The Tribe affiliates enjoyed playing baseball so much yesterday that three of the teams decided nine innings simply wasn't enough.
All in all, the three teams which went into extra innings were all victorious while the one team which actually finished in regulation got absolutely clobbered.
Sounds about right.
Columbus Clippers 3, Scranton Rail Riders 10
Box Score · Clippers fall to 30-24
TJ House didn't have his best stuff yesterday. The former Tribe #5 starter got tattooed for eight earned runs on nine hits in just 2.2 innings. The only good news for House, who's ERA for the season rose to 5.21, was that he didn't walk a batter.
Down 8-0, the Clippers valiantly tried to claw back into the game with three runs in the top of the fourth after walking the bases loaded and getting two RBI singles, chasing Scranton starter Luis Severino from the game, but that would be all she wrote.
No one from Columbus managed a multi-hit game as there were only five hits in total for the team, although at least Jordan Smith's was for extra bases with a double.
Kyle Crockett had a rough outing in relief, surrendering two more runs in the sixth.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Bowie Baysox 6 (13 innings)
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 37-17
Starting pitcher Adam Plutko had a rough start to the game, giving up four runs in the first inning on a grand slam, but he showed his mettle by digging deep and pitching into the eighth inning, only giving up one more run the rest of the way.
Plutko's gumption gave Akron an opportunity to whittle away at the score and get back in the game, and they did just that, picking up a run in the second and then three runs in the fourth from a bases clearing double by prospect Clint Frazier. Top Tribe prospect Bradley Zimmer would tie the game in the seventh with a clutch RBI double.
After three scoreless extra innings, the 13th frame would be exciting for both teams as Eric Haase broke the tie with a two-run bomb to right field. Bowie would make things interesting in the bottom of the 13th by opening the inning with three straight singles, but Robby Aviles would settle down and get three straight outs to end the game.
Both Haase and Todd Hankins had big days for Akron, each picking up three hits in the 13-inning affair.
Lynchburg Hillcats 16, Wilmington Blue Rocks 11 (10 innings)
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 35-19
This game was absolute insanity.
Both starting pitchers combined to last just 3.2 innings. Sean Brady was lit up for eight runs in 2.1 innings while Wilmington starter Foster Griffin was chased after allowing six runs in the first 1.1 innings.
Claudio Bautista hit a home run in the first inning, while a Sicnarf Loopstock homer brought the Hillcats back within two in the seventh and top first base prospect Bobby Bradley blasted off with his 13th home run of the season to tie the game in the ninth inning.
Not wanting to waste any more time, Lynchburg exploded for six runs in the top of the 10th to remove all doubt. Anthony Santander and Bobby Bradley both picked up RBI doubles before Yu-Cheng Chang put the icing on the cake with a two-run bomb to left field.
Chang, in particular, had a monster day, going 3-4 with a triple and home run while also walking twice. You'll definitely be seeing him make his first appearance in the Indians Minor League Player of the Week tomorrow.
Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons 3 (10 innings)
Box Score · Captains improve to 32-23
Down 3-0 after five innings, Lake County decided to mount a comeback of their own.
Tyler Krieger yanked his third home run of the season out of the yard in the sixth to bring the Captains within one, and Yonathan Mendoza would pick up an RBI ground out to tie the game in the eighth and send it to extras.
After a leadoff double from Conor Marabell in the 10th, the Captains executed small ball perfectly, bunting Marabell to third base with a sacrifice and then bringing him home with a game-winning sacrifice fly.
Starting pitcher Sam Hentges had a respectable outing, giving up three runs in five innings while striking out six, but the real pitching star of the game was Brock Hartson, who came in for five innings of scoreless long relief to keep the team in the game and pick up the win.