On Tuesday night the Carolina Mudcats (8-8) looked to get above the .500 mark for the first time since April 15th as they took on the Lynchburg Hillcats (9-6) for the second game of the four game series. The story of this game was the awful pitching by the Mudcats bullpen that resulted in a 14-8 loss. The Hillcats jumped all over the Mudcats bullpen and scored 13 of their 14 runs against them. The Mudcats had an early 4-1 lead but the bullpen was unable to hold the Hillcats off the scoreboard.
In today's Minor Happenings, Tony gets us caught up on how Tim Fedroff is performing and what he is working on, marvels at the performance of Chris Seddon in his last start, gives injury updates on Jordan Smith, Levon Washington and others, provides lots of comments on players from Mudcats manager Edwin Rodriguez, breaks down Roberto Perez's slow start, talks about the emergence of Kyle Petter, and lots more!
The Carolina Mudcats (7-8) looked to get back to .500 on a cold night at Five County Stadium, as they took on the Lynchburg Hillcats (9-5), the A+ affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Mudcats were able to score early taking an early 5-1 lead after the third inning and that is all the scoring they would need as the bullpen was able hold on at the end giving the Mudcats a 5-4 win in the series opener. This game had all the makings off a great pitching matchup.
In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
On a rainy, overcast day at Five County Stadium the Carolina Mudcats (6-8) and Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-6) took the field for the third game of the series. A heavy rain storm that came through Zebulon delayed the game after the start of the second inning for an hour and 23 minutes. The delay would ultimately cut both the Mudcats and Pelicans starters’ nights short. But the rain would not cool of the Mudcats bats as they were able to crank out seven extra base hits in a 7-2 win over the Pelicans.
The Carolina Mudcats blew a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning, as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans would use a comedy of Mudcats’ errors to win the game by a final score of 7-5. T.J. House took the mound for the Mudcats, coming off being named the Cleveland Indians minor league Player of the Week. The lefty entered the night having yet to yield an earned run through his first two starts, which extended over a period of 13 innings.
It is Friday afternoon, which means it is time for our weekly "IPI on Site" feature here on the site. This week High-A Carolina catcher Jake Lowery joins the show and talks about his expectations for the 2012 season, the adjustments he is making behind the plate and at the plate, and lots more.
Looking to bounce back after a disappointing road trip in which the Carolina Mudcats went 2-4, the Mudcats (6-6) took on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (6-6) on Thursday night at Five County stadium to open a four game series. The Mudcats were able to crawl back into the game after starter Micahel Goodnight struggled early. The Mudcats were down 5-1 after the top of the fourth but were able to come back and take the lead going into the ninth 6-5. Reliever Jordan Cooper wasn’t able to close the game out as he allowed two runs in the ninth which ultimately cost the Mudcats the game as they would end up losing 7-6.
It's time for another edition of the Happenings in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Today Tony talks about the hot hitting Jared Goedert and what he needs to do get a big league opportunity, has lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on the Low-A Lake County roster, gives an update on the health of LeVon Washington and others, and discusses lots of other players like House, Barnes, Diaz, Chisenhall, Tice, Sterling, Stowell and more!
The Carolina Mudcats finally defeated the Wilmington Blue Rocks early on Wednesday after losing two straight games at Frawley Stadium. With a 1-0 shutout victory, Carolina improved to a record of 6-6 gaining some ground in the Southern Division of the Carolina League. The Mudcats’ solitary run came in the top of the fourth inning off Blue Rocks’ starting pitcher Jason Adam. Through three innings of work Adam had only allowed one hit while recording a strikeout and two walks. The first Mudcat Adam faced in the fourth inning was center fielder Tyler Holt who managed to reach base on an error by Blue Rocks’ third baseman Angel Franco.
The first week of the season brought an offensive onslaught that was unfamiliar to many frequent visitors to the Carolina League. Enter week two, which for the Mudcats, was a rough re-introduction to the pitching heavy league. Jim Pete returns with his weekly dose of 'Fishing for Mudcats,' the weekly Carolina Mudcats' notebook.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
The Carolina Mudcats blew an eighth inning, one run lead to give the Wilmington Blue Rocks a 5-3 victory at Frawley Stadium on Tuesday night. The Blue Rocks came up to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning facing a 3-2 defiect. Mudcats’ reliever Dale Dickerson had replaced fellow reliever Shawn Armstrong with two outs in the seventh inning after pitching nearly three scoreless innings, holding Wilmington to just two hits while striking out four batters.
Minor Happenings is now a bi-weekly feature on the IPI, and today we post the first early week edition of this popular site staple. Tony gives the 411 on fast-rising prospect RHP Cody Allen, provides lots of comments from Assistant Farm Director Carter Hawkins, has injury updates on close to a dozen players, and lots 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!