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Indians minor league recap: Justus Sheffield dominant in Hillcats' ninth-straight win

And Jesus Aguilar hit his fourth home run of the season.

Michael Brantley technically rehabbed in Columbus, but he was mostly absent in the game. However, that is not what is important. What is important is that he continues to get work as he heads towards a potential Monday return.

In even better news, top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield looked great for the Lynchburg Hillcats, leading the team to its ninth-straight victory.

Columbus Clippers 7, Toledo Mud Hens 6

Box Score · Clippers advance to 7-7

With their second straight win over the Toledo Mud Hens, the Columbus Clippers have officially swept the short two-game series. The biggest attention grabber of this game for Indians fans is the fact that Michael Brantley made another Triple-A rehab start, and he could potentially return to the major-league squad on Monday.

Brantley did not do much in the game itself, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout, but the important part is that he can play consecutive games without feeling too much pain on his surgically repaired shoulder.

First baseman Jesus Aguilar was 0-for-10 in his last three games coming into yesterday's contest, but he finally broke out of his mini-slump. Aguilar kicked off the scoring clinic for Columbus with a solo shot in the first inning, his fourth home run of the year. He finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout hitting in the heart of the Clippers batting order. Aguilar now leads the Clippers in home runs, the next closest is Joey Butler with two long balls.

Third baseman Giovanny Urshela continued his recent offensive surge, going 1-for-4 with a fourth-inning home run that tied the game for the Clippers at that point.

The Mudhens attempted a comeback late, scoring two runs off of reliever Shawn Armstrong, but the Clippers held off and got their second-straight win.

Akron RubberDucks 0, Trenton Thunder 2

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 10-5

The Akron RubberDucks lost their second-straight game to the Trenton Thunder with an embarrassing one-hit performance. The lone hit came from top prospect Clint Frazier, who doubled in the seventh inning to break up the no-hit bid.

Frazier's hit means he extended his on-base streak to 10-straight games. The only game he has not register a hit in this season was on April 20 against the Binghamton Mets, but he still drew a walk in the win.

While he did not actually record a hit, Bradley Zimmer did walk three times while only striking out once, showing an impressive eye at the plate and extending his own on-base streak to five games.

Akron batters as a whole struck out 17 times, lead by Bryson Myles' 0-for-4, four-strikeout night.

Starting pitcher Dace Kime has had a rough season so far, but he had his best outing of the season on Friday. Unfortunately, the RubberDucks could just not score any runs for him. Kime threw four innings and allowed just two earned runs on two hits. His control continues to be an issue, as he walked a whopping six batters and struck out just one.

After yesterday's game, the RubberDucks are now second-to-last in the Eastern League in batting average (.231), but still third in team on-base plus slugging (.749) thanks to their league-leading 19 home runs.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Frederick Keys 5

Box Score · Hillcats advance to 13-3

If the Lynchburg Hillcats are ever going to lose another game, it probably will not be with Justus Sheffield on the mound. With their ace working, the Hillcats won their ninth straight game, their sixth-straight over the Frederick Keys.

Sheffield was dominant Friday night, throwing for five innings and striking out six while allowing just two earned runs on three hits. Of the 83 pitches Sheffield threw, 56 found the strike zone. He allowed just two extra-base hits on the night.

Seven of the Hillcats' eight runs came in an explosive second inning, which saw six-straight batters make it on base. Only one extra-base hit was recorded in the second inning, but Hillcats batters were able to slap five singles and draw a couple walks on their way to a huge offensive frame.

Bobby Bradley was 0-for-5 on the night and struck out three more times. He has now struck out 27 times on the season (40% of his at-bats), most in the Carolina League.

Anthony Santander, playing as the team's designated hitter, lead the way with a 2-for-4 night, including a double in the sixth inning.

Lake County Captains 1, Lansing Lugnuts 6

Box Score · Captains fall to 10-6

Starting pitcher Thomas Pannone was not able to replicate the one-hit performance of his last start, and the Lake County Captains fell, 6-1, to the Lansing Lugnuts. Pannone himself threw five innings and allowed seven hits and five earned runs while striking out just three batters. He did not have a great night, but the offense was arguably even worse.

Lake County batters were held to just four hits, including just one extra-base hit -- a double from Yonathan Mendoza that scored the Captains' only run.