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Sam Haggerty off to a strong start in Double-A

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for April 8, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 0, Indianapolis Indians 10

Box Score · Clippers fall to 1-1

After an explosive first game of the season, the Columbus Clippers offense looked to big brother’s example and decided to get shut out while recording less than seven hits as a team.

Yandy Diaz and Adam Rosales were the only Clippers to record two hits, although Eric Haase had a hit and a walk to reach base safely twice.

Starting pitcher Adam Plutko gave up four runs in five innings on six hits while striking out three and walking three. Reliever Preston Claiborne was tattooed for five runs in 0.1 innings of work to put the game out of reach in the sixth inning.

Akron RubberDucks 1, Altoona Curve 5

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 1-2

A pitcher’s duel between Michael Peoples and Brandon Waddell ended in the sixth inning. Scoreless through five frames, Waddell gave up a run and was chased from the game in the sixth, and Peoples coughed up a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

There wasn’t much to speak of offensively, but Sam Haggerty was impressive yet again, going 2-3 out of the leadoff position with two doubles and a walk to help set the table. He scored the only run for the RubberDucks. Haggerty seems to be handling the promotion to Double-A exceptionally well early, going 4-11 with three doubles, three walks and two stolen bases.

Bobby Bradley also went 1-3 with a walk.

Lake County Captains 9, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3

Box Score · Captains improve to 2-0

As can happen in Single-A, Lake County took advantage of a ton of Fort Wayne mistakes, scoring three unearned runs on three TinCap errors. The Captains also took advantage of eight walks and a hit by pitch.

First baseman Jose Medina had a great game, going 2-3 with a double and two walks while third baseman Tyler Friis went 1-2 with three walks and two RBI for the Captains.

Starting pitcher Kirk McCarty was decent, giving up three runs in 4.1 innings pitched while striking out seven and walking three. Gregori Vazquez was brilliant in long relief, tossing three no-hit innings with one walk and four strikeouts.

Of note, Will Benson left the game for a pinch runner while on third base after previously hitting a double and advancing on a wild pitch. Hopefully it’s not anything serious.

High-A Lynchburg’s game was postponed due to weather. The Hillcats are expecting to play a double-header today.