Several top Tribe affiliates were forced into scramble-mode thanks in part to some call-ups for the big league club, and one team was met with a very nice surprise.
Two teams had double-headers yesterday, and every single game was a complete stomp in all directions.
Columbus Clippers 2, Pawtucket Red Sox 0
Box Score · Clippers improve to 55-46
It was a day of surprises for the Columbus Clippers.
Cody Anderson was expected to start, but was called up to the Indians, so Nick Pasquale, who has only been pitching in Double-A for a few weeks, was tasked with making his Triple-A debut.
And it was one hell of a debut.
Pasquale pitched into the seventh inning, tossing 6.2 scoreless frames while allowing just two hits, walking three and striking out two and Toru Murata completed the shutout with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
The only offense for Columbus took place in the first two batters. Ronny Rodriguez got on base and was promptly brought home by a two-run bomb from Yandy Diaz, who is absolutely slaughtering Triple-A pitching, raising his batting average to .332 on the day.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 54-46
With yesterday's starter Nick Pasquale promoted at the last minute, Akron was forced to have a bullpen game, and it didn't turn out well.
Cole Sulser started for Akron and proceeded to give up five runs in two innings, which would be more than enough for Altoona to pull off the victory.
Top prospects Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer and Nellie Rodriguez all failed to record a hit on the day. Akron attempted a late rally with one run scored in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but they fell short despite a home run from catcher Eric Haase and an RBI double from Mike Papi.
Lynchburg Hillcats 15, Carolina Mudcats 1 Game 1
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mudcats 10 Game 2
This was a day of two blowouts. Sean Brady tossed a seven-inning complete game for Lynchburg in game one, as the Hillcats scored 15 runs. Lynchburg was paced by Taylor Murphy, Luigi Rodriguez and Bobby Bradley and Mark Mathias, who all slugged home runs. Rodriguez in particular had four runs batted in while Mathias had three hits.
In game two, Lynchburg attempted a bullpen game, but it didn't go well. Matt Whitehouse had a rough outing as the starter, giving up four runs in two innings. Billy Strode's scoreless innings streak came to an end as he gave up three runs in one inning. Justin Garcia gave up another two runs as well.
Offensively, Greg Allen and Anthony Santander were the only Hillcats to manage hits whatsoever, both collecting two hits apiece.
Lake County Captains 9, Beloit Snappers 1 Game 1
Lake County Captains 0, Beloit Snappers 7 Game 2
Just like Lynchburg, this was a day of one-sided double headers. The Lake County Captains rolled in game one, thanks to three hits from Willi Castro, a home run from Jose Medina and five runs batted in from catcher Martin Cervenka.
Shao-Ching Chiang tossed five strong shutout innings for the Captains to lead them to victory.
In game two, Casey Shane did not have a good day, giving up three runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings while Christian Meister was tattooed for four runs in one inning.
Offensively, the bats were silent for Lake County, picking up just three hits in seven innings, with one of them picked off at first base.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 14, Lowell Spinners 7
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 13-21
It was an offensive explosion for Mahoning Valley, who teed off for eight runs in the third inning, collecting 18 hits overall and taking advantage of five Lowell errors en route to a 14-7 victory. Gabriel Mejia, Andrew Calica, Gabin Collins and Emmanuel Tapia all picked up three hits on the day. Yonathan Mendoza also went 2-5 with a home run.
Indians 2016 fourth round pick Shane Bieber made his professional debut for the Scrappers, giving up one run on two innings in his first start. Luis Jimenez had a rough outing in relief, giving up five runs in 1.2 innings, but Ryan Colegate and Argenis Angulo stopped the bleeding with some solid long relief.
AZL Indians 1, AZL Diamondbacks 0
Box Score · Indians improve to 18-8
The AZL Indians were victorious thanks in part to some brilliant pitching.
Felix Tati tossed seven shutout innings, striking out two and walking none on four hits, while Cesar Ventura shut the door with two more scoreless frames to pick up the save.
The AZL Indians scored one run in the fourth inning thanks to the rehabbing Dorssys Paulino, who went 2-3 on the day. He was knocked in by Jose Vicente, who went 2-4 and was the only other player with a multi-hit game.
DSL Indians 2, DSL Yankees1 9
Box Score · Indians fall to 19-21
The DSL Indians had a rough game, only scoring two runs overall while committing three errors. Christopher Cespedes and Luis De La Rosa both picked up two hits including a double for the Indians, but that was about it.
Pitching-wise, Juan Mota threw five innings and gave up three runs, but the real culprit was Wuilson Meza, who gave up six runs (three earned) in 1.2 innings while attempting to finish the game..