The Carolina Mudcats (17-16) clicked on all cylinders on Saturday Night, as the downed the Potomac Nationals (13-18) 9-1 in the second game of a three game series. The Mudcat pitching staff again threw a great game, led by Mudcats’ starter Kyle Blair who would turn in a gem as he pitched five innings, giving only one run on one hit while striking out five.
The Akron Aeros fought valiantly Saturday night, but ultimately fell to the Harrisburg Senators 6-5 in a high scoring affair. The two teams combined for 23 hits as the pitching on both sides failed to bring their A-games.
Ben Copeland introduced the International League to the long ball, while Thomas Neal continued his recent uptick in production. Tonight's top slot in ATF is a former tenth round draft pick who came into 2012 with a brand new mature attitude. Don't worry folks, he's still creating havoc. Jim Pete returns to ATF for Saturday Night's minor league performances.
Will the Indians hold onto 1st place this season? Will Michael Brantley ever live up to unfair expectations? Will Ubaldo just go away? Will Boston fans admit their inner-New York? Who knows, but Jim Pete may answer one or more of these in the Mother's Day edition of Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, after the jump...
What a zany week for player activity for the Indians. They acquired a giant, added a 26th man to their roster, used a little-used doubleheader rule, had leave for the birth of a baby, and several other moves throughout the system. Arthur Kinney returns for his weekly transaction rundown for the first week of May.
Ubaldo Jimenez returned to form last night, as the Indians couldn't rebound from the seven runs the Tribe "ace" gave up. A late-inning rally fell two-runs short, as the Boston Red Sox earned a split of the first two games of the series, heading into the weekend. Jim B. gives his Second Thoughts of last night's affair, after the jump...
It was a quiet night in the Indians farm system. Sure, all four teams were in action, but the results from the night were not very good as three of the four teams lost and there were few standout hitting and pitching performances. One standout hitting performance came from Carlos Moncrief, and Tony discusses him and several others in the IPI morning staple "Around the Farm".
The Carolina Mudcats (16-16) opened a three game series against the Potomac Nationals (13-17) at Five County Stadium on Friday with a 9-2 win. The Mudcats offense came to life against the Nationals compiling a total of nine extra base hits, eight of which were doubles. A seven run first inning in which the first seven batters reached proved to be all the Mudcats would need to win the game.
Akron starter Steven Wright left the game with a left foot injury and Harrisburg’s Danny Rosenbaum continued to dominate the Eastern League as the Aeros lost 8-1. Rosenbaum (5-0, 0.71) limited Akron base runners throughout the game, and only allowed a runner to advance to third base once.
The Lake County Captains failed to ignite much offense on Fireworks Night on Friday as they fell to the Dayton Dragons in a 5-4 loss. Left-hander Shawn Morimando took the bump for the Captains for his second start of the season. The 19-year-old held the Dragons to no hits through three innings until Dayton drew first blood in the fourth.
Clutch hitting wasn’t a strong point for the Columbus Clippers Friday night in Pawtucket, and the team paid for it. The Clippers (17-17) lost to the Red Sox (23-13), 5-1, dropping the first contest in a four-game set in Rhode Island. Columbus had seven hits in the game, but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Low-A Lake County manager Dave Wallace and talked about several things pertaining to his team. They discussed some of his players and how several of them are adjusting to their first full season, and also touched on some of the development opportunities for the hitters and pitchers that he and his staff have tried to instill in the players.
Is there a more polarizing figure on the Cleveland Indians right now than outfielder Shin-Soo Choo? Ubaldo Jimenez has gotten most of the attention as Most Disappointing Indian, but Choo has been just as disappointing, if not more. Steve Orbanek wonders if the old Choo from 2008-2010 will surface this season, or if the one from 2011 and at the start of the season is what we will get.
All four affiliates were in action on Thursday night, the first time that has happened in what seems like forever after all the rainouts of late. Tony takes over ATF duties and provides all the highlights from last night's minor league action, most notably T.J. McFarland who had another very good start, Matt LaPorta's struggles to hit on the road, and Cody Allen proving to be human afterall.
After a solid 6-0 victory over the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in game one on Tuesday, the Carolina Mudcats lost both games of a doubleheader on Thursday night in Myrtle Beach and fell back to .500 on the season. Game two of the series was a low scoring affair but the Pelicans narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win over the Mudcats in extra innings.
The Indians beat down Josh Beckett and the Red Sox on Thursday night 8-3, and in the process sent the Fenway boo birds into a frenzy. Derek Lowe earned his fifth win - all after an Indians' loss - and the offense quickly pounced on Beckett for seven runs and put the game away early. Jason Ruggiero gives his "second thoughts" on a big win in the series opener at the Fenway Funhouse.
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