Tribe affiliates have been red hot pretty much all season in 2016. Before yesterday, all four teams currently playing were sitting in first place in their divisions. But there's just something about Friday the 13th, isn't there?
Columbus was the only affiliate team to walk away victorious on the day while the remaining clubs must have walked under a ladder, seen a black cat and broke a mirror as they went 0-4 the rest of the way.
Columbus Clippers 3, Louisville Bats 2
Box Score · Clippers improve to 22-12
Michael Martinez led off the game with a home run and the Clippers wouldn't look back the rest of the way. A sacrifice fly from Yandy Diaz and an RBI single from Joey Butler in the second inning would be all the offense Columbus needed.
That's certainly not to say it was easy. Starting pitcher TJ House did his best Houdini impression, somehow only giving up two runs in 5+ innings despite giving up five hits and surrendering an astounding seven walks. Somewhere in Cleveland, even Danny Salazar is shaking his head.
Thankfully, the bullpen would carry the load the rest of the way as Felipe Paulino, Jeff Johnson and Austin Adams would refuse to give up a hit in the final four innings, giving up only one free pass while striking out five to close the door on Louisville. Adams picked up his third save and his ERA this season dropped to 1.35 in the process.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Harrisburg Senators 11
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 24-10
It certainly wasn't for a lack of offense. Akron scored a run in each of the first three innings, including a leadoff home run from Todd Hankins but starting pitcher Anderson Polanco simply didn't have it yesterday.
Normally a long relief pitcher, Polanco was making his second start of the season and was tattooed for seven runs in four innings on a whopping 10 hits. Reliever Justin Brantley didn't sooth the pain, giving up another three runs after replacing Polanco and failing to make it out of the fifth inning.
Akron tried to battle back with three runs in the eighth, including recently promoted outfielder Taylor Murphy's first Double-A hit, an RBI double, but it was too little too late as a comeback would fall short.
Clint Frazier remained locked in, going 2-3 at the plate with two walks, a stolen base, and zero strikeouts while fellow top prospect Bradley Zimmer had the day off.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mud Cats 4
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 22-12
Taking a page from the big league club, the Hillcats managed to lose a one-run game in walk-off fashion.
Table-setter Greg Allen did the best he could, scoring both times he reached base, including pulling off a double steal alongside Yu-Cheng Chang in the fifth inning as the team briefly took a 3-1 lead after a two-run single from Anthony Santander.
Starting pitcher Luis Lugo had his second straight above average outing, lasting five and a third innings while giving up two runs on three hits and striking out five. Relievers Cameron Hill and Cole Sulser combined for 2.1 ineffective innings, however. Hill gave up a two-run home run to the first batter he faced after replacing Lugo while Sulser gave up three singles in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Top Lynchburg prospect Bobby Bradley had a quiet day, going 0-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. Mike Papi seemingly broke out of his recent slump with a solid 2-3 day at the plate with a walk.
Lake County Captains 1, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7 (Game 1)
Lake County Captains 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 6 (Game 2)
It was not a good day for Lake County starting pitchers.
In game one, Sam Hentges was tattooed for seven runs on nine hits in five innings. Game two starter Brock Hartson didn't fare much better, pitching a complete game (six innings) while giving up six runs on another nine hits.
Meanwhile, the Captains offense struggled, only managing nine hits in both games combined. Willi Castro was the only player to score a hit in both games, going 2-3 in game one and picking up an RBI triple in the second half of the twin bill.
Top Captains hitters Francisco Mejia, Nathan Lukes, Tyler Krieger and Connor Marabell were all held hitless of the course of both games. Worst of all, with the doubleheader sweep, the Captains now drop out of first place into a tie for second with Bowling Green.