Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. Tonight, Tony and Jim will talk about the streaky Indians and if they can maintain their good play over the past two weeks so they can stay in the division and wildcard race. They will also talk about the All Star possibilities with the likes of Justin Masterson, Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and others, look at areas in need of improvement, ponder whether the Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn signings were worth it, and much more.
By sweeping the Normal CornBelters to start the week, and taking two of three from the Schuamberg Boomers, the Crushers recorded their best week long record of the season, going 5-1. They also won a season high five straight games, beginning with the final game against the Rockford Aviators on June 16th.
After a strong homestand that righted the Indians' ship, they hit the road for 11 games, starting with four in Baltimore. Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 5.1 innings and got hit out of the park twice, and the offense didn't score until the sixth inning. They came on in a big way in that sixth, though, taking a lead that the bullpen would never relinquish and won 5-2. The IBI's Kevin Dean shares his second thoughts on the game...
The Akron Aeros fell to the Harrisburg Senators 7-1 on Monday evening in the first game of the series. Akron Aeros starter Brett Brach (4-4, 4.89) allowed four runs over six innings, including giving up a first inning solo home run to Harrisburg's Jerad Head .
On Monday Night, the Indians pulled out two wins, and both in a dramatic fashion. The Mudcats managed to win their first second half game, and in walk-off fashion. Lake County overcame getting two-hit on the night to pull out a 1-0 win. There are some interesting names on the board tonight, with Joe Wendle leading the way thanks to a new power surge.
Michael Brantley lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Baltimore Orioles with four RBIs and a home run to give Cleveland the 5-2 win on Monday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.58) received the start against Baltimore lefty Zach Britton (1-2, 5.51).
In what started as a weird night at Eastwood Field, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers fell to the Auburn Doubledays 2-1.Just minutes before game-time, there were two lineup changes that would significantly affect the outcome of the game.
A nail bitter until the end, the Carolina Mudcats were walk-off winners as they defeated the Frederick Keys 3-2 on Monday night. The win was the first for the team in the second half, bringing the Mudcats record to 1-3 in the second half and 23-51 overall.
What appeared to be a promising outing by Columbus right-hander Joe Martinez, turned out to be another disappointing loss after a misfortunate sixth inning sparked a 9-2 beat down by the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Monday.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays this off-season along with infielder Mike Aviles, catcher Yan Gomes has burst on the scene rather quickly with the Tribe in what has become his first full season in the big leagues. But before he came to Cleveland, before he stepped foot in a major league ballpark, he called the South American country of Brazil, home. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his "Road to the Show"...
In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
The Cleveland Indians had a pretty solid week as the team went 4-2 and won their series against both the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Perhaps the biggest catalyst for the wins was second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just dominated and is now hitting .283 on the season. Other strong performances also came from Michael Bourn and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more as he looks back at the week that was in the weekly IBI staple, Notes from the Wigwam.
The 2014 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!