Nothing went right yesterday for Indians affiliates.
If the offense had a good day, the pitching would have an atrocious day. If the pitching rose to the occasion, the offense was completely toothless. If a late rally was attempted, the team was simply down too many runs to overcome.
It was just one of those days.
Hopefully all five Tribe affiliates (and the actual Indians) can shake it off. They're too talented to have an 0-fer like this.
Columbus Clippers 12, Scranton Railriders 15
Box Score · Clippers fall to 35-28
It's not often a team scores a combined 19 runs in two consecutive games and manages to lose them both, but that happens when you give up 25 runs over the same period.
The Clippers have been tearing the cover off the ball with nothing to show for it over the last two days, and yesterday was particularly bad.
Starting pitcher Ross Detwiler dug a huge hole to kick things off with a five run first inning, yet somehow managed to last four innings in total, giving up another three along the way in what may be his farewell to his SP experiment.
Columbus actually responded well to the adversity with seven runs in the first three innings and Jesus Aguilar was a big contributor, with two home runs on the day while going 3-4 with a walk. Collin Cowgill also had three hits and a home run for the Clippers while Ronny Rodriguez, Giovanny Urshella, Joey Butler and Jordan Smith all had multi-hit games.
The big blow came in the eighth inning as recently demoted reliever Austin Adams had a nightmare appearance, giving up six runs on seven hits in just one inning of work. Columbus valiantly tried to fight back with three runs in the bottom of the ninth but the rally came up short.
Akron RubberDucks 2, Harrisburg Senators 11
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 38-23
This has been a week the Akron organization would like to forget. The Rubberducks lost their seventh game in a row and were held to two runs or less for the fifth straight time.
There was no excuse for the offensive futility yesterday as Akron hitters collected a whopping 12 hits, but simply had nothing to show for it. The Rubberducks were a putrid 2-10 with runners in scoring position while hitting into two double plays.
Clint Frazier had a nice game, going 2-4 with two stolen bases and recently activated Luigi Rodriguez joined him with a multi-hit game.
The biggest problem of all was actually the pitching, and that was despite Akron trotting out it's three strongest arms. Top starting pitcher Shawn Morimando had a horrendous showing, giving up seven runs on nine hits in five innings while normally reliable reliever Perci Garner gave up three runs in two innings.
Even sure-handed fireballer JP Feyereisen gave up an unearned run in the eighth as Akron didn't just lose, they were blown out of the water.
Hopefully the Rubberducks can right the ship soon.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 39-22
Starting pitcher Julian Merryweather deserved better.
The Carolina League's top 2016 pitcher provided 6.1 strong innings, giving up one earned run while striking out eight and walking none.
Unfortunately, Merryweather received Corey Kluber-esque run support as Lynchburg only managed to put one run on the board in the entire nine-inning affair.
Bobby Bradley stayed hot at the plate with a 2-4 showing, but the Hillcats only managed one RBI groundout in the third inning on six total hits in the game.
Bullpen stud Matt Whitehouse remained perfect since his promotion with another 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Lake County Captains 6, Great Lakes Loons 8
Box Score · Captains fall to 36-26
Close, but oh, so far.
Down 8-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Lake County attempted a furious comeback with five runs, but they couldn't quite make it all the way back. In the process, red hot catcher Francisco Mejia recorded yet another multi-hit game as he improved his hitting streak to 13 while second baseman Tyler Krieger extended his organization leading hitting streak to 21. Shortstop Willi Castro also picked up a pair of hits.
Starting pitcher Casey Shane was rolling along until getting shelled out of the fourth inning with three runs. Reliever Jared Robinson didn't fare much better, surrendering five runs in 3.2 innings of work.
All in all, it was a frustrating game as the top of the Captain's batting order continues to carry the club while the bottom continues to provide very little support and the pitching overall has not been particularly impressive this past week.
DSL Indians 0, DSL Cubs1 3
Box Score · Indians fall to 2-4
The DSL Cubs1 picked up two runs in the first inning and that would be more than enough as the DSL Indians were completely punchless on the day to the tune of three hits while getting shut out.
Shortstop prospect Jose Fermin was held hitless for the first time this season while second baseman Wilbis Santiago went 1-4. The only productive player on offense was Henderson De Oleo, who went 1-2 with a double and a walk.
Starting pitcher Juan Mota lasted five innings, giving up one earned run while striking out six and four separate relievers provided four scoreless innings to close out the game.