Columbus Clippers 4, Indianapolis Indians 5
Box Score · Clippers fall to 11-17
A big day, and a big home run, from Richie Shaffer were not enough to help the Columbus Clippers avoid a two-game sweep at the hands of Indianapolis Indians.
As a team, the Clippers drew 11 walks yesterday, including three apiece from Chris Colabello and Adam Moore. Moore also did his best Yan Gomes impression:
Top outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer joined the walk party with two, and he also hit a double.
Adam Plutko took the loss for Columbus, pitching six innings and allowing three runs off seven hits. While he’s been far from perfect, Plutko’s 6.97 ERA is weighed down by a seven-run outing last month — he’s had quality starts in his last three outings.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 6 (Game 1)
Akron RubberDucks 1, Altoona Curve 4 (Game 2)
These games almost didn’t happen thanks to pesky rain and an unplayable infield, but the Akron field crew did marvelous work to get everything usable. They probably wish they didn’t...
Not only did the RubberDucks lose both games of the doubleheader, dropping them further down the Eastern League standings, but star outfielder Greg Allen also suffered a wrist injury. Neither the Indians nor ‘Ducks have confirmed anything, but Indians Prospective — who is normally very reliable with his sources — says that Allen may have broken his hamate bone, the same bone that Gianacarlo Stanton broke in 2015.
It’s hard to tell exactly when or how the injury occurred. Allen completed his entire first at-bat, eventually grounding out to first, but he was visibly clenching his hand and wincing when he tried to grip the bat. He would not return to the outfield in the second inning.
That doesn’t look great.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Patriots 4
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 15-13
Following the trend of the Indians minor league teams on Sunday, the Lynchburg Hillcats had a disappointing end to their game. Theirs came in the bottom of the 11th inning when the Potomac Patriots scored to win, 4-3.
Lynchburg mustered just seven hits in the extra-inning bout, led by Yonoathan Mendoza and Ivan Castillo’s two hits apiece. The only extra-base hit of the game came from Andrew Calica, who doubled in the third inning.
Shane Bieber, who was recently interviewed by our own Brian Hemminger, pitched a brilliant six innings, striking out seven and walking none.
Lake County Captains 3, Quad Cities Bandits 1
Box Score · Captains improve to 12-17
Miguel Eladio led the way for the Lake County Captains with two hits, including one of three doubles on the day. Logan Ice’s bat is cooling off a bit, but he drew another walk yesterday. He currently leads Lake County in walks (18) and on-base percentage (.393).
Tanner Tully pitched a brilliant six innings for the Captains, allowing one run off four hits.