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Indians minor league recap: Bryson Myles belts first Triple-A HR, TJ House implodes

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Four wins among four MiLB teams yesterday, not a bad outing.

TJ House had a chance to prove he belongs in the Cleveland Indians rotation (or at least a shot as an extra starter for the doubleheader on Monday), but he failed to prove much yesterday. His pitching line looks okay, but, in reality, he barely lasted two innings and was bailed out by the bullpen. Not a great audition.

The good news from Triple-A is that Bryson Myles, who made his Columbus debut just a week ago, hit his first home run at the new level.

Down in Double-A, Clint Frazier just keeps hitting, while Bradley Zimmer is slowly working his way back from an ankle injury. There is still no need to worry long term, but the talent-laden Akron RubberDucks lineup leads the entire Eastern League in strikeouts by a wide margin.

And finally, Blaze Ka'ai Tom is tearing the rest of Class-A apart for the Lake County Captains.

Columbus Clippers 5, Indianapolis Indians 3

Box Score · Clippers improve to 24-15

With yesterday's 5-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians, the Columbus Clippers at least have a shot to tie this four-game series today when they play at 11:05 a.m.

TJ House lasted only 2.2 innings but did not give up a run. He was pulled in the third inning following a rough series of at-bats that included a walk, a wild pitch, and a single to load the bases. Toru Murata was brought in to avoid disaster and TJ House was ejected after his replacement by the home plate umpire. House's final line on the day was three walks, five strikeouts, and four hits.

Murata and the rest of the bullpen were able to hold the Indians offense to just five hits over the remaining 6.1 innings on their way to a win. Austin Adams was given his fourth save of the season.

Ronny Rodriguez, Erik Gonzalez, and Yhoxian Medina all contributed two hits in the win; both of Medina's were doubles. Medina has been playing a little bit of every infield position since his promotion to Triple-A and he has gone 6-for-20 with three doubles and a home run in the process. All of that results in a ridiculous .400/.455/.700 slash.

Bryson Myles was just 1-for-4 on the day, but that one hit was a crushed solo shot to left field, his first home run in Triple-A since being promoted earlier this month.

Akron RubberDucks 2, Hartford Yard Goats 4

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 28-11

It only took one bad inning to sink the Akron RubberDucks last night, as they fell to the Hartford Yard Goats, 4-2. Both teams recorded seven hits on the day, but the 'Ducks left five runners on base, compared to the Yard Goats' three stranded base runners.

Starting pitcher Anderson Polanco made his second start for the RubberDucks this season after spending the majority of 2016 as a reliever with the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats. This went much better than his seven-run debut last week, although he was still tagged with the loss. Polanco allowed three runs on four hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Reliever Ben Heller kept the game in range for the RubberDucks with his fantastic eighth inning where he struck out two and held the Yard Goats batters hitless.

Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier were a combined 1-for-7 with three strikeouts and a walk on the day. Frazier only recording one hit snapped his three-game multi-hit streak, but he still remains absolutely on fire. Over his last 10 he is 16-for-38 with two home runs, ten walks, and just seven strikeouts. Zimmer has been slow to recover from an ankle injury that sidelined him for three games earlier in the week. He has gone 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in his three games back.

Although packed with prospects, RubberDucks hitters still have a very real problem with strikeouts. Nellie Rodriguez and Bradley Zimmer are 1-2 in the Eastern League in strikeouts, whiffing 56 and 47 times, respectively. Clint Frazier and Todd Hankins are not far behind with 35 and 34 strikeouts apiece. As a team, the RubberDucks lead the Eastern League in strikeouts with 345 -- the next closest is Reading with 313 K's.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Salem Red Sox 5 (Game 1)

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Salem Red Sox 3 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats improve to 27-12

With the Lynchburg Hillcats' doubleheader sweep over the Salem Red Sox, they are now in arm's length of having the best record in the entire Indians organization. That title still belongs to the Akron RubberDucks, but if Lynchburg can keep getting pitching like they have been, they'll be okay.

I say "pitching" and not "starting pitching" because Mitch Brown was not exactly a great starting pitcher in Game 1 of the doubleheader yesterday. He lasted just a single inning, getting knocked out in the second after issuing four walks and allowing three runs to cross the plate. To make matters worse, the game went into extra innings. Luckily, the combination of David Speer, Jordan Milbrath, Luke Eubank, and Cameron Hill was able to hold the Red Sox to five hits over 9.0 innings.

Nick Pasquale's great start in the second game spared the bullpen some exhaustion. Pasquale's previous three appearances this season were out of the bullpen, but he lasted four innings in this start, striking out two and walking none on the Hillcats' path to another squeaker victory, 4-3.

Mark Mathias had the best day among all Lynchburg hitters yesterday, going 3-for-5 in Game 1, including a double and three runs batted in. Bobby Bradley had a slow start the day (0-for-4 in Game 1), but did end up with a double and a walk in Game 2. Bradley's Game 2 hit was one of just four for the Hillcats' second matchup. They also walked six times, however, and stranded just three runners on base, going 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Lake County Captains 11, Dayton 10

Box Score · Lake County Captains improve to 24-15

The Lake County Captains needed extra innings and a boatload of offense, but they were able to prevent a losing streak and give themselves a chance to win the series tomorrow.

Yonathan Mendoza and Connor Marabell each added four hits on the day, while Blaze Ka'ai Tom went 2-for-4 with three walks hitting from the leadoff spot. Tom (who I still say has the coolest name this side of Sicnarf Loopstok) extended his hit streak to four games as he continues to dominate Midwest League pitching to the tune of a .383/.532/.468 slash in 47 at-bats. If he was considered a qualified batter, he would lead the Midwest League in everything but slugging percentage. Tom is hot right now. You could say he is...

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...blazing.