As an organization, the Cleveland Indians' farm teams failed to hit a single home run yesterday and it showed in the box score. Only the Akron RubberDucks were able to win, thanks in large part to Clint Frazier continuing to demolish everything in his Eastern League path.
The Columbus Clippers were without their scheduled starter, Mike Clevinger, because he had some bigger plans in the near future. Instead, Ross Detwiler got the start against one of the top pitching prospects in the league. It went just about how you would think.
Columbus Clippers 0, Indianapolis Indians 4
Box Score · Clippers fall to 23-15
It is hard to fault the Columbus Clippers for losing a Ross Detwiler-Tyler Glasnow matchup, but yesterday's loss was not a pretty one. At least they managed to score a run, unlike Monday night.
This would have been a great pitching matchup between top pitching prospects, but Mike Clevinger was scratched from his start in order to be ready for his call-up today. Instead, top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Glasnow was allowed to mow down the Columbus lineup while Ross Detwiler wondered where his life went wrong. In all fairness, Detwiler pitched well enough after the first inning, but that first frame was a three-run disaster.
Clippers batters managed only four hits on the day and walked just twice while striking out nine times. Even with the poor showing, they still had six runners in scoring position, but they stranded every one of them.
Reliever Shawn Armstrong came into to end the suffering in the eighth inning, striking out the side and dropping his earned run average to 2.70 on the season.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Hartford Yard Goats 0
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 28-10
Not to be outdone by one of his former teammates making it to the majors, Adam Plutko decided to put on a pitching spectacle himself on the way to the Akron RubberDucks' 5-0 win over the Hartford Yard Goats.
Plutko himself threw seven innings and struck out seven without issuing a single walk. He scattered five hits and was given his third win on the season. This was Plutko's third shutout of the season and his second in a row. If it were not for a bad outing on April 13 where he allowed five earned runs, he would be able to say he has allowed two or fewer runs in every single start this season. His seven strikeouts were his second best on the season, behind only his outstanding eight-strikeout debut on April 7.
The Akron offense scored all the runs they needed in the third with a two-run double from Nellie Rodriguez, but they added three later for good measure. Clint Frazier continues to burn pitchers like his hair burns the color balance on cheap phone cameras, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. In his last five games, he is 10-for20 with a home run. And in his last 10 games, he has struck out just six times, compared to his 10 walks.
Bradley Zimmer, playing his first game back in center field since a mild ankle injury, was 1-for-2 with a walk and a double in the win.
Lake County Captains 4, Dayton Dragons 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 23-15
Following a scheduled off day yesterday, the Lake County Captains bullpen was unable to hold the game late.
Starting pitcher Thomas Pannone had a great outing, going 5.0 innings and striking out six. Even the first two relievers in the game held their own, but trouble started in the ninth when Kieran Lovegrove took the mound. With a 4-1 lead and the game seemingly in hand, Lovegrove imploded. He walked the first batter he faced, then let him walk around the bases with two wild pitches. Several hits and an errant throw later, and the Captains were losing by two. Francisco Mejia singled in the final frame, but that was it for Lake County's final breath.
Mejia had two hits total on the day while Nathan Lukes provided the only extra-base hit -- his sixth double of the season.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats game was rained out because of course it was.