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Indians minor league recap: Bobby Bradley hits third home run of season

Another good day on the farm for Tribe affiliates...

It was another good day for Cleveland Indians minor league affiliates, with three of the four full-season teams winning.

Triple-A

Louisville Bats 16, Columbus Clippers 5

Box Score · Clippers fall to 5-7

Six hits in a row with two outs in the third scored five runs for the Clippers, staking them to a 5-1 lead. Mike Clevinger ran into trouble in the fifth though, and was replaced by Tom Gorzelanny, who promptly allowed a hit to each of the four batters he faced. By the time the inning finally ended, the Bats had scored ten runs. Things got no better from there, as the bullpen allowed a bunch more runs to score before it ended mercifully because the game ran out of innings. Robbie Grossman led the Clippers with three hits, while Giovanny Urshela added a pair of singles.

Double-A

Akron RubberDucks 3, Binghamton Mets 2 (10 innings)

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 10-3

Michael Peoples struck out eight in 6.1 innings of work for the RubberDucks, who trailed 2-1 at that point, with their lone run having scored on a double by the rehabbing Michael Brantley (expected back with the Indians on Sunday), which scored Clint Frazier (expected with the Indians by early 2018). Akron tied the game on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the ninth, then won the game in the tenth on a sacrifice fly from Nellie Rodriguez. Brantley had three hits in the game.

High-A

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Potomac Patriots 0

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 11-3

The Hillcats won their seventh game in a row, and did so in impressive fashion. Bobby Bradley and Yu-Cheng Chang, the two most notable hitting prospects on the team, each hit their third home run of the season. Chang also doubled, as did Mark Mathias. Bradley's homer was a three-run shot, and he now has a Carolina League best 15 RBI on the year. Starting pitcher Julian Merryweather topped the offense though, as the 2014 5th-round pick pitched 6.2 shutout innings, extending his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 17.2. David Speer came in and recorded the final seven outs of the game for Lynchburg.

Single-A

Lake County Captains 8, West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Box Score · Captains improve to 10-4

The game was scoreless heading into the fifth, but the Captains plated two that frame, four the next, and two more the inning after that, busting the game open and coasting to victory. It was a group effort, as all nine starters reached base safely, and eight of them had at least one run scored or RBI. Francisco Mejia led the charge with three hits, including his fifth double of the season. He's currently hitting .429/.489/.595. On the pitching side of things, Matt Esparza allowed just one run in six innings, with seen strikeouts.