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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: May 16, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared Sunday:

Triple-A Columbus (25-12) - After starting out the season 25-8, the Clippers lost their fourth consecutive game via a 7-3 defeat by host Indianapolis at Victory Field...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (2-1, 3.80 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season, in allowing five runs (four earned) - including a three-run home run in the eighth inning that put the game out of reach - in just 1 2/3 innings of relief...Starter and RHP ZACH MCALLISTER (6-0, 2.80 ERA) received a no-decision in limiting the Indians to two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out six batters in six innings...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA and INF WES HODGES led the Clippers offense, each going  2-for-4 on the day. Additionally, Hodges, DH CHAD HUFFMAN and INF JASON KIPNIS each drove in a run.

Double-A Akron (18-19) - The Aeros inched closer to first place in their division after winning their third consecutive game via a 5-3 victory over host Bowie at Prince George's Stadium. The Aeros led 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning frame and prevented a late rally by the Baysox...LHP MATT PACKER (1-5, 4.50 ERA) won his first game of the season by tossing seven strong innings that included yielding just one run on five hits while striking out eight batters...The Baysox staged a mini rally by scoring two runs against reliever and RHP CHEN LEE, cutting Akron’s lead to 5-3. But closer and RHP CORY BURNS pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 12th save of the season... OF JORDAN HENRY went 2-for-5 with one RBI, a run scored and a stolen base...OF JOHN DRENNEN drove in two runs.

High Class-A Kinston (14-21)- The K-Tribe pitchers combined to dish up 14 hits, leading to a 9-1 loss to the visiting Frederick Keys...RHP TORU MURATA (0-2, 5.52 ERA) made his second start of the season, yielding four runs (three earned) in three innings to take the loss...Reliever and RHP JOSE FLORES allowed four runs on six hits in just 1 1/3 innings... Trailing 7-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, INF JUSTIN TOOLE drove in INF JASON SMITfor Kinston’s lone run...Smit went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored...LHP FRANCISCO JIMENEZ and RHP PRESTON GUILMET provided the only bright spots out of the Indians’ bull pen, combining to pitch 1 2/3 hitless innings.

Low Class-A Lake County (17-19) - The Captains doubleheader with visiting West Michigan at Classic Park was postponed due to rain...The teams are slated to make up the games by playing doubleheaders on May 28th and May 30th at Classic Park...The Captains lead the Midwest League in batting average (.264),  hits (322), doubles (79), slugging percentage (.415) and are tied for first in on-base percenatge (.336)…OF ANTHONY GALLAS ranks second in the league with a .356 batting average, trailing former teammate INF TYLER CANNON, who was promoted to Kinston…Gallas is also second in hits (41), tied for first in doubles (16), is fourth in on-base percentage (.415), third in slugging percentage (.593), tied for third in extra-base hits (20) and fourth in total bases (70)… LHP MIKE RAYL (4-0, 2.29 ERA), the reigning Indians Minor League Player of the Week, is tied for fifth in the MWL in wins and has pitched 35 1/3 innings covering seven 7 games- a span in which he's limited opponents to nine earned runs and nine walks while striking out 39.

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