Hey everybody! What you are about to read is Burning River Baseball's first ever "Down On The Farm" report. In it, we will recap the nights games from Columbus (AAA), Akron (AA), Lake County (High A), Kinston (Low A) and Mahoning Valley (Short Season). Whether or not the respective teams win or lose is not our main concern. Why? Only the top prospects (and occasionally a few surprises) will possibly one day grace the 25-man roster that will try and help the Tribe win a world series. And besides, can you name which team won the Eastern League last year? Don't cheat...
Robust Cleveland Indians scouting and player development departments are vital to the organization's success over a long term period. The Tribe plays in a small revenue market and thus cannot compete for big name free agents in the offseason. They must keep their marginal costs low becuase their marginal revenues are also low. How do you do that? You have a first class procurement system.
Here we go!
Columbus played a double header on mothers day. They lost the first game 4-1 but won the second game 12-6. In game 1, David Huff pitched well but was very unlucky. He threw 6 innings at 108 pitches. He only walked 1 and struck out 6 but gave up 11 hits, including a homerun. Huff took the loss and fell to 3-1 on the season. The clippers scored their only run when catcher Paul Phillips singled in Travis Buck on a short fly ball to left field in the 2nd inning. In the second game, southpaw Scott Barnes, who came to Cleveland in the Ryan Garko trade, threw 5 strong innings where he struck out 6 and walked 2, but he also gave up 2 homeruns. The 5 earned runs he gave up raised his season ERA to 6.23. 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis continues to impress the Tribe brass. He led the way with 3 hits including an RBI and a double. 3rd baseball Lonnie Chisenhall also added a hit.
Akron beat Trenton 5-4 at a sun-soaked Canal Park on Sunday! All of the runs they needed, the scored in the first 2 innings. Starter Austin Adams threw 6 innings and allowed only 1 earned run. He struck out 3 and walked 2. Left Fielder Tim Fedroff had 3 hits on the day including an RBI. What really caught my eye from the box score was Taiwanese pitcher Chen-Chang Lee who came out of the bullpen and thew 2 strong innings, didnt walk anybody and struck out 3.
Lake County lost to the Lansing Lugnuts in Lansing yesterday, 9-6. It was not a good day for the pitching staff, Michael Goodnight started on the hill for the Captains, but didnt last long. He threw 1 2/3 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. Although the Captains bullpen has been good all season, today was not one of its finest games. On a brighter side, the Captains did hit 4 doubles. Left fielder and Cleveland native Anthony Gallas added 2 RBI's and 1 walk. LeVon Washington, who was drafted by the Rays in the first round of the 2009 draft but did not sign, added a hit and a walk.