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Indians minor league recap: Mike Papi powers Akron to victory

Lynchburg advances to Carolina League finals with win

Columbus Clippers 1, Gwinnett Braves 11

Box Score · Clippers trail 1-2

This game got out of hand in a hurry.

Shawn Morimando didn’t have his best stuff, giving up five runs in the first two innings, then getting yanked in the fifth after giving up five more. All in all, Morimando gave up 10 runs (all earned) on nine hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. His playoff ERA currently sits at 19.29.

There wasn’t much else to say about this game. Giovanny Urshela knocked in the lone run for the Clippers with an RBI single in the eighth but the team was already down 11-0 by that point. Guillermo Quiroz had the lone multi-hit game for Columbus, going 2-4 at the plate with a double.

Game 4 will take place tonight at 7:05 pm ET. Columbus’ pitcher is still to be determined.

Akron RubberDucks 9, Altoona Curve 4

Box Score · RubberDucks lead 2-1

A late surge from Akron turned this game from a nailbiter into a laugher.

Staked to an early 4-0 lead, Rob Kaminsky had one bad inning, giving up four runs in the fourth to tie the game. Overall, Kaminsky pitched five innings, giving up said four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out just one.

Thankfully Cameron Hill and Cole Sulser stepped in and provided four innings of shutout relief to open the door for Akron’s emphatic finish.

Akron took the lead with one run in seventh on a throwing error then blew the doors wide open with a four-run eighth thanks largely in part to a three-run blast from the red-hot Mike Papi:

Papi led the way offensively for the RubberDucks, going 3-5 with the above home run and five RBI. He has now his six home runs in his last nine games dating back to August 31st.

Nellie Rodriguez also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a double and a walk. For those of you on the Yan Gomes watch, the rehabbing Indians catcher went 1-4 with an RBI double and a walk as the Akron DH.

Game 4 will take place tonight at 7:05 pm ET. Nick Pasquale is scheduled to take the mound for Akron.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 1

Box Score · Hillcats win series 2-1

Lynchburg needed a big start from Sean Brady last night and they got one. The powerful left-hander tossed 5.1 shutout innings, striking out seven and walking just one on three hits to earn the victory.

The offense was pretty scarce in this game, but Yu-Cheng Chang had the decisive blow, slugging a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Hillcats a 3-0 lead at the time.

Leandro Linares, Mitch Brown and Billy Strode combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless relief while closer Trevor Frank gave up one run in his final 1.1 innings of work to pick up the save.

With the victory, Lynchburg advances to the Carolina League finals — they battle Myrtle Beach tonight beginning at 6:05 p.m. ET. The starting pitcher is still being determined.