Only two Cleveland Indians farm teams played yesterday, and only one of them had a good day. Despite their fast start, the Akron RubberDucks cannot seem to get a winning streak going, as they dropped their fourth game in the past five days. The good news for the 'Ducks is that Clint Frazier is still doing Clint Frazier things, and Nellie Rodriguez can hit a baseball really hard.
Nothing that happened in the minors was nearly as heartbreaking as the Tribe's walk-off loss.
Columbus Clippers 4, Gwinnett Braves 0
Box Score · Clippers improve to 10-7
The Columbus Clippers finished their three-game sweep of the Gwinett Braves with their second-straight shutout victory. Over the course of the series, the Clippers outscored the Braves 13-1.
Columbus did not need much offense in this win, but they got some of it from Michael Martinez, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Robbie Grossman added the power of the evening, hitting a solo home run in the second inning, his third of the year. Giovanny Urshela added another in the eighth after coming in to pinch run earlier in the game.
Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger went 5.1 innings, striking out six while walking three. So far this season, Clevinger has struck out at least six batters in three of his four starts. This was also his second shutout, the first coming in his season debut against the Indianapolis Indians back on April 10.
Kyle Crockett, Tommy Hunter, and Shawn Armstrong -- three relievers who could find themselves in the majors at some point this season -- combined to throw for 2.2 innings and did not allow a single hit.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Reading Fightin' Phils 7
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 11-7
As a team, this was a rough game loss for the Akron RubberDucks -- their fourth loss in five games -- but as far as scouting top prospects, this was a pretty solid game.
Clint Frazier continues to just hit the ball, as he has in every game but one this season. Nellie Rodriguez also hit a big two-run home run in the sixth, his fifth home run of the season. He is now tied for third in home runs in the Eastern League.
Starting pitcher Michael Peoples went six innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. The RubberDucks had a lead when the Peoples left the game, they were tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but reliever Louis Head allowed three earned runs over the game's final two frames. A series of hits and a wild pitch followed by a home run sunk the Ducks as the Fightin' Phils scored three runs in the seventh alone.
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Lynchburg Hillcats and Lake County Captains did not play