Saturday was a tough day for Indians affiliates as everyone but Akron went down. This was despite the fact that three teams were paced by some pretty solid overall starting pitching.
Blame it on the bullpens.
Columbus Clippers 0, Louisville Bats 2
Box Score · Clippers fall to 25-17
One of Jarrett Grube's best career performances was all for naught.
Despite blasting off for 12 runs the day before, the Columbus bats were held completely silent for 11 innings. The offense was completely neutered, spreading out eight hits and three walks on the day with only one of those hits going for extra bases.
Starting pitcher Grube was downright brilliant over seven innings, holding Louisville scoreless while striking out nine and walking zero. Shawn Armstrong and Jeff Johnson combined for three more innings of scoreless relief.
Despite absolutely destroying Double-A hitters, recently promoted flamethrower Ben Heller would not have a great Triple-A debut, walking a batter and then giving up a walk-off home run to .175 hitter Seth Mejias-Brean (his first of the season).
Erik Gonzalez had a strong day at the plate going 3-5 with a double but nothing came of it.
Akron Rubberducks 5, Binghamton Mets 2
Box Score · Rubberducks improve to 30-11
Top Tribe prospects Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier both picked up extra-base hits, a triple and double respectively, as Akron would come back from an early 2-0 deficit and score five unanswered runs for the win.
Nellie Rodriguez and Jordan Smith would pace the offense, both going 2-4 on the day with Rodriguez picking up a big two-RBI hit in the fifth to give the Rubberducks the lead for good.
Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando was good, not great on the day, giving up two runs on seven hits in five innings while striking out four to improve his overall record on the season to 8-0.
With closer Ben Heller's recent promotion to Columbus, Perci Garner shut down the Mets with a strong 1-2-3 ninth inning, picking up two strikeouts along the way to notch his first save of the season.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 28-14
Lynchburg dug itself a hole early that it was never quite able to climb out of.
After briefly being tied for the organization lead in home runs by Jesus Aguilar and Nellie Rodriguez yesterday, top slugging prospect Bobby Bradley broke out of a mini-slump, crushing a sixth inning bomb while going 2-5 on the day to pick up his 10th home run and 40th RBI of the young season.
Starting pitcher Sean Brady had a rough day, giving up all six runs (five earned) in 5.1 innings while striking out three, walking two and having an error.
Leadoff hitter Greg Allen gave it his all, getting on base four times and swiping his 23rd bag of the season, but the offense couldn't bring him around to score even once.
Lake County Captains 6, South Bend Cubs 10
Box Score · Captains fall to 24-18
Talk about a bullpen implosion.
Lake County had this game well in hand, holding a 6-3 lead heading into the eighth inning after being paced by second baseman Tyler Krieger's second home run of the season and a strong 3-4 day from Nathan Winfrey.
Then reliever Dominic DeMasi was teed off on to the tune of seven runs on 10 hits in the eighth and ninth innings to put the game out of reach.
Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang had a shot day, going three innings while giving up two runs, and Billy Strode picked him up with three solid innings of relief, but DeMasi's rough day could not be overcome.