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Aeros Take 2-0 Series Lead in Eastern League Championship Series; Aeros 7, Thunder 5

September 13, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Fantastic pitching and an offensive burst spelled doom for the Trenton Thunder. Akron displayed dominance at home all post season, winning the final three games of the Division Series, and the first two at home in the Championship, as they breezed through game two, winning in convincing fashion 7-5.

Aeros’ right handed pitcher Danny Salazar (5-2, 2.36) took the mound tonight for the home team. The 22-year old Salazar made his lone post season start against the Bowie Baysox on September 7, going 5.1 innings and giving up only two runs with a whopping eight strikeouts in route to an unfortunate no decision.

Looking to stifle the Aeros’ offense was Trenton Thunder left hander Shaeffer Hall (9-10, 3.67). Hall, a former 23rd round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, finished 3rd in the Eastern League in innings pitched with 164.1. He came in to relieve David Aardsma in game two of the ELDS at Reading, and threw 5.2 shutout innings, allowing only one hit.

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Aeros Strike Early and Take Game One of Eastern League

September 12, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Aeros starting pitcher Paolo Espino walked the tight rope all night, battled control issues, and fought his way through jam after jam, but the right hander kept the Trenton Thunder down for seven innings of shutout ball giving Akron the win 3-0.

The Akron Aeros hosted the Trenton Thunder tonight in the opening game of the 2012 Eastern League Championship Series. Akron travelled a tough road to get to the League finals. After losing the first two games of the five game series against the Bowie Baysox, The Indians Double-A club came storming back to sweep the final three games and advance to the ELCS. Trenton, however, made quick work of their East Division opponents, defeating Reading three games to one.

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Aeros Advance to Eastern League Finals, Captains Force Game Three

September 10, 2012 |

Aeros Win Game Five, Advance to Eastern League Final; Aeros 5, Baysox 2

By Ronnie Tellalian

The Akron Aeros battle back, down 0-2 in the best of five Eastern League Western Division series to score a stunning victory over the Wild Card winning Bowie Baysox. Akron came out guns blazin’ to start the game, and never looked back, as they take the series finale 5-2.

Starting the day for the Akron Aeros was the rehabbing Carlos Carrasco. The former Indian threw his rehab inning, and gave way to Akron’s RHP Brett Brach (5-7, 3.65). Branch pitched masterfully, giving up only two runs in his six and two thirds innings of work.

“Brett [Branch] went out there and shut them down for six innings,” Aeros manager Chris Tremie said of his winning pitcher “he really threw the ball great today.”

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Captains Lose Second Round Opener While Aeros Force Game Five

September 9, 2012 |

Akron Wins Battle of Sacrifices to Force Decisive Game Five; Aeros 2, Baysox 1.

By Ron Tellalian

Game four between the Akron Aeros and the Bowie Baysox turned out to be a clinic in small ball tactics. That strategy did not prove productive however, as only three runs scored while 18 men were left on base between the two clubs. When the dust settled, the Aeros came out on top, and tied the series up at two apiece with a nail biting 2-1 victory.

Taking the hill for the home team Akron Aeros was 27-year old, Japanese born, Toru Murata (3-1, 2.60). Murata’s last start came against Richmond on August 31 where he got the win throwing six shutout innings. He would look to duplicate that performance against Baysox LHP Jake Petit (11-3, 3.86). Despite dropping to the 42nd round before finally being drafted by the Orioles, Petit has shown success at every minor league level, boasting a 3.41 ERA in three professional seasons.

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Akron Survives To Force Game Four in Eastern League Semifinal Series; Aeros 4, Baysox 3

September 8, 2012 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

Excellent pitching was the order of the day as the Akron Aeros faced elimination in game three of the Eastern League Western Division series, but poor defense made all the difference. Thanks to two costly errors by the Baysox, the Aeros stay alive with a 4-3 win.

The pitchers did their jobs today as the staffs of both teams combined to allow only 10 hits and rack up 17 total strikeouts. Taking the mound for the Akron Aeros was 22-year old Danny Salazar (4-0, 1.85). Salazar started the year in Carolina, where he pitched to the tune of a 2.68 ERA in 16 starts. The Aeros this year are 5-1 when Danny takes the mound. Countering, the Baysox trotted out 2012 1st round draft pick Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.60 A- and A+). Another of the bright young arms in the Orioles organization, Gausman dominated colleget ball last year at LSU with a record of 12-2.

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Captains Sweep Series While Aeros Return Home Facing Elimination

September 7, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Captains Sweep Series, Advance to Play Fort Wayne Saturday; Captains 5, Hot Rods 4

Same score, same result, much different route to success.

The Captains traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky, Thursday night and defeated the Hot Rods 5-4 to win the quarterfinal Midwest League series. The score was the same as Wednesday’s game in Lake County, but this time the bullpen could not hold the lead and the Captains would win on a wild pitch in extra innings. The Captains will advance to play Fort Wayne in the best-of-three semifinal series on Saturday.

Lake County took the early lead in the top of the first inning when after an out was recorded, Francisco Lindor tripled past the diving Hot Rods third baseman Tyler Goeddel and all the way to the wall. After Lindor motored into third base he was able to score on Jordan Smith’s ground ball to shortstop and give the Captains the 1-0 lead.

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Minor League Regular Season Ends With Final Roundup

September 6, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Columbus Clippers (AAA) finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the International League with an overall record of 75-69. They finished 13 games behind first place Indianapolis, and four games out of the Wild Card spot. Infielder, Cord Phelps, has been named to the IL Postseason All-Star Team. The Clippers finished 75-69 on the season, marking the third straight season the Clippers have finished with a record above the .500 mark. Columbus finished second in the IL in attendance for the 2012 season, averaging 8,732 fans a game. Infielders Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler were named to the mid- season All-Star team. Columbus had four players named the IL Batter of the Week in 2012 (LaPorta, Canzler, Carrera, Phelps) and one player named IL Pitcher of the Week (Gomez). The Clippers hit six grand slam home runs (Beau Mills, Jared Goedert, Russ Canzler, Ryan Rohlinger, Luke Carlin, Juan Diaz).

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Captains Win and Aeros Lose Opening Games of Playoff Series

September 6, 2012 |

Captains Use Strong Relief Performance From Pasquale to Take Game One; Captains 5, Hot Rods 4

By Mike Brandyberry

In a tale of two different contest wrapped into one nine-inning game, the Lake County Captains were able to win both. They’ll only be credited with one win in the standings, but they were able to take the first game of the best-of-three series by a score of 5-4 over the Bowling Green Hot Rods–Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

After the game began full of fireworks for the first four and one-half innings, the contest turned to a pitchers’ duel featuring Jake Partridge in relief for Bowling Green and Nick Pasquale for Lake County. Pasquale worked five quality innings in relief.

“In my mind, player of the game,” Captains Manager Dave Wallace said in regards to Pasquale’s effort. “The way he stepped up and battled through those last couple innings when he didn’t have much left in the tank was huge. It sets up our bullpen nice for tomorrow night and the rest of the series. I thought he did a great job.”

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Cooper is Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 30, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Indians announced right-handed pitcher, Jordan Cooper, as this week’s Minor League Player of the Week.

The 23-year old, Carolina Mudcat, is a native of Berryton, Kansas, and was originally drafted in the 2008 amateur draft by the Boston Red Sox in the 17th round. Instead of signing with the Red Sox out of Shawnee Heights High School, Cooper decided to attend Wichita State University. Two years later, in the 2010 amateur draft, he was selected by the Tribe in the ninth round.

In 2010, Cooper saw action in 14 games where he started 13 and went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In 62 innings of work, he allowed 79 hits, gave up 39 runs of which 34 were earned, forfeited nine home runs, allowed 18 walks while striking out 41 batters with Mahoning Valley.

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Paulino Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 23, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

Arizona League Indians infielder, Dorssys Paulino, has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, August 13-19. In addition to this honor, he was promoted to Short-Season Class-A Mahoning Valley of the New York-Penn League.

The Bani, Dominican Republic native was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent by the Indians on July 2, 2011 as a 16-year old out of La Academia. Dorssys doesn’t turn 18 years old until November 21st.  He was ranked the 7th best prospect in the Indians system by Baseball Prospectus entering the 2012 season.

Paulino, 17, hit .560 (14-25) for the week with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, and nine RBI’s while posting a 1.713 OPS. On August 13th against the Diamondbacks rookie club, Paulino tied a season high by going 4-for-5 with two runs, a double, three RBI’s and followed that with a three-hit game the next night with two home runs and a season-high five RBI’s.

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Urshela Name Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Round Up

August 16, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Carolina infielder, Giovanny Urshela, as the club’s Minor League Player of the Week, August 6-13. In addition to this honor, yesterday he was named the Carolina League Hitter of the Week. Urshela, hit .483 (14-29) with five doubles, three home runs, and six RBI’s throughout the week. On August 7th at Salem, Urshela went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI’s in Carolina’s 6-2 win and followed that up with a three hit game the next night with two more doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

For the 2012 season he is batting .279 (102-366) with 44 runs scored, 26 doubles, 10 home runs, and 52 RBI’s while posting a .744 OPS (.312 on-base pct., .432 slugging pct.). He is batting .400 (20-50) in the month of August, raising his season average from .259 to the current .279 mark.

The 20-year old righty out of Cartagena, Colombia was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2008. In 2011, Urshela ranked fourth in the Midwest League in at-bats (505). In 2010, posted a career high .290 batting average in 58 games with Mahoning Valley.

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DeJesus is Indians Minor League Player of the Week and Minor League Roundup

August 10, 2012 |

By Sean Tuttle

The Cleveland Indians announced Luis DeJesus as their Minor League Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon. DeJesus was also named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week.

The 20-year old righty from Diboll, Texas was drafted by the Tribe in the 11th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft out of Angelina College.

In 13 appearances with the Arizona League Indians, DeJesus went 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings of work. He gave up 41 hits, allowed 20 runs with 17 earned and walked 11 batters, while striking out 45 and hitting one.

This season he has split time between Lake County and Mahoning Valley. In four games with Lake County, DeJesus is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings of work. He has finished two games and has one save. DeJesus gave up 15 hits, allowed 11 runs with 10 of them being earned. He walked six, struck out 12, and gave up two home runs.

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