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Matt Esparza strikes out 10 in Double-A debut

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 1, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 3, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 4 (Game 1)

Columbus Clippers 0, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 6 (Game 1)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Clippers fall to 23-28

Not a lot of good came from either game of yesterday’s Columbus Clippers doubleheader. Game one was lost thanks to a second-inning collapse from Chris Narveson, and the Clippers offense was held to one hit in game two.

Giovanny Urshela, Mike Papi, and Adam Moore all had two-hit games in the first game, at least. Papi is making the most of his promotion to Triple-A so far, going 5-for-16 with three walks in five games.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 23-25

Matt Esparza, perhaps still thriving off that Brian Hemminger Interview Bump, struck out 10 batters in Double-A debut yesterday. He was pulled prior to the ninth inning with 96 pitches already under his belt. In his eight innings of work, he allowed one earned run off three hits.

Despite the two hitters in the Akron lineup going a combined 0-for-10, the rest of the lineup was able to score four runs in the middle innings. Francisco Mejia led the way with two hits — he is 17-for-39 with two home runs in his last 10 games.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Potomac Nationals 7

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 29-21

For five innings, last night’s Lynchburg Hillcats game was a pitchers duel between Shane Bieber and Potomac Nationals starter Wirkin Estevez. Then the Nationals scored in the bottom of the sixth and the floodgates opened after that. The two teams combined for 12 runs from the seventh inning on, with three errors helping the scoring.

Connor Marabell and Andrew Calica both homered for the Hillcats, with the former batting in four runs on the day.

After spending most of May racking up hits all over the field, Sam Haggerty has struggled lately. He was hitless today and is just 5-for-39 over his last 10 games.

Lake County Captains 0, Lansing Lugnuts 7

Box Score · Captains fall to 18-33

The Lake County Captains have the worst record in the Indians organization and they played like it yesterday. Tanner Tully lasted six innings, but gave up five runs off seven hits, including three home runs. He did strikeout a career-high nine batters, though.