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Lynchburg rallies with five in the ninth, Brady Aiken earns first win for Lake County

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 17, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 1, Indianapolis Indians 5 Game 1

Columbus Clippers 0, Indianapolis Indians 9 Game 2

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Clippers fall to 17-21

This was not a good day for the Columbus Clippers offense.

Two games, 14 combined innings, seven hits, one run.

Giovanny Urshela had the best day out of all Columbus hitters, going a combined 3-6 with a home run. Ronny Rodriguez also reached base safely three times with a double, single and walk.

Ryan Merritt gutted through six innings in game 1 despite falling behind 5-0 by the third frame, but he still took the loss.

In game two, things were going relatively smoothly until recently promoted right-hander Matt Whitehouse made his Triple-A debut in the fifth inning. Whitehouse was tattooed for seven runs, failing to finish the inning. His ERA in Columbus is 94.50 after one appearance.

Of note, catcher Jeremy Lucas pitched a scoreless seventh inning without allowing a baserunner in game two.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 16-18

Akron didn’t have much offense on the day with six total hits, but they made the best of their scoring opportunities. Juan de la Cruz blasted a bases clearing double to score three runs in the second inning, Luigi Rodriguez tallied a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Mark Mathias blasted a two-run homer in the eighth.

This was more than enough offense for starting pitcher Nick Pasquale, who tossed five scoreless innings to earn the victory. The 26-year old Pasquale has now given up one run or less in his last three outings.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Winston-Salem Dash 6 (F/10)

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 19-18

For once, Triston McKenzie wasn’t the story of a game he pitched. McKenzie was good, not great, over 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on three hits (one was a 3-run homer) while striking out eight and walking three.

Lynchburg appeared to be down for the count, trailing 6-1 heading into the ninth inning, but the offense exploded for five runs, capped off by a three-run homer from youngster Willi Castro.

Sam Haggerty, Yonathan Mendoza and Martin Cervenka all had multi-hit games for the Hillcats, who scored two more runs in the top of the 10th to take an 8-6 lead.

Kieren Lovegrove and Jordan Milbrath pitched scoreless 9th and 10th innings to earn the win and save respectively.

Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 14-23

The Lake County offense might be finally waking up as they collected four runs on eight hits yesterday. Trenton Brooks led the way from the leadoff position with a 3-5 day at the plate. Li-Jen Chu and Todd Isaacs also reached base safely twice, with Isaacs blasting his fifth home run of the season to open up the scoring.

Starting pitcher Brady Aiken danced around nine baserunners allowed in five innings as Great Lakes went 0-9 on the day with RISP, grounded into two double plays and had a baserunner caught stealing. Overall, Aiken gave up two runs, on six hits while walking three and hitting a batter. He also struck out two.

Relievers Henry Martinez, Ryder Ryan and Dalbert Siri were brilliant, striking out nine batters over the final four innings while allowing just one hit to preserve the victory.