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Danny Salazar’s rehab start goes well in the AZL, Yainer Diaz continues to rake with two-homer game

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for June 28, 2019

Columbus Clippers 6, Louisville Bats 7

Box Score · Clippers fall to 49-32

Columbus was in control of this game, leading 6-1, but everything unraveled in the sixth inning.

Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang began the game with five solid innings, but he only got one out in the sixth, leaving with the bases loaded.

Unfortunately, reliever Henry Martinez allowed all three inherited runners to score plus two more in his 0.2 innings of work, where he allowed three hits.

With the game tied, Chih-Wei Hu gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Clippers offense was unable to mount a comeback. Rob Kaminsky added a scoreless inning of relief.

Several Clippers had standout offensive games. Daniel Johnson continues to rake in Triple-A, going 3-4 with two doubles.

Trayce Thompson and veteran catcher Dioner Navarro both went 2-4, with Navarro hitting a home run and a double. Eric Haase also hit a home run, his 20th of the season already.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Bowie Baysox 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 39-43

Alex Call, the outfielder the Tribe received for Alonzo, paved the way for the Akron offense, going 3-5 with his fourth home run and a double. Call’s season didn’t begin until May 31, but he seems to be making up for lost time with his second three-hit game in his past four contests.

Catcher Li-Jen Chu went 2-3 with two doubles and a walk while Ernie Clement stayed scorching hot, going 2-4 with a walk and two stolen bases. Clement led all Indians prospects in hits for June with 34 and is now slashing .291/.350/.372 on the season.

Nellie Rodriguez went 2-4 with a double while Ka’ai Tom reached base safely twice, going 1-4 with a walk.

The impressive offense overshadowed a tremendous pitching performance.

Starting pitcher Adam Scott, a 2018 fourth round pick by the Indians, had his second consecutive dominant showing since being promoted to Double-A. Scott tossed 5.2 shutout innings on two hits while striking out seven and walking three. Scott led all Indians minor league pitchers in strikeouts for the month of June by a wide margin.

Reliever Jared Robinson was tremendous, tossing 3.1 innings of shutout no-hit baseball out of the bullpen with four strikeouts and a pair of walks to earn the save.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Down East Wood Ducks 1

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 38-40

Thankfully Lynchburg didn’t need to score too much in this game because offense was difficult to come by.

Tyler Freeman went 2-4 with a double and Steven Kwan went 1-2 with a walk as the lone Hillcats to reach base safely twice.

The offense wasn’t necessary because starting pitcher Kirk McCarty was tremendous, allowing just one run in 5.0 dominant three-hit innings. McCarty struck out seven and walked none.

Jonathan Teaney and Yapson Gomez preserved the lead with 2.0 innings of shutout relief each, with Gomez earning the save.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Batavia Muckdogs 2

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 9-7

Hitters 1-4 in the Mahoning Valley lineup were relatively innefective, going a combined 1-12 at the plate, although Brayan Rocchio did go 1-3 with a triple and a sacrifice fly.

It was the bottom of the Scrappers order that did the damage as hitters 6-9 went 6-12 at the plate with three of the team’s four runs scored and three runs batted in.

Pedro Alfonseca went 2-3 while Bryan Lavistada went 2-4 with a triple. Jonathan Lopez went 1-2 with a walk and Johnathan Rodriguez went 1-3 with a two-run triple. The scrappers had three triples in the game.

Starting pitcher Carlos Vargas was solid, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings while striking out six and walking one.

The bullpen was tremendous as Juan Parades tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief and Jerson Ramirez collected his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.

AZL Indians Red 9, AZL Padres 2

Box Score · Indians improve to 5-6

Enough is enough, it’s time for Yainer Diaz to move to a new level.

The slugging Indians catcher, who batted over .400 for most of 2018 season in the AZL, went 3-5 Sunday with a pair of home runs, raising his season batting average to a ridiculous .500. Diaz’s other hit was a double, raising his season slugging percentage to .842. He has nothing left to prove in the rookie league.

Gaspar Palacio reached base safely three times, going 2-4 with a double, a walk and two stolen bases. Indians 2019 ninth round pick Will Bartlett also reached base safely three times, going 1-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Indians 2019 second round pick Yordys Valdez went 1-3 with a walk, a sacrifice fly and two stolen bases.

Starting pitcher Brauny Munoz is beginning to look like a legitimate pitching prospect in the Tribe system. In his third start of the season, Munoz tossed 5.0 shutout innings on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks. The 18-year-old Munoz sports a 1.29 ERA through three starts this season spanning 14 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks.

Christophers Santana slammed the door with two scoreless innings of relief.

AZL Indians Blue 6, AZL Cubs 1

Box Score · Indians improve to 7-4

This is the game everyone wants to talk about.

Danny Salazar pitched for the first time since 2017, and it went well!

Salazar’s start lasted 1.2 innings and 18 pitches. All five outs he recorded were strikeouts and he did not walk a batter, although he did give up three hits, two of them of the infield variety.

The bullpen was rock solid for the Indians Blue, with Wilmer Mejia giving up one run in 3.0 innings, Wilton Sanchez throwing 2.2 scoreless no-hit innings and Indians 2019 20th round pick Nic Enright slamming the door with 1.2 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

Offensively, it was the Julian Escobedo show. The Indians 2019 17th round pick out of San Diego State went 2-4 with a grand slam home run and a double. Escobedo looks like he’s ready to face stiffer competition. He currently sports a .476/.560/.762 slashline through his first seven games played in the AZL at 21 years old.

Tribe 2019 24th round pick Joab Gonzalez went 2-2 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base while Jose Tena went 1-3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base. Of note, a rehabbing Max Moroff went 0-2

Single-A Lake County’s game was canceled due to a power outage at West Michigan (yeah you read that right).