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May 19, 2014   (14 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Indians offense is in need of an overhaul
The Indians defense has been a hatchet job worse than the goriest of horror movies, and the offense is wildly inconsistent and lacks any punch whatsoever. Without a pretty solid effort from their starting rotation and bullpen up to his point, the Indians might be rivaling the Cubs and Astros as the worst team in baseball – though are dangerously close to that level anyway. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the issues with the Indians lineup, why Jesus Aguilar should be given a chance, and more.
May 19, 2014   (2 comments)
Clippers Notebook: Bauer the next top Clipper set to join Indians
he eight game home stand concluded in walk-off fashion on Monday morning (yes, I said morning). The Clippers got a double from infielder Audy Ciriaco in the ninth to overcome a Mark Lowe blown save and the Clippers defeated Syracuse 5-4. The IBI's Michael Rich recaps the week that was and looks at some of the top Clippers' players who are now helping the parent club in Cleveland.
May 19, 2014   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #44: Athletics 13, Indians 3
It was almost the same story every game. The Indians would take an early 1-0 lead, but that advantage would be short-lived as the A's bats roared back to not only take the lead, but put some distance between them and the Tribe on the scoreboard. 11-1, 6-2 and 13-3 were the finals of the three games with Oakland on top in every one. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives his thoughts on the sweep.
May 19, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: May 18, 2014
The Indians had several players get their first game action of the season on Sunday with a new affiliate or returning from injury. Righty Duke von Schamann made his Triple-A debut and had mixed results, J.C. Ramirez returned from injury with Double-A Akron, outfielder LeVon Washington played in his second game since missing a month due to an injured oblique. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes us Around the Farm and recaps all of the performances.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
RubberDucks rally to knock off SeaWolves on the road
Designated hitter Tyler Holt rose to the occasion in the top of the ninth inning, and hit what turned out to be the game-winning two-out RBI single off of Slade Smith (0-1, 9.53) to center field that brought in Bryson Myles. New arrival J.C. Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) followed with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, which secured the Akron RubberDucks 2-1 victory over the Erie SeaWolves (18-22).
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: White Sox lose Abreu to injury
The Indians are digging themselves a very large early season hole. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the White Sox losing their MVP candidate, a DL stint for Washington's Gio Gonzalez, and more.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats beat Red Sox in pitching duel 3-1, snap skid
The Carolina Mudcats made a three-run second inning hold up as they snapped a season-high four-game losing streak in a 3-1 victory over the Salem Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Mudcats brought their record on the season back to .500 (20-20).
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Moncrief, Clippers dismantle Chiefs 8-3
A monster game from Carlos Moncrief propelled the Columbus Clippers to an 8-3 victory on the road against the Syracuse Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. The right fielder went 3-for-3 on the day, and was a triple shy of batting for the cycle, as the Clippers (22-20) gained the early upper hand on the Chiefs (21-22) by scoring five runs in the first three innings.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County outclassed by West Michigan, 9-3
The West Michigan Whitecaps (25-18) pulled away from the Lake County Captains (13-30) with a five-run sixth inning winning 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Whitecaps broke the Captains two-game winning streak, and managed a split of the four-game series.
May 18, 2014   (13 comments)
Oakland slams Cleveland 13-3, sweep three-game series
All winter, the Indians pushed the slogan "Unfinished business," claiming to have more work to do after sneaking into the postseason last year. Yet on the brink of summer, the Tribe sits in the unfinished basement of the A.L. Central where the workload continues to mount quickly. Sunday afternoon proved no different, as Oakland slammed Cleveland 13-3 to sweep the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Plutko's performance paces the organization
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Adam Plutko's dominance of the Midwest League, a look at some straggling RubberDucks, and much more.
May 18, 2014   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #43: Oakland 6, Cleveland 2
The ingredients presented to Cleveland and Oakland were very much similar: an entirely comparable number of baserunners, an entirely comparable set of circumstances. Yet the X-Factor separating the two teams on Saturday was clutch, the ability to score with men on base. The IBI's John Grimm notes clutch's importance yet its fickle unpredictability, and makes notes of managerial decisions as well as the strength of Cleveland's offensive contact to date.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: May 17, 2014
The Indians had several noteworthy performances up and down their minor league system on Saturday. Paul Hendrix continues to rake, Grant Fink hit a grand slam and Dace Kime had a solid outing at Lake County. Travis Banwart continues to pitch well and Frank Herrmann is racking up strikeouts at a large rate at Columbus. All of this and more in our trip Around the Farm on the night...
May 18, 2014   (7 comments)
No bats, more errors help Oakland trounce Indians, 6-2
Scott Kazmir wasn't too happy in his return to Progressive Field, but his team sure loves it here. Scoring six runs on eight hits, Oakland pitching continued to get the best of a stymied Indians offense Saturday, as the Indians fell to the A's, 6-2. It wasn't just a poor offensive showing either, but a lack of defense that continues to leave manager Terry Francona and his ballclub in limbo. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps another frustrating game at the ballpark.
May 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: LaRussa takes job in Diamondbacks' front office
It's getting pretty hard to watch Tribe games with this defense... In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Tony LaRussa's new gig with Arizona, the Padres losing a key piece to their rotation, and more.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lee optioned to Columbus, House recalled
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus and optioned right-handed reliever C.C. Lee to Columbus.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Columbus Clippers win, 8-1, against Red Wings on the road
The Columbus Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak as they traveled to Syracuse, N.Y., to face the Red Wings Saturday night.
Columbus trumped the Red Wings, 8-1, in their first game of the four-game series. Travis Banwart took the mound for the Clippers, going 5.2 innings, with seven hits and one run. Banwart earned his third win against Syracuse.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats fall to Salem Red Sox, 4-3
The Carolina Mudcats dropped a close one, 4-3, to the Salem Red Sox on Saturday night in front of 4,248 boisterous fans at Five County Stadium. It was the fourth straight loss for the Mudcats, who fell below .500 for the first time all year. Pitcher Cole Sulser picked up his fourth loss – with no wins – so far this season.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
SeaWolves Edge RubberDucks, 2-1
Erie SeaWolves lefty Kyle Ryan tossed shutout baseball for nearly seven innings, and Jason Krizan had a pair of hits and an RBI to lead Erie to a 2-1 victory over the Akron RubberDucks Saturday night at Jerry Uht Park. The loss snapped Akron’s four-game winning streak and set the stage for the rubber-match of the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35. The RubberDucks (27-14) maintained their five-game lead in the EL West, as second-place Bowie lost at Reading. Despite the loss, Akron is still one of the hottest teams in the minor leagues, having won 17 of the last 20 games.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains deflate West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-2
The Lake County Captains (13-29) deflated the sails of the West Michigan Whitecaps (24-18) in a 5-2 win May 17. Dace Kime (0-6, 7.82) received the start for the Captains opposite Whitecaps’ righty Jonathon Crawford (1-1, 2.73). Both squads went scoreless through the first two innings until the Captains struck first. Centerfielder Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk and reached third on a single by shortstop Paul Hendrix. With one out, designated Anthony Santander singled to right to plate Frazier, giving the Captains the early 1-0 lead.

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