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The Cleveland Indians Minor League recap for August 9th, 2018

Columbus Clippers 4, Buffalo Bisons (sic) 3

Box Score · Clippers sail to 66-50

Short Recap: Ka’ai Tom.

Medium Recap: Ka’ai Tom, Kyle Nelson, James Karinchak, and Phil Maton

Full Recap: The Clippers held on to a one-run lead through four innings of excellent bullpen pitching to win the game. Logan Allen pitched four innings in the start, allowing three runs while walking two and striking out four. The three aforementioned relievers held the “Bisons” scoreless with only two hits and a walk allowed in their four innings of work.

Meanwhile, Ka’ai Tom might be ready for more than a cup of coffee.

Last night he homered again. Eric Haase earned his 55th RBI of the season on a double, and Eric Stamets—recently back after being outrighted and accepting assignment—tossed the fourth onto the pile.

Akron Rubber Ducks 4, Portland Sea Dogs 5

Box Score · Rubber Ducks plucked to 53-64

Connor Marabell and Andruw Monasterio collected two hits apiece and Nellie Rodriguez homered, but the Rubber Ducks failed to find enough offense to float past the Sea Dogs.

Eli Morgan allowed four runs on eight hits in 4 13 innings. He balanced that out with seven strikeouts. In Morgan’s first seven starts at Double-A, he allowed two or fewer runs six times and three runs once, never throwing fewer than five innings. In eight starts with Akron since then, he’s only held opponents to fewer than three runs twice, and has failed to go at least five innings half of the time.

I don’t think it’s cause for concern—Morgan never gets obliterated, and his six shutout innings last week seem more indicative of his talents. Even still, this “bad stretch” is littered with low-tier quality starts. He’ll be interesting to keep an eye on the rest of the season.

Robert Broom, who is one beard away from looking like a huscarl at the Battle of Hastings, walked two and made a throwing error on a pickoff move. Still, he pitched a scoreless 8th.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Potomac Nationals 4

Box Score · Hillcats claw to 54-59

The new minor league rules have led to a world where it’s not uncommon for teams to score more in the tenth than they did in the entire rest of the game. Lynchburg came close, hanging a crooked three in the top of the tenth to take one away from the Nationals.

Jonathan Laureano opened the salvo with a double to score Free Runner Cody Farhat. Steven Kwan tripled him home, then scored on a Tyler Freeman sac fly.

Shoutout to Yapson Gomez for holding down the fort in the ninth and tenth. He got into a little bit of trouble in the ninth but induced his way out of it via double play. The run allowed in the tenth happened entirely due to the free runner, and he retired the next two with ease to earn the win.

Lake County Captains 5, Great Lake Loons 6

Box Score · Captains wear albatross, record now 64-52

Eli Lingos pitched a solid five innings, allowing only two runs, but both of the subsequent pitchers also allowed two runs in their relief work.

Still, a three-run shot by Clark Scolamiero in the top of the ninth with one out gave the Captain hope for a Mets-like comeback win. Sadly, Jonathan Engelmann grounded out and Bo Naylor struck out—his third on the game, bringing his recent hot streak to a full stop—to end it.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 11, Auburn Doubledays 4

Box Score · Scrappers stamp way to 24-29

Brian Hemminger brimmed with excitement about the Scrapper’s offense at the start of the season. Games like tonight show why,

Scrappers with three hits: Yainer Diaz, Michael Cooper

Scrappers with two hits: Brayan Rocchio, Bryan Lavastida, Jonathan Rodriguez

Scappers with one hit: Everyone else.

Matt Waldron looked sharp in a four-inning follower appearance, striking out seven. The Scrappers did it all without the long ball... or George Valera, who hasn’t played since the end of July. We have no updates, other than Justin Lada suggesting that Valera has a nagging (probably day-to-day) leg injury.

DSL Indians 9, DSL Cubs1 10

Box Score · Indians fall to 22-34

The Indians blew a 3-1 lead to the Cubs after the third inning.

I know.

Junior Sanquinton logged three hits includinga home run, Jorge Burgos singled twice, and the offense in general looked fantastic. They had 12 hits and 10 walks! The Cubs just singled the Indians to death and did it at the critical moments. Heylin Taveras walked a batter and plunked another before giving up a bases-clearing double that spelled victory for the Cubs in the ninth.