Welcome ot the final full edition of the Transaction Rundown. There will be a September 1-7 edition to cover the September call-ups and any pre-playoffs shuffling to the Aeros and Captains rosters, but I'm not sure how the final four weeks of the season will be handled. Watch this space next week for more info.
With Tony visiting the nation's capital, getting President Barack Obama's thoughts on the Indians' organzation, Jim Pete is dutifully taking the reigns of Tribe Happenings for the week with a beautifully cheery view of the Indians' system in 2012 and beyond. Okay, while sarcasm is clearly at play, hey, at least it's sunny somewhere, right?
One flip of the calendar, and the Indians have already picked up their first victory in the month of September, defeating the Rangers on Saturday night 4-3. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak and was the first time since August 11 that Cleveland won a ballgame where Justin Masterson was not the starting pitcher.
It was a busy night of minor league baseball, and the starters really got after their opponents last night. Robbie Aviles went five strong in Mahoning, while Mason Radeke went 1/3 more in Lake County. Danny Salazar dominated again in Akron, as did the guy at the top. Between the four starters mentioned, only two earned runs were allowed in 24 1/3 innings. Not too shabby. Join Jim Pete on walk through Sunday Night's minor league memorables...
It wasn’t that long ago that Luis Dejesus was throwing out the first pitch to christen the 2012 Scrappers home slate. Now, exactly 72 days later, it was Robbie Aviles throwing out the first pitch to end it. While 2012 hasn’t exactly been the championship year the fans might have hoped, it supplied plenty to smile about.
The Frederick Keys held the Carolina Mudcats without a run over the first eight innings en route to a 5-2 victory on Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The Mudcats scored twice in the ninth inning, snapping a 20-inning scoreless streak.
With the dawn of a new month, the Cleveland Indians can put to bed a historically bad August that put the 2012 Cleveland Indians in the same conversations as some of the worst teams in the history of the franchise. For those that know THAT history, knows just how BAD that is. Take a stroll over the the Corner of Carnegie, and let's all say goodbye to August together....after the jump...
The Tribe's woes continue as the team dropped its sixth straight Friday. Even worse, the loss tied the franchise mark for the worst month in team history. On the positive side of things, a new month is upon us, but just in case any of us forgot about just how bad August was, IPI's Jim Berdysz goes over Friday's conclusion to the month, a 5-3 loss to Texas.
With the minor league season quickly coming to a close, prospects are trying to leave a lasting impression. That's exactly what T.J. McFarland did Friday as the left-hander hurled a gem in leading the Clippers to a win. Also, Russ Canzler went into beast mode in what likely may be be his last game in a Clippers uniform. Plus, Jesus Aguilar continues to do his thing with the Aeros. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
On Friday evening in Richmond, Virginia, the Akron Aeros finally achieved what has seemed inevitable since the early weeks of the 2012 season. They have won the Eastern League's Western Division title.
The Scrappers were eliminated from playoff contention long ago, but the last few nights it has felt like they were in a pennant race. Maybe that’s because their foe, the Auburn Doubledays, are neck deep in a race of their own. And for the Scrappers, that can only mean one thing: spoiler.
ZEBULON- The Carolina Mudcats (31-35) fell to the Potomac Nationals (30-35) 3-0 in the Mudcats' home finale. A three run third by the Nationals would end up being the only scoring that the game would see as both sides pitched well throughout the game.
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!