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Will Benson gets second in Midwest League home run derby, Mahoning Valley finally loses

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 21, 2018.

Before we get to the Indians farm system action, two All-Star games took place two days ago in the Midwest League and Carolina League and the Indians were well-represented.

Will Benson participated in the home run derby, coming in second with a total of 23 bombs between two rounds. He hit 13 in the first round and 10 in the second.

In the actual Midwest All-Star game, Benson went 1-2 with a single and a strikeout. Lake County reliever Kyle Nelson pitched 0.2 scoreless innings with a strikeout and their East team beat the West All-Stars 3-2 in 10 innings. Box Score

In the Carolina League All-Star game, Conner Capel earned a start and went 2-4 with a double and an RBI while Sam Hentges and Dalbert Siri both tossed a scoreless inning to help lead the North team to a 7-6 victory. Box Score

Columbus Clippers 4, Charlotte Knights 6

Box Score · Clippers sink to 34-35

Michael Peoples has been great this season for Double-A Akron, but his promotion to Triple-A didn’t go particularly well. Peoples was blasted for six runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking two in 4.1 innings.

The Clippers had standout games from Yandy Diaz who went 2-4 with a walk and Adam Rosales, who went 2-4 with a double and a home run, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the rough start.

Mark Rzapidpesjhski made his Clippers debut, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings.

Akron RubberDucks 3, Hartford Yard Goats 6

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 40-31

Akron had 11 hits but managed just three runs thanks to going 2-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine men stranded.

Tyler Krieger went 3-5 with a double, Willi Castro went 2-4 and both Joe Sever and Andrew Calica both went 2-5 in the loss.

Starter Dominic DeMasi was obliterated for five runs in just 2.0 innings. Also of note, Rob Kaminsky gave up one run in 2.0 innings on two hits and a walk in his 2018 Akron debut out of the bullpen.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1, State College Spikes 4

Box Score · Scrappers fall to 5-1

Jose Fermin and Elvis Perez both had two hits, with Fermin socking a double and driving in a run, but that was the end of Mahoning Valley’s offense for the day as the Scrappers lost for the first time in the 2018 season.

Juan Mota gave up all three runs in the first inning, but settled down to toss 4.2 frames, striking out five and walking none, although he did give up eight hits.

DSL Indians 11, DSL Rays2 1

Box Score · Indians improve to 8-8

The DSL Indians erupted for seven runs in the second inning then coasted to an easy victory over the DSL Rays2.

Brayan Rochio went 4-5 with a double, two runs batted in and three runs scored to pace the Indians. Cesar Idrogo and Jeikol Contreras both had multi-hit games and Jhonkensy Noel crushed a grand slam in the victory.

Mike Garcia tossed six shutout innings to earn the win.

AZL Indians1 8, AZL White Sox 7 (F/10)

Box Score · Indians1 improve to 2-0

Several players on the AZL Indians had monster games as the team collectively had 17 hits in an extra innings victory over the AZL White Sox.

Ronny Dominguez went 3-5 with a triple, Eric Rodriguez went 3-4 with a double and a walk, Jhan Rodriguez went 3-5, Johnathan Rodriguez went 2-5 and Marcos Gonzalez went 2-5 with a walk-off single as the AZL Indians received monster contributions from graduated DSL players.

2018 draft picks Tim Herrin, Jake Miednik, Shane McCarthy and Kellen Rholl all tossed a shutout inning of relief in their season debuts, with Rholl keeping the White Sox off the board in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

AZL Indians2 2, AZL Athletics 16

Box Score · Indians2 fall to 0-2

This one wasn’t pretty.

Three DSL transplant pitchers gave up a combined 13 runs in the first three innings as the AZL Indians2 were destroyed.

The good news is that 2018 draft picks Robert Broom and Aaron Pinto debuted and didn’t give up any earned runs in their two innings of work.

Other good news, George Valera went 1-2 in his second game. He’s 2-4 with two walks to start his Indians career, sporting a nifty .500/.571/.500 slash to start his career.

Raynal Delgado also debuted for the Indians, going 2-3 and Billy Wilson went 2-4 in the loss.