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Mathias mashes, Plesac pacifies

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 18, 2019

The Cleveland Indians’ top prospects old and new led the charge on a 3-1 night for Indians minor league affiliates.

For more in-depth discussion of the best players in the system, listen to Brian Hemminger and I every Friday on our prospect chat Indians on Deck.

Columbus Clippers 14, Syracuse Mets 3

Box Score · Clippers clippity clip to 23-16

Mark Mathias wants to play major league baseball, and he wants to play it now.

The Indians 2B prospect went 3-5 again last night, driving in two and leading the way as the Clippers pounded the Mets. Every Clippers batter contributed to a total of 17 hits. Ryan Flaherty, Greg Allen, Brandon Barnes, Eric Haase, and Mike Papi all earned multiple hits, with Haase launching his 10th home run of the young campaign.

Meanwhile, Zach Plesac also reiterated his intent to pitch in Cleveland before the end of the season. He struck out nine in seven innings, allowing three RBIs courtesy of the only two home runs he has allowed this season.

Akron RubberDucks 10, Richmond Flying Squirrels 2

Box Score · RubberDucks swim to 19-21

Daniel Johnson continued to rock Double-A pitching and brought along his friends; he was one of five RubberDucks with multiple hits last night. Nellie Rodriguez homered for the second time this season, while Ka’ai time walked three times in the leadoff spot and scored twice.

Aaron Civale made his second start of the season, cruising for six innings while allowing two runs with four strikeouts on eight hits.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0

Box Score · Hillcats roar to 20-19

Juan Hillman led the Hillcats to this shutout by pitching 6.2 scoreless innings, on five hits and a walk against seven strikeouts. He’s easily having the best year of his professional career and currently threatens to take his ERA below 3.00 as he approaches ten starts.

Oscar Gonzalez only managed a single hit, dragging his average down to .365. This did lead to one of the two RBIs on the night, with the other coming from Jod Carter. Nolan Jones walked and later came around to score.

Lake County Captains 1, Blindingly Hot Rods of Ye Olde Bowling Green 3

Box Score · Captains drift to 23-16

The Captains created more baserunners than the Hot Rods, but went 0-6 with RISP on ther way to this close loss. Raymond Burgos pitched 4.2 innings while allowing three runs. Alex Royalty bridged the gap to the ninth with three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and walk each.

Still, the offense couldn’t quite get the sequencing right. The only run cam courtesy of a Ruben Cardenas solo home run in the fourth inning. Tyler Freeman continued his excellent start with two hits and a walk.