Another installment of your weekly Akron Aeros notebook - Launching Off With The Aeros - is back and better than ever. Check out who is In Orbit this week, who is Temporarily Grounded, and a new feature, 3 Stats Oddities. Plus, all of the weekly and yearly Aeros statistics are here in an easier to digest format. So click on the link and launch off.
Smoke Signals hits the cyberwaves once again tonight from 10:00-11:00pm. Tony and Jim will give some post-game thoughts on a Tribe win over the Royals and also discuss Travis Hafner looking like the old Pronk as well as the struggles of Michael Brantley and Casey Kotchman. They will also talk about Nick Hagadone's demotion to Columbus, Justin Masterson's inconsistency, and some minor leagues updates.
The Columbus Clippers lost their second series of the season Monday night, falling to the Toledo Mud Hens in the rubber match of the three-game series. The Clippers (10-8), lost to the Mud Hens, 5-3, in front of 3,871 fans at Fifth Third Park in Toledo. Toledo got out to a 5-0 lead after six innings, and despite a three-run top of the seventh inning by Columbus, were able to hold on for victory, shutting the Clippers’ offense down in the game’s final two innings.
The Lake County Captains (5-13) engaged in a late inning slugfest with the Kane County Cougars (9-9) and defeated the Cougars 11-8 on Monday afternoon. Captains’ starter Will Roberts and Cougars’ starter Kellen Moen continued the pitcher’s duel from Sunday with two and a half perfect innings to start the ballgame. Kane County capitalized on some fielding mistakes to take an early lead in the third.
Three Bowie pitchers combined to shutout the Akron Aeros 2-0 on Monday, despite a strong start from left-hander Eric Berger. Baysox southpaw Jacob Petit (3-0) went five innings, giving up just three hits, to earn his second win over the Aeros in one week. Despite walking three batters, he limited base runners and worked out of his only jam in the second inning.
Don't look now, but Nick Weglarz is starting to hit the ball a little, while Luigi Rodriguez continues to showcase some raw ability at the plate. Today's top spot in Around the Farm goes to a former sixth round pick that has some reminiscing about Kirby Puckett. Jim Pete brings today's ATF for yesterday's top performances.
The Carolina Mudcats (7-8) looked to get back to .500 on a cold night at Five County Stadium, as they took on the Lynchburg Hillcats (9-5), the A+ affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Mudcats were able to score early taking an early 5-1 lead after the third inning and that is all the scoring they would need as the bullpen was able hold on at the end giving the Mudcats a 5-4 win in the series opener. This game had all the makings off a great pitching matchup.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have activated shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera from the bereavement list. To allow room on the 25-man roster they have optioned left-handed reliever Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as Hagadone is one of the Indians best young pitching prospects and is pretty much Major League ready.
In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
It is Monday afternoon, and that means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" to get caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. Kevin Dean recaps the action from last week with thoughts on each game, transactions, stats, and his Clipper pitcher and hitter of the week.
New IPI columnist Brian La Shier, whom some may recognize from his Ontario Street blog, comes strong with his first post talking about the Indians' left-handed laden lineup. Have the Indians discovered an untapped market inefficiency to construct their lineup around? Or will opposing managers mercilessly exploit the Indians' splits? Brian breaks it all down.
The Indians were trying to run up an 8-1 record on their current road trip, before heading home for a weekday, three-game series with the vaunted Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately, the worst line-up in the history of baseball (not theirs) failed to do much of anything, while a struggling Justin Masterson turned into a walk machine. Jim Pete runs through his in-game thoughts with today recap.
There was rain, snow and sleet on the horizon, Carolina and Akron found themselves with the day off after their games were postponed. In this abbreviated edition of ATF, which lefty starter just might be emerging as the best in the system? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind for updates on Cord Phelps' 14-game hitting streak, as well as a former starter, turned back-end reliever Kyle Blair.
GENEVA, IL- The Lake County Captains (4-13) opened a three game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and fell victim to a 1-0 loss to the Kane County Cougars (9-8) on Sunday. The Captains started left-hander Elvis Araujo to face the Cougars. He allowed a single in the first inning to second baseman Daniel Mateo but was able to get an inning ending double play off the bat of third baseman Michael Antonio.
A day after the Columbus Clippers had a great showing at the plate, the Toledo Mud Hens returned the favor. The Clippers (10-7), fell to the Mud Hens, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon in Toledo, after winning the first game of the series, 12-6, on Saturday night. Toledo held a 6-0 lead after four innings, and staved off any rallies by Columbus in the game’s final innings, on way to victory.
The Toledo Mud Hens poured it on starter Corey Kluber Sunday afternoon, as they defeated the Clippers 8-3, moving them into first place in the International League West division. A familiar face got the ball rolling for the Mud Hens in the bottom of the second inning, when Jerad Head doubled into left field against his former teammates. Audy Ciriaco then followed it up with a two-run blast, and Toledo never looked back.
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!