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Lake County wins by shutout for second straight game, both AZL teams keep winning

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for July 27, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 4 (F/10)

Box Score · Clippers improve to 54-48

Even though he didn’t start the game, Eric Haase made a big impact in the Clippers win on Thursday, going 3-3 at the plate with a double and three runs batted in. Eric Stamets went 2-4 with two more RBI while newly signed Johnny Field went 1-3 with a double, two walks and three runs scored.

Adam Wilk had a quality start, allowing two runs (one earned) in 6.0 innings on seven hits while striking out two and walking four. Ben Taylor was the hero and the goat, blowing the save in the ninth inning, but staying out for the 10th and holding Pawtucket scoreless to earn the win.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Down East Wood Ducks 2 (F/10)

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 48-53

Sam Hentges continued his strong 2018 campaign, throwing 5.0 innings while allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six and walking just one.

He left with a no decision after Nick Pasquale gave up one run in two-plus innings of relief.

Ernie Clement had the best game offensively, going 1-3 with a walk. His hit happened in the 10th inning to move Alex Pantoja to third base. Pantoja would score the go-ahead run on a Mitch Longo fielder’s choice groundout.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Ben Krauth struck out the first two batters and Dalbert Siri earned the easiest save of his life, inducing a flyout on just two pitches.

Lake County Captains 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 0

Box Score · Captains improve to 45-57

Lake County’s pitching has really turned the corner as the team threw its second consecutive shutout on Thursday.

This time, it was Kirk McCarthy impressing on the mound. McCarthy tossed 5.2 scoreless innings on three hits while striking out six and walking one. A combination of Jonathan Teaney, Riley Echols and Indians 2018 10th round draft pick Robert Broom preserved the shutout.

Jose Medina and Josh Rollette provided pretty much all the offense, both going 2-4 with a solo home run each from the eighth and ninth spot in the batting order. Rollette also had a double.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 12

Box Score · Scrappers fall to 24-13

Luis Oviedo was human for the first time all season, getting tagged for six runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out five and walking one in 3.0+ innings. Oviedo’s line would have been a bit better but Randy Valladares allowed both inherited runners to score in the fourth inning.

Despite the blowout loss, Tyler Freeman still had a monster game, going 3-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk, raising his batting average on the season to .372. Angel Lopez also went 2-3 with a walk.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Pirates1 9

Box Score · Indians fall to 19-24

Offense was fine for the DSL Indians but defense let the team down. Alexfri Planez had a huge game, going 3-4 with a home run, Daniel Aguilar went 2-4 with a triple and Wilfri Peralta walked three times and scored two runs.

Starting pitcher Yeury Guerrero allowed three runs (two earned) in 5.0 innings on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.

A total of five unearned runs were scored by the DSL Pirates1, which gave the team a four-run lead the Indians couldn’t fully bounce back from.

AZL Indians1 11, AZL White Sox

Box Score · Indians improve to 22-8

The Indians1 offense erupted for 18 hits on Thursday night.

Former 2017 third round pick Johnathan Rodriguez had a huge game, going 4-5 with three runs scored, raising his 2018 batting average to .311.

Bryan Lavistada went 3-5 with three runs batted in while Michael Cooper and Connor Smith both went 2-4 with Cooper getting hit by a pitch and Smith earning a walk.

Lastly, Cody Farhat went 1-3 with a triple, two walks, a stolen base and three runs batted in.

Thomas Ponticelli pitched three perfect innings, striking out four and walking none and Matt Turner and Andrew Lantrip contributed another five scoreless frames before Eli Lingos allowed two runs in the top of the ninth during garbage time.

AZL Indians2 5, AZL Dodgers 2

Box Score · Indians improve to 17-13

Indians 2018 27th round draft pick 17-year-old Gionti Turner went 2-4 with his first career home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning.

Tribe 2018 28th round pick Billy Wilson went 1-3 with a home run, his eighth of the season already, which leads the Arizona Rookie League by a wide margin. Wilson’s homer also tied the team record for the AZL Indians set by Bobby Bradley and Oscar Gonzalez (the season is barely halfway over).

Jhon Torres also homered for the Indians, his fourth of the season.

Starting pitcher Carlos Vargas was spectacular, tossing 4.0 shutout innings on two hits while striking out four and walking one.

Jose Oca gave up two runs in two innings but Jerson Ramirez and Juan Paredes slammed the door with three scoreless, hitless innings to earn the win and the save respectively.

The Double-A Akron RubberDucks were rained out.