The Akron Aeros have enjoyed prolific offensive outbursts this season, and they have benefited often from terrific pitching performances. The two haven’t always occurred on the same night, however. That changed Wednesday night in Erie, as the Aeros snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the SeaWolves at Jerry Uht Park.
The streaking Scrappers returned to Eastwood Field Wednesday looking to give the fans an early fireworks display against the Aberdeen Ironbirds before the real show that was to take place post-game at Eastwood Field. Mother Nature forced the fans to wait awhile for their fireworks, bringing a downpour in the top of ninth that caused an hour and a half rain delay.
The Indians exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits in a 12-3 win over the Angels on Independence Day. The game quickly turned into a laugher in the second inning when a three-run homer by Kotchman put the Indians up 9-1. Charlie Adams shares his "second thoughts" on the game and breaks down another Indians' series win.
The Carolina Mudcats (9-4) were overwhelmed by the Salem Red Sox (3-10) on Independence day as they fell 12-3 on Wednesday. The fireworks started early for the Red Sox as they put up five runs in the first inning against Mudcat starter Will Roberts.
The Lake County Captains shined in situational hitting on Wednesday as a couple of two-out hits propelled them past the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 6-1 victory. All-Star Joe Colon (7-8, 3.01) took the bump for the Captains against West Michigan lefty Thomas Collier (6-6, 2.50).
The Columbus Clippers (43-43) routed the Toledo Mud Hens (34-52) in Fifth Third Field on Wednesday by a final score of 13-3. There was plenty of offense to go around in this Independence Day contest, as all but one of the Columbus batters came away with at least a hit.
What better a topic to discuss than the Carolina Mudcats, and their ascension to glory. The Mudcats are in a dogfight for first place in the Southern Division of the Carolina League, and playing their most inspired baseball of the season. Jesus Aguilar is leading the team in nearly every offensive category, and turning many heads as he gets ready to head towards the upper levels of the minors. Join Jim Pete with his weekly foray to the Carolina fishing hole, with Fishing for Mudcats...
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 over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
Although things have not come easy for Jordan Casas, nobody can say that the Indians 40th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft is not prepared for his opportunity. In his time with the organization, the 5’11”, 180 pound outfielder, who attended Long Beach State University, has played everywhere from Mahoning Valley to Akron and each place in between. Mike Zavagno gives an update on the speedy outfielder...
The Scrappers offense had been stifled all game long. Then in the top of the 8th inning, Tyler Naquin drove a 0-2 pitch over the head of centerfielder Brian Pointer to drive in 2 runs to tie and take the lead. Naquin ended up at third base with a two run triple and the Scrappers come home from Williamsport with a 3-1 win.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYBODY! July third action saw Jorge Martinez continue his offensive onslaught in the Arizona League, while Matt LaPorta and Juan Romero each blasted another home run. Tyler Naquin ripped his first professional triple, and Elvis Araujo regained some balance. Enosil Tejeda continued to dominate as a closer, while a rather new addition to the Indians reliever corp continues to really make a name for himself. Join IPI on this Independence Day for our daily dose of Around the Farm...
Richmond catcher Johnny Monell hit his second home run in as many nights when he smacked a game-winning two-run shot in the third inning of Richmond’s 7-5 victory over Akron on Tuesday night at Canal Park. Monell and the Flying Squirrel offense combined for 15 hits as they roughed up Akron starter Brett Brach for seven total runs to defeat the Aeros.
Poor execution at the plate and some timely hitting by the Toledo Mud Hens doomed the Columbus Clippers Tuesday night. Columbus lost to the Mud Hens, 4-2, at Fifth Third Field in Toledo. The Clippers had won game one of the series, 4-1, on Monday night.
The Carolina Mudcats (8-4) completed the sweep of the Potomac Nationals (6-6) as they took the final game of the series 5-3 on Tuesday night. The Mudcats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and it seemed as though the Mudcats would be able to again cruise to victory as Mike Rayl breezed through the first four innings.
The final game of the series between the Lake County Captains and Fort Wayne TinCaps was cut short due to rain for the second time in three days, giving Lake County the 2-1 win. Left-hander Elvis Araujo (2-6, 4.72) took the wheel for the Captains on the mound against Fort Wayne’s Ruben Mejia (1-2, 3.89).
It was a rare bad week for your Akron Aeros, as they dropped five of their seven games. There's no need to despair, however. The Aeros still have the best record in the Eastern League and plenty of great players. As always, it's time to Launch Off With The Aeros with Jim Piascik and the best of the best from Akron over the past week.
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!