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Ryan Merritt takes tough loss in Columbus doubleheader

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 22, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 0, Louisville Bats 1 (Game 1)

Columbus Clippers 3, Louisville Bats 4 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Clippers fall to 18-25

The Columbus Clippers outhit the Louisville Bats, 7-6, in both games of yesterday’s dobuleheader, but they still lost both games by a close margin.

Columbus was shut out entirely in game one, with the rehabbing Austin Jackson and catcher Adam Moore leading the team with two hits apiece. Ryan Merritt had a great 6.2-inning start wasted — he struck out four and allowed just one run in the loss.

Game two was a similar story with a similar result. Only this time it was Giovanny Urshela and Connor Marabell with the two hits apiece and Travis Banwart allowed four runs over 3.2 innings. Marabell probably isn’t destined to stay in Triple-A for long, just because of the amount of outfielders in the upper parts of the Tribe system, but he’s hit well in his time there, going 7-for-15 with two doubles and three strikeouts.

Akron RubberDucks 2, Hartford Yard Goats 5

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 17-21

Another box score, another game where the Indians affiliate outhit their opponents and still lost. The Akron RubberDucks had eight hits to the Hart Ford Yard Goats’ six, but they still lost 2-5 thanks to one big four-run inning.

Nick Pasquale wasn’t exactly cruising into the fourth inning, but he full-on collapsed in the frame. He faced seven batters. One reached on a throwing error by Pasquale, one doubled, one homered, and one singled. This was Pasquale’s shortest outing of the season, and thanks to a recent streak out of outstanding starts, his ERA is a mere 3.30 after allowing three runs in his limited time yesterday.

Joe Sever led the ‘Ducks offense with two hits and a home run. The only other extra-base hit came from Bobby Bradley who doubled for the fourth time this season.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 4 (Game 1)

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 2 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats improve to 23-19

Triston McKenzie took a tough no-decision in game one of the Lynchburg Hillcats series yesterday, striking out six over 6.1 innings. He did also walk five batters, however, which is something he has struggled with at times this season. His walk rate is a career-high 9.9 percent, but I feel compelled to remind you that he is 19 years old in High-A.

Sam Haggerty was hitless in game two, but he added another to his impressive hit total in game one. Shortstop Willi Castro had a hit in both games to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

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The Lake County Captains game was cancelled due to rain.