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Red hot Thomas Pannone doesn’t miss a beat with incredible Double-A Akron debut

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 9, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 2, Durham Bulls 9

Box Score · Clippers fall to 11-18

This game was not pretty.

Columbus was quickly buried in a 6-0 hole after two innings as starter Shawn Morimando simply didn’t have it last night.

Morimando would leave the game after giving up two more runs without giving up an out in the fifth inning, his final line on the day being 4+ innings, eight earned runs on nine hits while striking out three and walking four.

All non-Clevinger starting pitchers for Columbus have struggled thus far in 2017, and Morimando has been the worst of them all. His season ERA is now 7.11.

Offensively, Erik Kratz and Richie Shaffer both had multi-hit games for the Clippers while Bradley Zimmer picked up a double and a walk from the leadoff position, but they had too much ground to gain.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Trenton Thunder 3

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 12-16

You couldn’t have asked for a tougher match-up for Thomas Pannone’s Double-A debut.

Fresh off winning the High-A Carolina League’s “Player of the Month” award, Pannone was promoted to Akron and tasked with facing the first place Trenton Thunder, a team with number two overall prospect Gleyber Torres. He was also dueling opposite Yankees #7 prospect Chance Adams, the Eastern League’s best pitcher in April, who entered the game with a 4-0 record and a 0.64 ERA.

So how did Pannone respond? By dominating once again, of course.

Just a week after his 23rd birthday, Pannone threw 5.2 scoreless innings against a scary Trenton lineup, giving up three hits and walking three while striking out six. He left the game with a 2-0 lead, outdueling Adams, who surrendered two runs over seven strong innings. Dating back to the 2016 season, Pannone has now thrown 51.1 scoreless innings.

The Akron bullpen nearly blew it, however, giving up three runs (two unearned) in a chaotic top of the eighth inning, but powerful slugger Bobby Bradley was having none of it, crushing his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the inning to give the RubberDucks a 4-3 lead, which they would hold this time.

Top Tribe prospect Francisco Mejia had himself a game, snapping out of a rare 0-17 slump by going 2-3 with a double and a walk on the day.

Lake County Captains 6, Beloit Snappers 7

Box Score · Captains improve to 12-18

Lake County got themselves in a slugfest with Beloit, and they came up just short.

Li-Jen Chu, Luke Wakamatsu and Juan De La Cruz all had multi-hit games for the Captains, but that would be almost the entirety of Lake County’s offense. De La Cruz brought them within one run in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run shot to make the game 6-7, but that would be the end of the scoring from either side.

Starting pitcher Micah Miniard had a rough outing, surrendering all seven runs (six earned) on a whopping 10 hits over six innings. He also struck out four and walked none in the loss.

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High-A Lynchburg had a scheduled day off.