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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 12, 2011

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

Tripe-A Columbus (58-33) - The Clippers began their All-Star break. They are scheduled to return to action Thursday against visiting Indianapolis for a four-game series at Huntington Park....Tonight Clippers manager MIKE SARBAUGH will manage the International League All-Stars, which includes 2B JASON KIPNIS and RHP ZACH MCALLISTER, against the Pacific Coast League's best in the  Triple-A All-Star Game at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City at 9 p.m. ET...INF LUIS VALBUENA and RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ were selected but will not participate. Valbuena was called up to join the parent-club Indians last week and Gomez is the lead candidate to replace struggling Indians starter MITCH TALBOT in the Tribe's starting rotation following the All-Star break. 

Double-A Akron (47-44) - The host Aeros won the series finale of a four-game set against Erie 6-3 at Canal Park...RHP JOE GARDNER (6-6, 4.11 ERA) picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season, limiting the SeaWolves to three runs on five hits, while striking out five in 5 2/3 innings...DH BEAU MILLS sparked the Aeros offense with a two-run home run in the third inning and went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored...The Aeros built an early 5-0 lead after tacking on three runs in the fifth inning before the SeaWolves responded with three runs of their own in the sixth against Gardner...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS earned a five-out save - his 25th of the season...SS JUAN DIAZ went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

High Class-A Kinston (12-6 in the second half) -  Two errors and a rough outing from RHP CLAYTON COOK (6-6, 3.98 ERA) dug the K-Tribe in a hole that they could not climb out of en route to a 9-1 loss to Frederick...Cook allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and a walk in just four innings...Cook was outmatched by the Keys' starter and LHP NICHOLAS HAUGHIAN (6-4, 3.86 ERA), who allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out 12 over seven innings...Kinston’s bullpen combined to throw four innings of relief, as Frederick batters only mananged a run over those frames off RHP TREY HALEY (0-0, 4.50 ERA)...INF JEREMIE TICE went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double...INF ADAM ABRAHAM went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

Low Class-A Lake County (7-11 in the second half) - Despite a rocky outing from starter and LHP J.D. REICHENBACH (4-1, 3.74 ERA), the Captains rallied late to pick up just their fourth win in the last 15 contests via a 6-4 win over Lansing...RHP CASEY LAWRENCE (6-8, 3.78 ERA) started for Lansing and exited the game with a 4-2 lead after 5 1/3 innings...Reichenbach allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings pitched for Lake County...The Captains bullpen, which has been solid as of late, contributed 5 1/3 innings of hitless baseball while striking out seven batters...The Captains offense came alive in the bottom of the eighth inning, putting up four runs off RHP DAYTON MARZE (3-4, 4.71 ERA)...OF's CARLOS MONCRIEF and LEVON WASHINGTON led off the inning with back-to-back doubles as all four runs scored with out an out in the inning...INF JESUS AGUILAR went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI.

Short-season Mahoning Valley (14-11) - Scrappers starter and RHP MASON RADEKE (1-0, 4.15 ERA) struggled to keep men off base all game, exiting the game with a 4-4 tie despite allowing four runs in five innings...But the Scrappers bullpen allowed a Williamsport come back in a 7-4 loss to the Crosscutters...Williamsport scored one run in the seventh then added two insurance runs in the eighth via a two-run home run from INF TAYLOR BLACK...RHP CODY ALLEN picked up the loss for Mahoning Valley, his first of the season and Mahoning Valley’s seventh in thier last 11 games.

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