The Indians won a close one last night over the Rays, 3-2. The game was a lot closer than it should of been as the Indians blew several opportunities to add to an early 3-0 lead and put the game well out of reach, and then they held on for dear life late to get the win. With two tough Rays' lefties looming in the next three games last night was an important win to get, and Adam McGavin gives his "second thoughts" on the game...
Todd Hankins had a first for ATF tonight. He's the first guy to get into the top three without playing in the field, and without getting an at bat. Chris Seddon got into the top three tonight by pitching a perfect game through six innings before giving up his first hit. The top guy got in for just dominating over the past couple of months in Akron...and without ever being thought of as a top prospect. Find out who that is, after the jump...
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves today at a special time 10:00am – 11:00am EST. Today, Tony and Jim discuss some of the events from the Indians current 7-game road trip through Toronto and Tampa Bay, but most of their attention will be spent discussing the upcoming July non-waiver trade deadline which is now two weeks away. Will the Indians be buyers or sellers? Who do they trade? What needs have the highest priority? They discuss that and more....give them a listen!
The Lake County Captains (13-11) swept the Beloit Snappers (10-14) out of Classic Park on Monday night in walk-off fashion by a score of 9-8. Pinch runner Todd Hankins came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch by Snapper reliever Corey Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Carolina Mudcats (13-10) fought back from deficits of four and three runs to tie the game at 4-4 and 7-7 but ended up falling by a score of 8-7 to the Winston Salem Dash (12-11) in the opening game of a four game series on Monday night.
The Aeros opened their three game homestand against the Harrisburg Senators with a 5-4 comeback win Monday night at Canal Park behind a big sixth inning and some quality relief pitching from the bullpen. The Aeros (56-39) won for the fourth straight time, and increased their lead over the second-place Senators to seven games in the EL West. Harrisburg lost their third consecutive game.
Chris Seddon came within nine outs of recording the second perfect game in team history Monday night, and behind the valiant effort by the Columbus left hander, the Clippers opened up their home stand with a win against the Louisville Bats. While Seddon wasn't perfect, he was certainly good enough to pace Columbus to victory, as the Clippers (48-48) beat Louisville, 8-2.
A washout on Sunday gave the Scrappers and Renegades the opportunity to play two Monday. The Scrappers were one up, one down in the doubleheader, winning the second game 10-6 after dropping the first 3-2. The Scrappers had their best opportunity to win in game two, walking out one of the New York-Penn League’s top starters Luis Dejesus.
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
It is Monday, which means it is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" in Andrew Holleran's weekly notebook which recaps the week that was for the Indians' Triple-A affiliate. He gets you all caught up on who is playing well and who is not, the transactions, where they are in the standings, and recaps all the games.
The Indians had no offense to speak of on Friday, in a 1-0 win. The Indians rolled out nine runs on Saturday in a loss, then followed that up by getting shutout in Sunday's game, 3-0. It's good to see the Indians remain consistently inconsistent to start the second half. The Indians also fell into third place after Sunday's loss, thanks to the Tigers' victory, and are now four games behind the first place White Sox. Join Kevin Dean with his "Second Thoughts" on Sunday's ballgame...
While I'd love to throw up some mystery opener to my birthday edition of ATF, why would I even bother. Sure, some kid went 4-for-4 in Lake County, with his seventh dinger. Sure, some kid hit his 12th homer in Carolina, and a grand slam to boot. But the story of the night was Giovanni Soto, who pitched his first career no-hitter for Akron. It doesn't get any batter than that. Of course, who were those other two cats? Find out, after the jump...
Giovanni Soto, the starting pitcher acquired in the Jhonny Peralta trade in 2010, pitched the first-ever solo no-hitter in Canal Park history. Soto, who has been alternating between spectacular and frustrating over his career, moved his record to 8-8 on the season. The 21-year-old dropped his ERA nearly a half a run, lowering it to 3.73. Catch what Soto had to say to IPI's Christian Turner, after the jump...
One day after the Columbus Clippers and Indianapolis Indians combined for 21 runs on 26 hits, the two teams met again on Sunday afternoon for a much more defensive affair. The Indians defeated the Clippers by a final score of 4-3 to take the three-game series and once again force the Clippers below .500.
The Lake County Captains pulled off an 8-5 win over the Beloit Snappers in celebration of Captains’ starter Elvis Araujo’s 21st birthday on Sunday night. Araujo started for the Captains against Beloit lefty Ryan O’Rourke, who has struggled through the month of July.
The Carolina Mudcats cracked a pair of firsts in a big 10-6 win over the Frederick Keys on Sunday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The victory means a split of the four-game series at Frederick. Carlos Moncrief powered the Mudcats’ first grand slam of 2012 out to left for a 5-0 lead in the first inning.
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!