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May 16, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/15: Smit's Career Night Leads Captains To Win
Smit's Homerun Completes 8-6 Comback Win
Down by a run, Jason Smit hit a 2-run homerun to leftfield capping off a four run eighth inning as the Captains came from behind to defeat the TinCaps 8-6 on Saturday afternoon. Smit finished with a career high four RBI in the win.
Fort Wayne scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Danny Payne led things off with...
May 15, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has placed infielder Andy Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a non-baseball medical issue. To replace Marte on the active roster the Indians have recalled outfielder Trevor Crowe from AAA Columbus.
So far this year, Marte is batting .208 (5-24) with 4 runs scored, a triple, a home run and 7RBI in 15 games. This will mark Marte’s 2nd career...
May 15, 2010   (0 comments)
Things Starting To Click For Greenwell
If a baseball player were to sit down in the offseason and diagram exactly how he would like to start his next season, that player would draw up the hot start Low-A Lake County outfielder Bo Greenwell got off to this season.
Greenwell had an amazing month of April where in 21 games he hit a blistering .405 (32-for-79) with 22 runs scored, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 23 RBI, 7 stolen...
May 15, 2010   (0 comments)
K-Tribe Scores 4-3 Comeback Win Over Frederick
A three-run fifth inning and another strong pitching performance by Joe Gardner pushed the K-Tribe to a 4-3 win over Frederick in their series opener on Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium. The red-hot Indians are enjoying their best stretch of baseball this season, as they have won 7 of their last 9 games.
Playing with heavy hearts...
May 14, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: McFarland Having A Breakout Season
"Minor Happenings" is a weekly column which 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.
I am back from my little excursion...
May 14, 2010   (0 comments)
Evelyn "Mama" Kornegay passed away Friday morning at her home from pancreatic cancer.
Over the years, Mama provided home and care for over 150 Kinston Indian players over the past 15 years, most notably Victor Martinez when he was in Kinston in 2001. She provided a loving home and adored all of her "boys" as she would often call them.
"It is impossible to measure the impact Mama had...
May 14, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/13: Carlson Drives Captains To Win
Carlson Drives in Four in Captains Win
The Captains put on a hitting clinic early in Thursday night
May 13, 2010   (0 comments)
"Indians Minor League Magazine" is a half hour program on the Cleveland Indians cable network SportsTime Ohio (STO) which airs weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:00-6:30 PM EST. The show recaps all of the highlights from the week that was in the Cleveland Indians farm system with lots of video, interviews, and in-studio guests.
This year I am writing the "Diamond In the Rough" feature which...
May 13, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/12: Captains Sweep, Wins Keep Coming
Captains Sweep DH From Bowling Green
For the second time in the last four days the Lake County Captains swept a double header, this time from the Bowling Green Hot Rods winning game one 3-1 and game two 6-1.
In game one, the Captains scored three times in the bottom of the first inning after two were out when Bo Greenwell and Jeremie Tice both singled. Roberto Perez doubled home...
May 12, 2010   (0 comments)
Three Up, Three Down
Welcome back to another edition of Three Up, Three Down. This week, we'll look at the minor league leader in ERA, a 3B getting a second go around through the Eastern League, a red-hot utilityman as well as a couple of scuffling outfielders, and the ongoing struggle that has become the Kinston lineup.
Three Up:
Akron 3B Jared Goedert started the season hot, and is still rolling with...
May 12, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/11: K-Tribe Starting To Roll, Win 4th Straight
K-Tribe Wins Fourth Straight 6-4 in 12 innings
Donnie Webb drove in Ronald Rivas with an RBI single in the top of the 12th inning as Kinston beat Myrtle Beach 6-4 Tuesday night in South Carolina. Kinston has now won a season high four straight games, while racking up wins in five of their last six contests.
The game winning hit capped off a great night for Webb who was 3-for-5 with...
May 11, 2010   (0 comments)
The Sunday Drive took a long, strange trip this past Sunday, which also happened to be Mother's Day. First, it made a tall stack of pancakes with the kids for Mom and Grandma, then to a matinee of Riverdance (that's right readers, The Sunday Drive will do anything for Mom), then to a LEGO convention, then to The Crackerbarrel for an early dinner and then to a drive-in to see Shutter Island, which...
May 11, 2010   (0 comments)
More Pitching Changes
There have been a flurry of moves over the past week in the pitching department up and down the Indians' system. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Pitching Coordinator Dave Miller last night in Myrtle Beach and we talked about a lot of the guys in the system and all the movement and upcoming movement, which I will recap the conversation in Minor Happenings later in the week.
In any...
May 11, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/10: McFarland Mows Down Pelicans
Kinston Wins Third Straight
T.J. McFarland and Chris Jones combined for a three-hit shutout as Kinston won their third straight game, beating Myrtle Beach 5-0 Monday night in South Carolina. In his first start of the season, McFarland (4-0) captured his Carolina League leading fourth win of the year, while lowering his ERA to 0.53 (in 30 2/3 innings) which also leads the CL. McFarland went...
May 10, 2010   (0 comments)
Minor Happenings: Haley Starting To Put It Together
"Minor Happenings" is a weekly column which 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.
Sometimes things are better...
May 10, 2010   (0 comments)
Akron's Week That Was: 5/3 - 5/9
The Aeros had a big turnaround this past week after what was flat out a week of absolute torment. The Aeros managed to split a series with Trenton at home before heading onto the road to claim a series over Reading. The club is still looking for their first three-game sweep but they've at least turned things around after a win-less week.
Here is everything you need to know about the Aeros...
May 10, 2010   (0 comments)
Captains Sweep DH From the Loons
The Lake County Captains distanced themselves for the second place Great Lakes Loons with a double header sweep on Sunday winning game one 5-4 and game two 5-4. With the sweep the Captains are now 3.5 games ahead in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.
In game one, the Captains scored twice in the top of the first inning when Delvi Cid singled...
May 9, 2010   (0 comments)
Captains Continue Strong Season
The Lake County Captains swept the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) this week at Classic Park. The Dragons, with Avon Lake’s Andrew Means, lost all three games in their very first visit to Eastlake. The Captains improved their record to a league best 20-8.
However, while Charles I had his Cromwell and Napoleon his Waterloo, the Captains have the Great Lakes Loons. So far this season, the Captains...
May 9, 2010   (0 comments)
Game Recap 5/8: Kipnis Blast Seals K-Tribe Win
Kinston Comes Back, Drops Potomac 8-5
The K-Tribe trailed 4-1 early but reeled off seven straight runs to come back and defeat Potomac 8-5 on Friday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.
Potomac jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a sac fly and a Tyler Moore solo homer in the second inning. Kinston responded with a Kyle Bellows solo shot in the second to make it 2-1. In the top of the third,...
May 8, 2010   (0 comments)
Hector Rondon: How Bad Has He Really Been?
Hector Rondon recently got his first win of the season on Thursday. Skimming the game recap, you might think that he had a good outing, he did get a Win afterall and he struck out 8 batters. But, when you look a little closer you see that he gave up 5 runs on 9 hits over only 6 innings. On top of that, he yielded 4 home runs and continued his homer-prone ways of 2010 with his worst episode yet.