The Carolina Mudcats (14-13) and Fredrick Keys (9-16) played a doubleheader on Sunday, making up for a Saturday night rainout. They would split the games, with the Keys taking the first game of the doubleheader 1-0, while the Mudcats would earn the split in a 10 inning tilt, 3-2.
"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 Steven "The Knuckleballer" Wright joins us to talk about how things are coming with his knuckleball and how he evolved into a knuckleballer.
Zach McAllister will make his first start for the Cleveland Indians during their Monday doubleheader. The Indians will use a new rule in the collective bargaining agreement that will allow them to carry 26 players on their roster for the duration of the doubleheader. Find out more on McAllister, after the jump...
In the IPI's weekly Sunday staple, Tony discusses the re-emergence of Carlos Santana not only as an elite bat but as a pretty darn good defensive catcher, something a lot of people gave up on too quickly last year. He also discusses the disaster to date that has been the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, the attendance woes of the team, Manny Acta vs. Eric Wedge, and lots more.
The Cleveland Indians acquired the tallest player in the major leagues on Saturday, the 7'1" right-handed reliever, Loek Van Mil. The Indians made the deal for "future considerations." Reports are rampant that those considerations will ultimately be cash.
Mil is a 27-year-old righty from the Neatherlands, who was signed by the Minnesota Twins as a non-drafted free agent way back in 2005. In...
Trailing 2-0, the Indians tallied two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the game into extra frames. You couldn't help but think that they left too many chances on the table, especially after Adrian Beltre blasted an eleventh inning, pinch-hit homer that gave the Rangers a 5-2 victory. Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts to Saturday Night's ballgame.
The Akron Aeros belted out 13 hits to take down the Bowie Baysox, 8-3, at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron got the bats going in the top of the second inning with a double to the right side by first baseman Adam Abraham, who went 3-for-5 on the night
The Lake County Captains (11-17) opened a four game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-13) and fell in the opener in a pitcher’s duel. Lefthander Ryan Carpenter (4-1, 2.57 ERA) blanked the Captains over six innings, only allowing three hits and one walk. He struck out three.
The Columbus Clippers started their ten game road trip Saturday losing a tight one, 2-1, to the Toledo Mud Hens. The Clippers started Corey Kluber (3-2) on the mound, as the Mud Hens countered with Andrew Oliver (2-1). Toledo struck first in this one, as in the bottom of the first inning after the bases were loaded. DH Brad Eldred walked, allowing center fielder Quintin Berry to cross the plate.
The rain just keeps falling for the Tribe affiliates, as the Mudcats were forced to play another doubleheader tomorrow afternoon after the rain washed out their Saturday night game. That said, Bryson Myles continued to showcase a bat that should have him in High A Carolina soon, and Adam Abraham continued to force Tribe management to take a closer look. Jim Pete returns to ATF for a look at the night's minor league performances.
Johnny Damon and Jason Kipnis have righted the Tribe line-up, while Jeanmar Gomez and Chris Perez have done the same with the rotation and the bullpen. The schedule seems friendly, but Ubaldo may need to Go-Away-O. Find out the details as Jim Pete brings his inaugural weekly column to the table this fine Cinco de Mayo...
The Indians first real test came on Friday night, as the mighty Texas Rangers rolled into Cleveland for a battle of first place teams. Texas is heralded as the best team in baseball right now, while the Indians, well, are not. I guess every dog has it's day, right? Jim Berdysz rolls out his Second Thoughts on Friday Night's 6-3 Indians win.
Joe Colon (2-3) got the win for Lake County on Friday night. Colon pitched seven shutout innings allowing just three base hits and struck out five. Francisco Valera finished off the ballgame by pitching two scoreless innings himself and the Captains swept the Dragons 5-0. This is the first time this season Lake County has won three straight ballgames.
Columbus was rained out last night, but three other teams were in action. The Indians' two shortstop prospects Ronny Rodriguez and Francisco Lindor at their two lower level affiliates both put on a show. Tony chimes in on how those two did last night and how things are progressing with them, and also touches on several other players in the system.
The Akron Aeros fell to the Bowie Baysox, 7-5, Friday for their second straight loss. Making his fifth start of the season left-handed pitcher Eric Berger manned the mound for the first five innings of the game. He faced 22 batters and allowed three runs, struck out two and walked one. Jared Goedert got the Aeros going in the first inning with a line drive single up the middle. Chun Chen followed up with a big home run to left field putting Akron up to a quick 2-0 lead.
Coming off an eight game road trip the Carolina Mudcats (13-13) returned home and beat the Frederick Keys (9-15) on Friday night 10-4. Three run innings in the second, fifth and seventh gave the Mudcats pitchers all the run support they would need. The offense was led by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez who entered the game hitting only .188, but after a 4-for-4 night it bumped up to .225. He also had two doubles, drove in two runs, and scored three runs.
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