It took extra innings, but the Clippers pulled it out as they defeated the Norfolk Tides 4-3 in eleven innings. The Tides would strike first offensively in the top of the third. After a two out double by Xavier Avery, Nate McLouth sent a fly-ball out towards the right field wall. The ball sailed over Russ Canzler's head, allowing Avery to score rather easily as Norfolk staked itself to an early 1-0 lead.
It was another busy night around the Indians farm system as all six stateside affiliates were in action. Jesus Aguilar had a big night with two homers and just missed on another by a foot, Cody Allen looks like he could be Cleveland bound at any moment, Thomas Neal continues to show a renewed power stroke, and lots more. Steve Orbanek pinch hits for Jim Pete to recap last night's action "Around the Farm"...
The Lake County Captains (3-2, 34-40) rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning and defeated the Dayton Dragons (0-5, 30-45) in twelve innings 5-2 on Tuesday night. Lefthander Shawn Morimando took the mound for the Captains and right-hander Stalin Gerson started for the Dragons. This was the fourth matchup this year between these two pitchers.
The Carolina Mudcats (3-2) broke out of a 23 inning scoreless streak to down the Frederick Keys (3-2) on Tuesday night 8-6. Behind a huge night from first baseman Jesus Aguilar who went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI, the Mudcats offense was able to break out of their slump in a big way.
After a five game freefall, the Scrappers hope to have put their early season struggles behind them, picking up a big 6-2 win against the Crosscutters on Tuesday night. The offense didn’t waste any time putting runs on the board, plating five in the first two innings. Juan Romero was the first to strike, driving a ball into the Scrapper bullpen in right field to give the Scrappers a 2-0 advantage.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the continued good performance of lefty T.J. McFarland and what his value may be going forward, shares tons of comments from the Indians front office on players up and down their minor league system, gives an update on the status of Jason Knapp, and provides all kinds of updates on other players like Kevin Slowey, Jeremie Tice, Russ Canzler, Loek Van Mil, Carlos Moncrief, Steven Wright, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor, Ryan Merritt, Dorsyss Paulino and more.
It was a busy week for your Akron Aeros, as they packed 9 games into the past 7 days thanks to rainouts in Binghamton a few weeks ago. The Aeros did what they could with the situation, going 5-4 and continuing their impressive season. As always inside Launching Off With The Aeros, Jim takes you through the promotions and demotions, the highs and the lows, the best and the worst. Everything you need to know about the Aeros is just a click away.
The Indians are on the verge of announcing at least one signing in the next few days. Tony has the details on another high profile 2012 Draft pick that is set to sign with the Indians and gives some updates on a few other players that look likely to sign before the July 13th deadline.
The AZL Indians (1-4) lost a tough one last night to the AZL Cubs with a final score of 6-4. After leading the game through the first six frames, the wheels came off in the 7th as Tribe pitcher Alexis Paredes struggled. Sean Mahon recaps the games and has all sorts of tidbits from scouts in attendance on some of the players.
The deathly duo of a slumping offense and a struggling starting pitching staff showed for the third straight game on Monday night as the Indians were beat handily by the Yankees 7-1. In their last three games the Indians have now been outscored 22-3 and have lost three straight. Adam McGavin provides his "second thoughts" on last night's Rumble in the Bronx...
Luis DeJesus brought the business end of a eight strikeouts at Mahoning Valley. Alex Monsalve may turn out to be one of the most important prospects in the entire system with his clear, high learning curve. Russ Canzler has actually burst into flames, and Jeremie Tice had two more RBI's. Who topped ATF? How about a home-run hitting, right-handed bat...at least for one night.
The Aeros fell to the Curve 13-8, surrendering a split in the series with the Curve Monday night at People’s Natural Gas Field. Altoona shortstop Kelson Brown hit a pair of home runs to help the Curve defeat the Aeros in the series finale. Brown, who ended the day 3-for-3, entered the game in the third inning after shortstop Brock Holt was hit by a pitch and then ejected while walking up the first-base line.
The Lake County Captains drained the Dayton Dragons 8-3 on Monday as the Captains’ bats compiled 14 hits and took advantage of a trio of Dayton errors. All-Star Cody Anderson (4-4, 2.99) started for the Captains against Dayton’s Tanner Robles (4-5, 4.56), though Anderson did not pitch deep into the game.
After losing four straight, the Scrappers hoped a return to Eastwood Field would provide some much needed home-cooking. Despite a second straight strong start from Luis Dejesus , the Scrappers offense was unable to generate enough offense to give him a win as they lost 3-2 and dropped their record to 2-6 on the season.
The Carolina Mudcats (3-1) fell in a rain shortened game to the Frederick Keys (2-2) on Monday night ,1-0. A pitching duel between Michael Goodnight and Kyle Simon saw only one run scored in the game. The Keys were finally able to push a run across in the top of the eighth, as the first two runners of the inning reached and then first baseman Aaron Baker singled to left scoring third baseman Travis Adair.
It’s only been three games, but the on-field product the Columbus Clippers have displayed during their most recent winning streak could be a cause for concern for the rest of the International League. The Clippers won for the third-straight time Monday night, beating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 7-3, to take the four-game series, 3-to-1.
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!