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Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 15, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 0, Durham Bulls 11

Box Score · Clippers fall to 31-33

Richie Shaffer had two hits. Well done.

Akron RubberDucks 7, Harrisburg Senators 12

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 29-31

In a way, the Akron RubberDucks’ 12-7 loss to the Harrisburg Senators happened in a worse fashion than the Columbus Clippers’ blowout loss. At least the Clippers had the decency to give up right away, while the ‘Ducks jumped out to a six-run lead after two innings then slowly lost it over the final seven frames.

Akron had nine hits on the day, with Jordan Smith, Francisco Mejia, and Bobby Bradley all recording multi-hit days. Mejia’s two-hit day yesterday broke an awful stretch of one game for the star catcher, where he was 0-for-2 with a run batted in. His batting average during that streak plummeted to .364, but it’s on the mend after yesterday’s multi-hit game (his seventh in his last 10). It’s also now been five games since he’s hit two home runs in a game, so he’s clearly on the decline.

Yu-Cheng Chang recorded the only Akron home run of the game, his 13th of the season, which is tied for fourth in the Eastern League.

Nick Pasquale got the start and pitched a solid five innings, allowing two runs off four hits. It was his bullpen that let him down, though. Leandro, Linares, DJ Brown, and Neil Holland combined to throw three innings and allowed seven runs with just two strikeouts.

Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Wilmington Blue Rocks 9

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 38-27

Another blowout loss on the docket, but at least this one included a spectacular catch.

In the sixth inning, when the Hillcats were still within four and had a reasonable hope of coming back, center fielder Ka’ai Tom made an eternity of highlight reels with this full-extension grab:

A run still scored on the plate, but Tom got the first out of the inning and potentially prevented a big inning.

Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang was responsible for all nine runs and all 15 hits. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out five, though, so... yay? Chiang’s been having a great season so far; yesterday’d debacle pushed his earned run average to 3.36, the first time it’s been above 2.70 since his first start of the season.

Lake County Captains 7, Fort Wayne TinCaps 5

Box Score · Captains improve to 38-27

The Lake County Captains only got 2.2 innings out of starting pitcher Micah Miniard, but that was all they needed thanks to a big seventh inning from the normally dormant offense.

The heart of the Captains order — Miguel Li-Jen Chu, Gavin Collins, and Emmanuel Tapia — combined to 6-for-12 with a home run and four of the team’s seven runs batted in.

DSL Indians 4, DSL Rangers1 3

Box Score · Indians improve to 3-7

Leadoff batter Marcos Gonzalez was 3-for-4 in the Indians win, the only member of the team to record a multi-hit game. Starting pitcher Yeffersson Yannuzzi pitched four innings, struck out three, and allowed three runs off seven hits.