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Aaron Civale impresses in High-A Debut, Conner Capel homers again

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Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 2, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 6, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3

Box Score · Clippers improve to 24-28

Yandy Diaz and Mike Papi led the way with multi-hit games from the top of the batting order as Papi knocked in half of the Clippers’ runs on the day. Recently acquired veteran Josh Wilson also chipped in two runs scored after entering the game late on pinch-running duty.

Ryan Merritt led the way on the pitching side of things, tossing seven strong innings while giving up three runs on six hits and striking out seven. The bullpen kept Scranton off the board to preserve the victory.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona Curve 9

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 23-26

Akron made the best of their opportunities, but those opportunities were simply too far between as the RubberDucks were outhit by Altoona 12-7. No one on Akron had a multi-hit game, but Mark Mathias did have a triple while Yu-Cheng Chang had a double, two runs batted in and also reached on a walk.

Starting pitcher Nick Pasquale didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering six runs (five earned) in just 3.2 innings. Robbie Aviles would give up another three runs in the final two innings to cement the defeat.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 1

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 30-21

Despite losing a second top pitcher to promotion, the farm system continues to reload as Aaron Civale made his High-A debut yesterday to spectacular results.

The 2016 third round draft pick threw six innings yesterday, giving up just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He’ll begin his Lynchburg career with a 1.50 ERA. Not too shabby.

Offensively, it was the Sam Haggerty show as the second baseman went 3-4 at the plate with two doubles, a walk and two stolen bases to help lead the team to victory.

Lake County Captains 9, Lansing Lugnuts 15

Box Score · Captains fall to 18-34

If you have 13 hits and score nine runs, you’d expect to win, right?

That wasn’t the case for Lake County yesterday, who didn’t just lose, but lost pretty handily to Lansing, who scored 15 runs on a whopping 21 hits.

The only bright spod on the pitching side of things for Lake County was Ben Krauth, who tossed 2.1 shutout innings while striking out three.

Conner Capel continues to mash for the Captains, hitting his eighth home run in his past 14 games while going 3-4 at the plate with a triple, a walk and five runs batted in. Miguel Eladio also had a three-hit game and a double.