Tony checks in again today with a few updates on the signing front for the Indians and players taken in the 2012 MLB Draft. Another player has signed a contract and he gives updates on two more players that are weighing options to sign or go to (or return) college.
Russ Canzler had the game-winner for the Columbus Clippers. Nick Weglarz had his fourth straight game with a extra-base hit. Tyler Sturdevant didn't give up a run in his third appearance since returning to Carolina from the DL. Francisco Lindor rolled out three more hits to continue to climb out of a three-week slump. Tonight's top spot goes to an emerging third baseman in the system mostly known for defense, but has been showcasing a big-time bat to go with it. Jim Pete closes out the weekend with Around the Farm...after the jump...
Sunday's rubber match between the Indians and Cardinals played out a lot like the previous game early on. Both teams received great outings from their starters, and the Cardinals took an early lead. However, the Indians tied the game on this day, and they were the team that eventually added on in a later round. And in dramatic fashion.
It was a matchup between two ball clubs that weren’t at the top of their game, but sometimes it’s a matter of making just one less mistake than the other team. That was certainly the case on Sunday, as the Columbus Clippers (30-33) came back to beat the Charlotte Knights (37-28) by a final score of 5-4 after trailing 4-0. It is Columbus’ third straight win.
Akron third baseman Kyle Bellows went 4-for-5, with a pair of doubles and four runs batted in on Sunday, as the Aeros beat up the Altoona Curve, 7-1, completing a three-game sweep at Canal Park. Bellows’ four RBI’s increased his season total to 26, which is the most on the team. It was his second four-hit game of the season and also his second four-RBI effort.
The Carolina Mudcats (29-33) bounced back after losing both ends of a double header yesterday to take the final game of the series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (32-30) 3-1. Mike Rayl got the start for the Mudcats and turned in one of his better outings of the year, hurling five innings while giving up only one run and striking out five.
Lake County (29-33) was unable to come up with base hits in the clutch on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Lansing Lugnuts (43-19) by a score of 4-1. The Captains certainly did not struggle to put runners on base, netting 11 hits and walking twice. However, the team went 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men stranded on the afternoon. Lake County did not help their cause by striking out 13 times.
Jose Lopez is making an impact, while Michael Brantley is becoming a major cog. Carlos Santana is struggling, while Ubaldo Jimenez has an opportunity to replicate. Welcome Michael Hattery aboard with six thoughts for the Indians heading forward in 2012.
The Indians have been quite busy racking up the frequent flyer miles the past few days as they have dispatched several scouts to all corners of the country to negotiate deals or get players to sign on the dotted line. Tony has another update on a player that has officially signed, another player that is very likely to sign, and more. Three players are already in the fold and more are coming.
In his weekly Sunday notebook Tony compares this current concoction of the Indians to a Twins team that made a pretty strong run in the AL Central from 2002-2009. While the Indians have a long way to go to enjoy the kind of success the Twins had during that time, the comparison is not far off at all. He also touches on how the Indians absolutely should not have a fire sale, the tough situation Matt LaPorta is in, and more.
The Indians offense was stymied by one Kyle Lohse, a right-handed starter formerly with the Minnesota Twins who never really had any luck with the Indians over the years. That all changed on Saturday night, as the Indians were shutout for the first time in 2012. Carlos Beltran, who was pursued by the Indians this offseason, had three hits, including his 17th homer, as the Cardinals won 2-0. Jim Berdysz gives his Second Thoughts about game 58, after the jump...
The first-place Lansing Lugnuts (42-19) defeated the Lake County Captains (29-32) by a score of 6-5 on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. The win clinched the first half championship of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division for the Lugnuts. Lansing scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first inning of off Captains’ starter Elvis Araujo (2-5, 3.88) and relied on their bullpen to hold the lead in the late innings.
The Carolina Mudcats (29-31) lost both games of the doubleheader to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (30-30) Saturday by a tally of 3-0 in the first, and 8-1 in the second. The Pelicans put together a two out rally in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead to start the game.
Akron’s Nick Weglarz hit a big walk off homer to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, pushing the Aeros to a 2-1 victory over the Altoona Curve Saturday night at Canal Park. The home run was Weglarz’s team-leading sixth of the year, and came on a 2-2 pitch from left-handed reliever Jhonathan Ramos. The long ball traveled past the bleachers in right, starting a home plate celebration before the fireworks following the game.
For a couple seconds Saturday night, the second largest crowd of the season at Huntington Park didn’t know what to do. Columbus shortstop Gregorio Petit had just launched a towering drive down the left-field line, but the fans remained silent, as they, and many of the players and coaches, weren’t sure if the hit was fair or foul.
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