In the final game of the four-game series between the Columbus Clippers and the Pawtucket Redsox, the Redsox avoided the four-game sweek, 6-4. It would have been the Redsox first 4- game sweep in just under two years. The Clippers went into Monday’s night game looking to accomplish their first sweep of the 2012 campaign.
The first place Akron Aeros beat the Binghamton Mets, 3-2, Monday to improve to a 6-0 winning streak. Right-handed reliever Rob Bryson took home his second win of the season, going for 2 2/3 innings, while allowing three hits; one run and one strike out. It wasn’t a perfect outing for Bryson, but it was good enough to put up another tally in the win column.
The MLB Draft is but five weeks away and IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis gets us all ready for it with his first mock draft. Today's version only covers the first half of the first round, but with the Indians picking 15th, it covers the important part. Jeff outlines all the picks before the Indians make theirs. His projected pick should make a lot of Indians' fans happy.
3 up, 3 down is a weekly premium feature on the site that focuses in on a few of the good and not so good performances from the past week in the Indians’ minor league system. This week Tony provides insight on six player in the Indians system: Trevor Crowe, Juan Diaz, Anthony Gallas, Matt LaPorta, Luigi Rodriguez, and Ronny Rodriguez.
It is time to once again go "Sailing with the Clippers" as Columbus beat reporter Andrew Holleran gets you all up to speed on the week that was for the Clippers. There were some hot performances by Matt LaPorta, Russ Canzler, and even Cody Allen, and also some not so hot performance from Trevor Crowe and others.
The Johnny Damon is expected to officially begin on Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox. Damon is expected to join the team on Monday and will become a regular in the lineup going forward, and not a moment too soon with the offense really struggling of late. Someone on the roster has to go, and that could be Jose Lopez.
There's some kid named Francisco Lindor tearing it up in Low A Lake County. I've never heard of him, but rumor has it that he can play. T.J. McFarland is starting to regain that top prospect feel in Double A Akron. But the top spot in Today's ATF belongs to the biggest mover in the Indians' system, and a guy that may soon find himself knocking on Cleveland's front door, should he continue dominating out of the bullpen. Jim Pete brings you Sunday's Indians minor league performances in ATF.
The Salem Red Sox completed a series sweep of the struggling Carolina Mudcats with an 8-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at LewisGale Field in Salem, Virginia. Red Sox starting pitcher Keith Couch earned his third win of the year while Mudcats’ starter Michael Goodnight notched his first in the loss column.
After a rainout on Saturday, the Akron Aeros swept a double header against Altoona, playing a total of 20 innings in the process. In the opening game, Eric Berger gave up two unearned runs courtesy of a throwing error and a wild pitch to give Altoona a second inning lead. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out two.
The Indians used every miscue they could from the Angels on Sunday afternoon to win the game 4-0, and take the series 2 games to 1. Derek Lowe has emerged as the ace of the staff, and Michael Brantley is finally looking like a lead-off hitter. IPI's own Jeff Ellis takes the reigns today of our newest daily column, Second Thoughts, our daily Indians recap.
"IPI on Site" has settled in to its Sunday evening position and is a weekly on-line video show on the IPI that features a player in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. This week we catch up with Low-A Lake County outfielder Bryson Myles and find out how his season is going, what he is working on, and more!
Burlington sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs in the opening frame of the ballgame. The early four run lead was insurmountable for the Captains. The big hit in the inning came off the bat of Dusty Robinson. Robinson doubled to left center field, which scored the first two runs for Burlington. From that point, Burlington used three more hits and scored two more runs and had the early 4-0 lead after a half of an inning.
Solid pitching and late-inning hitting propelled the Columbus Clippers to their third win in a row Sunday afternoon. The Clippers (13-10), rallied from a 2-0 deficit through five innings to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (15-9), 3-2, in front of 7,463 fans at Huntington Park. Errors by the Columbus defense gave Pawtucket an early lead, but a mistake by the Red Sox defense in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Clippers the game-winning run.
The Indians have a big problem in the outfield. It is not just the glaring hole in left field for this season, but it is the glaring hole at just about every position in the outfield for the next several seasons. Tony examines the Indians' dire outfield situation in Cleveland and the minors, looks at the Kotchman vs. LaPorta issue, Jimenez being just another Carmona clone, and the exciting Nick Hagadone in his weekly Sunday notebook.
The Indians were coming off Friday Night's late inning heroics, but it wasn't to be on Saturday as rain and Dan Haren put a damper during Game 2. The bats were asleep, but Jeanmar Gomez came out and pitched a gem, and is slowly starting to cement his place in the Tribe rotation. Check out Jim Berdysz take on IPI's new daily column, Second Thoughts.
Will Roberts is starting to make a name for himself down in Lake County, but the guy that everyone seems to be talking about is Matt LaPorta. LaPorta tops ATF this morning after continuing his International League onslaught. Is it time to move LaPorta back to the bigs, or is this just another indicator of his Andy Marte-disease? Jim Pete returns to the ATF grind with another look at the minor league performances yesterday.
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!