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Indians Minor League Recap: July 16, 2012

Columbus 8, Louisville 2

Chris Seddon had a perfect game going for six innings, before conceding Louisville's only runs in the 7th. Seddon has arguably been Columbus' most consistent starter all season, with the outside possibility this could earn him a shot in Cleveland at some point later in the season. Vinny Rottino continued his hot hitting, homering for the 3rd time in four games (#7). Everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Matt LaPorta, whose slump deepened to just four hits in his last 35 at-bats.

Akron 5, Harrisburg 4

Back-to-back triples from Tyler Holt and Matt Lawson helped lead a four-run Akron comeback. Juan Diaz added two doubles for the Akron offense. Rafael Perez had his second scoreless rehab appearance, going an inning with a walk. Preston Guilmet struck out the side in the 9th for his 14th save of the season.

Carolina 7, Winston-Salem 8

It was a night for doubles in Carolina, and in the end, two ninth inning doubles off J.D. Reichenbach cost Carolina a chance at a win. The two teams combined for 11 doubles, two from Anthony Gallas, and one apiece from Carlos Moncrief, Giovanny Urshela and Dwight Childs. Mike Rayl, coming off his best start with the Mudcats, produced his worst outing, giving up seven runs in five innings.

Lake County 9, Beloit 8

In a wild, back and forth game, Lake County was the walk-off winner courtesy of a bases loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Yet again, Luigi Rodriguez had a strong night at the plate, getting a single and a double in five plate appearances. Francisco Lindor was just 1-2 with a double, but walked four times. Since the beginning of June, Lindor has walked 29 times against just 19 strikeouts.

Mahoning Valley 2, Hudson Valley 3

Mahoning Valley 10, Hudson Valley 6

In the opener, Cody Penny could not hold on to a 1-run lead in the final inning, allowing two runs and denying Jake Sisco the victory after a strong outing (6IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K). The Scrappers hitters did not leave the result to chance in the second game, scoring ten runs, with doubles from Aaron Siliga, Joe Wendle, Jairo Kelly and Mitch Nilsson.

AZL Indians 6, AZL Reds 3

The AZL matchup featured the debut of Indians 2012 2nd-round pick, Mitch(ell) Brown. Brown was not helped by an error filled performance behind him, but held the Reds to one earned run in two innings of work. The bigger story in Goodyear continues to be the strong hitting from 17-year old Dorssys Paulino (.320/.402/.547) and 19-year old Jorge Martinez (.416/.439/.675), both of whom went 2-5 on the night. Everything about the play in the AZL is a bit uneven, so while it is nice to see these guys doing well, it would be great to see them get a chance in Mahoning Valley or even Lake County later in the season.