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Great outings from Julian Merryweather, Matt Esparza make up for lackluster offense

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 25, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 5

Box Score · Clippers improve fall to 19-26

It’s hard enough to win when you strike out 14 times, but when you add just five hits and three walks to that, it’s damn near impossible. That’s the situation the Columbus Clippers offense founded themselves in yesterday as they suffered their fourth shutout of the season.

David Lough and Giovanny Urshela had two hits apiece, while Adam Moore added one of his own. Following his back-to-back shutouts, Shawn Morimando had a rough outing against the RailRiders, allowing four runs over five innings.

Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 20-21

The Akron RubberDucks only mustered three runs off eight hits, but the real story of their 3-2 win over the Altoona Curve was Julian Merryweather.

After a disastrous first outing to start the year, Merryweather has been cruising. He allowed more than three runs just once after that first start and last night was the sixth time he allowed two or fewer runs to cross the plate. He held the Curve to two runs over a season-high eight innings pitched.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 25-20

Connor Marabell, Yonathan Mendoza, and Ivan Castillo each had two hits yesterday, with Marabell and Willi Castro adding the only extra-base hits.

Matt Esparza pitched a six-inning gem, striking out seven and allowing just one run off six hits.

Lake County Captains 4, Lansing Lugnuts 5 (F/8)

Box Score · Captains fall to 16-28

The Lake County Captains totally would have come back from their one-run deficit if the game wasn’t completed early, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The offense finally woke up late in the game to the tune of two runs in the sixth inning, but the rain came and never stopped, forcing the game to end in the middle of the eighth.

Conner Capel and Luke Wakamatsu both homered in the game, while Emmanuel Tapia and Li-Jen Chu added doubles.

Juan Hillman allowed three runs over five innings as his rough season on the mound continued. The one strikeout was a season-low for the 20-year-old lefty, but three runs over five innings was actually good enough to lower his season ERA... to 8.03.