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Sam Haggerty’s monster season continues in Lynchburg

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 18, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 4, Indianapolis Indians 8

Box Score · Clippers fall to 17-22

Normally when you hear “everyone in the lineup got a hit,” it’s a good thing. Not so much when everyone in the lineup gets exactly one hit. That’s what happened to the Columbus Clippers in their 8-4 loss yesterday.

Ronny Rodriguez homered and Eric Stamets doubled for the team’s only extra-base hits on the day.

Connor Marabell, who was recently promoted from High-A Lynchburg (for now) has a hit in two of his three Triple-A games. He also drew his first walk yesterday, one of five Columbus batters to take a free base.

The Clippers’ starting pitching issues continue to plague them. Adam Plutko lasted six innings yesterday, but he allowed four runs, including two home runs, in that span. Plutko’s 6.28 ERA is bad, but other Columbus starters are right behind him. Shawn Morimando has a 5.97 ERA in seven starts and Ryan Merritt has a 4.40 ERA in seven (including one appearance out of the ‘pen).

The Clippers will wrap up this five-game set (extra long due to a make-up game) today. They currently trail the Indianapolis Indians 1-3 in the series.

Akron RubberDucks 7, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 17-18

With last night’s 7-5 win over the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Akron RubberDucks sit just one game back of .500 and in the middle of the Eastern League Western division.

Their recent hot streak of six wins over the last week-and-a-half comes in large part because of stellar pitching. Akron pitchers have a collective 3.64 ERA on the season, good for third best in the Eastern League, and they have the lowest WHIP at 1.23.

That pitching did not show up yesterday, but instead the offense came through for the ‘Ducks. Tyler Krieger, who leads the entire Indians minor leagues in hits between 2016 and 2017 with 171, was blanked on the day in five at-bats, but everyone else got a hit. Dorssys Paulino, Luigi Rodriguez, and Mark Mathias each had two, while Mike Papi and Yu-Cheng Chang provided home runs, their fourth and seventh on the season, respectively.

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Winston-Salem Dash 5

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 19-18

Can 22-year-old Sam Haggerty be stopped? Maybe eventually, but it sure as hell isn’t happening right now.

Lynchburg’s second baseman had another two-hit day yesterday, the sixth time he’s had at least two or more hits in his last 10 games. In that same span, he’s gone 15-for-42. He’s struck out 10 times and only walked once but pay attention to the whiffs behind the curtain. When bat meets ball, Haggerty is seeing them all fall in the right places right now.

Left fielder Jodd Carter had himself a game as well, leading the Hillcats with three hits (along with Willi Castro) and a home run.

Brock Hartson improved his record to 2-1 on the season with a seven-inning performance that included five strikeouts and three earned runs. He has allowed three or fewer runs in every start this season, and he has also never walked more than three in any outing.

Lake County Captains 10, Great Lakes Loons 7

Box Score · Captains improve to 15-23

It took 10 innings and a three-run effort in the final frame, but the Lake County Captains secured their 15th win over the season early Wednesday afternoon.

Mitch Longo led the team with three hits, while Conner Capel outshined him with two home runs and three runs scored. Starting pitcher Justin Garza lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up four runs and striking out three.