It was a really fun day to be an Indians affiliate club yesterday.
Several of the Tribe's minor league starting pitchers tossed great games, but it was the High-A Lynchburg offense that really captured the heart and imagination of fans everywhere, mashing 22 hits on the day in a blowout victory.
Single-A Lake County split a double header while the AZL Indians won their third straight game.
Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2
Box Score · Clippers improve to 51-44
The Clippers offense provided just enough offense for its starting pitcher yesterday.
Backed by a solid 2-4 day with two doubles from Yandy Diaz, Columbus managed to push three runs across the plate. Roberto Perez, catching nine innings for the first time in his rehab stint, went 1-3 with a walk. Perez has impressively picked up exactly one walk in all but one of his nine rehab starts, despite this being his first full game.
Those three runs were enough for starting pitcher Shawn Morimando to pick up his first career win at Triple-A. Morimando was solid, tossing 6.2 innings, giving up two runs while striking out seven and walking none. The bullpen was perfect the rest of the way, with Perci Garner collecting a four out save with three strikeouts.
Akron RubberDucks 0, Erie SeaWolves 1
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 51-43
The Akron offense should be ashamed of itself.
Poor Rob Kaminsky pitched the best game of his career with the Indians organization, lasting 7.2 innings while striking out six batters and walking none. He made one mistake on the day, a solo shot to Erie left fielder Wynston Bernard in the fourth inning, and that would be all the scoring in the entire game.
Akron managed a measly two hits and zero walks on the day collectively, as everyone but Ivan Castillo would strike out at least once.
Lynchburg Hillcats 15, Wilmington Blue Socks 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 58-33
This wasn't a game, it was a snuff film.
Every member of the Lynchburg Hillcats collected multiple hits in this nine-inning beatdown except for Luigi Rodriguez, who managed a measly one with a sacrifice fly.
A whopping FIVE Hillcats had three hits on the day. Mark Mathias went 3-5 with a double, walk and a home run, Bobby Bradley went 3-5 with a double and a walk, Yu-Cheng Chang went 3-4 with a home run and two walks, Tyler Krieger went 3-5 with a double and Francisco Mejia extended his insane hitting streak to 35 games by going 3-6 with his first home run at High-A.
Anthony Santander had two hits and both were bombs, one of them a grand slam as he collected six runs batted in on the day.
Starting pitcher Sean Brady picked up the easiest win he will ever have in his professional career, tossing six innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out eight.
If you're ever feeling down in the dumps, just bookmark this box score, stare at it for a few minutes, and smile.
Lake County Captains 2, Quad Cities River Bandits 1 Game 1 (F/8)
Lake County Captains 0, Quad Cities River Bandits 2 Game 2 (F/7)
Nathan Lukes was the hero of game one of the double header, literally providing all the offense with a pair of solo home runs. The second homer was a walkoff in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Long reliever Jared Robinson made his first start of the season, tossing six innings while giving up just one run in a no decision. Kieren Lovegrove collected the win with two innings of scoreless relief.
Lake County attempted a bullpen game in the second leg of the doubleheader, but the offense wasn't having it. Two runs given up in the third inning by Dominic DeMasi would be all she wrote for the team. Recently promoted catcher Li-Jen Chu collected two hits in the second game, going 3-5 overall on the day for his first career hits for a full season club..
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, State College Spikes 9
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 10-19
Mahoning Valley's win streak came to an end thanks to some very poor pitching. The scrappers managed three runs in the second inning thanks to RBIs from Gabriel Mejia, Alex Pantoja and Jonathan Laureano, but starting pitcher Luis Jimenez lasted just two innings on the day, giving up three runs and walking four.
Dace Kime, who was a starter for Double-A at one point this season, promptly dropped the ball by giving up four more runs in two innings, raising his ERA with the Scrappers to 11.57 on the season.
Mahoning Valley would not score another run the rest of the way, although Todd Isaacs collected a pair of hits.
Box Score · Indians improve to 14-7
The AZL Indians didn't manage an extra base hit or a walk yesterday and were outhit 11-7, but they did a great job of playing small ball to pick up the win.
With the score tied 2-2 in the ninth inning, the Indians collected three straight singles and an RBI ground out to take the lead.
Hosea Nelson and Jorma Rodriguez led the way for the Indians, both going 2-4 at the dish and the team stole three bases in total on the day, with one of them coming around to score.
Starting pitcher Felix Tati gave up two runs in four innings, striking out seven and giving up eight hits. Domingo Jimenez picked up the win by tossing five shutout innings of three-hit ball, striking out five and walking none.
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The DSL Indians had a scheduled off day.