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Indians minor league recap: Bradley Zimmer narrowly misses hitting for the cycle

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He got the two hardest ones, but couldn't turn anything into a double.

After yesterday's total loss in the farm system, it was nice to see the Cleveland Indians affiliates get a trio of wins today. The only team to lose was the Columbus Clippers, and they were still in it for the most of the game anyway.

Down in Double-A, Bradley Zimmer suddenly caught fire without Clint Frazier's hair taking it all, and he went 3-for-4 with a triple, a single, and a home run -- just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Speaking of Frazier, the star prospect sat out today after being pulled yesterday's game with what was called leg cramps.

Columbus Clippers 4, Buffalo Bisons 7

Box Score · Clippers fall to 26-18

The Columbus Clippers attempted to nickel and dime their way to a series-opening win against the Buffalo Bisons, but a pair of bullpen collapses undid all the work done by the offense.

Before we get to those late implosions, the starting pitcher match-up was an interesting one. The Clippers sent TJ House to the mound while the Bisons sent old friend Fausto Carmona Fastball Pitchthrowgooder Roberto Hernandez. House had a great outing himself, throwing for five innings and striking out six. He was able to space out his four walks and five hits to only allow one earned run on the day. That is huge for House, who in his last outing was pulled after a bad 2.2 innings of work.

Jesus Aguilar led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double in the seventh inning off of Hernandez. Michael Choice hit his first home run of the season while Adam Moore hit is fourth of the season in the sixth inning. Tyler Naquin is looking eerily similar to the way he was hitting in the majors, just with a lower average. He has struck out 10 times so far in his 43 at-bats but walked only four times.

Kyle Crockett and Jeff Johnson undid all the early good done by the offense by allowing a combined six earned runs on five hits over their 2.2 innings of work. The pair struck out only one batter (Johnson) and walked three.

Akron RubberDucks 8, Altoona Curve 3

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 32-12

You didn't think the Akron RubberDucks would actually go on a losing streak, did you? Well, if you did, silly you, because they immediately rebounded from Monday night's loss with a crushing 8-3 victory on the back of a five-run sixth inning.

Eric Stamets, Bradley Zimmer, and Nellie Rodriguez all provided the fireworks in that sixth inning, hitting their fourth, eighth, and 10th home runs of the season, respectively. Poor starting pitcher Josh Smith was left in until just after Nellie's home run before being replaced.

Zimmer added two more hits on the day, including a triple -- meaning he was just a double shy of the cycle. His four runs batted in was also a team-high. The Tribe's other top prospect on the 'Ducks, Clint Frazier, continues to sit out after being pulled yesterday with leg cramps. And once again Taylor Murphy looked great in his spot. While he did not record a hit on the day, he did walk twice.

While catcher Alex Monsalve did not join in on the home run parade, he did go 2-for-5 with a double. Todd Hankins added three hits of his own, all of which were singles.

Believe it or not, the RubberDucks still had to use a pitcher in this game. They chose Anderson Polanco, who made his third Double-A start of the season after spending the majority of the year coming out of the bullpen in High-A for the Lynchburg Hillcats. Polanco has recovered nicely from his horrid Double-A debut in which he allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits. In his last two outings, he has allowed only three runs per game and walked three or fewer in both of them.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 30-15

The Lynchburg Hillcat offense scored six runs in the second inning, then took a nap for seven innings, but that was all they needed to do.

In that one inning alone, Hillcat batters recorded five hits -- including two doubles, and a home run -- walked once, and moved around the bases via two wild pitches.

Every Hillcat batter recorded a hit on the day, besides Bobby Bradley who was 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Mike Papi still cannot seem to put together a string of good games since his hot start to the season. His 2-for-3 effort yesterday was his first game with a hit since May 19, and his first multi-hit game since May 14.

Nick Pasquale, making his second start of the season, lasted just three innings but struck out three and issued no walks. Antonio Romer and Cameron Hill combined to close out the game, striking out nine in the final six innings.

Lake County Captains 4, Dayton Dragons 3

Box Score · Captains improve to 25-20

A little bit of effort from everyone was required for the Lake County Captains to squeak past the Dayton Dragons to snap them out of their five-game losing streak.

Ka'ai Tom set the table for the Captains from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Two spots behind him in the lineup, Tyler Krieger continued to tear his way through Midwest League pitching. With his two hits yesterday, Krieger has now hit in his last five games.

Willi Castro has a mini-hitting streak of his own going, adding a double last night for a hit in his third-straight game.

The Captains were led on the mound by Sam Hentges, who allowed just three runs and struck out eight in his six innings of work. Brock Hartson's three-inning, one-hit performance was enough to close out the game and get himself a win on the day.