with three singles and a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh that put the Mudcats up 5-1.
A day following an opening day shutout, T.J. McFarland pitched five innings of one run ball to beat the Binghamton Mets 2-1.
McFarland, who went 9-9 with a 3.87 ERA with Akron in 2011, tossed three shutout innings before allowing a run in the fourth. It would be the only offense provided by the Mets. McFarland worked around a double by Pedro Zapata in the fifth inning before handing the game...
Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt LaPorta led the Clippers to a 3-2 victory with some offensive fireworks, but the real offensive message was sent by the big slugger in Carolina. Kevin Dean takes his first swings at Around the Farm, an in-depth look at yesterday's minor league performances.
The Lake County Captains dropped their second game of the season to the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Friday night in a 9-3 loss.
Starting for Lake County was Elvis Araujo, a 20-year-old left-hander out of Venezuela. Araujo went four innings for the Captains, giving up three hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk while striking out seven TinCaps.
Adys Portillo, also a 20-year-old Venezuelan,...
Columbus, OH – There would be no two-game losing streak to start the season for the Columbus Clippers. No home run outburst by the Louisville Bats for the second-straight night, either.
The Clippers (1-1), won their first game of the season Friday night, defeating the Bats (1-1), 3-2, in front of 7,042 fans at Huntington Park in Columbus.
First basemen Matt Laporta led the way for...
The Indians have placed Double-A Akron right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino on the disabled list in Akron with a left oblique strain. He left last night's game after facing one batter in the third inning because of the injury. Outfielder Thomas Neal has been reassigned from Triple-A Columbus to Akron and will take Espino's spot on the roster.
Opening Day may only be the first of 162 games, but the first action of the season can often show us quite a bit. Masterson was masterful. Hannahan and Kotchman were slick with the glove. And Chris Perez was awful in the 9th. Jim discusses 8 things that he witnessed at the opener and hopes the good things continue and the bad things work themselves out.
Tim Fedroff and Matt Langwell returned to form on opening day, while a top five prospect sent a message to the rest of the system that the term "bust" was a bit premature. Jim Pete hops back into the captain's chair of the premiere edition of Around the Farm, an in-depth look at yesterday's performances.
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