July 26, 2014

Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 4/21/2011

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.

Ok, a couple quick notes. First, DP is out of town so I will be sitting in his chair this week. I cannot possibly do as thorough of a job as DP does, but I’ll try my best none the less. 2nd, you may have noticed today is Thursday and Da Clip Show normally runs on Tuesdays. Yeah, oops. Rookie mistake on my part, but I’m sure DP will have this feature back to running on all cylinders next week. For this week, though, you’re stuck with me.

Now, on to business, The Clippers. After a red hot 4-0 start, the Clippers dropped 3 of their next 5 and are 5-5 overall since the hot start. Some up and down performances from key prospects will do that to you. Also, who else is getting tired of Toledo and Louisville? 10 straight games (with 2 more to go) against the same two teams will do that to you.

This Week: 5-3

Season Record: 9-5, 2nd place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Aeros Advance to Eastern League Championship Series; Face Connecticut Defenders Tonight

lonnie-chisenhall-john-drennenAs routine as always, the Akron Aeros swept through the mismatched Reading Phillies to make it to the Championship round of the Eastern League for the fifth consecutive season. Highlighted by dominant starting pitching, the Aeros out-scored the Phillies 24-9 in the series and will take on the Connecticut Defenders (Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) starting tonight at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. It was no surprise to see the Defenders take care of the second-place New Britain Rock Cats in their divisional championship as these two teams had been the tops in the league for the past several months.

The Indians season is cruising along agonizingly slowly, but the Aeros are in the thick of playoff baseball yet again. This pennant run in 2009 marks the 9th time in 13 years since the move from Thurman Munson Stadium in Canton that the Indians Double-A affiliate has made the playoffs as well as the 7th time in eight years. Led by many of the featured prospects in the organization (Carlos Santana, Jeanmar Gomez) as well as some recently acquired pitchers (Scott Barnes, Connor Graham), the Aeros cruised through the regular season Eastern League schedule and have now won 11 consecutive games dating back to the regular season.

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Double Dose of Double-A: Akron Aeros Weekly Review – 5/17/09

With DP creating his weekly feature following the Columbus Clippers, I decided to create my own weekly review for my hometown Akron Aeros. The Aeros are off to an incredible start this season, and this is no surprise to Akronites that have witnessed the team make the Eastern League finals three of the last four years, and win two championships in the last seven years overall.

The Indians farm system has always been stacked, and 2009 is no different as current organizational studs Carlos Santana, Matt McBride, Beau Mills, Hector Rondon and Jeanmar Gomez are on the Aeros right now. Without any futher ado, here is a double dose of Double-A baseball with two Boot Ups and two Boot Downs for the week that was for the Akron club.

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This Week: 5-3 (.625); Lose 1-3 Monday vs. Bowie, Lose 4-7 Tuesday vs. Bowie, Win 2-1 Wednesday vs. Bowie, Win 7-0 Thursday at Altoona, Win 5-3 Friday at Altoona, Lose 0-8 (7) Saturday at Altoona, Win 8-2 Sunday (7) at Altoona, Win 9-2 (7) Sunday at Altoona

Current Record: 27-8 (.771); first place in Southern Division 5.5 games ahead of Erie. Overall, Akron is 1 game ahead of the double-A Birmingham Barons and 1.5 games ahead of the Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees for the best record in professional baseball.

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