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Nolan Jones and Steven Kwan hit first homers of 2019 in tough Lynchburg loss

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for May 21, 2019

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Carolina Mudcats 8 (F/10)

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 21-21

Lynchburg got more than enough offense, but the pitching couldn’t keep up its end of the bargain on Monday.

Nolan Jones and Steven Kwan both hit their first home runs of the 2019 season. Kwan went 3-5 with a stolen base while Jones went 2-5. Oscar Gonzalez remained scorching hot, going 3-5 with a home run as well. Wilbis Santiago joined the three-hit parade with a pair of doubles while Gavin Collins also had a multi-hit game, going 2-5.

Starting pitcher Jean Carlos Mejia was roughed up a bit, allowing four runs on four hits in 3.2 innings while striking out two and walking one.

Anderson Polanco held the Mudcats at bay with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and four strikeouts, but Dakody Clemmer allowed two runs to score in the bottom of the eighth inning and, after Lake County took the lead in the top of the 10th frame with one run, Jared Robinson allowed Carolina to walk it off by giving up a two-run homer to the first batter he faced.

Lake County Captains 3, Dayton Dragons 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 25-17

Ruben Cardenas continues to produce in the Captains outfield. The former 2018 16th round pick went 3-4 at the dish with a home run and a double, raising his OPS to a rock solid .829 for the season.

Tyler Freeman also had a multi-hit game, going 2-5 with a double. Jesse Berardi went 2-4 while Bo Naylor and Mitch Reeves both went 1-4 with a walk.

Cody Morris was solid, allowing two runs (zero earned) in 4.0 innings on three hits while striking out four and walking one.

Aaron Pinto earned the victory with three shutout innings of relief while Riley Echols picked up a two-inning save with scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth.

Triple-A Columbus and and Double-A Akron both had scheduled off days.