It is time to once again go "Sailing with the Clippers" as Columbus beat reporter Andrew Holleran gets you all up to speed on the week that was for the Clippers. There were some hot performances by Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler, and even Cody Allen, and also some not so hot performance from Trevor Crowe and others.
The Johnny Damon is expected to officially begin on Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox. Damon is expected to join the team on Monday and will become a regular in the lineup going forward, and not a moment too soon with the offense really struggling of late. Someone on the roster has to go, and that could be Jose Lopez.
There's some kid named Francisco Lindor tearing it up in Low A Lake County. I've never heard of him, but rumor has it that he can play. T.J. McFarland is starting to regain that top prospect feel in Double A Akron. But the top spot in Today's ATF belongs to the biggest mover in the Indians' system, and a guy that may soon find himself knocking on Cleveland's front door, should he continue dominating out of the bullpen. Jim Pete brings you Sunday's Indians minor league performances in ATF.
The Salem Red Sox completed a series sweep of the struggling Carolina Mudcats with an 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at LewisGale Field in Salem, Virginia. Red Sox starting pitcher Keith Couch earned his third win of the year while Mudcats’ starter Michael Goodnight notched his first in the loss column.
After a rainout on Saturday, the Akron Aeros swept a double header against Altoona, playing a total of 20 innings in the process. In the opening game, Eric Berger gave up two unearned runs courtesy of a throwing error and a wild pitch to give Altoona a second inning lead. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Indians used every miscue they could from the Angels on Sunday afternoon to win the game 4-0, and take the series 2 games to 1. Derek Lowe has emerged as the ace of the staff, and Michael Brantley is finally looking like a lead-off hitter. IPI's own Jeff Ellis takes the reigns today of our newest daily column, Second Thoughts, our daily Indians recap.
"IPI on Site" has settled in to its Sunday evening position and is a weekly on-line video show on the IPI that features a player in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. This week we catch up with Low-A Lake County outfielder Bryson Myles and find out how his season is going, what he is working on, and more!
Burlington sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the opening frame of the ballgame. The early four run lead was insurmountable for the Captains. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Dusty Robinson. Robinson doubled to left center field, which scored the first two runs for Burlington. From that point, Burlington used three more hits and scored two more runs and had the early 4-0 lead after a half of an inning.
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.
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!