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Nolan Jones homers, rehabbing Bradley Zimmer shines with new stance in Akron loss

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

Columbus Clippers 5, Louisville Bats 2

Box Score · Clippers sail to 74-54

The Columbus Clippers stayed hot thanks to several strong offensive performances.

Ryan Flaherty went 2-3 with a home run and a while while Jake Bauers went 2-4 with two stolen bases and Eric Haase went 2-4 with a double. Daniel Johnson also walked twice.

Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang had one of his best outings of the season, allowing one run on four hits in 5.0 innings while striking out four and walking none.

James Karinchak struck out three batters in two innings of relief, but the one hit he gave up was a solo home run. Cameron Hill and James Hoyt closed the game out with two innings of scoreless relief.

Akron Rubber Ducks 5, Harrisburg Senators 6 (F/10)

Box Score · Rubber Ducks plucked to 56-72

Nolan Jones continues to heat up, homering for the second game in a row with a 2-4 outing at the plate that also included a double. A rehabbing Bradley Zimmer went 2-3 with a double, showing off a shorter revamped swing.

Nellie Rodriguez homered for Akron while Alex Call, Mitch Longo and Ernie Clement also doubled.

Starting pitcher Eli Morgan battled after a rough third inning, allowing four runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings while striking out two and walking two.

Jake Paulson was terrific in long relief, tossing 3.0 shutout frames, but Ben Krauth was touched up for two unearned runs in the 10th inning and Akron was unable to fully respond.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3

Box Score · Hillcats claw to 58-65

Jonathan Laureano had the big knock for Lynchburg with a two-run home run in the second inning, but Winston-Salem came back to take the lead 3-2.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Laureano collected another hit, and Tyler Freeman scored pinch runner Luke Wakamatsu on a line drive single, his lone hit of the game.

Will Benson then led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, moved to second on a groundout and then scored when catcher Jason Rodriguez hit a walk-off single to right field.

Starting pitcher Juan Hillman gave up three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings while striking out three and walking two. Felix Tati was tremendous out of the bullpen, striking out five batters in 3.0 scoreless innings of long relief and Yapson Gomez picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Lake County Captains 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5

Box Score · Captains fall to 69-58

Lake County couldn’t get much going offensively on Wednesday. Raynel Delgado went 2-4 and the only other Captain to reach base safely twice was Makesiondon Kelkboom, who went 1-2 with a double and a walk, knocking in two runs but also getting picked off.

Starting pitcher Alex Royalty took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) in 5.0 innings on three hits while striking out four and walking four.

AZL Indians Blue 10, AZL Brewers 7

Box Score · Indians improve to 34-18

Offense has been the name of the game for the AZL Indians Blue all season, and Wednesday was more of the same with 14 team hits.

A whopping six players had multi-hit games for the Indians Blue. Aaron Bracho went 2-4 with a walk and a hit by pitch, Pedro Alfonseca went 2-5 with a walk, Victor Nova went 2-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch, Angel Lopez Alvarez went 2-5 with a double and five runs batted in and Jeikol Contreras went 2-4 with a triple and a walk.

The 10 runs were enough to earn the victory despite a lackluster performance from the pitching staff.

AZL Indians Red 2, AZL Angels 4

Box Score · Indians fall to 25-27

The AZL Indians Red managed just two hits and no one reached base safely twice.

Zach Hart tossed 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and Jhan Rodriguez threw a scoreless inning as well.

DSL Indians 1, DSL Pirates 7

Box Score · Indians fall to 26-40

Angel Martinez was the lone offensive bright spot in this game, going 3-4 at the dish.

Starting pitcher Miguel Cordones deserved better, giving up just one run on six hits in 5.0 innings while striking out four and walking none, but the bullpen was tattooed for six runs in the following three innings.