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Bo Naylor homers, Juan Hillman deals on mixed night for affiliates

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 11, 2019

Columbus Clippers 4, Syracuse Mets 7

Box Score · Clippers drift to 19-14

Tim Tebow hit a double and scored a run for the Mets, but he’s still only hitting .126 with an OPS of .393 so let’s just get that out of the way now.

Jed “Rehab Assignment” Lowrie and Carlos “Legitimately stuck at Triple-A now” Gómez led the way for the Mets, providing the bulk of their hits, RBIs, and runs. Rene Rivera added three hits of his own.

For Columbus, Oscar Mercado’s performance is the only one that stands out. He scored twice and logged three hits, one of which was a solo home run. He also pitched in with an outfield assist to nab Rivera at 2B.

Chi-Wei Hu continues to flounder a bit in Columbus. He gave up six in four tonight, making his ERA greater than 5.00 once more. There might be a WHIP argument to be made in his favor, but given that he rarely gets grounders and has allowed 7 HR in 32 IP, I’m not sure it’s one you would want to make.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Reading Fightin Phils 6

Box Score · RubberDucks dive to 14-20

AK Rowdy entered the bottom of the ninth innings with a nice 5-3 lead. Argenis Angulo entered with hopes to earn a save. He walked the first two batters, chatted with his coach, and then allowed a double.

Akron reached back into the bullpen and found Dalbert Siri. He allowed a single, an RBI walk, and a single in that order to lose the game. Akron failed to record an out on their way to blowing the game in the bottom of the ninth.

This wasted a couple of delightful performances.

One: Daniel Johnson went 2/4 with both of those hits representing solo dingers.

Two: David Speer picked up for Eli Morgan a third of the way through the fifth and protected the RubberDuck’s lead for 2.2 innings.

If only he could have gone 3.3.

Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Salem Red Sox 0

Box Score · Hillcats claw to 17-17

The ability to get a clutch hit popped Lynchburg back to the .500 mark on Friday.

Juan Hillman put his team in a position to win with seven scoreless innings, striking out five and walking no one while allowing only four hits. We’re not quite in “eyeball emoji” territory with Hillman quite yet, but he’s keeping the ball in the park and inducing more ground balls than ever. Something I often forget: he’s still only 21-years-old. If he continues to build on his 3.55 ERA to start the year, then maybe he’ll be really truly considered a “prospect” again.

The hero at the plate? Mike Rivera. He stroked a double to score Wilbis Santiago and score the only run that the Hillcats needed.

Lake County Captains 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

Box Score · Captains capsize and thousands drown, record now 19-14

Thousands didn’t actually drown. That would be a tragedy.

What did happen is that the Captains nearly came back to tie the game in the top of the ninth, but fell just short. Bo Naylor smacked his first home run of the season. Miguel Jerez reached on an error, Jesse Berardi singled to score Jerez, Quentin Holmes singled, and Connor Smith reached on another error.

The Bases? Loaded. Outs? Two. The stakes? High. So was the pop-up off of Ruben Cardenas’s bat that ended the game.

Tyler Freeman put together another nice game, going 2-4 with a double and a walk. Juan Mota tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three.

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