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Danny Salazar strikes out nine in rehab start

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for July 17, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 0

Box Score · Clippers improve to 50-42

No, you didn’t open yesterday’s MiLB recap. For the second day in a row, the Columbus Clippers topped the Toledo Mud Hens by a score of 3-0.

This time it was rehabbing Danny Salazar who pitched the shutout (six innings of it, anyway). He struck out nine and walked three, completing his second encouraging rehab start in a row, this time against opponents who are older than 19. The Indians have not publicly set a timetable for his return yet, but his last two starts should at least keep him on track for whatever they have in mind.

Another rehabbing Indian, Austin Jackson, went 1-for-4 with a run batted in and a walk. This is Jackson’s first game since hitting the disabled list with a big toe injury in May.

Daniel Robertson and Adam Moore each had two hits for Columbus and Josh Wilson added a solo home run.

Akron RubberDucks 1, Erie SeaWolves 6

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 44-45

If you are looking for another team full of talent being maddeningly inconsistent and losing, check out the Akron RubberDucks.

To be fair, star prospect Francisco Mejia had the night off, but even his solid backup Eric Haase was held hitless with three strikeouts. The RubberDucks as a team whiffed 13 times and did not draw a single walk.

Designated hitter Joe Sever was the only ‘Ducks batter to have more than one hit, and he also had one of the team’s two extra-base hits, a solo home run in the first inning.

Starting pitcher Matt Whitehouse struck out five through five innings, but he also allowed three runs to cross the plate off six hits and a home run. Just so the RubberDucks wouldn’t get any thoughts of comebacks in the ninth inning, reliever Cameron Hill gave up another three in the bottom of the eighth.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Winston-Salem Dash 9

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 54-39

The Lynchburg Hillcats led for nearly eight innings last night, but a ninth-inning collapse by Paul Hendrix cost them a win.

Second baseman Sam Haggerty, center fielder Andrew Calica, third baseman Gavin Collins, and right fielder Jodd Carter all had multi-hit games.

Brock Hartson was in line for a win thanks to the Hillcats offense, but he allowed four runs over five innings with just one strikeout to three walks. This is only the second time this season Hartson has allowed four or more runs in a start.

Lake County Captains 6, Burlington Bees 7

Box Score · Captains fall to 38-54

Between Michah Miniard and Justin Garza, the Lake County Captains allowed seven runs in the first two innings. They nearly recovered from it with a few late-inning rallies, but ultimately fell short for the 54th time this season.

Mitch Longo went 0-of-4 on the day and failed to draw a walk, snapping his on-base streak at 17 games.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 2

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 15-11

Behind Zach Plesac’s four solid innings and Samad Taylor’s fourth home run in the young Mahoning Valley Scrappers season, the Tribe’s Low-A squad notched their 15th of the year over, 5-2 over the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Hosea Nelson continued to struggle offensively, but the 20-year-old left fielder did hit again yesterday to raise his season batting average to .194. He is 5-for-24 in the last 10 games, which is good by his 2017 standards.

Reliever Elijah Morgan faced 11 batters and struck out seven of them without walking anyone. Morgan, an eighth-round pick in this year’s draft, has been a strikeout machine for the Scrappers. He has struck out 14 of the 26 batter he’s faced in four appearances, which is good for an insane strikeout rate of 54 percent.

AZL Indians 7, AZL Brewers 6

Box Score · Indians improve to 6-12

Tyler Freeman was selected as the Indians’ second overall pick in the 2017 draft, and so far he is playing like a high draft pick. The 18-year-old went 3-for-5 yesterday and he’s slashing an incredible .444/.462/.694 on the season with a home run.

Sean Brady, making his first rehab assignment with the AZL Indians, pitched three innings and allowed three runs.

The DSL Indians had a scheduled off-day.

No video highlights today because YouTube is acting screwy.