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On Wednesday, Columbus reliever Cody Anderson struck out the Indianapolis Indians’ Austin Meadows swinging to strike out the side and clinch the International League West Division for the Clippers with a 3-1 win at Victory Field.
Pushing their lead to 14 games, the Clippers became the first Triple-A team to clinch a division crown in 2016 as the club won its third title in the last three years. Columbus will get to relax some prior to the playoffs this season, which is a big change from their late September 7 clinch date last season. Twelve games remain on the Clippers schedule for this season while the team awaits its opponent for their postseason run.
At 78-54, Columbus is riding its hottest streak of the season, as it has now won nine straight games.
Grady Sizemore hits a pair of solo home runs leading off the first and third innings to become just the second 30-30 man in the history of the Cleveland Indians. Franklin Gutierrez hits the go-ahead home run in the tenth inning to give the Indians a 4-3 win over the Tigers in Detroit.
There was no sewage backup this week at Oakland Coliseum, but there was a lot of stink coming from the Cleveland Indians offense. Production was at a minimum again on Wednesday as the Athletics claimed a 5-1 win to clinch the series.
In a three-game set with Oakland, Cleveland managed just solo home runs in each contest to account for its scoring. The A’s didn’t necessarily dominate in taking two of three, but they made use of the big innings in each of the final two games after being shut out in the opener by Carlos Carrasco and Andrew Miller.
Trevor Bauer was tasked with the job of containing Oakland on Wednesday and he did for all but one inning of his start. That inning and its 40+ pitches, however, proved to be the difference in the game.
Ray Caldwell jogged out to the pitcher’s mound – not exactly new territory – he had pitched at Cleveland’s Dunn Field many times before. This time, however (for the first time), it was not as a Yankee or Red Sox – Caldwell wore an Indians uniform. It was August 24, 1919. The Yankees had passed Caldwell along to the Red Sox and the latter had released him. In the twilight of his career, he had something to prove.
Despite a strong first half, Cleveland Indians’ minor league outfielder Connor Marabell was left out of the Midwest League’s midseason All-Star Game in June while four other members of his Lake County Captains club traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the annual festivities.
That slight may have been righted some as the Lynchburg Hillcats prospect was selected by his former league as one of its postseason All-Stars on Tuesday.
For some players, baseball is in their blood. High-A Lynchburg Hillcats outfielder Connor Marabell has that distinction.
“My dad was a professional baseball player, my uncle Luke played college baseball, and my grandpa played baseball,” said Marabell. “The minute I was born I was holding a baseball.”
He’s been dead for nearly 80 years, but Braggo Roth’s been a popular figure for the past couple weeks to Indians fans – and not just because he’s a right-handed power hitter.
He was part of a pair of memorable moments in the team’s history that were recalled by equally memorable moments in the past couple weeks.
Bob Feller makes his first Major League appearance since 1941 and judging by the results, it looked as though he never left as the 26-year-old allows just two runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts in a complete game victory over the Detroit Tigers.
While some of you were sleeping, the Cleveland Indians’ bats were doing the same as Danny Salazar was tagged early and Oakland poured it on in a 9-1 Athletics win on Tuesday night.
The Indians offense managed just one run for the second straight night, but the bigger storyline was Salazar and his inability to command his pitches and the strike zone. In his second start since returning from the disabled list, he looked…better…marginally…compared to the first start, as he lasted longer in the game while it looked like the Cleveland coaching staff was going to force him to figure out his problems on the mound. Meanwhile, the batting order struggled against Oakland’s rookie left-hander Sean Manaea.
Oakland scored in the first with three runs riding a long ball to right field. Coco Crisp grounded out before Jake Smolinski singled to center. Danny Valencia singled to right, setting the stage for Khris Davis’ 33rd homer of the season. He had struck out in each of his last six at bats, including four times in the A’s loss to Cleveland on Monday.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ hopes of staying above the .500 mark and tracking down a wild card spot hit a bit of a bump in the road as play has resumed following the brief All-Star festivities last week.
The third place Scrappers (30-31) traveled to Batavia, splitting a doubleheader on Wednesday with the Muckdogs while splitting the final two games of the series on Thursday and Friday. They returned home over the weekend to host State College, the top team in the Pinckney Division, who reminded the Scrappers of that fact by taking two of the three contests.
Mahoning Valley will finish up the week with three in Brooklyn starting Tuesday night before returning home this weekend for three against West Virginia from Niles. The season is rapidly coming to its conclusion, as they will journey to Williamsport for three to wrap up the month before a week of September play.
In other news and notes from the Scrappers’ scrapbook: