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Late inning heroics propel 2-0 day for Indians affiliates in Akron and Lake County

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 5, 2017.

Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 11-14

It wasn’t a great day for offense on either side, as both Akron and Altoona managed just five hits apiece.

Akron took the lead in the seventh inning thanks in part to an unlikely two-run triple from catcher Eric Haase, knocking in Mike Papi and Dorssys Paulino, who had led off the inning with back-to-back singles.

Altoona tied the game in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly against Neil Holland, but Akron responded with a walk-off in the bottom of the inning as Mike Papi walked, Mark Mathias was hit by a pitch and number nine hitter Joe Sever promptly doubled in the winning run.

Starting pitcher Luis Lugo showed no ill affects from being struck by a batted ball in his previous outing, tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball while walking four and striking out five. Cameron Hill was excellent out of the pen with 2.2 innings of perfect relief.

Lake County Captains 4, Cedar Rapids Kernals 3 (F/11)

Box Score · Captains improve to 10-16

This game looked like it was going to be another heartbreaker for Lake County, but Luke Wakamatsu had other ideas.

Trailing 3-2 in the top of the ninth, Wakamatsu tied the game with an RBI double to send the game into extra innings.

Then, in the 11th, Wakamatsu again came to the plate with runners on first and second and came through with an RBI single to put Lake County ahead 4-3.

Dalbert Siri secured the save with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 11th.

Starting pitcher Aaron Civale had a strong outing, giving up two runs in six innings while striking out five and walking zero.

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High-A Lynchburg’s game against Potomac was postponed due to rain. Triple-A Columbus had a scheduled day off.