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Danny Salazar returning to form in Columbus

Cleveland Indians minor league recap for July 28, 2019

Columbus Clippers 7, Gwinnett Stripers 3

Box Score · Clippers fall to 60-44

Yu Chang had three hits, Bobby Bradley had two, and Ka’ai Tom had a homer. Ok, now onto what you really care about: Danny Salazar was superb in his four innings. The Tribe starter struck out five and walked one and didn’t allow a single base-runner to cross the plate. Of his 69 pitches, 43 were strikes.

In equally exciting news, James Karinchak — the heir apparent to the Indians bullpen — struck out two of the four batters he faced and lowered his ERA to a comical 6.75.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Hartford Yard Goats 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 47-59

This game only went six and a half innings due to rain, but the RubberDucks put up enough runs beforehand in a five-run fourth inning.

Ernie Clement, Nolan Jones, and Alexis Pantoja led the way with two hits apiece. This was Jones’ second straight game with two hits, and his hitting streak now sits at five games; in that streak he’s gone 8-for-23 with a home run. A big turnaround from the slump he found himself in mid-July.

Jordan Stephens pitched a “complete game” for the RubberDucks, striking out eight and allowing just three hits in five innings of work. This was Stephens first start in Akron after eight outings as a reliever for the ‘Ducks.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 48-54

A big first inning from the Hillcats, namely Gavin Collins and Oscar Gonzalez, helped Lynchburg set up a rubber match with the Dash on Sunday.

Tyler Freeman is going to be in the majors sooner rather than later, and the young shortstop tripled yesterday to put his High-A slash at .350/.396/.447 this season. He’s yet to homer in the Carolina League, but I’m beginning to think that doesn’t matter.

Oscar Gonzalez led the Hillcats with three hits and Gavin Collins followed with a 2-for-4 night. Gonzalez’s big night snapped a 1-for-23 slump for the 21-year-old.

On the mound, Juan Mota struck out five and allowed two earned runs off seven hits in his six innings of work.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Auburn Doubledays 3

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 22-20

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers trailed in all but one half inning of Saturday’s contest against the Auburn Doubledays. All except the one that mattered the most.

In the top of the ninth, following a Billy Wilson HBP, Joab Gonzalez homered for the first time this season for the go-ahead runs. Gonzalez also singled earlier in the game as one of two Scrappers batters to lead the way with two hits. The other two-hitter on the night, Johnathan Rodriguez, had the Scrappers’ two other runs batted in with a homer of his own in the fifth inning. Sometimes all it takes is two big dongs to send your fans home happy.

Ethan Hankins allowed two earned runs in his five innings of work. For most that’s a pretty solid accomplishment, but for Hankins it’s one of his worst outings with the Scarppers this season. No, really, in his eight starts thiss season, this is only the second time Hankins has allowed two runs — he’s never allowed more than that in an outing, and he has five shutouts.

The Scrappers/Indians appear to have him on a four-to-five inning limit every game, so he doesn’t get to face batters the third time through or anything, but he’s been great in everything he’s been asked to do so far.

Gregori Vasquez was credited with the win for the Scrappers. He pitched three innings and struck out five of the nine batters he faced.

Lake County Captains 7, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5

Box Score · Captains improve to 59-44

A slow start from starting pitcher Zach Draper meant the Lake County Captains had some work to do in the middle innings against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Draper allowed three runs through the first two innings, but the Captains responded with two runs through the first four innings, and a big third inning thanks in part to a home run from Miguel Jerez.

The Captains would eventually the win the game in the 10th when they went full Indians and bunted a runner from first to second and had Cody Farhat single him home two batters later.

Kyle Marman closed out the game with 3.2 innings and seven strikeouts, earning himself the win.

Speedster Quintin Holmes might slowly be coming out of his season-long funk with another yet yesterday. He has five hits in his last 17 at-bats, which at least something for his .195/.267/.304 slash on the year.

DSL Indians 5, DSL Dodgers Shoemaker 4

Box Score · Indians improve to 19-26

The DSL Indians were one of only two teams in the organization to lose on Saturday and it happened because the offense couldn’t muster more than three hits. Gabriel Rodriguez and Daniel Aguilar singled, Robinson Ramos doubled, and that was it. They also comitted four errors according to the box score, which led to their starter, Miguel Cordones, being knocked out after just 0.1 inning.

AZL Indians Red 5, AZL Dodgers Mota 2

Box Score · Indians fall to 15-17

Despite being out hit 10-9, the AZL Indians stranded just four runners all night and it led to a 5-2 win. The bottom of the order, namely Joe Naranjo, Cesar Idrogo, and Jean Montero, led the way with two hits apiece. Starter Juan Zapata had one his better outings of the season — five innings, two earned runs, two strikeouts, and no walks.

AZL Indians Blue 3, AZL Reds 7

Box Score · Indians fall to 21-11

Will Brennan led the way with two hits in a losing effort to the AZL Reds. Hunter Gaddis was tagged with the loss, despite a solid three innings in his start in which he struck out five and his only run (and hit) was a solo home run.