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Francisco Mejia continues to rake in Columbus win, Luis Oviedo sets Mahoning Valley strikeout record

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Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 29, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 5, Indianapolis Indians 3

Box Score · Clippers improve to 39-39

Columbus was quiet offensively until exploding for four runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat Indianapolis on Thursday.

Francisco Mejia was unbelievable, earning a multi-hit game for the eighth time in his last nine games. He is all kinds of red hot right now. Mejia went 3-3 with a home run and a walk.

On May 24th, Mejia was in the midst of a horrific season-long slump and his batting average dropped to .178.

After Thursday’s game, his average is now .277, rising 99 points in 26 games, having batted .425 over that span.

Mike Papi went 1-3 with a double and a walk and Sam Haggerty made his Triple-A debut with a two-run single in his first and only plate appearance.

Shao-Ching Chiang had a quality start, giving up three runs (two earned) in 6.1 innings on five hits while striking out four and walking two.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Bowie Baysox 4

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 45-34

Akron jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of three-run bombs and hung on to earn the win after a slight scare.

Bobby Bradley continued his recent power surge, going 2-5 with a three-run home run, his 16th of the season. Joe Sever went 1-4 with the other three-run homer. He also walked.

Andrew Calica and Connor Marabell both went 2-4.

Triston McKenzie tossed 7.0 quality innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one to earn the win.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Wilmington Blue Rock 9

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 34-41

A late collapse turned a pitching duel into a blowout loss for Lynchburg.

Zach Plesac was cruising along with five shutout innings but failed to get an out in the bottom of the sixth, eventually getting charged with four earned runs.

No Hillcats had multi-hit games or any hits for extra bases, although Conner Capel went 1-2 with a pair of sacrifice flies and both of the team’s runs batted in.

Lake County Captains 4, Lansing Lugnuts 5 (F/11)

Box Score · Captains fall to 31-47

Juan Hillman pitched well for the second consecutive game, taking a shutout into the eighth inning and retiring 14 batters in a row at one point before surrendering a game-tying two-run home run with two outs in the eighth.

Hillman finished with a final line of eight innings pitched, two runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking one.

Both teams traded runs in extra innings before Lansing pulled off a 5-4 victory with two runs in the top of the 11th inning that weren’t fully answered.

The Captains managed just three hits in the loss, with two of them belonging to Oscar Gonzalez.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6, West Virginia Black Bears 2

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 10-2

While Tyler Freeman continues to put on a hitting display, the story of this game was the dominance of Luis Oviedo.

Oviedo set a Mahoning Valley Scrappers record with 12 strikeouts in 6.0 innings. The 19-year old gave up one run (zero earned) on two hits and walked one. Oviedo’s 27 strikeouts in 16.0 innings through three starts this season lead the New York Penn League.

Freeman had another multi-hit game for the Scrappers, going 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. His .457 batting average is second in the league. Elvis Perez also had a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a walk.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Indians/Brewers 6

Box Score · Indians improve to 11-12

Brayan Rochio, Jose Tena and Derian Perez all went 2-4 with a combined five runs batted in to lead the DSL Indians over their half-sister team.

Roberto Hernandez had a strong outing, giving up one run in 5.0 innings on two hits while striking out four and walking one.

Tribe farmhand Jesus Maestra went 3-4 with a double for the Indians/Brewers.

AZL Indians1 8, AZL Angels 7

Box Score · Indians1 improve to 7-2

The bottom of the Indians1’s lineup helped lead the team to victory as Ruben Cardenas went 2-4 with two doubles and Ronny Dominguez went 2-4 with two runs scored.

Indians 2018 33rd round draft pick Daniel Schneemann went 1-4 with his first professional home run, a three-run blast in the fourth inning.

Dante Mendoza gave up two runs (one earned) in 4.0 innings but the real heroes of the game were bullpen arms and 2018 draft picks Kellen Rholl and Tim Herrin, who combined to toss 3.1 no-hit shutout innings while striking out four to earn the win and save respectively.

AZL Indians2 10, AZL Cubs2 17

Box Score · Indians2 fall to 5-4

One word described this game: Slugfest.

Both teams had 13 hits, but the AZL Cubs2 took advantage of five errors to pull away with a victory in a slobberknocker of a game.

Henderson De Oleo went 3-6 with a double and a home run while Jonathan Lopez went 3-4 with a walk and three runs scored to pace the Indians2 offensively. Jhon Torres went 2-6 with a double and Raynel Delgado went 1-4 with a double and two walks.

Every one of the five pitchers for the AZL Indians2 gave up at least two runs and all but one gave up at least three runs so it’s not even worth mentioning their names in print.