It is time to go "Sailing with the Clippers" and get caught up on the week that was for Triple-A Columbus. Andrew Holleran chimes in with his weekly notebook to breakdown all the games, tell us who is hot and who is not in the lineup and on the pitching staff, the red hot bullpen, recent transactions, and lots more.
In his weekly Monday piece "3 Up, 3 Down", Tony looks at a few of the good and not so good performances from the past week in the Indians’ minor league system. Insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used for this week's players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Russ Canzler, Ezequiel Carrera, Leonardo Castillo, and Mike Rayl.
Updating his rankings from the preseason, Jim Piascik takes another crack at sorting out the Indians' roster from top to bottom now that we've passed the 40-game mark. It's easy to know that Jason Donald has been worse than Asdrubal Cabrera, but what about Donald and Dan Wheeler? Or Cabrera and Carlos Santana? Read on to find out where each player that has donned an Indians uniform this year ranks.
David Huff continues working towards getting healthy, and had another outstanding start for Columbus. T.J. McFarland is doing everything he can to be the best starting pitcher in the organization (again). While those two lefties were busy doing everything they could to take the top spot in ATF, another lefty stole their thunder, and may just be ready for the big leagues. Jim Pete brings another edition of IPI, after the jump...
The Indians were looking to win the rubber match of their series against the Miami Marlins, and they had their de facto ace, Derek Lowe on the hill. Thanks to an offense that couldn't get it done, and a bullpen that saw it's fringe relievers struggle, the Marlins and Ozzie Guillen took the series with a 5-3 win. Jeff gives his "Second Thoughts," as he does every Sunday...
The Potomac Nationals took an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Carolina Mudcats 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Pfitzer Stadium. After decimating the Nationals on Friday night 12-5, the Mudcats let two consecutive games slip away and ended their three game road trip to Northern Virginia on a low note.
T.J. McFarland pitched seven innings of one-run baseball to the lead the Akron Aeros (26-14) to a series sweep over the Richmond Flying Squirrels (20-23). McFarland (8-1, 1.79), won for the sixth straight start and leads the Eastern League in wins. He scattered 12 hits over his seven innings of work, allowing just one run while striking out six
Beau Mills led the Columbus Clippers to a 4-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees in a Sunday afternoon battle.
The Clippers sent LHP David Huff (1-1) to the mound, making his first start since throwing a complete game shutout against the Yankees on May 8th. Scranton/WB countered with RHP Dellin Betances (2-3).
For the second straight game, the Captains (21-22) fell to the Lansing Lugnuts (31-12), this time by a score of 2-0. With the loss, Lake County fell under .500 for the first time since May 14. The Captains could not get anything going offensively for the second consecutive game against the Lugnuts’ pitching staff.
"I'm tired of getting booed at home, so I figured I'd throw some strikes today...you can quote me on that." Don't worry Chris, we certainly will. Chris Perez, proved once again, that athletes just don't get it sometimes. Here is IPI's very own Adam McGavin, with a few quotes of his own, from the fans Chris, from the fans...
Tony is back with another Sunday morning edition of the Tribe Happenings, and this week he discusses the problems with the Indians' bench. A lot of focus has been placed on the two black holes in the starting lineup in left field and first base, but he notes that the bench is another big area of concern. Tony also touches on the lack of pinch hitter usage by Acta, the Forbes valuation report, injury updates on several Indians, and more.
Jeanmar Gomez, Joe Smith, Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez put the Marlins to sleep on Saturday with a sublime performance on the hill at progressive field. While Chris Perez would provide a few fireworks on the field and off, the Indians maintained their 3 1/2 game lead, now on Chicago, with their win. Jim Pete gives a few "Second Thoughts" of his own after Saturday's game...
The Akron Aeros (25-14) used a season-high eight-run fourth inning and five and one-third innings of one-run ball by starter Giovanni Soto to beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels (20-22) 15-5. The Aeros opened the game hot after posting a season-high 16 runs on Friday.
The Lake County Captains fell by a count of 2-1 to the first-place Lansing Lugnuts in front of an over-capacity crowd of 8,245 on fireworks night Saturday at Classic Park. Lake County could not break through with the clutch hit against Lansing pitching. Although the team pieced together ten hits, they left 12 runners on base, including two in the first, second, third, and fifth innings. With runners in scoring position, the Captains managed just one hit in nine at-bats.
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