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).
The Indians won another road series - their fourth in a row to open the season - with a 7-5 win in Chi-Town on Thursday night. Jason Kipnis was the star of the show with a triple and three-run homer and it helped propel the team to another victory and maintain their hold on first place as they head home on Friday to face the tough Rangers team. Jason Ruggiero provides his "second thoughts" on the game.
Timely hitting and a few errant throws propelled the Columbus Clippers to their second win in a row Thursday night. The Clippers (15-12) topped the Gwinnett Braves, 12-8, in front of 7,708 fans at Huntington Park. Gwinnett made four errors—three of which were throwing—and Columbus went 8-for-13 with runners in scoring position on way to victory.
The Carolina Mudcats concluded their Virginia road trip with an impressive 3-0 win over the Lynchburg Hillcats on Thursday afternoon. Mudcats’ starting pitcher Mike Rayl earned his third win behind a strong six inning performance featuring four strikeouts, two walks and only two hits. Reliever Trey Haley dominated during his two innings of work with no hits allowed and two strikeouts recorded.
The Akron Aeros lost their home stand finale 7-3 after falling into a deep hole early in the game. Mason Radeke (1-1, 0.00) lost his first game after pitching three innings in a spot start. In the first, Radeke got two quick outs before walking B-Mets second baseman Reese Havens. The next runner reached on a fielding error by shortstop Juan Diaz. Both runners scored on a three-run home run by right fielder Raul Reyes to right center.
In today's Happenings Tony talks about lefty Giovanni Soto who is really coming into his own and has become a nice starting pitching prospect for the Indians. He also touches on Matt LaPorta's continued destruction of Triple-A pitching, gets Akron manager Chris Tremie's thoughts on several players that are working on defense, unveils lefty Scott Barnes' new role, and discussed many other players like Kyle Landis, Mike Rayl, Joseph Colon, Jared Goedert, and more!
The Lake County Captains may not be doing good in the win-loss column, but the talent on the team is probably the most interesting to follow this season. In her weekly "On-Deck" notebook, Lianna recaps the week that was for the Captains with the good/bad hitting and pitching performances and news and notes.
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!