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Matt Esparza goes seven shutout innings in Akron victory, Luis Jimenez strikes out career high 11 for Lake County

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 14, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 3, Durham Bulls 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 31-32

A ton of bases on balls and a strong outing from the bullpen allowed Columbus to pull out the victory despite being outhit 8-3 on the night.

The Clippers were walked a whopping 12 times on the night. Rehabbing Abraham Almonte went 0-1 with three walks, while Nellie Rodriguez and Richie Shaffer both walked twice. Erik Kratz was hit by a pitch and came around to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a throwing error.

On the pitching side of things, Chris Narveson tossed four solid innings, giving up one run and striking out five and the bullpen finished the job with five innings of work without giving up an earned run to give the team a chance to take the lead late.

Akron RubberDucks 3, Harrisburg Senators 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 29-30

There weren’t a lot of hits in this game, seven in total, actually, but the RubberDucks had the ones that counted. Two of Akron’s four hits left the park, resulting in the majority of the team’s offense, although Francisco Mejia contributed a sacrifice fly for their other run.

Yu-Cheng Chang had a big game, going 2-3 with a home run and a double while Eric Haase had the other long ball, his 10th of the season despite playing back-up catcher for the most part.

Starting pitcher Matt Esparza was spectacular for Akron, throwing seven shutout innings on two hits, two walks and striking out five to earn the win.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Game 1
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Game 2

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats move to 38-26

Triston McKenzie wasn’t his sharpest in game one, but he did enough to lead the Hillcats to victory, dancing around four hits and five walks in five innings while just giving up one run and striking out six.

Sicnarf Loopstok hit his seventh home run of the season in game one while Ka’ai Tom hit a double and walked, scoring both times he reached base to help lead the team offensively.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel despite being a bullpen game, and all of the runs were scored in the first inning. Dominic DeMasi gave up two runs in the first while Lynchburg scored just the one. It was all shutout frames from there on out, as that would be the final score.

Loopstok again lead the team with the lone multi-hit effort, going 2-3 with a double and the team’s lone RBI.

Lake County Captains 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 5

Box Score · Captains fall to 23-41

Dominican Republic standout Luis Jimenez was the story of this game for Lake County. The 22-year old picked six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out a career best 11.

Lake County’s offense was almost entirely the result of the long ball as Junior Soto, Emmanuel Tapia and Conner Capel all went deep with solo shots.

Jimenez left with the game tied, but Henry Martinez gave up two runs in two innings to take the loss.

DSL Indians 9, DSL Rangers1 3

Box Score · Indians improve to 2-7

A whopping five members of the DSL Indians had multi-hit games in this blowout victory. Jonathan Lopez went 4-5 at the dish with a triple and three runs batted in while Nehemias Celesten went 3-5 with a triple and three runs batted in of his own to lead the Indians offense.

Ingnatio Feliz and Wuilson Meza combined for eight shutout innings with 10 strikeouts to keep this game well beyond reach.

DSL Indians/Brewers 4, DSL Pirates 3

Box Score · Indians/Brewers improve to 4-5

Jahir Varela pitched well for the Indians/Brewers, tossing four shutout innings while Makesiondon Kelkboom had an RBI triple as the team walked off in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.