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Shane Bieber tosses 6.2 scoreless innings in victorious Double-A debut

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for July 26, 2017.

Columbus Clippers 1, Charlotte Knights 4

Box Score · Clippers fall to 54-48

Columbus only managed one run on a solo shot from Ronny Rodriguez while Charlotte benefited from some fortunate sequencing to knock Julian Merryweather out of the game in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of singles, a walk and two hit by pitches.

Both teams finished with five hits, but almost all of Charlotte’s baserunners came in he fifth inning and the Columbus offense couldn’t overcome the deficit.

Louis Head tossed two scoreless innings of relief in the loss.

Akron RubberDucks 1, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 0
Akron RubberDucks 0, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 6

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · RubberDucks move to 50-50

Akron scored a grand total of one run combined in its doubleheader yesterday, but they still managed a split thanks to a heroic pitching effort from Shane Bieber in game one.

Bieber, who was a fourth round draft pick just last year, was making his Double-A debut and he tossed 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up five hits, striking out five and somehow walking a batter.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Tyler Krieger smacked a walk-off sacrifice fly.

In game two, Akron was shut out by some guy named Mickey Jannis, only managing one triple from Krieger. Southpaw Tanner Tully gave up all six runs in five innings in his third spot start for Akron. It’s expected Tully will report to Lynchburg to replace Bieber’s spot in the rotation.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Frederick Keys 4

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 59-42

Aaron Civale pitched well, but he didn’t get enough help from his offense or his bullpen. Civale gave up three runs on eight hits over seven innings while striking out six and walking two, and he left with the game knotted up at three apiece.

Sam Haggerty and Conner Marabell had multi-hit games, with Haggerty reaching base safely four times thanks to two walks and also stealing two bases.

Unfortunately, Justin Garcia gave up a run in the top of the ninth and the Hillcats were unable to respond.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, State College Spikes 1

Box Score · Scrappers fall to 21-14

Mahoning Valley outhit State College 9-5, but they weren’t able to get many extra base hits with eight singles and one double. They also couldn’t string those hits together as Samad Taylor, Ulysses Cantu, Hosea Nelson and Jason Rodriguez all had multi-hit games.

Gregori Vasquez gave up two runs in 5.1 innings while striking out four and walking none to take the loss.

AZL Indians 1, AZL White Sox 7

Box Score · Indians fall to 6-18

Luis Oviedo pitched brilliantly, giving up zero runs over five innings while striking out four and walking two, but the bullpen proceeded to give up seven runs over the final four innings to turn this from a pitchers duel to a blowout.

Mitch Reeves and Felix Fernandez both had multi-hit games in the loss.

DSL Indians 2, DSL Rays2 4

Box Score · Indians fall to 16-26

Top prospect Marcos Gonzalez went 1-2 with three walks and a stolen base while Wilton Sanchez tossed three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts as the lone bright spots of this putrid game.