While the Lake County Captains and Lynchburg Hillcats enjoy their All-Star break, the rest of the Cleveland Indians affiliates were busy in games yesterday. Two of them did not go as planned, but at least some big-name prospects hit balls out of the park.
Most notably, Yandy Diaz hit his second in as many days, while Clint Frazier tagged his eighth of the season for the Akron RubberDucks.
Columbus Clippers 5, Rochester Red Wings 8
Box Score · Clippers fall to 37-35
In a game very similar to Monday's 8-2 loss, the Columbus Clippers once again allowed eight runs to the Rochester Red Wings, with most of them coming from their starting pitcher. In fact, last night, they were all charged to the starting pitcher.
Will Roberts sailed through the first three innings, allowing just one of his first nine opponents to reach base. Things unraveled quickly in the fourth, however, when the first five batters recorded hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles. Roberts had another rough inning in the fifth, and by the time his night was finished, he threw six innings while allowing eight earned runs off three homers.
The Clippers offense had 12 hits as a team, just one fewer than the Red Wings. Three of those came from Adam Moore, including a two-run home run in the sixth. The only other Clippers home run came off the bat of Yandy Diaz, who now has two home runs in as many days. Diaz now has four home runs in Triple-A this season (37 games), and he raised his slugging percentage to .481.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Reading Fightin' Phils 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 42-29
The Akron RubberDucks only had five hits as a team, but some early clutch hitting was enough to give them a lead they could hold on to.
Clint Frazier opened the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning, then Todd Hankins continued it in the second with a two-run home run of his own. As a team, the 'Ducks were 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and they stranded just three runners
Top prospect Bradley Zimmer got on base twice without registering a hit, and he scored both times.
Starting pitcher DJ Brown had one of his longest outings of the season, lasting 6.2 innings and striking out four. His two earned runs allowed on the day dropped his ERA to 3.88. The bullpen combination of Louis Head and Cole Sulser pitched 2.1 shutout innings.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 0, Auburn Doubledays 5
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 1-4
Well. That's not good.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers could only muster two hits against Weston Davis, and they dropped the series, 2-1. The two Scrappers batters with hits were Gabriel Mejia (who hit a double), and Tod Isaacs.
Indians 2016 compensatory draft pick Logan Ice was 0-for-2 on the day but, he was one of three Scrapper batters to draw a walk on the day -- the other two being Luke Wakamatsu and Emmanual Tapia.
Starting pitcher Ryan Colgate lasted just three innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out one batter.
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The DSL Indians, Lake County Captains and Lynchburg Hillcats had scheduled off days.