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In this first edition of the Tribe Time Now: Minor League Report, Danny Madden (@danny_Madden) and Laurel Wilder (@LaurelWilder) of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? join host Kevin Gall (@kgall216) of Burning River Baseball to discuss the state of …
Lake County Take Game One From Fort Wayne; Captains 5, Tin Caps 1
Courtesy Lake County Captains
Luis Lugo started for the Captains and pitched five innings while allowing three hits, one unearned run, one walk and he fanned nine as the Captains beat Fort Wayne 5-1 on Saturday. With the win, the Captains took the one game to nothing lead in the best of three Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series.
Fort Wayne took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Trea Turner doubled and was sacrificed to third base and scored on a fielding error. The unearned run put the TinCaps up 1-0 after one inning.
Durham Takes Early Lead, Hangs on to Control Series; Bulls 3, Clippers 2
After losing a heartbreaker on Thursday night in the ninth inning, the Columbus Clippers fell behind early on Friday night. Spotting Durham three runs in the first two innings was enough for the Bulls to hang on to a 3-2 victory and now lead the series, 2-1. Columbus will try to fight off elimination this afternoon at 1 p.m.
Durham plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the first when Jason Christian started the inning with a single off Clippers’ starter Shaun Marcum. After Marcum retired the next two hitters, Jeremy Moore singled in a run and Tim Beckham doubled in another to put the Bulls up 2-0. In the bottom of the second inning Nick Franklin homered to left field to give Durham a 3-0 lead.
Bulls Battle Back To Even Series With Clippers; Bulls 4, Clippers 3
For the first time all season, the Columbus Clippers took a lead to the ninth and didn’t come away with a victory.
Trailing 3-2, the Durham Bulls got to Columbus reliever J.C. Ramirez and sent the game to extras. Cole Figueroa opened a wild 10th inning with a triple and later came crossed the plate on Tim Beckham’s sac fly to give Durham a 4-3 win and even the Governors’ Cup semi-finals at one game apiece.
Columbus got on the board first when Audy Ciriaco launched a solo home run to left in the bottom of the second.
While the Indians have four more weeks to chase their playoff spot, the minor league regular season came to a close yesterday and the Tribe has three teams qualifying for postseason. After a disappointing 2013, where no Indians farm team qualified for postseason, getting three teams into the playoffs is a vast improvement. All three teams will begin the playoff journeys on Wednesday evening.
The Columbus Clippers will begin their pursuit of the Governor’s Cup in the International League’s Triple-A playoffs on Wednesday night at Huntington Park at 7:05 p.m. Winners of the Western Division, Columbus enters the five game series against the Durham Bulls with the lesser record. Columbus will host the first two games on Wednesday and Thursday, before playing the final three necessary games in Durham on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
James Ramsey is excited to be part of the Cleveland Indians organization. While he waits for his chance to contribute at the big league level, he looks forward to playing a big role in the Columbus Clippers quest to win the International League West Division title this season.
Acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals for Justin Masterson on July 30, the 6-foot, 190-pound outfielder hasn’t stopped hitting since reporting to Triple-A Columbus following the trade.
In a 7-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on August 14, Ramsey went 5-5 with a home run, two doubles, and 5 RBIs. He’s batting .302 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in just 22 games with the Clippers.
“It’s great. I’m settled in,” said Ramsey when asked about his new team. “They have such a great facility and staff here. Everyday I keep learning new things that I love about these guys. The teammates have been great welcoming me with open arms and I think my style of play is attractive to guys after they get to know me and see my work ethic. It’s been fun.”
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.
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.