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Grant Hockin and Shane Bieber have sensational starts in victories for Mahoning Valley and Lynchburg

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for July 19, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 4, Buffalo Bisons 10

Box Score · Clippers fall to 50-43

Adam Plutko’s struggles continue. Plutko managed to last five innings, but gave up 10 earned runs on nine hits and four walks in the process. Two of the nine hits were home runs. With the performance, Plutko’s season ERA raised to an appalling 6.94, which is dead last in the International league by over half a run.

Eric Stamets had a multi-hit game while Richie Shaffer blasted his 20th home run in the loss.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3 (Game 1)
Akron RubberDucks 0, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 13 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · RubberDucks move to 45-46

The first game was a continuation of a suspended game, where Thomas Pannone had given up three runs in the first two innings. Pannone was pitching again yesterday and he shut Binghamton out the rest of the way as the offense rallied for six runs to pick up the win. Bobby Bradley and Dorssys Paulino both had multi-hit games in the victory.

Let’s just pretend game two didn’t happen. Nick Pasquale was absolutely hammered and every reliever gave up at least one run, none worse than Mitch Brown, who gave up four runs without even getting an out. It’s looking more and more like the former 2012 second round pick is a lost cause as Brown’s ERA raised to 5.87 out of the bullpen.

Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Winston-Salem Dash 3 (Game 1)
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Winston-Salem Dash 0 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats move to 55-40

This was a tale of two shutouts.

In game one, starting pitcher Shao-ching Chiang pitched admirably, giving up two runs in 6.2 innings, but Lynchburg managed just one hit in an anemic offensive effort.

In game two, Shane Bieber was spectacular, tossing six shutout innings on seven hits while striking out five and (of course) walking zero.

Gavin Collins led the way offensively in game two, going 3-4 with a double and four runs batted in. Sam Haggerty, Ivan Castillo and Daniel Salters also had multi-hit efforts in the win.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 8, Batavia Muck Dogs 3

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 17-11

Backed by a sensational start from Grant Hockin, who tossed five shutout one-hit innings, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers waltzed their way to a victory.

Austen Wade, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Benson all had multi-hit games as Wade hit his first professional home run and Benson was perfect at the dish, going 2-2 with a triple and two walks.

AZL Indians 1, AZL Padres2 10

Box Score · Indians fall to 6-13

Top Indians 2017 draft pick Quentin Holmes had a multi-hit game while a rehabbing Gabriel Mejia went 0-2 in a downright abysmal game.

Tahnaj Thomas tossed three scoreless innings to start the game but Randy Marte was blasted again for five runs in 1.1 innings, raising his season ERA over 14 in the blowout loss.

DSL Indians 1, DSL Rangers1 6

Box Score · Indians fall to 14-23

Gaspar Palacio went 2-4 with a double and a triple in what was pretty much the lone highlight of a poorly played game by the DSL Indians.

The Single-A Lake County Captains had a scheduled day off.