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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 28, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (65-40) - A day after RHP JUSTIN GERMANO pitched a perfect game for the Clippers, Columbus was held to one hit in  a 2-0 loss to host Syracuse at Alliance Bank fact, Chiefs’ RHP BRAD PEACOCK took a no-hitter into the eighth inning until DH BEAU MILLS smacked a double to break up the no-hit bid...Peacock exited the game, having struck out seven over seven innings... Despite a solid performance for Columbus, RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ(10-4, 2.34 ERA) took the tough-luck loss, allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks, striking out six batters over seven innings...Although the Clippers did not have a hit, the club managed to have a runner on base in each of the game's first five innings thanks to four walks and a fielding error, but could not capitalize as they left seven men on base in the game...The Chiefs scored both of their runs in the fourth, haning the Clippers their fourth shutout loss this season.

Double-A Akron (54-51) - Aeros starter and RHP JOE GARDNER (7-8, 4.99 ERA) gave up five runs on 10 hits in just 5 1/3 innings in a 5-1 loss to visiting Trenton at Canal Park...The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Thunder scored all five of its runs in the middle frames...The Aeros scored their lone run on a home run by INF KYLE BELLOWS, his second longball of the season... LHP MANNY BANUELOS picked  up the win for Trenton, limiting the Aeros to a run on five hits while strikeout out five in 6 1/3 innings... With the loss,  Akron was swept in a three-game set for the first time since August 20-22, 2010 (vs. Harrisburg) and dropped a season-high four consecutive games.

High Class-A Kinston (18-13 in 2nd half) -  A rocky outing from RHP MARTY POPHAM (4-1, 3.74 ERA) gave the Dash an early lead and Kinston’s defense was not able to back up its pitching staff in a 7-3 loss...Popham recorded his first loss of the season in 10 starts with the K-Tribe, allowing six runs (five earned) over five innings...The Dash scored five runs in the second inning to build a 6-0 lead...Four runs in the big inning came via a three-run home run followed by a solo homer two batters later...OF TYLER HOLT went 3-for-4 with a walk and run scored...INF TYLER CANNON went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a RBI...Kinston’s bullpen did not allow an earned run in three innings of relief behind LHP FRANCISCO JIMENEZ (3-2, 4.50 ERA) and RHP KYLE LANDIS (5-0, 0.93 ERA)...But the K-Tribe offense was 2-for-12 as a team with runners in scoring position. 

Low Class-A Lake County (13-18 in 2nd half) - An soild outing from LHP KIRK WETMORE (2-0, 6.38 ERA) and multi-hit performances from five Captains players allowed Lake County to cruise to a 9-4 win over Bowling Green...Wetmore bounced back from a rough last start by tossing six innings of no-hit baseball...INF RONNY RODRIGUEZ capped a three-run sixth inning with a solo homer, his eighth of the season...INF NICK BARTOLONE went 3-for-4 with three runs scored...OF CARLOS MONCRIEF went 2-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two RBI...RHP JASON MCEACHERN (0-1, 10.80 ERA) struggled in his first appearance with Bowling Green since being promoted. He allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings...RHP LUIS ENCARNACION (1-2, 6.28 ERA) contributed a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth inning.

Short-season Mahoning Valley (22-17) - The Scrappers offense came to life against Lowell starter and RHP RAYNEL VELETTE (1-1, 5.68 ERA), topping the Spinners 5-3 in the first game of a three-game set...The Scrappers scored a run in each of the first five innings to take a 5-2 advantage into the ninth inning...RHP ROB NIXON (3-3, 4.19 ERA) started for Mahoning Valley, limiting the Spinners to two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over five innings...Although the Scrappers defense committed four errors compared to Lowell’s three,  Mahoning Valley’s pitching staff minimized the damage by giving up just one earned run...RHP CODY ALLEN (2-1, 2.45 ERA) did not allow a run in three innings of relief for the Scrappers...C ALEX LAVISKY hit a solo homer in the fourth, going 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored...INF TONY WOLTERS went 2-for-4 with a walk and RBI...OF AARON SILIGA went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

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