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Sicnarf Loopstok finishes triple shy of cycle in Lynchburg win

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 7, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 1, Indianapolis Indians 6

Box Score · Clippers fall to 11-16

Outhitting your opponent 10-7 seems like a great way to win a baseball game, but when you also strikeout 14 times and strand 10 baserunners like the Columbus Clippers did yesterday, you tend not to win.

Despite big efforts from Erik Gonzalez, Chris Colabello, and Giovanny Urshela, the Clippers lost their “first” game of the series against the Indianapolis Indians after their Friday match was rained out.

Columbus may have had 10 hits as a team, but only one was for extra bases — a double from Nellie Rodriguez. Speaking of Nellie, the big slugger can’t seam to bust out of his year-long slump. He has exactly one hit in three of his last four games, but is hitting .111/.217/.235 on the season. He is third on the team in home runs with three, so silver linings and all that.

American League Championship Series Hero and Boot Shaking Aficionado, Ryan Merritt, pitched a great 6.2 innings yesterday, striking out three and walking two. He held the Indians to two runs off four hits, dropping his earned run average on the season to 4.41. Unfortunately, reliever Carlos Frias did not enjoy the same success. Home runs in the eighth and ninth innings off Frias gave the Indians an insurmountable five-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth to seal the Clippers’ fate.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Patriots 3 (Game 1)

Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Potomac Patriots 3 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats improve to 15-12

Game one of this rain-induced doubleheader was won as a pitching duel victory for the Lynchburg Hillcats, with Matt Esparza holding the Potomac Patriots to just one hit over five innings. Releivers Billy Strode and Argenis Angulo combined to strikeout four batters over the last two innings of seven-inning game.

The Hillcats offense did not find a whole lot of success either — just six hits — but timely extra-base hits from Ka’ai Tom were enough to squeak out a win.

Game two, on the other hand, was Lynchburg’s from start to finish. The offense put four on the board in the top of the first and never relented, finishing with 11 runs in seven innings.

Everyone except for Willi Castro and Claudio Bautista had hits in game two, and nearly everyone had multi-hit games. Sicnarf Loopstok, Yonathan Mendoza, and Ivan Castillo led the way with three hits each. Surprisingly, only two Hillcats hits went for extra bases yesterday — a double and a home run off the bat of Loopstok.

The Hillcats deployed a quasi bullpen day for their final game of the doubleheader, with Kieran Lovegrove holding down the fort for his two-inning start. He struck out three and allowed two runs off two hits.

Lake County Captains 13, Quad Cities Bandits 3

Box Score · Captains improve to 11-17

Led by Todd Isaacs’ four-hit outburst, the Lake County Captains rode 17 hits to a blowout victory over the Quad Cities Bandits. Surprisingly, the Captains also struck out 17 times, but clutch hitting (9-for-19 with RISP) erased most of their errors.

Justin Garza got the start for Lake County, striking out four over five innings.

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The Akron RubberDucks game was postponed due to rain.