The Indians did more shuffling this week than a poker dealer, as the infamous 40-day mark approaches. The Tribe saw several arms go down to injury, watched a veteran get designated for assignment, and had a starter rise back to the big leagues thanks to Josh Tomlin's injury. Arthur Kinney returns with this week's Transaction Rundown...
The Indians welcomed Ozzie Guillen and the Miami Marlins to Progressive Field. Much maligned Carlos Zambrano made the start for the Marlins, against a struggling Justin Masterson. Both pitched well, but walks and bad decisions would give the Marlins a 3-2 win. Jim Berdysz gives his "Second Thoughts" on Friday Night's loss.
The Lake County Captains (21-20) won their three game series with the South Bend Silver Hawks (22-20) with a 4-2 win on Friday night. Elvis Araujo (1-4, 2.40 ERA) pitched six strong innings to earn his first win of the season, only giving up five hits and one earned run. He surrendered one walk and he struck out six batters.
T.J. House and the Akron Aeros’ offense annihilated the Richmond Squirrels on Friday in a 16-3 victory at Canal Park. House was coming off of a shaky start against the Harrisburg Senators, during which he allowed six runs on seven hits through five innings. This time around, House was dialed in as he tossed five innings of scoreless baseball.
With an impressive 12-5 victory, the Carolina Mudcats visited Northern Virginia Friday evening and dismantled the Potomac Nationals in front of their home crowd at Pfitzner Stadium. Mudcats’ designated hitter Jeremie Tice turned in an MVP performance by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in. Tice’s eighth home run of the year was a towering three run shot to left field in the third inning.
After scoring a combined two runs between three affiliates on Thursday night, the Indians affiliates exploded for 44 combined runs between their four games on Friday night. The story offensively this season continues to be Matt LaPorta, Jared Goedert, and Jeremie Tice, but other players are entering into that mix. Tony touches on all the notable performances from the Friday night action in the Indians system.
The Columbus Clippers were able to even up the series on Friday night as they beat the Syracuse Chiefs 12-2. “It was a complete team effort tonight,” Manager Mike Sarbaugh stressed on a win led by an explosive offensive effort. “Top to bottom, everyone contributed.” Kevin Slowey picked up his third win of the season after pitching seven strong innings, striking out seven, and giving up one earned run.
"IPI on Site" is a new on-line video show for the site developed by myself and edited/produced by Michael Taylor that features an on-air interview with a player in the Cleveland Indians organization with some highlights of them in action. This week Low-A Lake County catcher Alex Lavisky joins us to talk about how his season is going and what he is doing to get better.
In today's Q&A session, Tony sits down and talks with Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Ruben Niebla about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster and some that have already been promoted to Cleveland. They discuss some of the adjustments they are making this season, what they need to do to become big league options later this season, and more.
Runs were at a premium on Thursday for the Indians' minor league affiliates as Columbus, Carolina and Lake County combined for two runs on the day (Akron was off). Even still, Mr. Lindor had yet another multi-hit game and Matt LaPorta had two hits in what may have been his swan song with Columbus (more on that inside). And there were some darn good pitching performances, the best of which came from Shawn Armstrong, who is one of the hottest relievers in the system.
The Indians just keep hanging around in games and continue to find ways to win. Down 4-0 going into the bottom of the 7th inning, they clawed their way back and tied it in the 8th inning thanks to a big three-run homer by Jose Lopez. The Indians fell behind 5-4 in the 11th, but rallied for another thrilling walkoff win with two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning. Jason Ruggiero chimes in with his "second thoughts" on the game.
Tyler Green (1-2) got the win for South Bend. Green pitched a season high five and two thirds innings and allowed just five hits, he allowed one earned run and struck out six Captains. Taylor Siemens the lefty entered for South Bend and two and a third scoreless innings. He fanned two. In the ninth Matt Sample came in to earn the save for the Silver Hawks. It was Sample’s third save of the season. The final score was 2-1 South Bend.
One bad inning went a long way in determining the fate of the Columbus Clippers Thursday night. Columbus (19-21) fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-1, for the second time in three games in front of 8,115 fans at Huntington Park. Syracuse scored five of its six runs in the top of the second inning.
The Carolina Mudcats (21-15) fell to the Salem Red Sox (20-18) on Thursday night, 2-0, in the final game of a four game series. Danny Salazar got his first start since April 16th after being activated from the disabled list on Thursday. Salazar was on a strict pitch count and was only scheduled to pitch two innings.
The move is not official, but the IPI has received word that Double-A Akron outfielder Jared Goedert has been called up to Triple-A Columbus. With Akron off on Thursday, the move will not be made official until Friday or maybe even Saturday if he arrives later than expected. In 35 games with Akron, Goedert is hitting .395 with 5 HR, 17 RBI and 1.089 OPS, and he has 20 walks to go along with 20 strikeouts in 124 at bats.
The Captains have won five in a row, are back over .500, and are suddenly in the middle of a playoff race with a few weeks to go before the first half ends. Strong showings from Cody Anderson, Francisco Lindor and many others have helped, and Lianna Holub details all of it in her "On-Deck with the Captains" notebook.
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!