The Clippers’ bats were out in full force Tuesday night as Columbus throttled the Charlotte Knights on way to a 13-2 victory. Columbus (34-38) had 19 hits—four doubles, two home runs—and scored in five of their nine at-bats in Charlotte. The win comes one day after the Clippers struggled at the plate in a 5-2 loss in which they had just five hits and left five runners on base.
With a 42-25 record on the year, the Aeros aren't used to losing very often, yet they did just that over the past week, dropping 5 of 8 games on the road. As always, let Jim Piascik take you through the highs and lows of the Aeros from the past week and find out who is doing well (hint: it's Nick Weglarz) and who needs to get things together.
Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Joe Colon is having another good season for the Indians. He was rewarded for his good season to date by being named to the Midwest League All Star team, a game which is being played tonight. Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with Colon and talked about his season and where it may go from here....
Smoke Signals returns to the cyberwaves tonight, and Jim and Tony will give their thoughts on the second Battle of Ohio series between the Reds and Indians. They will also discuss the recent struggles of the Indians, the handling of Lonnie Chisenhall, when the Indians should pull the plug on Johnny Damon, what other hitting options are available internally or on the trade front for the Indians, and give a first half review of the Indians minor league system and take a look at the start of Mahoning Valley and Arizona’s season.
The Indians have inked two more high profile players from their 2012 Draft in the past 24 hours, and Tony has the details on those signings. He also takes a look and breaks down much the Indians have left to spend in their bonus pool, has some info on whether or not they can make a run at some late round picks that are tough sings, and gives updates on the signing status of some other players.
The Battle of Ohio moved to Progressive Field last night. After the Reds thumped the Indians for a three game sweep last week, the Indians got things started off on the right foot with a 10-9 win last night in an offensive slugfest. Adam McGavin provides his "second thoughts" on a crucial win and all of the positives that came from the game for the Indians offensively.
The Clevelvand Indians Single-A farm team, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, opened their season on Monday night against the Jamestown Jammers. Excitement surrounded the Scrappers' season opener as they signed their number one draft pick outfielder Tyler Naquin on Friday. Overwhelmed with positive emotions, Mahoning Valley started off the season the way they wanted to with an 8-5 victory over the Miami Marlins' single-A farm team, the Jamestown Jammers.
Matt LaPorta belted his 15th homer for the Clippers, while Ezequiel Carrera added one of his own. T.J. McFarland pitched well again for the Clippers, while Brett Brach did the same for the Aeros. Thomas Neal continued to show something at the top of the order, and Preston Guilmet continued to show something at the back-end of the bullpen. Tonight's ATF star hails from a new land, a land called Mahoning Valley. He belted two homers on the night. Find out who, after the jump...
For five and a half innings Monday night, the Clippers were on way to a win in their game against Charlotte, but a late rally propelled the Knights past Columbus in the series opener between the two clubs. Columbus, after splitting a series with Charlotte at Huntington Park last week, fell to the Knights, 5-2, to begin a four-game series.
The Akron Aeros fell short to the Reading Phillies after a ten innings of play on Monday, 4-3. The Phillies took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on two fielding errors by Akron and two stolen bases. The Aeros got the run back in the top of the seventh led by a line drive double to left field by right fielder Thomas Neal.
Another Monday is here, and that means it is time to once again go "Sailing with the Clippers". Andrew Holleran catches everyone up on the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate with recaps of all the games, who is playing well and not playing well, a transaction rundown and lots more.
Tony chimes in with his weekly "3 Up, 3 Down" feature with a different twist this week by noting his three “up” and three “down” performances at the Indians’ Single-A level this season, plus a few bonus players. As always, insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used when talking about each of these players: Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Kyle Blair, Alex Lavisky, Jake Lowery, Carlos Moncrief, Jeremie Tice, and LeVon Washington.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers get their season underway tonight as they open up on the road in Jamestown at 7:05 PM ET. The Cleveland Indians' short-season Single-A affiliate is loaded up with several first, second and third year players, and Matt Miller previews 2012 edition of the Scrappers, complete with quotes from Tyler Naquin, Joe Wendle and others.
The Indians lost another series as the Pirates clubbed them 9-5 yesterday, sending them to their fifth loss in their last six games. The Indians are reeling right now, and tonight the Reds come into town for a three game set after sweeping the Tribe in three games at their house last week. Kevin Dean provides his "second thoughts" on yesterday's disappointing Father's Day loss.
Cord Phelps is continuing his streaky nature, on the good side over the past few games. Nick Weglarz rocked another multi-base hit today, continuing a resurgence that began when the Indians took him off the 40-man roster. Steven Wright, Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshella, Carlos Moncrief and a host of Indians minor league ballplayers had big days, but the top of the heap goes to a kid who went 5-for-5 on the day, sparing a ten-run inning for his team. Join Jim Pete for a Father's Day ATF...
The Akron Aeros fell to the Reading Phillies, 4-2, at First Energy Field Sunday. Starting for Akron was knuckleballer Steve Wright. Wright saw 25 batters in his six innings on the mound, walking only one and matching his season high of seven strikeouts ending his term with an ERA of 1.79. However, the Phillies got three hits off of Wright putting them up to an early 4-0 lead in the first four innings.
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!