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Thomas Pannone crashes back down to earth in rare bad outing

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 20, 2017.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Hartford Yard Goats 6

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 17-20

A furious rally in the eighth inning was not enough to overcome a sixth-inning pitching collapse, as the Akron RubberDucks dropped to 17-20 on the season.

Everyone on the ‘Ducks besides Yu-Cheng Chiang and Todd Hankins had hits yesterday. Dorssys Paulino led the way with three hits, including a double and a walk. After a tough 2-for-20 streak of games prior to his injury, Francisco Mejia returned to the lineup with a two-hit day, and he also hit his second home run of the season.

Thomas Pannone was bound to allow a few runs eventually, but no one wanted it to happen like this. He allowed his first run of the season (technically, depending if you count suspended games or not) in the third inning. No big deal. But then the Yard Goats offense exploded in the sixth, started by a throwing error from Pannone on a bunt-for-a-hit attempt. From there, it got worse — a double, another fielding error, and a home run. By the time the dust settled, Pannone allowed five runs in the inning, and suddenly his ERA on the season with the RubberDucks is 4.09.

Some kind of adversity is to be expected for a player jumping from High-A to Double-A; now we just watch how Pannone responds in his next start.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Potomac Patriots 3 (F/15)

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 22-18

Despite getting outhit 15-9, the Lynchburg Hillcats were able to hold off the Potomac Patriots for a whopping 15 innings, eventually walking off of a Willi Castro single.

Castro’s game-winner capped off an excellent game for the young shortstop. He was 3-for-5 on the day with two walks and a strikeout. Andrew Calica had a three-hit day as as well.

Sam Haggerty failed to record a hit, forcing his batting average to absolutely plummet to .306. The horror. He did also walk twice on the day, though — his first walk since April 29.

Shane Bieber allowed 10 of the Patriots’ 10 hits, but he left the game after 6.2 innings relatively unscathed, only two runs attributed to him. Part of that is thanks to four strikeouts, and another is thanks to three double plays turned by the Hillcats defense. Justin Garcia threw four innings of relief, all in extra innings, and struck out seven batters.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Potomac Patriots 6

Box Score · Captains fall to 16-25

The Lake County Captains only had seven hits on the day, but they had plenty of chances to score. Alexis Pantoja, Connor Capel, and Li-Jen Chu all had doubles in the game, but only Capel scored on a fielder’s choice. Captains batters were a combined 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and they struck out 16 times.

Aaron Civale was given the loss with arguably his worst outing of the season. He allowed five runs over 6.1 innings, striking out just three batters and allowing a season-high nine hits.