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Lynchburg loses 13-inning game with a walk-off walk

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 15, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 2, Gwinnett Braves 6

Box Score · Clippers fall to 16-19

Hey kid. Yeah, you. C’mere. Closer. Listen closely. Bradley Zimmer is amazing.

The outfield prospect extended his hit streak to eight games yesterday with a 2-for-4 day that included a double. Unfortunately, it also included two strikeouts. But as I have noted in my, ahem, passionate post-game recap last Friday, the strikeouts may not be that important. I’m not saying it’s really time to call him up, but, you know. Look at him. He’s been left in the dust of Francisco Mejia and even Greg Allen to an extent, but don’t sleep on Zimmer altogether yet.

Other Columbus Clippers participated in this game as well, but it didn’t end favorably. Columbus’ two runs in the ninth were not enough to overcome the six runs given up by starting pitcher Michael Peoples in six innings of work. In fact, the Columbus offense struck out 15 times as a team, to just three walks — four of those whiffs came from Jeremy Lucas’ no good very bad, 0-for-4 day.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0 (Game 1)

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5 (Game 2 F/13)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats fall to 17-17

In the minors, doubleheaders are shortened to seven innings, because 18 innings is a lot of baseball to play in one day, especially when the games don’t matter for the big-league clubs. What’s often more important is making sure your starting pitching prospect doesn’t go on short rest just to pitch in game two after a game is postponed due to rain. The Lynchburg Hillcats tried that yesterday, but ended up going 13 innings in game two.

Game one of the double header was a ho-hum whatever blowout loss to a four-run first inning from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Hillcats only managed five hits, including two from leadoff batter Sam Haggerty. But that was about it. Matt Esparza had a rare collapse with six runs allowed over four innings, and Paul Hendrix allowed another for good measure in the last inning.

Game two was a different story. The Hillcats jumped out to a 4-0 lead themselves, just spread out over six innings. But then a mess of a seventh inning happened. Shortstop Willi Castro botched a ball hit to him, so instead of the next batter’s ground out ending the inning, Jordan Milbrath was left to keep cleaning up the mess. It resulted in four unearned runs crossing the plate, tying the game and setting the stage for a lengthy contest. The game would end in the bottom of the 13th when the Pelicans walked off on a bases-loaded walk. Yeah.

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The Akron RubberDucks game was postponed due to rain and the Lake County Captains had a scheduled off-day.