Posts By Ryan Hohman
Baseball is in Justin Sellers‘ DNA. Since he was a kid he dreamed of playing in the big leagues like his father, Jeff Sellers, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. That dream has become a reality as Sellers lives his childhood dream every time he steps on the field as a professional baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization.
“Growing up I always wanted to be like my dad and play in the major leagues,” said Sellers. “He’s had the biggest impact.”
Justin acquired a love for the game at an early age being around his father, a right-hander who appeared in 61 games over four major league seasons and had a record of 13-22 with the Red Sox.
Everybody wants to be like Mike. Mike Aviles, that is.
The Cleveland Indians (61-60) utility man and founder of the “Goon Squad” smacked an 11th-inning, walk-off home run on Friday night to lead his team to a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles (69-51).
Aviles’ blast was the icing on another dominate pitching performance from Corey Kluber. The Tribe ace struck out 10 Orioles while scattering five hits and allowing just one run in seven and two-thirds innings.
Columbus Clippers reliever Frank Herrmann isn’t your ordinary baseball player. He is a Harvard graduate, high school basketball legend, and two-time Cleveland Indians fantasy football league champion. This history of winning on and off the diamond has many optimistic as he …
While most of the talk in the Cleveland Indians organization this season has surrounded the rise of prospect Francisco Lindor and promotions and demotions of pitchers like T.J. House and Danny Salazar as the team tries to solidify a starting rotation, one player is quietly writing a comeback story that could end up being the biggest of any in the organization this season. That player is Columbus Clippers reliever Tyler Sturdevant.
After missing the entire 2013 season with right shoulder surgery, Sturdevant has returned to the mound and put up staggering numbers. In 39 games split between Akron and Columbus, the 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA and eight saves. Opponents are faring just .229 against Sturdevant, who has struck out 47 batters in 50.2 innings.
Fans, players, coaches, family, and friends. A lot of people were excited when they found out Indians’ top prospect Franciso Lindor was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. But one person was arguably more excited than anyone else about the news. Columbus Clippers third baseman Giovanny Urshela.
“Yeah, very excited to see him here at the next level,” Urshela said. “I’m very excited for him and happy for me and the team that we have a guy like him on the team.”
Friday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Norfolk Tide was circled on a lot of calendars. Justin Masterson was making his second rehab start and Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor made his Huntington Park debut after being promoted from Akron to Columbus on Monday. The Clippers took an early 1-0 lead but the Tide scored two in the fourth and three more in the seventh to defeat the Clippers 5-2.
After 1-2-3 first, Masterson returned to the mound in the second and quickly had Christian Walker in a 0-2 hole. But his next four pitches were balls and Walker found himself on first base. Walker would be left stranded at first as Masterson battled back to retire the next three Tide hitters. This was the start of a pattern that would later get the best of Masterson.
The Clippers struck first in the bottom half of the second. After back-to-back one-out singles by Carlos Moncreif and Matt Carson, Ryan Rohlinger roped a two-out single to left to score Moncreif and put the home team up 1-0.
Carlos Santana fell a triple shy of the cycle and Danny Salazar pitched five innings to get the win in his return as the Cleveland Indians pounded the Minnesota Twins 8-2 Tuesday night at Target Field.
It was Salazar’s first appearance since he was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on May 16. Former Indians prospect Yohan Pino took the mound for the Twins.
Carlos Santana (4 hits, 2 RBI) led off the second inning with a double that just missed clearing the right field wall by a foot. Pino hit Lonnie Chisenhall and Nick Swisher (3 hits) singled to load the bases for Yan Gomes (2 hits, RBI). Pino painted a fastball on the outside corner to strike out Gomes, but David Murphy followed with a two-run single to give the Tribe an early 2-0 lead. Mike Aviles brought Swisher home with a sac fly to center to make it 3-0.
Columbus Clippers veteran starting pitcher Kyle Davies isn’t afraid of hard work. He’s been doing it all his life, on and off the baseball field. In the offseason, the 30-year-old right-hander from Decatur, Georgia used to work construction with his father.
“I used to a long time ago,” Davies said. “My father owns a construction company and builds McDonald’s restaurants. It’s something to fall back on.”
His hard work ethic has the Indians organization, fans, and Davies optimistic as he tries to return to the big leagues following a major shoulder surgery in 2012.
Columbus Clippers third baseman Giovanny Urshela has always been known for his stellar defense and gun-slinging arm, but it’s his power numbers at the plate that are raising eyebrows this season.
As of June 12, the 22-year-old from Cartagena, Colombia …
Tyler Holt is headed to the big leagues. The Cleveland Indians announced Sunday that the 25-year-old outfielder has been called up from the Columbus Clippers to replace outfielder Michael Bourn, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The well-deserved promotion is a dream come true for Holt, who hit .300 with two home runs, 26 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases, to go along with a .425 on-base percentage through 76 games split between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season.
33 hits. 17 runs. 14 innings.
The Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks traded leads early and late in the desert Tuesday night, but it was the D-backs who came out on top 9-8 in a 14-inning thriller at Chase Field.
Aaron Hill (2-8, 2 RBI) won it for the D-backs in the 14th with an RBI single off Tribe reliever Mark Lowe, spoiling a big night for Carlos Santana (4-5, 2 RBI), whose two-run homerun gave the Indians an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 11th. Santana reached base six times in seven plate appearances.
Yan Gomes (3 RBI) and Jason Kipnis had three hits apiece for the Indians. Kipnis nearly put the Indians back on top in the 13th with an inside-the-park homerun, but he was gunned down at the plate. The Indians did a great job of keeping Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt (1-7, RBI) off the base paths, but couldn’t find an answer for right fielder Gerardo Parra, who had five hits. Center fielder Ender Inciarte (2 RBI) added four hits.
Tuesday night Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels exploded for four homeruns in a 9-3 route of the Cleveland Indians. Following the loss, Thursday’s game plan included two things; keep the Angels and Trout in the ballpark and get Nick Swisher, 2-20 (.200) since returning from the 15-day disabled list, going. The Indians did both. Trailing 3-1 in the 10th inning, Mr. Brohio smashed a walk-off grand slam over the right field wall to give the Indians a 5-3 victory and series win over the Angels.