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Oscar Gonzalez struggles in Double-A debut as Rubber Ducks fall just short

Cleveland Indians Minor League recap for August 2nd, 2019

Columbus Clippers 5, Indianapolis Indians 3

Box Score · Clippers’ broadside propels record to 62-48

A big sixth inning propelled the Clippers to victory Friday night. For the game, Eric Haase hit two triples, Ka’ai Tom walked twice, and Ryan Flaherty tossed two RBI onto the pile.

Michael Peoples made a strong start by tossing six innings and allowing only two runs. He did allow seven hits and two walks, but managed to spread them out enough to avoid any major damage.

Akron Rubber Ducks 2, Binghampon Rumble Ponies 3

Box Score · Rubber Ducks melted and turned into that weird but “safer” playground mulch, record now 49-62

A tough loss for the Rubber Ducks. Tanner Tully pitched effectively for 6.2 innings. He gave up only three runs, with most of the damage coming in the sixth. Robert Broom kept things close by finishing up with 2.1 scoreless innings, but the Rubber Ducks couldn’t sustain a rally.

In fact, Akron only smacked four hits and walked but twice. Connor Marabell led the way with two singles and a run scored. Oscar Gonzalez made his Double-A debut and went 0-3, though he did manage to put the ball into play each time.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 6

Box Score · Hillcats rounded up, shaved, declawed, record now 50-57

It’s just you know sometimes you try really hard and life is all like look man it’s just not going to happen and you don’t listen and then you get smacked around or dunked on or both and it’s just hard man it’s so hard you’ve just got to try to fight through it you know?

Maybe that’s how Will Benson feels after 35 games at High-A ball. He’s slashing .171/.271/.301 now and doesn’t quite look comfortable at the level yet. Last night he went 0-3 but drew a walk. The rest of the Hillcats scattered hits around the middle innings, scoring one run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to build a three run lead.

Then, the Red Sox hammered Juan Mota for four runs in the bottom of the fifth as he recorded a single out. They added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh, though ultimately did not need them.

Lake County Captains 5, Lansing Lugnuts 1

Box Score · Captains climb mast, give the rest of harbor the finger as record rises to 62-47

Double catcher power.

Bo Naylor DH’d while Josh Rolette did the catching, and both backstops smacked a couple of hits to help carry the Captains’ offense. Rolette added two RBIs, while Naylor walked once and came around to score. Jose Fermin and Jonathan Englemann also enjoyed a multi-hit night.

Matt Turner made another fine start for the Captains. In three games at Single-A, the 19-year-old owns a 1.72 ERA in 15.2 IP.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, Staten Island Yankees 3

Box Score · Scrappers unceremoniously discarded, record now 22-25

Another close game slipped away from an Indians affiliate last night. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees scored on a sacrifice fly. The Scrappers couldn’t advantage when Jonathan Rodriguez advanced to second with no outs in the top of the ninth, as the next three batters perished in order.

Ethan Hankins looked effectively wild out there. He pitched three innings but needed 70 pitches to work through them, striking out six but walking three. Of the two runs that scored during his tenure he earned but one.

Gregori Vasquez continued his fantastic start in short-season A as he works his way back from injury. He pitched four shutout innings and struck out eight with one hit and one walk.

AZL Indians Red 6, AZL Reds 5

Box Score · Indians astutely zoom longitudinally to 18-19

The Indians triumphed in extras by scoring two in the bottom of the tenth to overcome surrendering one in the top half. Things nearly got even worse for the Indians; courtesy of a walk and a hit-by-pitch they loaded the bases with a single out. Jhan Rodriguez came in and recorded two strikeouts to save the day.

In the bottom half, the Indians really did win despite their own best efforts to foil themselves. Landy Pena bunted Jean Montero to third in sacrifice to start things off. Christian Cairo then reached on a fielder’s choice when Montero got gunned down at the plate.

With two outs, Gabriel Rodriguez doubled to score Cairo and tie it up, then came home the winning run when Joe Naranjo singled.

AZL Indians Blue 11, AZL Dodgers Mota 9

Box Score · Indians ascend zenith leewardly, record now 23-14

All three RBIs came courtesy of the 2-3-4 hitters in the Indians lineup.

  • Pedro Alfonseca: 2-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB
  • Jose Tena: 2-5, 3 RBI
  • Jhonkensy Noel: 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI

That kind of production in the heart of the order tends to make things a little easier. Jothson Flores and Richard Palacios played an important part, too, notching four total hits and scoring a combined three times from the eight and nine holes, too.

The Dodgers did plenty of damage, too, but most off that came during the two innings pitched by Chandler Fidel. He allowed seven of the nine, with the other two coming during the three innings pitched by Johnneyver Gutierrez.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Rangers1 5

Box Score · Indians dominate superior leaders, improve to 21-29

Everyone got a hit! How cool is that?

Despite the Rangers scoring two in the bottom of the ninth the Indian hung on to win. Luis Ostos played his first professional game and picked up two hits from the DH spot.