Some things happened around the Cleveland Indians farm system last night, but the night belonged to the Lynchburg Hillcats, who won their organizational-leading 60th win of the season in dramatic, blowout fashion. The offense was led by young slugger Bobby Bradley, and Luis Lugo turned in a pitching performance worthy of Player of the Week honors when the time rolls around.
Columbus Clippers 1, Louisville Bats 4
Box Score · Clippers fall to 52-45
The Columbus Clippers did not give up any one big inning in last night's loss, but a nickel-and-diming offense was enough to cause them to drop the first game of their series against the Louisville Bats.
Three of Louisville's runs were allowed by Mike Clevinger, spread out over seven innings of otherwise solid work. Clevinger struck out five and walked two batters in what will go down as his first loss of the season in Triple-A.
Zach McAllister, making his first rehab appearance since a short stint on the disabled list, pitched one inning and allowed one hit.
Clippers batters racked up seven hits on the night, with Yandy Diaz and Joey Butler both registering multi-hit games. Diaz continues to get work in left field for the Clippers, and his hit last night extended his hit streak to eight games, five of which have been multi-hit games.
Eric Stamets continues to struggle with Triple-A pitching, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and earning himself a golden sombrero.
Akron RubberDucks 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 6,
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 51-45
Surprisingly enough, only tallying four hits was not enough to lift the Akron RubberDucks over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
The top half of the RubberDucks lineup was blanked on the night while striking out eight times.
Joe Sever, Mike Papi, and Todd Hankins had the only Akron hits on the night with Hankins providing the only runs batted in with a two-out RBI.
Starting pitcher DJ Brown had a rocky 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs off 10 hits. He was able to strike out five batters in that time, but he also walked three. Robbie Aviles and Grant Sides were able to hold Richmond scoreless over the final 3.2 frames, but by then the damage was done and the Akron offense was dead.
Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Wilmington Blue Rockets 0
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 60-33
The Hillcats, on the other hand, had absolutely no issues scoring on their way to an organizational-best 60th win of the season.
Seven Lynchburg batters had multi-hit games including Bobby Bradley who went 4-for-5 with a towering home run in the seventh inning. That was Bradley's 17th home run of the season, but just his first since July 10. Bradley also added a double and a single in the game, leaving him a triple shy of the cycle.
Anthony Santander has been hot lately -- 16-for-42 in his last 10 coming into the game -- but was hitless on the night in five at-bats.
Starting pitcher Luis Lugo didn't need to have a great outing last night, but he did anyway. In seven innings of work, Lugo held Wilmington scoreless off three hits, striking out 10 batters and walking none.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, Auburn Doubledays 4 (F/11)
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 11-20
Say what you want about the Indians getting blown out by the Kansas City Royals, but at least they had the decency to do it in regular innings. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers took the more painful route and dragged their loss out to 11 innings.
Andrew Calica led the way offensively with three hits, a run scored, and a run batted in. Silento Sayles had the only other multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 from the ninth spot in the lineup.
Starting pitcher Micah Miniard lasted five innings, allowing two earned runs off of six hits.
DSL Indians 6, DSL Cubs1 5 (F/11)
Box Score · Indians improve to 17-19
Heading into the eighth inning, it looked like the DSL Indians had this game wrapped up, leading 5-1. However, the DSL Cubs1 stormed back with four innings in the final two innings to extend the game into extra innings.
Ronny Dominguez wound up the hero last night, scoring the walk-off run on a sacrifice fly that plated Jose Gutierrez. Dominguez hit a double earlier in the game, one of only two Indians batters with a multi-hit game. The other was Jhan Rodriguez who went 3-for-5 with a double of his own and two runs scored.
Luis Araujo pitched 5.2 innings in the start, striking out four and walking none in his no-decision
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The Lake County Captains and AZL Indians had a scheduled off day