With a couple Tribe affiliate clubs getting a much-needed day off, you'd hope the rest of the organization would pick up the slack, but yesterday wasn't one of those days.
There weren't many positives to take from yesterday's games. Francisco Mejia didn't play so there was no streak talk, Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier were quiet and while Giovanny Urshela and Jesus Aguilar went deep, it was in a losing effort.
Columbus Clippers 3, Louisville 6
Box Score · Clippers fall to 47-41
Shawn Morimando's debut with the Columbus Clippers was a bit shaky. The finesse lefty pitched into the seventh inning, but gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits (two of them home runs) while striking out three and walking two.
The Clippers offense did a decent job early, picking up six hits in 3.2 innings against a rehabbing Homer Bailey. Jesus Aguilar, Joey Butler and Guillermo Quiroz led the way with multi-hit games. Aguilar also homered on the day, his 18th of the season. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela also connected with a long ball, but despite out-hitting Louisville 12-10, Columbus couldn't sequence their hits together and was defeated.
Akron RubberDucks 2, Altoona Curve 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 49-39
The Akron bats simply couldn't wake up for most of this game. Nellie Rodriguez led the way for the Rubberducks with two hits and a double, their lone extra base hit on the day. Joe Sever also had a good game, going 2-3 with a walk to reach base three times, but the bottom of the lineup couldn't bring him around to score once.
Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier had a quiet day, combining for one hit, one walk and a stolen base.
Akron starter Nick Pasquale wasn't bad, giving up two earned runs in six innings, but two unearned runs were all Altoona would need to give him the loss.
Rehabbing reliever Craig Stammen pitched a scoreless seventh inning in his debut with Akron as he works his way up the organization.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Frederick Keys 3
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 53-31
Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Lynchburg would rally thanks in part to the youth movement of second baseman Tyler Krieger, who went 2-4 on the day with a double and two runs batted in.
With the score tied 3-3 in the sixth, unlikely hero Paul Hendrix would walk with the bases loaded to give the Hillcats the lead for good.
Taylor Murphy also had a big day, going 2-4 with two doubles.
Starting pitcher Justus Sheffield battled through five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, but he also continued his recent trend of increasing his strikeouts by whiffing eight Frederick players on the day.
Matt Whitehouse tossed two scoreless innings to pick up the win while Cameron Hill picked up the save with a scoreless eighth and ninth inning of relief.
Lake County Captains 1, Bowling Green 4
Box Score · Captains fall to 47-37
Lake County simply could not provide any run support for its excellent starting pitcher yesterday, and Bowling Green pulled away late.
Nathan Lukes and Conor Marabell did their best, collecting three of the Captains' seven hits on the day including a triple, but it wasn't enough as the team went 1-7 with runners in scoring position.
Starting pitcher Thomas Pannone tossed six innings, striking out four and giving up only two runs, but those two runs were more than enough for Bowling Green on the day.
DSL Indians 9, DSL Pirates 11
Box Score · Indians fall to 15-13
This game went from blowout to shootout in a hurry. The DSL Indians pulled away early thanks to multi-hit games from Felix Fernandez, Christoper Cespedes, Julio Cabrera and Ronny Dominguez, but the bullpen collapsed horrifically in the eighth inning.
With the DSL Indians up 9-4, Jean Carlos Mejia proceeded to give up six earned runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman and the DSL Pirates picked up an improbable come-from-behind win
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The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and AZL Indians had scheduled off days.