Jerrud Sabourin continues his multi-hit barrage in Lake County. Zach McAllister returns to the minors and still showcased that major league talent. Kyle Bellows' bat has woken up in Akron, while Felix Sterling's arm has gone to sleep. The top slot in the ATF is a 'welcome back' not to a resurgent starter in Akron, who revitalized his career with the most difficult pitch to master. Jim Pete gives you the Memorial Day dose of Around the Farm...after the jump...
The Lake County Captains (25-25) were lit up again by the Lansing Lugnuts (36-14) offense for the second night in the row. Lansing had 19 hits on the night, which provided plenty of fireworks for Memorial Day. Felix Sterling (2-4, 5.90) came to Cooley Law School Stadium on Monday thinking he would move past his last outing of 12 runs in less than three innings against West Michigan.
The Erie SeaWolves used a late comeback in the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Akron Aeros, claiming a 4-3 win, and a split for the day. The Aeros won the first game, 4-0, as four Aeros pitchers combined to limit SeaWolves hitters to just three hits. The Aeros (29-19) completed an eight-game road trip with a 3-5 record.
The Clippers’ winning streak came to an end Monday afternoon in Buffalo, as Columbus fell to the Bisons, 7-1, in game one of a four-game set between the two clubs. After a 27-run outburst over their past three games, Columbus (24-26) struggled to perform at the plate against Buffalo.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-27) losing streak continued Monday and has now reached six games after a 4-3 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25). A two out rally in the fourth by the Blue Rocks proved to be too much for the Mudcats to overcome. The Mudcats took an early 2-0 lead as they scored twice in the bottom of the second but were unable to hold on to it as the Blue Rocks quickly struck back in the top of the third scoring two of their own and then took the lead in the fourth for good.
The Columbus Clippers are starting to get hot and are currently four games back of IL West Division leader Indianapolis, and are 3.5 games out of the wildcard. It is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" in Andrew Holleran's weekly notebook to get all caught up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate.
In today's Q&A session, Tony sits down and talks with Low-A Lake County pitching coach Jeff Harris about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster and discusses how they are doing, some of the adjustments they are making this season, how their development is coming along, and lots more.
The 2012 MLB Draft is but a week away as the first round of the draft will be televised live on the MLB Network at 7:00PM next Monday night. Jeff Ellis chimes in with his second mock draft and gives his thoughts and projections at which players go where in the first 31 picks of the draft. He also has the Indians picking up a right-handed bat, a pick where value meets need.
Cord Phelps belted his fifth homer of the season, and Jerrud Sabourin continued his multi-hit barrage. The top of Sunday's ATF belongs to a ten-year veteran of the minor leagues, who has spent some time in the minors. Check out the pre-Memorial Day festivities with IPI's Around the farm...
Columbus finished their four game series with Syracuse on a high note, parlaying a five run third and a four run fourth into a 9-1 triumph over the Chiefs. The Chiefs would be the first team to crack the scoreboard when Josh Johnson scored on a Mark Teahan RBI double to left. Columbus would then retaliate in the top of the third. Matt Pagnozzi walked to begin the frame.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-25) losing steak was pushed to a season high five games as they lost 8-3 to the Winston Salem-Dash (27-19), giving them the series sweep. The story of the game was the Mudcats inability to get hits with runners in scoring position
Sunday was a forgettable afternoon for the Captains, who dropped the second game of a four-game series to the Lansing Lugnuts 10-1. It was a rough day for every pitcher who took the mound for Lake County, starting with Shawn Morimando (1-1, 4.50). Morimando lasted just three innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned
The Indians were looking to avoid the sweep against the Chicago White Sox, but Ubaldo Jimenez was responsible to be the stopper. Those days are long behind him, and the White Sox proved it by pummeling the struggling "ace" of the Tribe rotation. Kevin Dean joins the fray to give his Sunday 'Second Thoughts' on today's sweep by the Pale Hose...
Dave Wallace was a catcher in the Indians minor league system a few years ago, and his best season as a player came during a short stop during Low-A Lake County's inaugural season in 2003. Since then he had not been back to Lake County until this year when he returned as the manager and with a whole new perspective.
In his weekly Sunday morning notebook, Tony talks about the emergence of right-hander Zach McAllister as a viable starting pitching option for the Indians and how he helps add some much needed length (and insurance) to the rotation. He also touches on the injuries that are starting to mount up, whether it is time to cut bait on Damon, why Perez was right and wrong about what he said last weekend, and more!
Jared Goedert is proving to be some sort of minor league freak while Jeremie Tice continues to absolutely destroy the ball in the Carolina League and Tony Wolters has nearly completely his 2012 May resurgence. While all three shined brightly, and with Matt LaPorta knocking on ATF's door again, a catcher climbed atop Saturday's ATF mountain, and may be a hidden gem afterall. Jim Pete returns for his ATF stretch with Saturday's edition...
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