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Stacked Clippers lineup shutout by old friend TJ House

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for April 23, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 0, Buffalo Bisons 5

Box Score · Clippers fall to 7-9

Looking at the Columbus Clippers lineup yesterday — with Yandy Diaz, Tyler Naquin, Richie Shaffer, Chris Colabello, Giovanny Urshela, and Erik Gonzalez — I thought that was a team that could win an MLB game or two. Not compete for a division or anything, but at least be mildly respectable. They were shutout by TJ House.

The Buffalo Bisons offense didn’t fair much better, as Mike Clevinger was able to work around five hits and three walks in 4.2 innings to hold them to just one run. A bullpen collapse cost the Clippers four runs in the sixth inning, however, and was all Buffalo needed.

Only Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez, and Adam Moore failed to get a hit yesterday, but the Clippers lineup struck out 14 times as a team. They are now second in the International League with 154 strikeouts on the season.

Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 6-9

Thursday night, on the Let’s Talk Tribe podcast, Brian Hemminger detailed how the Akron RubberDucks have struggled this season. Since then, they’re undefeated. Coincidence? Probably.

In their latest win over the Altoona Curve, Mike Papi and Joe Sever each h ad two hits, while Tyler Krieger and Dorssys Paulino added doubles. Francisco Mejia quietly extended his hitting streak to 20 games as well with a sixth-inning single.

Luis Lugo has not made it past six innings in any start this season, but he has yet to allow more than two earned runs and he’s struck out at least three in each game. Yesterday he tied his season-high with four strikeouts and season-low with one earned run allowed.

Lake County Captains 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 3

Box Score · Captains fall to 8-7

Logan Ice and Todd Isaacs both had two-hit days, but the rest of the Lake County Captains lineup was silent in the their 2-3 loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps.

One of Isaacs’ hits was a double, his only extra-base hit of the season that wasn’t a home run.