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Corey Kluber nearly perfect in rehab start for Akron

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 27, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 3, Norfolk Tide 14

Box Score · Clippers improve fall to 19-27

I was in attendance for this game, and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty. Michael Peoples started out looking great, facing the minimum through three innings and the Clippers held a 2-0 lead.

Then the top of the fourth inning happened and everything went to hell.

By the time it was over, Peoples had given up nine runs (six earned) while only getting one out. Every ball hit off him that inning was hit hard, most of them for extra bases. It wasn’t pretty.

Cole Sulser came in and did a pretty good job of putting out the dumpster fire but the damage had been done.

Four Clippers had multi-hit games, newcomer David Lough, Richie Shaffer, Giovanny Urshela and Eric Stamets.

Thankfully for me, it was $5 craft beer night so I spent a good amount of time at the bar on the left field balcony after the fourth inning.

Akron RubberDucks 10, Bowie Baysox 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 22-21

Ladies and gentleman, Corey Kluber is ready to go. Our favorite cyborg destroyed all humans yesterday in his rehab start for Double-A Akron. Kluber required just 47 pitches in five scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one and walking zero. I was hoping they’d let him go for the Maddox but better safe than sorry with the former Cy Young winner.

The top of the order came up huge for Akron as Tyler Krieger, Mike Papi, Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley all had multi-hit games. Papi and Mejia both went 3-5 on the night while Dorssys Paulino also contributed a multi-hit effort from the seven-hole.

The bullpen trio of Dylan Baker, David Speer and Leandro Linares tossed four scoreless innings to keep the shutout intact.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Salem Red Sox 4

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 26-20

Shane Bieber of course didn’t walk anyone this game, he’s only walked one this season in 53.2 innings, but he was knocked around a bit, giving up four runs on nine hits in six innings while striking out four.

Bieber left the game with the score knotted up at four thanks in part to some solid offensive efforts from Sam Haggerty, who went 2-3 with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base, and Sicnard Loopstock, who went 3-3 with a walk and stolen base, as well as the walkoff sacrifice bunt which scored Haggerty from second when the pitcher had a throwing error.

Lake County Captains 0, Bowling Green Hot Rods 11

Box Score · Captains fall to 16-30

This game was bad, disastrously bad, and Lake County’s season is quickly falling apart as the Captains lost their seventh game in a row.

Worst of all, it was their most dominant starter who was knocked around as normally effective Aaron Civale was teed off on over 3.1 innings, giving up 10 runs (nine earned) on 12 hits.

Luke Wakamatsu was the lone bright spot on offense, going 2-3 with a double