Dime-a-dog night had spirits high at Huntington Park even with the Columbus Clippers riding a six-game losing streak. Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Indians swept the Clippers at home, ending the series with a 6-2 loss, continuing Columbus on their losing ways.
There were a lot of interesting back-stories in Monday's minor league games. Would Lonnie Chisenhall continue his hitting streak, which was currently sitting at 12 games? Could Shawn Morimando continue his scoreless innings streak after winning the Carolina Pitcher of the Week award? Would Tyler Naquin continue his multi-hit game streak alive? Join Jim Pete for Monday's ATF to find out the answer to those questions, and much, much more.
Mark Teixiera blasted a grand slam in the third inning off a struggling Justin Masterson as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in the opening game of a three-game series. With the loss, the Indians fall a full game behind the Detroit Tigers, who had an off day.
After struggling to the tune of a 3-6 start to the season, the Crushers managed a .500 week, taking two of three from Florence and one of three from Joliet over the weekend. The team is now 6-9 on the season, but is still trying to find a level of consistency. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara shares the details in his weekly Crushers notebook.
The 2013 MLB Draft is three days away and MLB organizations are getting anxious as they make last minute preparations for what is a big day for every team in the league. No one knows the draft better than IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis except for those personnel involved with MLB teams, and he has put together his second big board of the Top 33 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
It was a rough week for the Cleveland Indians as the team's left-handed bullpen options continued to let them down and played a key role in the team finishing 3-4. Of course, if there is a positive, it's the fact that the Detroit Tigers struggled as well during the past week and only lead the Indians by a half game in the American League Central. The Indians will attempt to get things back on track this week, but before they do that, take a moment to join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps this past week in the IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
Joliet's bats proved to be too powerful as the Slammers jumped on Lake Erie (6-9) early and never looked back on their way to a 9-5 win Sunday and a series victory. Lake Erie starter Matt Rein (1-2) was in for a rude welcoming as he wasn't even able to make it to the third inning.
Sunday’s at Progressive Field haven’t been too good for the Indians this season, as the team dropped the rubber match against the Rays, 11-3. The Tribe is now just 1-3 on Sunday at home, averaging just three runs a ballgame over the four games. Three runs was all Cleveland would manage against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson and starter Zach McAllister struggled for the first time this season. Jim Berdysz shares his "second thoughts" on the game...
There's nothing like covering Around the Farm on a night in which every part of the Indians' organization finds a way to lose. Never fear ATF readers, your friendly neighborhood minor league artiste is here to meet your affiliate needs. Today's ATF covers Tyler Naquin, Dorssys Paulino, Francisco Lindor, Jordan Smith and Enosil Tejeda. Huh? Who's this Tejeda character? Join Jim Pete with a look at Tejeda, and all of Sunday's best...and worst.
The Winston-Salem Dash completed a series sweep against the Carolina Mudcats with a 15-6 win at BB&T Ballpark Sunday afternoon. Home runs from first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and centerfielder Tyler Naquin weren’t enough to make up for the performance of the struggling Mudcats bullpen.
After four straight wins, the Lake County Captains fell to the Dayton Dragons 8-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Captains held the lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Dragons had a five run inning to help seal the victory.
COLUMBUS- There is a popular saying in baseball, “You live and die on the long ball.” In the Columbus Clippers case Sunday, they definitely died by it. Led by seven homeruns, the Indianapolis Indians routed the Clippers in a 13-3 affair on Sunday.
Evan Longoria and Yunel Escobar both hit two-run home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians, 11-3. With the win, the Rays won the rubber match of the three-game series, improving their record to 31-25. They are now 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, though they sit in fourth place in the hotly-contested division.
Join Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek for tonight's episode of Cleveland Sports Insiders. Tonight, they'll talk Cavs basketball, and the NBA as a whole, before diving into first round pick discussions. They'll also jump into some Cleveland Indians baseball, and boy...there's plenty there to talk about. Look, it's not scripted, so who knows where this will go. Join us at 9:00!!!
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!