Geoff Davenport dominated the early part of Sunday Night's game for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, leaving the game with a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning. The bullpen would give up three runs to tie it up in the seventh and eighth, sending the game into extra innings. Tyler Naquin, who struggled offensively through most of the night, found his swing in the eleventh, winning the game with an RBI single.
Luke Carlin continued his hot play with a grand slam, helping the Clippers and David Huff to a much-needed win. ChunChen returned to play catcher, while Thomas Neal continued his scorching summer play. Tony Wolters upped his streak to 13 games, and Tyler Naquin won a game in the eleventh. At the top of ATF is a guy who got a surprise cup of coffee with the Tribe earlier this season, and blasted his way to eight RBI on Sunday night.
Zach McAllister and the Indians dominated the Rays for much of the game on Sunday, looking like they were going to run away and hide early on. With the Indians leading 5-0, things began getting hairy in the sixth inning, as the Rays would put four on the board. Staying resilient, the Indians would score another before All-Star Chris Perez imploded in the ninth. Join Kevin Dean with his "Second Thoughts" on the final game before the All-Star break...
BOWIE, MD – Led by a record-setting night from shortstop Juan Diaz, the Akron Aeros downed the Bowie Baysox 11-8 at Prince George’s Stadium Sunday night. Diaz recorded eight RBIs, becoming only the third Aero to ever accomplish the feat.
There's a good chance Alex Monslave won't forget his first hit as a Carolina Mudcat. The catcher recorded his first hit, a home run, to back a dominating start from Mike Rayl to lead Carolina to a 3-2 win over the Potomac Nationals.
It's never easy to play from behind, which is exactly what the Captains did on Sunday. Though the team was able to make it interesting and nearly completed the comeback, which Mike Zavagno provides all the details on.
No baseball game is without opportunities. If a team expects to win, it’s crucial to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as possible. Thankfully, the Columbus Clippers took advantage of their opportunities Sunday as Matt Kraus details in his game recap.
Vinny Rottino has been through it all during the 2012 season. He started the year off with the Mets Triple A affiliate in Buffao, and had an outstanding start to the season. The Mets called him up to the big leagues, but he struggled in his three-week stint, and was DFA'ed. The Indians claimed him, hoping he may provide an answer at the big league level at some point later in the season. Join Matt Kraus, as he profiles the newest Clippers' player...
In Tony's weekly Sunday notebook, he touches on the injury to third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall that will likely sideline him for the rest of the season and how it affects this Indians now and in the future. He also breaks down the numbers at the break for the lineup and pitching staff, explains how a run producing bat could be the linchpin to making the Indians lineup a good one, applauds the play of Lou Marson and much more.
Cleveland entered the game struggling against left-handed pitching, and facing one of the best young left-handed pitchers in the American League in Tampa Bay's Matt Moore. Cleveland unleashed a doubles barrage on Moore early and often, plating five runs in the second and third innings, then watched Ubaldo Jimenez lock down Tampa for the 7-3 victory. Jim Bierdysz rolls out his 'Second Thoughts' on the game-time action.
A day after committing five errors against Salem, the Carolina Mudcats faltered on two different occasions that led to pivotal runs in a 4-3 loss to the Potomac Nationals on Saturday night at Pfitzner Stadium. Carolina dropped to 10-6 in the second half, and 42-45 overall. Potomac scored the winning run on Kevin Keyes’ 10th home run of the year in the eighth inning.
This inability to put together any comebacks hurt Columbus (44-45) once more Saturday night, as they fell to the Indianapolis Indians by a final score of 10-5. The Clippers gave up four runs in the first inning, and they were never able to rally back. One of the main factors in this rough first inning was the pitching of Clippers starter T.J. McFarland, who struggled with just about every pitch and batter.
The Lake County Captains made the long bus ride from Comstock Park, MI. to Bowling Green, KY. after defeating the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-2 Friday night. The team knew it would be traveling without shortstop Francisco Lindor, who instead went to Kansas City to take part in the Futures Game. Unfortunately, the Captains also forgot their bats on the ride south.
On what was a hot, sticky Saturday evening, the Scrappers were able to pick up an opening series win against the Connecticut Tigers, winning 5-3.Indians 2012 tenth round pick Josh Martin took th e bump to make his first professional start. Martin was called on to spot start in place of Robbie Aviles, who was away from the team addressing family issues.
After the Akron Aeros got on the board early in the first inning, the Bowie Baysox scored seven unanswered runs to defeat the Aeros, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Prince George’s Stadium. Akron continued its struggles just games before the Eastern League All-Star break. The Aeros have now dropped nine of their last 12 games and have just a 2.5 game lead in the EL Western Division.
Jacob Lee and Louis Head continue to dominate the New York/Penn League and are making a case to be considered elite relievers in the system. Steven Wright's knuckleball needs to start knuckling again. Jeremie Tice has hits now in 12 of his 13 total games. Tonight's ATF leader is a guy that many probably have never heard of, but he's been playing well of late, and makes his first headlining appearance under my watch...after the jump...
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