On a night where the game was long, hits were plentiful, and runs were few and far between, the Akron Aeros found a way to scrape past the New Britain Rock Cats 3-2 in 12 innings on Thursday night. The Aeros notched their second consecutive win behind a balanced attack from their offense, as eight of the ten Aeros batters had a hit, none bigger than the two delivered by Ben Copeland and Roberto Perez in the game’s final frame.
With a first half crown hanging in the balance, the Salem Red Sox scored four early runs, and held on for a 4-3 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Thursday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark. Carolina drops to 31-36 with the setback. Matt Barnes (5-1) once again shined for the Red Sox (39-27) who move to within two games of Winston-Salem for first place in the Southern Division. Barnes fanned nine hitters over five innings. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits.
Behind one big inning--one big hit, really--the Clippers defeated the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday night. Columbus had a four-run sixth inning and got a very solid outing from left-hander Corey Kluber. With the 4-0 victory, the Clippers took game one of the four-game set between the two clubs.
Rodriguez and Lindor are once again hitting and being a nuisance for opposing pitchers at the top of the lineup, Felix Sterling's woes on the mound continue, and Mason Radeke is blazing hot on the mound. There are only four games left before the All-Star break, and Lianna Holub chimes in with her weekly Captains notebook "On-Deck with the Captains" for the last full week of the first half.
Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mason Radeke is off to a very good start this season, and has really come on strong of late. As a 35th round pick of the Indians in last year's draft, he uses his low draft selection as motivation and just continues to attack hitters. Mike Zavagno recently had a chance to sit down with the right-hander...
Matt LaPorta continues to tear up Triple-A, while the Tribe struggles to generate offense at first base and left field. Has the organization soured on him or has he just been a victim of circumstance (and interleague play)? With Travis Hafner injured, Brian La Shier considers the case for using LaPorta in a more substantial role.
On Tuesday the Indians officially released that they inked nine players from their 2012 Draft. Tony provides updates on several of the other unsigned picks and who may be the next group of players signed. He has information from at least five other players that they will soon sign (or may have already signed), and he also updates an error reported from another news outlet on a player that is still very much in the mix for the Indians to sign.
The Indians ran into another hot pitcher last night and the bullpen gave up another crucial two-run homer in the seventh inning which put the game out of reach, resulting in a 5-3 loss by the Indians to the Reds. Today they finish up their series with an afternoon game and will try to salvage one game in the series, but before they do that, check out Charlie Adams' "second thoughts" from last night's game.
Thomas Neal is a talented ballplayer who has gotten lost in the shuffle with the Indians organization, but a move to the top of the order in Akron may change that. Anthony Gallas continues to be a classic overachiever with the Mudcats, just like he was with the Captains last season. Wednesday's ATF headline grabber is a former fourth round pick that's spent most of his career getting bombed. Check out how he may be getting the last laugh, after the jump...
The Aeros split a double-header with the New Britain Rock Cats Wednesday night at New Britain Stadium to move to 40-21 and remain seven games ahead of Harrisburg for 1st place. New Britain starter Steve Hirschfield struck out eight and left fielder Nate Hanson went 2-3 with two RBIs to help New Britain to a 3-1 victory over the Aeros in the first game of Wednesday night’s double-header.
Kyle Blair stifled Lynchburg hitters, and the Carolina Mudcats’ offense pulled away for a 7-2 victory on Wednesday night at Lynchburg City Stadium. Three players had multi-hit efforts in the win for Carolina (31-35). Blair (5-1) earned his fourth straight winning decision, holding the Hillcats (35-31) to one run on two hits over five innings.
The Lake County Captains could not take advantage of 12 total hits or a late inning rally on Wednesday as they fell to the South Bend Silver Hawks 5-4. Right-hander Felix Sterling (3-5, 5.72) took the bump for the Captains against South Bend righty Tyler Green (1-3, 2.79). Green threw well in his last outing against the Captains while Sterling was coming off a rough appearance against Dayton.
The Mudcats just can't put together a week in which it all clicks. They are close, yet so far away. With the all-star break on the horizon, the Mudcats are likely trying to figure things out going forward to make a run at the second half title. Check out this week's edition of Fishing for Mudcats with IPI's very own Jim Pete...
The Cleveland Indians acquired right handed relief pitcher Esmil Rogers from the Colorado Rockies for cash consideration. To make the move, the Tribe designated Luke Carlin for assignment to place him on the 40-man, and sent Matt LaPorta down to Columbus to clear space on their active roster.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. This week's report has 20 players and features the likes of David Huff, Tim Fedroff, Trevor Crowe, Kyle Bellows, Steven Wright, Bryce Stowell, Jeremie Tice, Jake Lowery, Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Grant Sides, Shawn Morimando and others.
Right-handed pitcher Jacob Lee, the Indians 9th round pick in this year's draft, is one of the newest members of their farm system. The draft was an emotional high for him, especially after such a big low last season when he was not drafted. Tony talked to Lee a couple of days ago and welcomes him to the Indians' family.
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!