After starting the week 3-0, the Captains went into a tailspin and finished the week at 3-4. The hitting improved from late week but the pitching was not very good and has struggled some of late. Lianna Holub takes a look at the week that was for the Captains in her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains".
There's a Colon in the Indians' cupboard once again, only this one isn't a bloated, 40-year-old, fat guy. Adam Abraham continues his role as the biggest over-achiever in the system. Tonight though, the top of ATF goes to a guy who's no stranger to it, and could be his last appearance here for a bit. Jim Pete brings you the candlelight vigil edition of Around the Farm, if you can handle the speculation, that is.
The Akron Aeros defeated the Bowie Baysox, 9-5, Wednesday at Canal Park in game two of a three-game series. Gleason’s streak was short lived as the Aeros picked up the momentum and got the bats going in the bottom of the third inning. Second baseman Davis Stoneburner hit a whopping triple deep to the right field corner with one out in the inning.
The Carolina Mudcats rolled out an 0-6 record during the eighth week of Carolina League play, to fall seven games behind first place, and likely end their hopes for a first half title. With pitching that dropped off the deck, and an offense that hasn't been able to put it all together just yet, Edwin Rodriguez finds himself behind the eight ball early in the season. Jim Pete and Beck go Fishing for Mudcats..Yo, Cut it...
The Buffalo Bisons took the second game of the series against the Columbus Clippers after ten innings, winning 3-2. The Columbus Clippers started LHP David Huff (3-1) as the Buffalo Bisons started RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0). The Clippers jumped ahead early as left fielder Matt LaPorta connected in the second inning for his fourteenth homer of the season to put them up 1-0.
The Carolina Mudcats (23-27) took two in a row against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-26) with a 5-3 win on Wednesday. Behind a strong pitching performance from Francisco Jimenez the Mudcats were able to keep the Blue Rocks bats at bay for the majority of the night.
The Lake County Captains fell short in the first of a three-game series as Tommy Collier tossed a complete game 1-0 shutout for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Right-hander Joe Colon (5-4, 2.93) took the bump for the Captains against West Michigan righty Tommy Collier (2-4, 3.04). Colon was coming off a strong six-inning showing, during which he allowed just five hits and two runs at West Michigan.
The Indians lost the rubber match of their three game series with the Royals, 6-3, on Wednesday afternoon. Indians starting pitching for the sixth game in a row allowed at least four runs and did not keep the team in the game, and the Indians finish May losing 5 of 6 games. Charlie Adams chimes in with his "second thoughts" on the game.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides info on potential callups and prospect stock tips on 20 players including Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes, Matt Lawson, T.J. McFarland, Rob Bryson, Adam Abraham, Jeremie Tice, Tyler Holt, Kyle Blair, Shawn Armstrong, Jerrud Sabourin, Luis DeJesus, Jordan Smith and more!
Here is the (heavily delayed) transaction rundown with a look back at a week that began with shuffling in the minor league rosters marked by the return to health of hot corner prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Giovanny Urshela, and ended with Zach McAllister's return to Columbus to make room for Juan Diaz in Cleveland and Matt Lawson's return to competitive baseball from extended spring training.
The Indians lost last night to the Royals 8-2, and once again Justin Masterson struggled with his command. He did not walk anyone, but it was the location of his pitches all night which resulted in 8 runs allowed on 9 hits. On top of that the Indians faced a lefty starter, which often spells doom for them. Charlie Adams provides his "second thoughts" on the game.
The Columbus Clippers fell to the Buffalo Bisons in a close game Tuesday night, 3-1. Left-handed pitcher Eric Berger (1-2) started on the hill Tuesday for the Clippers, as the Bisons countered with right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey (5-1). The Bisons jumped ahead early with a run in bottom half of the first inning after first baseman Josh Satin singled on a line drive to center field driving in center fielder Corey Wimberly.
The Carolina Mudcats (22-27) ended their six game losing streak in a big way as they defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25) 11-3 on Tuesday night. Led by shortstop Tony Wolters and left fielder Jeremie Tice’s three RBI’s each, the offense was able to pound Blue Rock pitching to help propel the Mudcats to the win.
Lefty T.J. House and three Aeros relievers combined to throw a four-hit shutout Tuesday, as the Akron Aeros defeated the Bowie Baysox, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series at Canal Park. Shortstop Ryan Rohlinger hit a two-RBI single in the second off Baysox starter Timothy Bascom (3-3, 4.12), giving the Aeros all the run support needed to win.
T.J. House is dominant nearly every time he toes the rubber this season. The Indians are trying out Jeremie Tice in left field because his bat is just too good. Tony Wolters celebrated his Indians' minor league player of the week award with his best performance of the season. The top slot of ATF goes to a power-hitter that nearly hit for the cycle, without the homer? Jim Pete brings a top-heavy lineup to IPI's ATF...
The Lansing Lugnuts (37-14) used another big inning to beat the Lake County Captains (25-26) for the third consecutive game, 10-9. Lansing outscored Lake County 37-21 in the four game series. It was a left-handed starting matchup for the series finale with the Captains sending Elvis Araujo to face David Rollins for Lansing.
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