The Columbus Clippers’ most recent road trip did not go as planned as the club dropped a pair of series in Lehigh Valley and Buffalo and is marred in a five-game losing streak. The skid is their second streak of three games lost or more already this season.
A rough and heavy road schedule to start the year has put the Clippers (7-10) in the loss column much more frequently than the win one. Already 17 games into the season, they have hosted just one four-game home series this season and they dropped that series in the middle of the month three games to one to Louisville. After going 5-2 in a seven-game trip to start the season, their most recent roadie was far less productive as the club won its opener against the IronPigs last Tuesday before dropping the next two in Lehigh Valley and all three in Buffalo as the Bisons outscored the Clippers by a 19-7 tally in the sweep.
Columbus starter Mike Clevinger was named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday for his work from April 10 to April 16.
While the award specifically covered his two starts last week, Clevinger’s season as a whole has …
The Columbus Clippers ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday with their best complete team outing of the season in an 8-0 victory over the Louisville Bats.
Mike Clevinger is keeping himself primed and ready in the Columbus rotation with back-to-back wins to start his season. His last pushed the team back over the .500 mark and ended Columbus’ longest losing skid of the young season. The Clippers (6-5) have won all three of his starts this season, but when anyone else has taken the mound, they are just 3-5.
The early season schedule has not provided a lot of variety for the Clippers, who have played the Louisville Bats eight times and the Indianapolis Indians three times. The first seven games of the season came on the road before hosting for the first time this season, but they will be back on the road for another week, heading to Lehigh Valley for three beginning Tuesday night and to Buffalo on Friday night for a three-game weekend set before returning home for the final six games of the month.
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Columbus is going to be at the center of the excitement in the International League this season as the Triple-A Clippers return an experienced roster to the field before hosting both the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 and the Triple-A National Championship Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League on September 18.
The Clippers raced to an 82-62 record in 2016, capturing the West Division with the third best record in the IL overall while earning a first round playoff series against the Gwinnett Braves. The series ended in a disappointing 3-1 series loss to the 65-78 Braves, spelling a quick postseason end for the young Columbus team.
As spring training wrapped up its final weekend in Arizona and Florida, the Cleveland Indians were busy working to finalize their 25-man roster to open the season. One big decision was made by the club on Sunday, as outfielder Austin Jackson has won an opportunity to start the season with the Indians.
The Indians announced several other moves in a press release early Sunday afternoon when several players were optioned or reassigned to minor league camp while four more non-roster invitees found out that they would not be on the roster to start Opening Day.
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Mike Clevinger’s magical 2016 season included the birth of his daughter and a trip to the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster for the first time in his career. Now, with one partial season of work under his belt, the 26-year-old right-hander will look to make continued contributions to the Indians’ pursuit of a second straight American League pennant and a return to the World Series.
Clevinger’s role in the Indians’ organization for 2017 may be up to some debate. A starter throughout his six-year professional career, he got the call to Cleveland after going 5-0 in his first seven career regular season starts at Triple-A Columbus and initially was looked at to help out a starting rotation that had lost Carlos Carrasco to injury and Cody Anderson to ineffectiveness.
Rookie right-hander Mike Clevinger played an important role for the Cleveland Indians in 2016 as he tried to help cushion the losses of several injured and ineffective pitchers over the course of the season.
Clevinger had spent his minor league career working almost exclusively in the starting rotation, with three exceptions during his professional debut season in 2011 and single games in 2014 and 2015 after coming over to the Indians organization from that of the Los Angeles Angels in the trade for former Tribe reliever Vinnie Pestano. Cleveland, however, looked to Clevinger as a more versatile option during their run to the World Series, tossing him into relief seven different times around his ten starts.
He made his regular season debut at the Triple-A level to start the season and put up good numbers in the Columbus Clippers rotation. From April 10 to May 11, he made seven starts, worked at least five innings in all but one, and posted a 5-0 record with a 3.03 ERA and .219 batting average against. While putting up an impressive debut at the Triple-A level, he also earned the title of dad for the first time as he and his wife Monica welcomed their first child, daughter Penelope, to the world on May 2. There was no time to rest with a newborn in tow as, in need of rotation help, the Indians turned to the 25-year-old first-time dad.
Six RBI from shortstop Addison Russell and another strong pitching performance from Chicago’s Jake Arrieta helped the Cubs force a Game 7 in the World Series with a 9-3 win over the Indians at Cleveland’s Progressive Field on Tuesday night.
A return home for the Indians was not enough to clinch the club’s first title since 1948, even with the last living member of that season’s team, Eddie Robinson, in attendance at Game 6 of the World Series. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin was rocked for six runs in the first three innings and the Indians once again failed to answer the call when opportunity knocked.
The Chicago win forces a winner-takes-all showdown on Wednesday night for the title of World Champions.
With their 103-win season and 108-year championship drought at stake, the Chicago Cubs outlasted the Cleveland Indians by a 3-2 final in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night in the final game at Wrigley Field in the 2016 season.
The Cubs, who have made fans wait a long time for a return to glory, waited until the third and final game in Chicago to get their first World Series win secured at Wrigley Field since 1945. They avoided a home field sweep by the Indians, who had their sights set on clinching the championship on the road in dramatic fashion. The win keeps the hopes alive for the Chicago media darlings, who now trail the best-of-seven series, 3-2. The Fall Classic now returns to Cleveland for the remaining games, as necessary.
The Indians pitching staff contained the Cubs lineup once again, limiting the power-packed bunch to just three runs on the night. The bigger story line for Cleveland, however, was the team’s inability to deliver in the clutch as they missed countless opportunities throughout the contest, all of which loomed large in the one-run defeat for the Tribe.
They say all good things must come to an end, and such was the case on Tuesday afternoon as the Cleveland Indians saw their franchise-record six-game postseason winning streak conclude behind a strong pitching performance from the Toronto staff and the reemergence of their bats in a 5-1 win by the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
The Indians had no answer for 24-year-old right-hander Aaron Sanchez, one of the Jays’ All-Stars this season in his third year in the Majors. Coming off of a 15-win regular season and a tidy 3.00 ERA, he kept the Jays in the ball game by keeping the Cleveland bats at bay and his offense provided its first burst of runs against the Indians in the series and did so against their ace, Corey Kluber.
A simple look at the Cleveland lineup was a clear and present reminder of what had transpired just one night ago when the club secured the AL Central Division crown in a 7-4 win. After much celebrating, many of the every day starters were given a reprieve, replaced by recent September call-ups from Triple-A Columbus and other bench players, against the tough Verlander. He would cut through the majority of the young Indians lineup with ease to win his first start against the Tribe since 2014.
Despite getting some help from a divisional rival, the Cleveland Indians were not able to secure the American League Central Division during their final homestand of the season. Instead of a Party at Napoli’s and a party at Progressive Field, the Indians will now have to hope to celebrate on the road as they head to Detroit for four with the Tigers.
The Indians (90-65) were unable to earn a series win over the Chicago White Sox. The one-game difference proved to be enough to delay the popping of any champagne bottles for at least one more day. Cleveland will look to wrap up an impressive season against Detroit, bringing a 13-2 record into the four-game weekday set.
At seven games out in the division, the Central is all but lost for the Tigers (83-72), who may have their focus more on a far more attainable AL Wild Card berth. The team will head into the series just a game and a half in back of Baltimore for the second spot.