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April 17, 2009   (0 comments)
The Aeros lost a heartbreaker to the Bowie Baysox last night by a final score of 2-0. Frank Herrmann started for Akron, and was the hard luck loser giving up one run on three hits in 7 innings. One of those hits was a fairly routine flyball to center by Bowie leadoff hitter Paco Figueroa that Aeros’ CF John Drennan lost in the lights for a triple. Two batters later, a sac fly to Drennan plated the...
April 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus Nips Toledo 2-1
Columbus used some excellent pitching combined with some timely hitting to squeak out a 2-1 win in a tightly played contest against Toledo. Right-hander Tomo Ohka's second start since slipping into the rotation for the departed Aaron Laffey was a gem as he went 6 shutout innings and allowed 5 hits, 1 walk, and had 4 strikeouts.
Lefty Tony Sipp battled through...
April 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: De La Cruz, Rondon Off To Hot Starts
"Minor Happenings" covers the important developments and news in the Indians farm system. While most of the information in this report is from my own research and through interviews I have conducted with organizational personnel, some information in this report is collected and summarized from the various news outlets that cover each team.
The Indians season is already over a week old, and...
April 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Infielder Jared Goedert was placed on the Double-A Akron disabled list today with a right oblique strain and Akron received C Armando Camacaro from Triple-A Columbus.
Goedert started at third base in each of Akron's first five games before departing midway through Monday night's contest against Altoona. The native of Concordia, KS was hitting just .154 (2-13) on the year but had drawn six walks...
April 16, 2009   (0 comments)
Huff Leads Clippers To Win
The Columbus Clippers beat the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon 4-1. The story of the game was some timely hitting by the Clippers combined with a solid starting effort by lefty David Huff and an oustanding job by the bullpen to close the door.
Huff got the win and is now 2-0 on the season in his first two starts, but unlike his first start where...
April 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Triple-A Columbus catcher Chris Gimenez was removed last night in the middle of the fourth inning after he was hit in the head with a bat. It happened in the moment of the game as Indianapolis' Robinson Diaz swung at a pitch but his back swing clipped Gimenez in the head pretty good. The collision of the bat to Gimenez's catchers helmet was enough to leave him bloodied and require a few stitches. He...
April 15, 2009   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today recalled LHP Aaron Laffey from AAA Columbus. He will start today, April 15 vs. the Kansas City Royals in KC. To allow room on the 25-man roster the Indians optioned INF Josh Barfield to AAA Columbus.
Aaron made his first start of the 2009 minor league season on Sat., April 11 in Louisville for AAA Columbus, a 5-1 win for the Bats (3.1IP, 6H, 5R/ER, 2BB, 1K, 60P)....
April 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Indianapolis Sinks Clippers 13-6
Hide the women and children as it was not a pretty night last night for the Clippers as Columbus pitching allowed 13 runs (12 earned), 17 hits, 3 walks and 1 home run in what was a 13-6 loss. Starter Jack Cassel was feasted on by Indianapolis to the tune of 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 walks, and just 1 strikeout in 3.1 innings. Things did not get any better for lefty...
April 14, 2009   (0 comments)
he Indians today activated right-hander Carlton Smith who was on the 7-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. He fills the hole in the bullpen with the departure of lefty Ryan Edell to Triple-A Columbus a few days ago. He was 12-6 with a 4.37 ERA at advanced Single-A Kinston last year and will pitch out of the bullpen in Akron. The roster is now full
April 14, 2009   (0 comments)
It is a marriage made in heaven.
A marriage that saw the Cleveland Indians and Columbus Clippers come together last September to hammer out a deal to move the Indians Triple-A operation out of Buffalo, NY into the Indians home state, and state capital to boot. Football may be king in Cleveland and Columbus, but now they also share another common bond: Indians fever.
The 2009 season...
April 14, 2009   (0 comments)
LaPorta Returns, Columbus Wins
Anyone worried about Triple-A Columbus outfielder Matt LaPorta's injury to his midsection on Saturday night can rest easy. After taking the day off on Sunday to rest, he was back in the lineup on Monday night and went 1-for-4 and played defensively out in left field.
As for the game itself, Columbus won 3-2. They trailed 2-0 going into the 8th inning,...
April 13, 2009   (0 comments)
This is more for the parents and family members who read the site, but I have finally sent off all spring training photos of players as promised. If for some reason you did not receive your photos as promised, please let me know and I will re-send. To any family members who would like some pictures of their son/brother/nephew or whatever, please let me know by emailing me at
April 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron had a scheduled day off on Easter Sunday.
Columbus Drops 3rd Straight
Columbus lost 5-1 to Louisville on Sunday, their third straight defeat. The Clippers had many chances to put up runs in the game, but never could get the big hit needed to breakthrough on the scoreboard. They had the bases loaded three times, twice with less than two outs, and failed to score.
April 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Indians top outfield prospect Matt LaPorta had to be removed from the second game of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers games last night because of tightness in his right mid-section. According to the Indians, LaPorta is okay and was removed for precautionary reasons because of the cold temperatures. He is not expected to be out long, if at all, and is day to day.
In other news, left-hander Ryan...
April 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus Drops Doubleheader
The Columbus Clippers lost both games of their doubleheader on Saturday night, losing the first game 5-1 and the nightcap 5-4. Both games were seven innings because of the doubleheader to makeup the rainout on Friday night.
In the first game, lefty Aaron Laffey only went 3.1 innings and threw 60 pitches before being removed, possibly setting him up for a...
April 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Well, we are barely three days into the start of the minor league season, and already it looks like we are going to have a couple of moves coming down the pipeline in the next 12-24 hours. The Indians earlier today placed lefty Scott Lewis on the 15-day disabled list with a left elbow strain, and purchased the contract of Vinnie Chulk from Triple-A Columbus.
Now, as a result of this move, you...
April 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Columbus was rained out on Friday night.
Offense Handcuffed as Aeros Blanked 3-0
AKRON, OH – Bowie starter Troy Patton made a victorious return to the pitching mound after shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of 2008 and the Akron offense mustered just four hits as the Baysox shutout the Aeros 3-0 before 1,042 hearty souls at Canal Park Friday night. Bowie earned its first win of...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Akron closer Vinnie Pestano shares his thoughts on yesterday's tragedy where Nick Adenhart and two others lost their life in an auto accident, while another is in critical condition holding on to his life.
On a day that should be one of the most memorable of my young professional career I find myself not worried about baseball and my own future in this game for the first time in a very, very...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
It was a disappointing end to the season last year for the Indians advanced Single-A affiliate the Kinston Indians. While they finished the year with a winning record at 72-66, a long late-season losing streak proved to be the fatal blow to their playoff chances and they missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Last season was the first time Kinston missed the Carolina League playoffs...
April 10, 2009   (0 comments)
Aeros Advantageous in 2-1 Win
AKRON, OH – A night after using nine walks to secure a victory the Aeros took advantage of seven free passes from Bowie pitching to claim a 2-1 triumph over the Baysox before 1,208 fans at Canal Park Thursday evening. Akron improved to 2-0 on the young Eastern League season while Bowie remained winless at 0-2.
Akron’s Frank Herrmann and Bowie’s Jake...