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Lake County snaps losing streak with offensive explosion, Columbus loses bullpen game

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for April 28, 2017.

There were only two games played by Tribe affiliates yesterday, but nearly all of the top prospects endeared themselves well.

Columbus had several key players have big games in a tough loss while Lake County’s offense finally awoke from its slumber with a double-digit scoring game.

Columbus Clippers 4, Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 7

Box Score · Clippers fall to 8-12

The offense wasn’t much of a problem for Columbus yesterday, as the youthful core of Bradley Zimmer, Giovanny Urshela, Yandy Diaz and Nellie Rodriguez all had multi-hit games, it was the pitching.

Urshela and Richie Shaffer both socked home runs for the Clippers while Zimmer had a double. Tyler Naquin also reached base safely with a single and a walk from the leadoff position.

Short notice replacement starter Travis Banwart was knocked around, lasting just 2.1 innings overall while giving up three runs on four hits and two walks. Louis Head also struggled in relief, giving up three more runs to put this game out of reach.

Lake County Captains 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 5

Box Score · Captains improve to 9-11

Lake County needed this one.

After getting off to a strong start this season, the Captains had lost six straight entering yesterday’s game, including having been shutout twice, and the offense finally exploded.

Logan Ice, Li-Jen Chu and Todd Isaacs all had multi-hit games as eight of the nine starters joined the hit parade. Isaacs, Chu and Emmanuel Tapia all slugged home runs for Lake County while young shortstop Luke Wakamatsu hammered a triple.

Starting pitcher Micah Miniard needed all the runs support he could get, giving up five runs in six innings of work on nine hits while striking out one and walking zero.

Ryder Ryan and Dalbert Siri combined for three innings of perfect relief while striking out six.

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Double-A Akron had a scheduled day off. High-A Lynchburg’s game was postponed due to rain.