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Triston McKenzie and Kirk McCarty dazzle for Akron and Lynchburg, Tyler Freeman sets doubles record

Cleveland Indians Minor League Recap for August 19, 2018.

Columbus Clippers 3, Syracuse Chiefs 8

Box Score · Clippers fall to 67-58

Josh Tomlin’s rehab outing wasn’t particularly impressive. The former number five starter tossed 3.1 innings, allowing a whopping nine hits in that timespan, although he did limit the damage to just three runs. Yes, Tomlin also served up a home run as well.

Shao Ching-Chiang relieved Tomlin with 4.2 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out two and walking zero.

Reliever Jon Edwards allowed the game to get out of hand by giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings of work.

No one had a standout offensive game for the Clippers, although Bobby Bradley went 1-4 with two runs batted in, Adam Rosales hit a solo home run and Yu Cheng went 1-3 with a walk, the only Clipper to reach base safely twice.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Harrisburg Senators 1

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 69-55

Triston McKenzie tossed one of his best starts of the season, lasting 6.2 innings while allowing just one run on three hits. He struck out eight and walked just one, dropping his season ERA to 2.86 in the process. McKenzie is looking better and better each time he’s pitched this year, it seems.

Offensively, four separate RubberDucks all had multi-hit games. Andrew Calica went 2-3 with a walk, a HBP and a stolen base, recently promoted Jodd Carter went 2-4 with his first Double-A home run and both Li-Jen Chu and Mark Mathias went 2-5, with Chu smacking a double.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Frederick Keys 3

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 62-59

Kirk McCarty is really making a name for himself as an underrated pitcher in the Indians system.

Making his second start after being promoted to High-A, McCarty tossed 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six and walking none. McCarty has allowed just one run in 13.0 innings in his two starts since bring promoted.

Top Indians position player prospect Nolan Jones had one of his best games since being promoted to High-A, going 2-3 with a double, a home run and a walk to help carry the Hillcats offensively. Anthony Miller also went 2-3 with a double, home run and a walk.

Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 52-72

After an extremely frustrating season, Will Benson had some positive regression yesterday, going 3-3 a the plate with three singles and a walk. He still has a long way to go to make his slashline respectable as he’s batting just .174 this year.

Richard Palacios also went 2-4 with a stolen base while Todd Isaacs went 1-3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base.

On the pitching side of the equation, Nick Gallagher got a start in a Tampa Bay-esque bullpen game. Gallagher tossed 2.0 shutout innings and was followed by Gregori Velasquez, who allowed two runs on two hits in 5.2 innings while striking four and walking three.

Luis Jimenez earned his first save with 1.1 innings of shutout relief.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1, State College Spikes 4

Box Score · Scrappers fall to 32-27

Talk about struggling, Mahoning Valley lost its seventh straight game yesterday as the team has simply not been the same since Luis Oviedo was promoted to Lake County.

This was despite the best efforts of Tyler Freeman, who continues to freaking rake. Freeman went 3-4 with three doubles, setting a single season record for the Scrappers as he’s already hit a ridiculous 26 doubles in 57 games played this year and is still leading the New York Penn League with a .379 batting average.

Yeffersson Yannuzzi gave up all four runs in his 4.1 innings pitched on four hits while striking out three and walking two to take the loss.

DSL Indians 9, DSL Indians/Brewers 7

Box Score · Indians improve to 30-36

Daniel Aguilar had a ridiculous game. The 17-year-old leadoff hitter ended up going 4-5 with three doubles and a stolen base, raising his batting average 23 points in the process.

Cesar Idrogo went 3-5 with a double while Derian Perez and Jean Montero both went 2-3 and scored a combined five runs.

Indians prospect Marlin Made also had a four-hit game for the Indians/Brewers, going 4-5 but somehow didn’t score a run.

Steven Perez pitched pretty well for the Indians, allowing just one run in 3.1 innings while striking out five and walking one.

AZL Indians1 15, AZL Cubs2 3

Box Score · Indians fall to 31-15

The AZL Indians absolutely obliterated the AZL Cubs yesterday as the Tribe affiliate scored 15 runs on 16 hits.

Every starter had at least one hit, but Johnathan Rodriguez went 4-5 a sacrifice fly, a stolen base, four runs batted in and three runs scored to fill up the stat sheet. Rodriguez is slashing .295/.376/.404 in his second season as a pro.

Marcos Gonzalez went 2-5 with two doubles, recently debuted College World Series winner Steven Kwan went 2-4 with a triple, two walks and three runs scored and Ruben Cardenas went 2-6 with a double.

Three players homered for the Indians as well. Bryan Lavistada went 2-4 with a homer and two walks, Miguel Jerez hit his record-setting 12th blast of the season while also walking three times and Michael Cooper hit his third homer of the year.

Former top 10 round pick Jonas Wyatt had his third outing of the season and it was his first where he didn’t allow a run, tossing a scoreless frame with a walk, a hit and two strikeouts. Wyatt underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016.

Another player returning from injury had an outstanding outing as Raymond Burgos pitched 5.2 innings, allowing just one run while striking out six.

AZL Indians2 4, AZL White Sox 5

Box Score · Indians fall to 25-23

It looked like the AZL Indians had this one in the bag until Jerson Ramirez walked three batters in the top of the ninth inning during his save attempt, allowing the White Sox to tie the game and then take the lead.

Billy Wilson went 2-4 with a double and his 10th home run of the season while Gionti Turner also went 2-4 with a stolen base.

Bo Naylor, Ray Delgado and Jonathan Engelmann all went 1-3 with a walk to reach base safely twice.