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Mahoning Valley kicks off season with a loss, Sicnarf Loopstok impresses in HR derby

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Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 20, 2017.

The Midwest League and the Carolina League are both on All-Star break right now. The Indians sent seven All-Stars from Lynchburg and two from Lake County, and yesterday, the home run derby was held for the Carolina League.

Sicnarf Loopstok made quite a name for himself there.

In three rounds, Loopstok blasted off for a ridiculous 44 home runs. He hit 17 in round one, 13 in round two and 14 in the finals. Unfortunately, the home runs were reset each round and despite hitting the most overall, he ended up getting runner-up.

Here’s an article about the derby as well as a video of some of his dingers:

Columbus Clippers 2, Gwinnett Braves 4

Box Score · Clippers fall to 35-34

Michael Peoples didn’t have his best stuff, giving up eight hits and two walks in 3.1 innings while somehow just allowing one run. Kyle Crockett relieved him and promptly gave up three runs, which would be too much for the Clippers to overcome.

Josh Wilson, Giovanny Urshela and Richie Shaffer all had multi-hit games in the loss, with Wilson blasting his first home run of the season.

On the bright side, the Columbus Clippers’ Huntington Park won “Best Triple-A Park” yet again.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 0, West Virginia Black Bears

Box Score · Scrappers fall to 0-1

The much anticipated debut of the Low-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers ended in disappointment thanks to some over-eager bats.

Scrappers hitters struck out a ridiculous 17 times while walking just once and collecting zero extra base hits. Top 2016 draft pick Will Benson went 1-4 with three strikeouts and Nolan Jones went 1-4 with two whiffs. The only multi-hit game was from 2016 AZL MVP Oscar Gonzalez who went 2-4 with a strikeout.

Starting pitcher and AZL 2016 Pitcher of the Year Francisco Perez was brilliant, tossing five shutout innings while giving up three hits, walking two and striking out four. Unfortunately, Luis Araujo gave up three runs in the seventh inning to take the loss.

DSL Indians 6, DSL Indians/Brewers 7

Box Score · Indians fall to 5-9, Indians/Brewers improve to 7-7

The DSL Indians and DSL Indians/Brewers had some inter-team violence yesterday, with the DSL Indians/Brewers coming out victorious. Jonathan Lopez and Yainer Diaz had multi-hit games for the Indians while Christopher Cespedes had a multi-hit game for the Indians/Brewers. Derian Perez had a triple, a walk, stole a base and gunned down a runner at the plate in the victory.

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The Akron RubberDucks had a scheduled day off. The Lynchburg Hillcats and Lake County Captains are on All-Star break.