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Aaron Civale sensational in shutout Akron victory

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for April 12, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 2, Louisville Bats 8

Box Score · Clippers fall to 2-4

Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando was knocked around for eight earned runs on a ridiculous 14 hits in five innings Wednesday while walking one and striking out zero to give Columbus zero chance of winning its series against Louisville.

There weren’t many bright spots in this game, although Adam Rosales went 2-3 with a double, a walk and a run batted in and Mike Papi went 1-2 with a double and two walks.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 4-3

The story of this game was 2016 third round pick RHP Aaron Civale, who tossed one of the best starts of his career with 6.0 shutout innings on three hits while striking out seven and walking none.

Relievers Dominic DeMasi, Argenis Angulo and Luke Eubank combined for three scoreless, hitless innings to complete the three-hit shutout.

Akron didn’t manage much offense with just four hits, but thankfully all four of them came in a four-run second inning with Andrew Calica’s double, Sicnarf Loopstock’s two-run single and an RBI triple from Ka’ai Tom.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Buis Creek Astros 3

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 3-4

Sam Hentges overcame four errors from his defense to toss six strong innings and earn the win for Lynchburg. Hentges gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out five and walking none to move his season ERA to 0.90 through his first two starts of the season.

Lynchburg only had six hits, but scored seven runs thanks to eight walks and going 3-7 with runners in scoring position. Mitch Longo had three walks, Luke Wakamatsu went 1-2 with a double, two walks and four runs batted in and both Emmanuel Tapia and Logan Ice went 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored to lead the way for the Hillcats.

Justin Garcia closed out the game with three innings of hitless shutout relief to earn the save.

Lake County Captains 3, Dayton Dragons 9

Box Score · Captains fall to 4-3

After starting the season 4-0, the Lake County Captains have lost three straight as former second round pick Juan Hillman’s early season struggles continue.

Hillman lasted just 0.2 innings in his start Wednesday, giving up four runs (zero earned) on two hits and two walks and a wild pitch. He has now given up 10 runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks while striking out just one in 3.2 innings pitched in his two starts this season thus far.

The lone offensive bright spot for Lake County was Todd Isaacs, who went 3-4 with a home run and two RBI. Jorma Rodriguez also had two hits for the Captains while Ulysses Cantu went 1-3 with a double and a walk.

Piggyback partner Gregori Vazquez was solid in relief, tossing five innings and giving up one run while striking out four and walking none.