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Bo Naylor and Yainer Diaz both both homer in huge games during Lake County, Mahoning Valley wins

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The Cleveland Indians Minor League recap for August 27, 2019

Columbus Clippers 0, Louisville Bats 8

Box Score · Clippers sink to 76-57

This game was not pretty. The Clippers offense failed to show up, totally just four hits, although two of them were from Daniel Johnson, who also had a triple.

Every pitcher the Clippers threw onto the field allowed at least one run, including starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang, who was blasted for four runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.

The lone bright spot was James Karinchak, who pitched a perfect inning while striking out the side, as per usual.

Akron Rubber Ducks 0, Altoona Curve 5

Box Score · Rubber Ducks improve to 60-73

The scoring drought reached down to Double-A as well, with Akron collecting just five hits.

Mitch Longo had a pair of singles while Nellie Rodriguez had a single and a walk.

Danny Salazar tossed a scoreless first inning in a rehab outing with one strikeout on just eight pitches. No word on his velocity.

With Salazar as his opener, Eli Morgan still struggled, allowing five runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings while striking out five and walking one.

Henry Martinez and Hector Hernandez both contributed a pair of scoreless innings of relief.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 1

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 60-68

Leadoff hitter Steven Kwan was perfect at the plate, going 3-3 with a sacrifice fly and a double while Will Benson went 2-3 with a double and sacrifice fly and Connor Smith doubled, was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice fly to lead Lynchburg offensively.

Starting pitcher Juan Hillman was excellent, allowing just one run on three hits in 7.0 innings while striking out four and walking two to earn the win.

Lake County Captains 13, Dayton Dragons 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 71-61

The Lake County offense erupted Monday for 13 runs on 14 hits.

Bo Naylor was the top offensive contributor, going 2-5 with a grand slam and a triple to knock in five total runs. Jose Fermin went 3-5 with a home run, three runs scored and three runs batted in.

Other contributors included Quentin Holmes, who hit his sixth home run, and Jesse Berardi, Raynel Delgado and Daniel Schneemann, who all had two-hit games. Clark Scolamiero also went 1-3 with a pair of walks.

In his Single-A debut, George Valera went 0-4 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch.

Starting pitcher Alex Royalty had a strong showing, allowing two runs on four hits in 6.1 innings while striking out six and walking one.

Dan Herrin allowed an inherited runner to score but finished off the game with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 9, Auburn Doubledays 3

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 34-34

The Scrappers won on the backs of monster games from Yainer Diaz and Michael Cooper. Diaz went 3-4 with a home run, a sacrifice fly and five runs batted in while Cooper went 3-4 with a walk, two runs batted in and a stolen base.

Korey Holland also went 1-3 with a pair of walks, Joab Gonzalez went 1-3 with a walk and Felix Fernandez hit a solo home run.

Francisco Perez tossed 5.0 scoreless innings as he continues to work his way back from injury. Gregori Vasquez gave up three runs in 4.0 innings of piggy-back relief.

AZL Indians Blue 3, AZL Dodgers 7

Box Score · Indians fall to 35-21

Jeikel Contreras was the lone member of the AZL Indians Blue to have a multi-hit game, going 2-4. Christopher Cespedes and Pablo Jimenez both went 1-3 with a double and a walk while Jesus Maestre and Gaspar Palacio both hit solo home runs.

The lone impressive pitching performance came from 2019 23rd round pick Chandler Fidel, who tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts.

AZL Indians Red 10, AZL Cubs 3

Box Score · Indians improve to 27-29

Backed by a 4-4 performance from Jean Montero, the AZL Indians Red steamrolled the AZL Cubs on Monday. Montero hit a double and also stole two bases, scoring two runs.

Catcher Richard Paz had the lone other multi-hit game, going 2-4 with three runs batted in, but Will Bartlett went 1-3 with two walks and both Cesar Idrogo and Gabriel Rodriguez had a hit and a walk.

Jhon Vergara had the standout outing for Indians Red pitchers, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief with five strikeouts and just one hit allowed.