The Lake County Captains opened a seven game homestand with a 4-1 win over the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday night. Starter Joe Colon (3-3, 3.32) pitched eight strong innings, his longest outing of the season. He allowed one run on four hits. He walked three and struck out three batters. The Captains scored first in the second inning. Dragons’ starter Daniel Tuttle allowed a leadoff single to designated hitter Jordan Smith.
The Columbus Clippers faced the Scranton/WB Yankees Wednesday in their third game out of four in the series, and the Clippers fell to the Yankees in a close one, 2-1. Columbus was only able to put together two hits all night. The Clippers got a spot start from lefty Eric Berger (0-1) as the Yankees countered with Dellin Betances (2-2). Columbus struck first in this game, as in the top of the first inning with no outs second basemen Cord Phelps led the game off with his second homerun of the season to put the Clipps up 1-0.
Akron’s Nick Weglarz hit a pair of home runs and finished with four RBIs, Wednesday, but the Aeros fell to the Erie SeaWolves, 7-5, in the final game of a three-game series at Canal Park. The SeaWolves (14-17) avoided the sweep, and dealt Aeros starter Giovanni Soto (3-1) his first loss of the season. The Aeros (21-9) had a four-game winning streak snapped. Erie built a 7-0 lead in the game, starting with three runs in the fourth off Soto.
It's raining in Carolina, and it seems as though every other night has another Mudcats' game postponed. So tonight, as the Mudcats sit in their hotel rooms during the latest rainout, I give you another edition of Fishing for Mudcats. It's been a dominating week for the Muddies, as their 5-1 record has brought them within' 2 1/2 games of first place. Now, if we could just stop that rain...
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including Cord Phelps, Russ Canzler, Jeremy Accardo, Corey Kluber, Chun Chen, T.J McFarland, T.J. House, Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith, Nick Bartolone, Rob Nixon and many more.
Justin Masterson is off to a slow start following his breakout 2011 campaign and changes to his delivery seem to be the cause. Brian La Shier examines the potential impact of Masterson’s mechanical adjustments and how they may help or hinder Cleveland’s ace.
You can never have too much quality starting pitching in any minor league system, and the Indians are starting to show some nice depth. On Tuesday night, several starters made an impact. Elvis Araujo had a crisp, short start for Lake County, while Francisco Jimenez went six strong for Carolina. David Huff threw a complete game shut out for Columbus, but was nudged out of the top ATF slot by another top pitching prospect here at IPI. Find out who, and a whole bunch more at IPI's Around the Farm, after the jump...
The Akron Aeros held the Erie SeaWolves to one run in 14 innings of baseball Tuesday night, capturing both ends of a doubleheader, 1-0, and 4-1, at Canal Park. The Aeros (21-8) won for the fourth straight time and improved to a season-high 13 games over .500. The friendly confines of Canal Park have also been favorable for the Aeros, who have won 13 of 16 at home. In the nightcap, the Aeros scored four runs in the first inning off Erie starter James Avery (4-2). Jared Goedert clubbed a two-run double, and Davis Stoneburner added a two-run triple, for a 4-0 lead.
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Scranton/WB Yankees 4-3 despite stringing together fourteen hits in the ball game. The Clippers sent Kevin Slowey (2-3) to the mound, and Scranton/WB countered with Adam Warren (2-1). Slowey picked up his third loss of the season after throwing five innings, giving up four runs, and striking out three Yankees batters.
The Lake County Captains rallied in the eighth inning to win the final game of the series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon. It was a left-handed starter matchup with Elvis Araujo starting the game for the Captains against Felipe Rivero for the Hot Rods.
The Carolina Mudcats first visit to South Carolina resulted in a 6-0 shutout victory on Tuesday night over the host Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Mudcats’ starting pitcher Francisco Jimenez grabbed his third win of the season following a strong six inning performance where he allowed only three hits while striking out six batters. Reliever J.D. Reichenbach pitched a solid inning of relief and closer Trey Haley finished off the Pelicans with two strikeouts over a pair of innings.
The Indians had trouble all night against John Danks and Justin Masterson struggled with his command, but through it all the Indians managed to stay in the game to give themselves a chance to tie it late (they did) before they ultimately lost in extra innings 5-3 to their AL Central rival the Chicago White Sox. Charlie Adams provides his "second thoughts" on last night's loss.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony gives a ton of updates on players throughout the Indians' minor league system. He talks about the development of Steven Wright and his knuckleball, provides information on new pitching pickup Loek van Mil, lists lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Jared Goedert, Tony Wolters, Cody Allen, Jesus Aguilar and others, gives updates on injured players like C.C. Lee, Lonnie Chisenhall, Austin Adams, and others and when they could return, and lots more!
After another week, the Aeros are still winning and in 1st place, Akron's pitching staff is still off-the-charts good, and the offense is still not there yet. Dive into Launching Off With The Aeros to find out exactly who was responsible for your 1st place Aeros ' success and who the Aeros won despite.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves and tonight Jim and Tony will discuss your first place Indians and break down their chances the rest of he way this season. They will also talk about the attendance woes, the emergence of a few players, some potential minor league movement on the horizon, and much more.
The Indians played a day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, and after dodging raindrops all day they were able to pull out wins in both games winning game one 8-6 and game two 3-2. Adam McGavin provides his "second thoughts" on the Indians big doubleheader sweep.
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!