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Indianapolis Indians ace Nick Kingham named IL Pitcher of the Week



Nick Kingham

The Indianapolis Indians team has made a habit of winning the International League’s Pitcher or Player of the Week honors this season.

Ace starting pitcher Nick Kingham won the league’s top pitcher honor on April 16, and leadoff hitter/SS Kevin Newman won the IL Player of the Week honor for the week of May 7-13.

On Monday, the right-handed Kingham did it again; being named as the IL Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17. Kingham tossed eight shutout innings against IL West Division-leading Toledo on June 14 at Victory Field, taking home his second IL weekly honor already this season.

Kingham, 26, retired the first 19 batters he faced in his MLB debut at PNC Park against St. Louis on April 29 and replicated that performance against the Mud Hens last Thursday, retiring the first 19 batters of the game before surrendering an infield single with one out in the seventh.

Kingham surrendered just two hits with no walks and six strikeouts in the Indians’ 7-3 victory, improving to 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA (7 ER/37.2 IP) across seven Triple-A starts this year. IL opponents are batting just .191 (25-for-131) with 36 strikeouts against him.



Father’s Day is kind once again to Indianapolis Indians; Osuna’s fourth inning blast produces 6-3 win over Columbus



COLUMBUS, OHIO – 1B Jose Osuna  hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fourth inning, and the Indianapolis won in the 3-game series finale in Columbus on Father’s Day, 6-3. Osuna finished the game with a season-high four RBIs.

The Indians have won three straight and seven of their last nine games on Father’s Day.

The game-winning blast came on a 2-2 pitch from reliever Cole Sulser, the losing pitcher 2-3, giving Indianapolis the lead for good.

Both starting pitchers, righty J.T. Brubaker of the Indians and lefty Matt Whitehouse for the Clippers could not get past the 3rd inning. Brubaker had a high pitch count for 3 innings of 70 pitches, but he was victimized by shoddy defense behind him. The Indians were given one error, but there were at least three others that were given base hits. Brubaker, had a bunch of incentives to do well in this game. He went to Tecumseh High School in Springfield, Ohio, 50 miles west of Columbus. He had several friends and family in the stands cheering him on.

Whitehouse threw 63 pitches in 2.1 innings but was victimized by his own wildness with four walks and he was hittable, allowing six.

Other highlights in this long and wild game:

*Brandon Waddell, the winning pitcher (2-2) took over for Brubaker in the fourth, pitched two scoreless innings to get the win.

*Max Moroff hit his fifth home run of the season in the second to put Indy up 1-0.

Jose Osuna hit clutch game-winning homer

*Damien Magnifico hurled two shutout innings before Bo Schultz came on to nail down his second save by retiring the last six outs.

*The Indians leave the game at 36-31 while Columbus drops to 34-33.

Mejia grand slam, 8-run sixth inning, powers Clippers to 10-4 win over Indianapolis



There are always high-scoring games when IL West rivals, Indiananapolis and Columbus get together.

Saturday night’s game was no exception.

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Indianapolis Indians behind a massive, eight-run sixth inning tonight at Huntington Park.


The Clippers were held off the board until the fateful sixth, but made it count when it mattered most, taking game two of the three-game series, 10-4.

Francisco Mejía has swung a hot bat in the month of June


Indy scored all four via the homerun, with the first coming from Jordan Luplow off Columbus starter Shao-Ching Chiang in the top of the second to make it 1-0.


That became 4-0 in the top of the sixth when Kevin Kramer hammered a no-doubt, two-out shot over the wall in right off Chiang.


The Clippers bounced back in a big way in the home half, as they loaded the bases for top prospectFrancisco Mejia against Indians starter Alex McRae. He hammered a grand slam, his sixth homer of the year, to knot the ballgame at 4-4.


Later in the inning, Adam Rosales lined a ball off reliever Johnny Hellweg with Mike Papi on third. Hellweg gathered and threw home to nab Papi, but the catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, dropped the ball when applying the tag to allow the Clippers a 5-4 lead.


Two batters later, Drew Maggi laced a two-run single to center, making it 7-4. After that, Yu Changgrounded out to score one more, tacking on an insurance run at 8-4.


The eight-run frame was the Clippers’ second largest offensive inning this season.


Chiang continued through the seventh on the hill for the Clippers, who supplied him with more run support in the bottom of the inning. With two on, Rosales stroked a RBI single, making it 9-4, and with the bases loaded, Maggi walked, extending the advantage to 10-4.


Ben Taylor took over for Chiang in the eighth, closing the book on his start. He allowed four runs on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in his seven innings.


Taylor shut down the Indians in the top of the eighth, and after the Clippers went scoreless in the bottom half, Cam Hill closed things out in the ninth to secure the win.


Clippers escape Indians on Barnes’ 3-run homer, 5-4



The Columbus Clippers started their 3-game series against the Indianapolis Indians, their International League West Division rivals, off on the right foot Friday at Huntington Park in Downtown Columbus.


They used a four-run first and a timely hit in the fourth to triumph over the Indians, 5-4.


The Clippers found themselves down early after Jose Osuna ripped a RBI double off starter Adam Wilk in the top of the first.

Brandon Barnes clubbed the game-winning hit, a homer


Trailing 1-0, Columbus erupted for four runs in the home half of the first behind big hits from Yandy Diazand Brandon Barnes. Diaz first tied the game with a single to center, which Barnes followed with a three-run laser over the wall in left to take a 4-lead.


Indianapolis slowly chipped back, coming within 4-3 behind a Ryan Lavarnway two-run homer off Wilk in the top of the second.


They tied things up at 4-4 in the top of the fourth when Adam Frazier stoked a RBI single off Wilk.


The Clippers nabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth, as Nellie Rodirguez knocked in his 20thrun of the year on a single to take a 5-4 advantage.


Wilk would record the first two outs of the fifth, but Indy proceeded to load the bases against him, ending his day. He tossed four and two-thirds, surrendering four runs on eight hits, with four walks and a strikeout.


George Kontos induced a groundout to second to end the fifth and escape the jam with the lead.


The Indians loaded the bases once more in the seventh, but reliever Luke Eubank struck out Frazier to get the Clippers back in the dugout with the 5-4 lead.


Indianapolis once more put a man on third base with less than two outs in the eighth, but the Clippers bullpen stood tall, as Evan Marshall earned the final two outs to keep his team ahead.


Cole Sulser entered the game for the Clippers in the ninth and earned the first two outs, while putting runners on the corners. Robert Zarate took over for Sulser and shut the door to secure the 5-4 win.



2018 Triple-A All-Star Game Field Staffs announced



Columbus’ Chris Tremie, Iowa’s Marty Pevey will lead the All-Star squads in July


Chris Tremie

Marty Peavy

Columbus Clippers manager Chris Tremie and Iowa Cubs skipper Marty Pevey have been tabbed the managers of their respective league’s All-Star teams for the 2018 Huntington Bank Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by Gildan. The 31st annual contest will take place at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, July 11 at 7:00 EDT.

The Huntington Bank Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Gildan will be broadcast live on MiLB.TV. All-Star festivities in Columbus begin with the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby and Skills Competition on Monday, July 9, part of the 10th season celebration for Huntington Park that will include hosting the 2018 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game in September. Fans who are interested in more information on the events, or would like to purchase tickets, are encouraged to visit the official website of the host Columbus Clippers (

Having already guided the IL to victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2016, Chris Tremie returns to the event for a chance to manage in front of his home fans in Columbus. Tremie is in his sixth season leading the Clippers. During his time with Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, Tremie has led the Clippers to a run of three straight division titles (2014-16) which included an International League Governors’ Cup championship in 2015. This marks the fifth time overall a Columbus manager has served in that capacity in the Triple-A All-Star Game, which includes Bucky Dent (1989) and Mike Sarbaugh (2011-12).


Tremie will be joined by several familiar faces in the International League dugout as the entire Columbus field staff takes part in the All-Star festivities. Pitching coach Steve Karsay, currently in his third season with the Clippers, played for five Major League teams between 1993 and 2006. Johnny Narron and Bobby Magallanes are each in their first year as a member of the Clippers staff as hitting coach and bench coach, respectively.


The all-time winningest manager in Iowa Cubs history, Marty Pevey, will guide the PCL All-Stars in his first appearance in Triple-A Baseball’s midsummer classic. Pevey, in his 36th year in the game, suited up for five different Triple-A teams in his playing days, including Tacoma and current IL franchises Indianapolis, Louisville, Toledo, and Syracuse, where he later managed for two seasons (2004-05). Pevey becomes the fourth Iowa Cubs skipper to manage in the Triple-A All-Star Game, joining Pete Mackanin (1989), Tim Johnson (1997), and Pat Listach (2008).


The PCL’s pitching coach is Dyar Miller, a 51-year veteran of professional baseball who is in his third season with the Fresno Grizzlies. Miller joined the Astros organization in 2013 following an 18-year run where he worked for the Cardinals in various roles. He becomes the first man to serve as a coach at three Triple-A All-Star Games (1996 with Louisville; 2003 with Memphis). Joining Miller on the PCL All-Star staff is Geno Petralli, a former catcher for the Rangers who is in the midst of his fourth season as a coach for the Round Rock Express.


Nashville athletic trainer Brad LaRosa rounds out the PCL staff. The former Pacific Coast League Athletic Trainer of the Year and PBATS Minor League Trainer of the Year is in his fourth season with the Sounds and eleventh season with Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate. Columbus trainer Chad Wolfe will serve in that same role for the IL staff. He is in his fifth year with the Clippers and ninth overall as a trainer in the Cleveland organization.




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