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Will Benson smashes two home runs in Lake County win, Francisco Mejia walks off for Columbus

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Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 7, 2018.

Mathew Carper

Columbus Clippers 3, Norfolk Tides 2

Box Score · Clippers improve to 28-28

With two out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, Francisco Mejia came through with a walk-off single. It was his only hit on the game, as he went 1-5 with two runs batted in, but who cares. Maybe getting swarmed by happy teammates will help him continue his recent surge.

Yandy Diaz had an exceptional game, going 3-3 with a double and a walk while Todd Hankins also went 3-3.

Brandon Guyer’s rehab struggles continue as he went 0-5 on the day. He is hitting just .074 in his rehab starts for Columbus. Tyler Naquin also began his rehab assignment by going 0-2 before being replaced by Hankins.

Bradley Zimmer was sent back to Columbus to work on his contact rate and strikeout issues. He went 0-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in his first game back with the Clippers yesterday. Hopefully he can figure some things out.

Shane Bieber made his first start since his debut with the Cleveland Indians and it was a mixed bag. He pitched just 4.0 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six and walking two (WHAT?!?!?!).

The bullpen held Norfolk in check over the final six innings to give Columbus a chance to walk it off.

Akron RubberDucks 6, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 33-25

You can blame the bullpen for this one.

The Akron relief corps gave up five runs in the final two innings to give away what seemed like a sure thing on Wednesday.

Akron led 5-2 heading into the eighth inning thanks to Connor Marabell, who went 3-5 with a double and a run scored. Sam Haggerty went 2-5 with a triple and two stolen bases while Mark Mathias went 2-4 with a home run and a walk.

New Hampshire scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Henry Martinez to tie the game, but Andrew Calica put the RubberDucks on top with a solo blast in the ninth. Calica went 1-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch.

Unfortunately, Argenis Angulo promptly hit a batter, walked a batter, then made a two-run throwing error on an attempted sacrifice bunt to lose the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Wilmington Blue Rocks 4 Game 1
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 6 Game 2

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats drop to 26-28

Lynchburg was swept in a double header by Wilmington in a frustrating pair of games. The Hillcats were outpitched in game one as Sam Hentges gave up four runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings on six hits while striking out four and also walking four.

No Hillcats had a multi-hit game or an extra base hit, although Jodd Carter and Conner Capel both had a single and a walk to reach base safely twice.

In game two, four Hillcats had multi-hit games as Capel went 2-4 with a double, Trenton Brooks went 2-4, Emmanuel Tapia went 2-3 with a triple and Dillon Persinger went 2-3, but it wasn’t enough.

Felix Tati gave up five runs (four earned) in 4.2 innings pitched on five hits while striking out eight and walking three. Reliever Jared Robinson allowed two inherited runners to score in the fifth inning then gave up the go-ahead run in the sixth to take the loss.

Lake County Captains 8, Dayton Dragons 5

Box Score · Captains improve to 24-35

The Lake County offense stayed hot Wednesday, with Will Benson almost single-handedly carrying the load.

Benson went 2-4 with a solo home run and a grand slam for the Captains, which raised his season home run total to 11. Benson is tied for first in the Midwest League in home runs, although he’s only batting .200. The good news? His on base percentage is around .360 thanks to his stellar 17.5 percent walk-rate. His BABIP this year is just .245 so I expect some positive regression there as well.

Tyler Friis also went 2-4 and Ernie Clement went 1-4 with a solo homer.

Starting pitcher Gregor Vasquez gave up five runs (three earned) in seven innings on five hits while striking out five and walking just one. Cameron Mingo slammed the door with two scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.

DSL Indians 4, DSL Pirates1 2

Box Score · Indians improve to 2-2

Jose Tena and Cesar Idrogo both went 2-4 with Idrogo smashing two doubles and Tena stealing a base to lead the way for the DSL Indians on Wednesday.

Brauny Munoz (what a name!) tossed five shutout innings on five hits while striking out five and walking none to earn the victory.