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April 25, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/24: Holt unleashes havoc
Tyler "Havoc" (photo: TLastoria)Fantastic pitching helped propel Kinston towards a 3-2 win over Myrtle Beach Sunday afternoon at Historic Grainger Stadium. With the win Kinston (6-10), split the four game series with first place Myrtle Beach (11-5).
Trailing 1-0, the K-Tribe evened the score when Tyler Holt led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run. It was his first homer of the...
April 24, 2011   (0 comments)
Jason Smit broke up C.J. Riefenhauser no-hit bid in the final inning with one out, but the Captains fell 1-0 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Lake County crushed seven homeruns in game two including three from Jesus Aguilar and two from Anthony Gallas, crushing Bowling Green 14-4.
Bowling Green scored the game's only run in game one in the top of the second inning....
April 23, 2011   (0 comments)
Video Recap: Spring Training
Here is a listing of some new videos recently added to my You Tube page that I shot and edited from spring training. These are videos of players in the Indians' system that I have not previously uploaded any videos for or whom have very outdated and old videos on my You Tube page. I have tons of video from spring training of other players, but will upload those videos over the course of the year as...
April 23, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/22: Kinston shut-out while organization rained out
Kinston's three game win streak came to an end, as Myrtle Beach beat the K-Tribe 10-0 Saturday night at Historic Grainger Stadium.
It was a rough start for the K-Tribe as two errors, a single, walk and hit batter led to two runs for Myrtle Beach in the top of the first inning. Ryan Stausborger scored on an error after reaching on an error. Jared Hoying drove in a run later in the inning on...
April 22, 2011   (0 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: Week Two
Regular Season Record:
Games this Past Week:
Friday, April 15 - Lake County, 7 @ Bowling Green, 11 (Loss: Striz)
Saturday, April 16 - Lake County, 10 @ Bowling Green, 7 (Win: Sarianides, Save: Ehlert)
Sunday, April 17 - Lake County, 6 @ Bowling Green, 7 (Loss: Dew)
Monday, April 18 – Lansing, 7 @ Lake County, 5 (Loss: Reichenbach)
April 22, 2011   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: April 21
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Chad Huffman - 1B, Columbus: 4-5, 5 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, BB.
The stats speak for itself; Huffman played out of his mind. Coming into Thursday's game, Huffman was hitting .195 and struggling offensively....
April 22, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/20: Huffman has record night for Clippers
Huffman (photo: phxwebguy)The Cleveland Indians' minor league organization put on quite a show Thursday Night, sweeping their games by a combined 40-13. Is it a coincidence that this dominant performance came on the same day Tony L. had his surgery? I think not...
The Columbus Clippers rode the hot bat of Chad Huffman to a second straight win over the Louisville Bats by a 19-3 final score Thursday...
April 21, 2011   (0 comments)
Tony LastoriaTony's partial nephrectomy (partial kidney removal) surgery was scheduled for this morning, a little after 7:00. Tony's wife e-mailed me a few minutes ago to let me know that the surgery went very well, and that he's in recovery as we speak. The surgeons were not only able to remove the tumor, but were able to save a part of the kidney. Tony did very well through the surgery and lost very...
April 21, 2011   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: April 20
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Alex White - SP, Columbus: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 7 K.
Coming into the season, high expectations were placed upon former first round pick, Alex White. While it's early, to this point,...
April 21, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/20: Popham perfect in Kinston victory
Kinston won their second straight game, beating the Blue Rocks 4-1 Wednesday afternoon in Delaware. With the win, Kinston (4-8) wrapped up their third series victory of the season. The K-Tribe finished the roadtrip with a 3-3 record.
Kinston starter Marty Popham was brilliant in an early morning spot start. Popham had a perfect game going through four innings, but was removed due to pitch...
April 20, 2011   (0 comments)
Defense is Bartolone
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)Indians infielder Nick Bartolone may be small in stature, but he’s big on defense.
Bartolone, 20, is small and scrawny at 5’10 and 153 pounds, which because of his small size and look has earned him the nickname of “Rango” from his teammates. No, it is not a nickname given because of his outstanding range at shortstop (though would be just as fitting), but because...
April 20, 2011   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: April 19, 2011
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Justin Toole-2B, Kinston: 4-for-5, 4 RBI: Toole is really starting to make a name for himself in the organization. With this performance, he bounced his average up to .435 on the season. Toole can...
April 20, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/19:  Brett Brach leads Akron shutout
Brach pitching for the Captains (Photo: Tony Lastoria)In his Double-A debut, right-handed pitcher Brett Brach helped the Akron Aeros win game two of a three-game series against the Bowie Baysox 3-0 Tuesday at Prince George's Stadium.
Brach picked up his first win at the Double-A level pitching six scoreless innings, scattering two hits, walking one and striking out four. Right-handed pitcher...
April 19, 2011   (0 comments)
Akron Air Raid: Aeros Pitchers Looking for Support
(Photo Credit - Lianna Holub)
The Aeros were able to finish off their home stand with a big series win over Altoona early in the week. However their first road trip started out in disaster.
The Aeros hit the road to face Reading in a four game weekend series. After winning the first, they dropped the final three, including a double-header on Sunday.
Akron finishes off their...
April 19, 2011   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: April 18, 2011
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday's performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday's game.
Kelvin De La Cruz-SP, Akron: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1.80 ERA, W (1-2): De La Cruz may have gotten lost in the shuffle a bit after injuries ended his 2010 season. De La Cruz has rebounded nicely...
April 19, 2011   (0 comments)
Game Recaps 4/18: Akron pitching dominates Bowie
Nick Hagadone (Photo: Tony Lastoria)Kelvin De La Cruz struck out nine Bowie Baysox hitters to help the Akron Aeros win game one of a three-game series 4-3 Monday at Prince George’s Stadium.
De La Cruz pitched five innings, gave up two earned runs on six hits and walked one to go along with his nine strikeouts as he picked up his first win of 2011.
Cory Burns recorded his fifth save...
April 18, 2011   (0 comments)
The American League Central has been seemingly turned almost upside down through the first 15 games of the 2011 regular season. The Minnesota Twins, winners of the division the last two seasons are sitting in last place with a 5-10 record. The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, also trendy picks to win the Central, are in fourth and third place with records of 7-8 and 7-9 respectively.
April 18, 2011   (0 comments)
Paul Cousineau and I are back on the cyberwaves tonight for some Cleveland Indians baseball talk in another edition of "Smoke Signals" from 11:00 - 11:30 p.m. EST. Tonight we will discuss the happenings from your FIRST PLACE Cleveland Indians and how things stand after two and a half weeks of action.
Since we had to cancel last week's show due to my medical situation, we have a lot to catch...
April 18, 2011   (0 comments)
The K-Tribe Chronicle: Offensive doldrums
(Photo: Kinston Indians)Watching the Cleveland Indians organization over the past ten days has made covering the Kinston Indians organization downright painful. Most Tribe fans have been riding the wave of not only a potent offense, but a pitching staff that is straight outta the Twilight Zone. Seriously, if you squint hard enough, you'd almost think you were staring at the 1954 Indians rotation square...