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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 29, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (65-41) - The Clippers took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning, but relievers LHP NICK HAGADONE and RHP ZACH PUTNAM could not close the game out and Columbus lost 6-5 to host Syracuse...Hagadone gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in just 1 1/3 innings after replacing starter RHP ZACH McALLISTER, who did not receive a decision despite limiting the Chiefs to two runs  while scattering nine hits over six innings...Putnam entered the game with Columbus holding a 5-4 edge, but suffered his third blown save of the season after dishing up a two-run double to former Clipper and INF MICHAEL AUBREY, which put the Chiefs ahead for good...Offensively, Columbus had four players with two hits led by OF SHELLEY DUNCAN, who hit a three-run homerun that snapped a 0-for-23 skid...DH NICK JOHNSON added a two-run homer for the Clippers.

Double-A Akron (55-51) - 1B MATT MCBRIDE hit two solo home runs to help the host Aeros halt a season-high four-game losing streak in a 7-4 win over Erie at Canal Park...The seven runs were plenty of run support for starter and RHP AUSTIN ADAMS (7-8, 3.99 ERA), as Akron scored a run in each of the first five innings...Adams, who picked up the win in limiting the SeaWolves to four runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings, left the game with a narrow 5-4 lead...However, OF JORDAN HENRY drove in a pair of insurance runs with an RBI double in the eighth and RHP CORY BURNS closed out the game for his league-best 28th save of the season.

High Class-A Kinston (18-14 2nd half) - The K-Tribe suffered a fourth-inning collapse they couldn't recover from as Winston-Salem secured a 6-3 victory...LHP T.J. HOUSE (6-9, 4.50 ERA) struggled in the loss, tossing  just 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk...The Dash's LHP JOSEPH SERAFIN (3-8, 5.87 ERA) recorded his second consecutive win in limiting the K-Tribe to three runs on six hits - yet issuing six walks - in 6 1/3 innings...Unlike Kinston, the Dash took advantage of the Indians mistakes - one coming at the hands of INF ADAM ABRAHAM in a six-run fourth inning...Meanwhile, the K-Tribe scored one run in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings...OF TYLER HOLT went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, walk and two runs scored...DH JEREMIE TICE finished 1-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and a RBI...The Indians bullpen was solid after House’s early exit, as LHP CHRIS JONES (5-1, 3.93 ERA) led the way to a combined 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Low Class-A Lake County (14-18 2nd half) - Despite subpar pitching from Lake County’s bullpen, the Captains offense was able to support a quality start from RHP JORDAN COOPER (2-3, 4.79 ERA) as Lake County extended its winning streak to four games in a 5-4 win over Bowling Green...Cooper allowed just one run on three hits in five innings - the lone run coming off a solo home run in the first inning...The Captains entered the seventh inning down 4-3, but INF GIOVANNY URSHELA’S RBI-double and a costly error by the Hot Rods drove in two more runs to give Lake County a 5-4 lead...Urshela finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI...DH KEVIN FONTANEZ went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and a RBI...LHP KYLE PETTER (2-2, 3.60 ERA) recorded his second blown save of the season when he allowed three runs on two hits and two walks in one inning...RHP NICKOLAS SARIANIDES (5-4, 4.27 ERA) picked up the win for Lake County in relief.

 Short-season Mahoning Valley (22-18) - A 45-minute rain delay was not enough to slow Lowell’s offense early and Mahoning Valley’s offense came alive a little too late in a 10-7 loss to the Spinners...RHP MASON RADEKE (2-0, 4.42 ERA) allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings - every run coming in the first inning. But he was lights-out after the first inning, going on to strike out six...The Scrappers pulled within a run in the third inning, on INF JAKE LOWERY’S triple and INF JORDAN SMITH’S double...Mahoning Valley’s bullpen could not hold the lead and RHP TONY DISCHLER (0-2, 5.68 ERA) and RHP WILL KRASNE (1-1, 5.65 ERA) combined to allow six runs in two innings...Although the Scrappers tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning, they were unable to rally all the way back...Smith finished the night 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI...Lowery went 2-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and three runs scored.

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