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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 1, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (67-42) - The Clippers took advnatage of the longball in rallying from a 5-1 deficit, but it was 1B BEAU MILLS' walk-off single in the bottom of the 13th inning that handed the host a 6-5 victory over Norfolk at Huntington Park...Columbus’ comeback began in the sixth inning after INF CORD PHELPS hit a solo home run to cut the Tides' lead to 5-2...INF JARED GOEDERT added another solo homer in the seventh and OF JERAD HEAD tied the game with his two-run home run in the eighth...With the scored knotted 5-5 in the 13th, DH SHELLY DUNCAN led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error...INF NICK JOHNSON and Goedert were intentionally walked to load the bases.  Mills entered the game as a pinch hitter for OF CHAD HUFFMAN and came through with the game-winning hit...LHP NICK HAGADONE (4-1, 3.71 ERA) picked up the win after tossing three scoreless innings of relief... RHP JUSTIN GERMANO made his first start since Tuesday's perfect game, allowing five runs on 11 hits in just 4 2/3 innings...But the Clippers bullpen combined to toss 8 1/3 innings without allowing a run and striking out 11.

Double-A Akron (55-54) - The host Aeros avoided being shutout for the third consecutive game, but that was about the only positive in their 5-1 loss to Erie in the final game of their four-game set at Canal Park...Akron, who lost the series 3-1 to Erie, got off to another slow start offensively. The game was scoreless until starter and LHP T.J. MCFARLAND (7-6, 4.09 ERA) walked home a run with two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth inning. SeaWolves’ INF BRYAN POUNDS followed with a two-run double before Mcfarland could get the final out of the frame and Erie went on to add single runs in the top of the sixth and eighth innings to take a 5-0 lead...The Aeros scored their lone run in the bottom of the eighth inning on C MICHEL HERNANDEZ's RBI single - snapping the Aeros streak of 26 innings without scoring a run...McFarland took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings.

High Class-A Kinston (18-17 in 2nd half) - Wilmington jumped on K-Tribe starter and RHP BRETT BRACH (6-8, 3.34 ERA) early as the Indians continued to struggle offensively in a 5-2 loss - their seventh consecutive...The Blue Rocks strung together hits in the first two innings, as Brach allowed all of his three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk over seven innings...INF CASEY FRAWLEY went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored...OF JORDAN CASAS went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and RBI...RHP PRESTON GUILMET (1-1, 2.08 ERA) allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work, striking out two.

Low Class-A Lake County (16-19 in 2nd half) - The Captains fell 10-6 against Lansing, the Lugnuts coming out swinging hot bats early...With the loss, Lake County saw its six-game winning streak snapped...RHP COLE COOK (5-11, 4.54 ERA) struggled to find the strike zone, walking five and allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits in four innings. Cook gave up a two-run home run in the second inning after facing just two batters in the frame, and the Lugnuts went on to a four-run inning to open a 6-0 lead after two innings...OF LUIGI RODRIGUEZ recorded three fielding errors in his third start since being promoted to Lake County...INF GIOVANNY URSHELA went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and run scored...OF BRIAN HEERE went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI...LHP J.D. REICHENBACH (5-1, 3.50 ERA) tossed two hitless innings in relief, walking two and striking out three.

Short-season Mahoning Valley (25-18) - An tough starting pitching matchup turned into a battle of the bullpens as Mahoning Valley’s late offense provided a 1-0 win over Aberdeen in the second game of a three-game series...LHP DANNY JIMENEZ (1-2, 2.79 ERA) and iron Birds' LHP TRENT HOWARD (2-1, 2.30 ERA) matched each other zero for zero, leaving the decision up to the bullpens after six innings...Jimenez shut out Aberdeen while scattering six hits over 6 2/3 innings, while Howard also did not allow a  run, limiting the Scrappers to two hits and a walk in five innings...OF CODY ELLIOT drove in INF TODD HANKINS with a sacrifice fly for the winning run in the eighth inning...OF AARON SILIGA went 1-for-3 with a double...RHP CODY ALLEN (3-1, 2.27 ERA) picked up his third win, contributing 2 1/3 innings of perfect baseball in relief.


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