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Indians Minor League Recap: July 18, 2012

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Louisville 4, Columbus 2
Jeanmar Gomez had an eventful start; he allowed 2 runs in 7 innings, striking out 8 but allowing 10 hits. You don't usually see that kind of combination, as if you're striking out that many batters you're also staying away from the middle of the plate. The Clippers had five hits on the evening. Cord Phelps went 1-for-2 with his 10th homer, and Ezequiel Carrera contributed a double.

Akron 6, Harrisburg 5
It was Steven Wright's night to start, and it looked like the knuckler was decent but no more; he went 5 innings (throwing 91 pitches), allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 2 hit batters. Thomas Neal led the Aeros' offense, going 3-for-4 with walk; isn't it time for him to go to Columbus, especially with Crowe gone?

Carolina 11, Winston-Salem 9
Not much pitching in this game, with 20 runs and 24 hits (10 of them for extra bases). 3 Mudcats hit home runs: Bo Greenwell (3), Ronny Rodriguez (12), and Carlos Moncrief (13). Greenwell has started his 2012 season with a bang, hitting .364/.429/.545 in his first 98 Plate Appearances. Will Roberts (5th, 2011), who started the season in Lake County, continued to struggle in the Carolina League; he allowed 5 runs in 2.2 innings pitching in relief.

Lake County 7, Quad Cities 1
This was a complete victory, with the Captains allowing just 3 hits and collecting 13 themselves. Shawn Morimando started, going 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits, and Manuel Carmona and Jeff Johnson combined to throw three no-hit innings in relief. On the offensive side, Francisco Lindor went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double, Jordan Smith went 3-for-4 with a walk and double, and Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a walk and a triple. Todd Hankins stole 2 bases; he has 25 on the season.

State College 8, Mahoning Valley 6
Josh Martin (10th, 2012) allowed 5 runs in 5 innings. Joseph Wendle (6th, 2012) hit his first home run of his professional career, though he's slugging .529; he's having no problems adjusting to wood bats. Tyler Naquin went 1-for-4 with a walk. Jeremy Lucas went 3-for-4 with a homer.

The AZL Indians were off.