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.
This week's edition of Transaction Rundown comes on Cinco de Mayo, as Arthur celebrates the first Cleveland Indians' transaction figured in his weekly piece. Welcome to the club, Johnny Damon! At the same time Lonnie Chisenhall has some bad news this week at Columbus, as does Giovanny Urshela. It's not a good week to be a third baseman, unless you are Super Jack Hannahan.
No one ever said playing in the minor leagues was easy. Sometimes players have to sit and wait for an opportunity, and then when that opportunity comes they have to seize it. High-A Carolina utility player Tyler Cannon may be getting that opportunity and chance right now.
Today the Indians have announced that they have traded Triple-A Columbus outfielder Ryan Spilborghs to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. He has been assigned to their Triple-A Round Rock affiliate. Spilborghs, 32, was hitting .250 with 1 HR, 13 RBI and a .675 OPS in 21 games with Columbus this season. In seven Major League seasons he is a career .272 hitter with 42 HR, 218 RBI, and .768 OPS in 619 games.
Who’s on first? The 2012 MLB season is just 23 games old, and it seems as if Indians fans would love to answer that question with anyone other than Casey Kotchman. While Kotchman looks like he is locked into the position at least for another few weeks, Steve Orbanek says it is time to look at possible short term and long term options from within the organization.
Lots of action again last night in the Indians' farm system, and as always some good and bad things to note. Tony takes over the reigns of Around the Farm and talks about Big Daddy Aguilar and his big game for the Mudcats yesterday, the excellent outing by Mudcats' starter Mike Rayl, and a whole bunch more.
A trio of home runs lifted the Lake County Captains over the Dayton Dragons in a 5-4 victory on Thursday night. After taking the first game of the series on Wednesday, the Captains turned to Elvis Araujo (0-4, 2.61), who was still seeking his first win of the season. The Captains earned Araujo some early run support in their half of the first inning as center fielder Luigi Rodriguez led the game off with a walk. Shortstop Francisco Lindor laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Rodriguez to second, and Lindor reached base on a throwing error by Dayton pitcher Radhames Quezada (0-3, 2.61).
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