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Eric Stamets homers twice as Columbus offense explodes

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 29, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 13, Norfolk Tide 6

Box Score · Clippers improve to 21-27

Two games is technically a winning streak, and with last night’s 13-6 blowout of the Norfolk Tide, the Columbus Clippers are on their first winning streak since May 13.

The Columbus offense exploded for 19 total hits, including five doubles and four home runs. Eric Stamets continued his recent hot streak with a pair of homer and a pair of doubles. He is now 7-for-11 in his last three games with three home runs and nine runs batted in.

Nellie Rodriguez homered as well, his fifth of the season. It’s been reported on before, but Rodriguez is not exactly on a hot streak, or having a hot season. He does have a home run in each of his last two games, though, so maybe he’s finally turning a corner.

Adam Plutko struggled in his start, allowing six runs, including two home runs, in six innings. Over his last three starts he has allowed a combined 13 runs over 17 innings and he has yet to pitch a shutout of any length.

Akron RubberDucks 1, Bowie Baysox 3 (F/6)

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 22-23

While the Indians were able to complete their game before the storms hit the area, the Akron RubberDucks were not so lucky. They did get six innings in, but they lost 3-1.

Akron managed just two hits in that time, a pair of singles from Luigi Rodriguez and Bobby Bradley. Bradley is 12-for-34 with a home run over his last 10 games, having hit safely in all but two of them. Most importantly, he has only struck out seven times in that streak as his strikeout rate continues to drop. He’s not striking out in 25.3 percent of his at-bats this season.

Luis Lugo pitched the full 5.1 innings for the ‘Ducks, allowing three runs and striking out a season-high six batters.

Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Salem Red Sox 8

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 28-20

Despite an usually shaky performance from starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang, the Lynchburg Hillcats secured their 28th victory of the season yesterday thanks to nine runs spread out over six innings.

Everyone in the Lynchburg lineup recorded a hit besides Ka’ai Tom, with Sicnarf Loopstok having the only multi-hit game. Jodd Carter added a home run, his fifth of the seasno, while Loopstok, Anthony Miller, and Daniel Salters all had doubles. The Hillcats won thanks in big part to 12 walks.

Chiang lasted five innings in his start, but allowed four earned runs and two walks in that span. He did tie a season-high in strikeouts with seven, though.

Lake County Captains 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2 (Game 1)

Lake County Captains 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Captains improve to 17-31

Minor-league double-headers are supposed to last just six innings, but both Lake County Captains game yesterday went extra innings, with both lasting a full nine innings.

The Captains lost the first game, despite a solid start from Brady Aiken. Aiken pitched six innings, allowing two runs off four hits and striking out two. He allowed three more runs, which have been a problem all season long for him, but he allowed just one home run.

Game two went to Lake County with Gavin Collins playing the hero with his ninth-inning home run. Ben Krauth struck out six batters in the no-decision.