Top Cleveland Indians prospect Clint Frazier gave everyone a scare yesterday when he was pulled from the Akron RubberDucks game following his first-inning double. It appears he just had a leg cramp but was taken out as a precaution. The 'Ducks went on to lose that game, as did every Tribe affiliate that played yesterday.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona Curve 7
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 31-12
A poor Adam Plutko start combined with a poor bullpen showing equaled the first Akron RubberDucks loss in almost a week.
Plutko's start was his second-worst of the season, and the first time he has allowed more than two runs since his horrible start on April 13 when he allowed five over just a single inning of work. The good news is that he only issued one walk, something he has done (or better) in all but two starts this season. The majority of Plutko's runs were allowed in the bottom of the first when he allowed three hits and walked top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, Austin Meadows. Outside of that, Plutko really did not look all that bad -- he scattered two hits over his final 4.1 innings and struck out four.
Offensively, Bradley Zimmer was 1-for-5 on the day, striking out once and failing to walk. The big news of the day was Clint Frazier being pulled by trainers after hitting a double in the first inning. Apparently he just had leg cramps, so hopefully, everything is okay there. Since he hit a double before being pulled, his on-base streak is still alive and now at 18-straight games.
Taylor Murphy, who was recently promoted from High-A and pinch ran for Frazier in the first, was 2-for-4 in the day, including a double of his own in the fifth inning.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 29-15
Mitch Brown has the worst luck. In four of his last five starts, he has lasted at least 5.0 innings and allowed fewer than three runs, yet he is 0-3 in those starts. Yesterday, in particular, was one of Brown's best starts of the year. His eight strikeouts were tied for the second most of any start this season, and his one walk was a season low. Unfortunately, the Lynchburg Hillcats had a rare lapse in talent for a day.
Bobby Bradley was just 1-for-4, but as I have said almost every time he does not have a great game recently, at least he only struck out once. Anthony Santander led the Hillcats offense with two hits on the day, while Greg Allen added his first home run of the season in the third inning, Lynchburg's only run of the game.
Lake County Captains 3, South Bend Cubs 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 24-20
A total bullpen meltdown from the Lake County Captains wasted a perfectly good Casey Shane start. Shane, who was coming off one of his worst starts of the season, allowed just four hits and one earned run on the day, although he issued four walks and struck out just one batter he faced. That was good enough to set Shane (and the Captains) up for a win, but Cortland Cox and Kieran Lovegrove combined to allow five earned runs over the final four innings.
Ka'ai Tom finally snapped out of a mini-slump he found himself in, registering a hit for the first time since May 19. As a team, the Captains were 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position and they abandoned just four runners on base.
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The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled off day.