Whether it was the rain or bad offense, something went wrong for just about every Cleveland Indians farm team not based in Akron, Ohio. The Columbus Clippers had their budding win streak snapped at three games, and the Lynchburg Hillcats dropped their third straight.
Down in Class-A, the Lake County Captains had their game delayed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader today to make up for the lost time, something the Indians and their affiliates know all too well this season.
Columbus Clippers 1, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2
Box Score · Clippers fall to 21-12
Just like yesterday, Lehigh Valley would tie their series high of two runs, but that would actually be enough to earn a victory this time around as the Clippers offense couldn't sequence barely any of their nine hits together to score more than one.
The Clippers utilized an unusual trio of pitchers with Ross Detwiler, Jarrett Grube and Toru Murata going three innings apiece. While Detwiler and Murata took care of business with scoreless outings, Grube would give up a two-run home run in the fourth innings and that was all she wrote.
The only run scored by Columbus was a fifth-inning solo shot from Ronny Rodriguez, who has been hitting well as of late. Recent call-up Yhoxian Medina improved his International League batting average to .714 after going 3-4 with a double from the nine-hole while Tyler Naquin was the only other Clipper to have a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with a double and strikeout from the leadoff spot.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Harrisburg 0
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 24-9
Let's Go Tribe's No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier got things started in a hurry, cracking an opposite field solo home run in the first inning from the two-hole in the Akron lineup, his fourth of the year. While the team would add three more runs over the course of the game (including a home run from catching prospect Eric Haase), the first dinger would be all starting pitcher Adam Plutko would need.
Top prospect Bradley Zimmer had his six-game hitting streak brought to an end, but he did manage two walks and yet another stolen base, his 15th of the young season.
Plutko was brilliant over six scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and walking one while striking out four. Plutko seems locked in as his ERA drops to 2.87 on the season (and that includes a one inning five-run outing). Reliever Robbie Aviles earned a three-inning save in mop-up duty as he combined with Plutko to pitch a three-hitter.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Salem Red Sox 4
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 22-11
The Lynchburg Hillcats have one of the best offenses in the minor leagues, but they were shockingly completely shut down by Salem starting pitcher Matt Kent yesterday, who entered the game with a 5.91 ERA on the season.
Hillcats starter Mitch Brown went five innings giving up two runs while striking out six and on a typical day, that would be more than enough to help the team win, but the offense failed to oblige his respectable outing.
Top Lynchburg prospect Bobby Bradley struck out twice and walked twice, the only Hillcat to manage to earn a free pass. The Lynchburg offense only managed three hits on the day, although Greg Allen did steal his 19th base of the season after getting plunked in the fourth.
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The Lake County Captains' game against the Bowling Green Hot Rods was rained out. They will play a doubleheader today to make the game up.