Just a night after Eastwood Field played host to the NYPL All-Star Game, it served as the battleground for a the Scrappers and Auburn Doubledays. The big crowd and large media presence were gone, but those that turned up to watch the teams continue their respective regular seasons saw a dandy, as they watched the Scrappers just edge the Doubledays in what was a nip-and-tuck 5-4 affair.
For the first seven innings on Wednesday night, it looked like a sure blowout victory for the Columbus Clippers (64-61). Their starting pitcher was dominating, and their offense was putting on a performance that Huntington Park hadn’t seen in a couple weeks. Then in one inning, the floor fell out from underneath their feet.
The Lake County Captains (27-23, 58-61) came right out of the gates with six runs in the first four innings and the pitching staff threw a five hit shutout to back the offense up in a 7-0 win over the Dayton Dragons (21-28, 51-68) on Wednesday night.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at Tyler Sturdevant's return to form, where he is at in his recovery from injury, and his Major League potential in the near future. He also looks at the progress being made by promising young lefty Luis Lugo in Arizona, why Giovanni Soto was shut down, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on the trade deadline decision-making process, plus updates and information on players like Matt Langwell, Chun Chen, Ronny Rodriguez, Jose Ramirez, Robbie Aviles, Claudio Bautista, and more.
Triple-A Columbus outfielder Tim Fedroff is once again having another banner season in the Indians' system. Has he done enough to get noticed and will he get an opportunity in the big leagues before the end of this season? Time will tell. Matt Kraus recently sat down with the tough lefty to see how things are going for him this season.
Ubaldo Jimenez continued his very disappointing season for the Indians this year with another poor outing last night in the Indians 9-6 loss to the Angels. The Angels put up four quick runs in the first inning to stake Zach Greinke to a 4-0 lead and it was pretty much smooth sailing from there. William Biggar shares his second thoughts on the game.
Who is the top shortstop prospect in the Tribe's farm system? With every passing day, Dorssys Paulino is making a case that he deserves to be right up there with Francisco Lindor. Tuesday was no different as the 17-year-old Paulino might have just had his best offensive performance yet. Plus, the New York-Penn League hosted its 2012 All-Star Game, and a slew of Scrappers were there to participate. IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm after the jump...
Niles, Ohio isn’t usually the place to be. But for one night, it was. At least it was for the elite of the New York-Penn League, as they gathered to take part in the New-York Penn League All-Star Game on what was a rainy August evening. Joining them were several thousand of their family members, closest friends, and biggest fans, as Eastwood Field played host to it’s first ever All-Star Game. Matt Miller recaps the game.
The Carolina Mudcats (26-24) were stifled by Frederick Keys (23-26) starter Devin Jones as they fell to the Keys 5-2 on Tuesday night. Jones tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by five runs to allow the Keys to take the first two games of the series.
The Akron Aeros put on a comeback performance to snag their 71st win of the season against the Harrisburg Senators, 2-1, on Tuesday night at Metro Bank Park. Second basemen Matt Lawson, who went 2-for-2 on the night, hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to push the winning run across for Akron in game one of the three-game series.
It was a quick, quiet night for the Columbus Clippers (64-60) on Tuesday night as they fell to the Durham Bulls (58-67) by a final score of 6-3. Both offenses were able to do some damage early. The Clippers struck in the first inning on an RBI double into deep left by right fielder Vinny Rottino.
Your Akron Aeros continued their march toward the playoffs over the past week and while they only went 3-4, they still had plenty of performances to pay attention to. From starting pitchers performing as well as they have all year to power outbursts from our favorite Canadian outfielder, Jim Piascik and Launching Off With The Aeros takes you through the week that was in Akron.
Pronk is heading to an all-to-familiar place...the DL, and it's likely his last trip there as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Which Pronk will you remember? Is it the pre-30 Pronk that was sure to destroy the Indians' home run record, or was it the post 30 pronk that spent most of his day iced up? Whichever side of the coin you land on, it's not hard to forget the many big moments. With that said, it's clearly time for Pronk to say goodbye to the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. This week Tony and Jim will discuss the recent dismissal of pitching coach Scott Radinsky, whether it was the right move or not, what other changes could be coming, and whether Ruben Niebla is a potential long term fit. They will also discuss yet another Hafner injury and what it means for his future as an Indian, the end of the recent 11-game losing streak, the goals for the remainder of the season, and they will also dive into some minor league discussion on some of the players at High-A Carolina.
The Indians bounced back from their embarrassing home loss on Sunday with one of their better played games of the last month on Monday night in a 6-2 win over the Angels in Anaheim. For whatever reason, the Angels have brought out the best in the Indians this year as they are now 5-2 against the Halos on the season. Adam McGavin shares his second thoughts on the game.
The youthful Tribe had all gears in motion on Monday night in a 10-2 beat down of the AZL Diamondbacks. Sean Mahon once again provides a firsthand update on the game action out in Arizona with insight into the performances of Doryss Paulino, Eric Haase, Tyler Booth, Claudio Bautista, Luis Lugo, Felix Sterling and others. Plus he has the news on when talented draftee Caleb Hamrick will make his pro debut out in the AZL.
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!