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Indians minor league recap: Rodriguez, Lucas hit grand slams; Morimando dominates

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A pair of dominant pitching outings also helped the Tribe farm teams bring home wins.

Even though Ronny Rodriguez hit a grand slam for the Columbus Clippers and Jeremy Lucas did the same for the Akron RubberDucks, the real story of the night was a pair of great pitching outings from two players could find themseleves in the majors eventually.

Shawn Morimando started the impressive pitching showcase in a 10:40 a.m. start, and Will Roberts followed later for the Clippers.

Columbus Clippers 7, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 1

Box Score · Clippers improve to 20-11

For the second night in a row the Columbus Clippers got an excellent outing from their starting pitcher, and for the second night in a row, they dominated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This time around it was Will Roberts having the great start while Giovanny Urshela had first poor showing in what feels like weeks.

Roberts lasted 7.0 innings in the game, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He only struck out two batters, however, and he walked two. Roberts has yet to strike out more than five batters in any outing this season, but he has always never walked more than two. Last night he threw 98 pitches, 62 of which found the strike zone.

The Columbus offense exploded for 11 hits and seven earned runs, including a four-run fourth inning. Urshela led off the inning with a strikeout, his only notable event of the evening, then Erik Gonzalez, Robbie Grossman, and Guillermo Quiroz all got on base for Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a ball over the left field for a grand slam, hs first home run of the season.

The top of the Clippers lineup -- Tyler Naquin, Collin Cowgill, and Jesus Aguilar -- accounted for seven of the team's 11 hits, including a double from Cowgill.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Erie SeaWolves 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 22-9

First pitch between the Akron RubberDucks and Erie SeaWolves was at the odd time of 10:40 a.m. yesterday, but luckily starting pitcher Shawn Morimando is a morning person. The big lefty continued his domination of the Double-A Eastern League, allowing just two runs and striking out six in his 8.0 innings of work.

The RubberDuck offense was not necessarily at its best, but it did not matter. All four of their runs came off of a Jeremy Lucas grand slam in the first inning. After that, they recorded just a handful of hits and no runs in the remaining seven frames. Two of those seven hits came from Yhoxian Medina, who was promoted to Triple-A shortly after the game.

Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer both added a hit of their own, with the latter adding a walk as well.

Offense or no offense, Shawn Morimando was electric yesterday. His six strikeouts tied a season high and hs ERA dropped to 1.96 on the year, good for sixth among Eastern League starters. Ben Heller came in to close out the game, striking out one and recording his seventh save of the season.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 4

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 22-9

Despite being in control for much of the game, a late pitching collapse cost the Lynchburg Hillcats their chance at a series-opening win against the Salem Red Sox.

Hillcats starting pitcher Sean Brady cruised through the first seven innings of the night, but a single followed by a wild pitch and a walk were clear indications he was out of gas to start the eighth. David Speer was brought in to relieve him but did not fair much better. He ended up allowing two more runs to score on a throwing error and one runner making it home on a double play.

The Lynchburg offense was led by Taylor Murphy, who went 3-for-3 on the day with two doubles and a walk. Mike Papi still has not been able to live up to his hot start on the season; he is 5-for-37 with one home run and 12 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 20-12

After a rough outing in his last start, starting pitcher Thomas Pannone got back on track against the West Michigan Whitecaps to snap the Lake County Captains' three-game losing streak. Pannone lasted 6.0 innings on the night, striking out three and walking one.

Much like the RubberDucks and the Clippers, the Captains victory came thanks to a big four-run inning. Unlike the other two, however, Lake County did not hit a grand slam. They instead overwhelmed the West Michigan defense with four singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

Nathan Lukes was 2-for-3 yesterday, including his fifth double of the season.