Sweep! The Indians got the brooms out and sent the Motor City Kitties back to Detroit with an 0-3 showing at Progressive Field the last three days. Things are going well lately for the Indians as they beat the seemingly invincible Justin Verlander on Thursday afternoon thanks to some timely hits and great pitching by Justin Masterson and the bullpen. Jason Ruggiero gives his "second thoughts" on the big early season series.
Trenton first baseman Luke Murton singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday night, sending the Akron Aeros to Erie with a 4-3 loss at Waterfront Park. Murton’s single to right center off Bryan Price allowed the Thunder (24-20) to gain a split in the four-game series with the Aeros (28-16).
The Lake County Captains (23-23) gave starter Elvis Araujo (2-4, 2.66) plenty of run support in a 10-4 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (21-26) on Thursday night. The win puts Lake County one game out of second place in the division. West Michigan struck first in the second inning. Third baseman Jason King singled with two outs. He stole second, and scored on a single by the centerfielder Jason Krizan.
For the second time in as many games, the Columbus Clippers fell into a sizable hole early and were unable to recover. Columbus (21-25) lost to the Syracuse Chiefs, 13-4, Thursday night at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York. The loss was the third straight for the Clippers, and the fifth in seven games. Home runs and a barrage of hits were the thorn for Clippers' starter, left-hander Eric Berger.
Michael Hattery makes his IPI debut by taking a look at the red hot Matt LaPorta. There is a lot of buzz around a potential callup coming any day now, and why not considering his play of late and the Indians' need for a right-handed bat with power. Michael takes a look at two important factors in LaPorta's performance to determine whether he is ready to help out or not.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the hot hitting Kyle Bellows, lists lots of comments from the Indians front office on players such as Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes and others at Triple-A that could help the team this year, talk about Austin Adams’ surgery and what it means for his future, and provide updates on several other players like Kevin Slowey, Roberto Perez, Clayton Cook, Cody Anderson and more.
The Captains went 2-4 this week and the offense continues to be, well, offensive. The one bright spot continues to be the bullpen and most of the starts from the starting rotation. Lianna Holub gets us caught up on the week that was in her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains".
The Indians and Tigers squared off for the second time this season on Wednesday night, and for the second time in two nights the Indians came through late to win. All night there were lots of critical moments both at the plate and and on the mound, and Charlie Adams gives his "second thoughts" on another good win for the Tribe.
Danny Salazar may be one of the best pitchers in the system that nobody knows about. Tony Wolters may only be hitting .211, but may be proving more this season than last. At the top of the ATF pile from Wednesday night is a kid that's been here a few times already this year. It almost seems like "Home." Jim Pete brings you another thought-provoking Around the Farm...
The Frederick Keys plated seven runs over three innings, and defeated the Carolina Mudcats 7-2 in six-and-one-half innings on a soaking Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. The game was called with two on and no outs in the bottom of the seventh due to a steady downpour. Kyle Blair (1-1) was hit hard in relief for the Mudcats (22-23). Blair allowed seven runs on five hits, and walked a season-high five hitters in two-and-a-third innings.
The West Michigan Whitecaps (21-25) rudely welcomed the Lake County Captains (22-23) to Fifth Third Field for a three game series on Wednesday night, giving the Captains a 16-4 loss. The Captains scored three runs in the first inning to give Felix Sterling (2-3, 4.89 ERA) the early lead. Left fielder Todd Hankins lead off the game with a single to right field and then shortstop Francisco Lindor moved him to third on a single.
Center fielder Ben Copeland hit a bases-loaded triple in the sixth and T.J. House had another strong start as the Akron Aeros beat the Trenton Thunder 4-2. The Aeros jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. Left fielder Tim Fedroff opened the game with a triple to left and scored two batters later on an RBI ground out by designated hitter Adam Abraham.
The Carolina Mudcats just haven't been able to find any sort of consistency in the first quarter of the season, and are slowly creeping down in the standings. This week's edition of Fishing for Mudcats takes a look at who's stepping up, and who's not, as we speed towards to all-star break...
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides prospect stock tips on 20 players, including David Huff, Matt LaPorta, Jared Goedert, Eric Berger, Bryan Price, Kyle Bellows, Nick Weglarz, Trey Haley, Will Roberts, Michael Goodnight, Bryson Myles, Zach MacPhee and more!
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!