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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 2, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (68-42) - The Clippers won on a walk-off single to top Norfolk 8-7 for the second consecutive night at Huntington Park...Columbus lead 7-3 after six innings but saw that lead disappear after the Tides scored two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings...Two days ago, INF BEAU MILLS hit a walk-off single after replacing OF CHAD HUFFMAN in the 13th inning in a 6-5 win over Norfolk. Last night, Huffman came in to pinch-hit for Mills in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded and one out, Huffman came through with a single to right field, giving the Clippers another dramatic victory...Despite suffering a blown save and allowing a pair of runs, RHP CHEN LEE (3-0) picked up the win...Starter and RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ did not receive a decision after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over five innings...OF JERAD HEAD led the offense in going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double,  three RBI and two runs scored...INF NICK JOHNSON also homered and went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored...OF TIM FEDROFF, INF LUIS VALBUENA and INF JARED GOEDERTeach added two hits for Columbus, which had 14 hits in the game....RHP JUSTIN GERMANO was honored as the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 24-30 after Germano tossed the first nine-inning perfect game in Clippers history July 26. He retired 27 consecutive batters, including striking out seven on 95 pitches (69 strikes) in the Clippers 3-0 victory over Syracuse. Germano was also named the International League Player of The Week for his performance.

 Double-A  Akron (55-54) - The Aeros enjoyed a scheduled day off...Despite dropping three consecutive games, the Aeros are 21-15 over their last 36 games and their team ERA of 3.83 ranks third in the Eastern League...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS (2-4, 2.66 ERA) leads the E.L. in saves with 28 (in 30 opportunities)...Burns is one save shy of the Aeros single season record of 29 saves, which is held by RHP Randy Newsom, who set the mark in 2008…LHP T.J. McFARLAND (7-6, 4.09 ERA) is 5-2 in his last eight starts, posting a 2.65 ERA with 39 strikeout and just 14 walks...OF JORDAN HENRY leads the team with 28 stolen bases (sixth best in the league) on 37 attempts and 59 walks...

High Class-A Kinston (18-17 in the 2nd half) - The K-Tribe enjoyed a scheduled day off...The Indians finished 38-31 in the first half of the season, which is the best record in a single half for Kinston since the second half of 2007…Kinston ranks first in the league in walks (356) and fourth in stolen bases (101)…RHP BRETT BRACH (6-8, 3.34 ERA) is 11th in the league in ERA (3.34), second in average against (.223) and sixth in the league in WHIP (1.11)…RHP PRESTON GUILMET (1-1, 2.08 ERA) has posted an opponents’ batting average of .195 and has struck out 47 to just seven walks and owns a WHIP of 0.88. He is second in the league with 26 saves.

Low Class-A Lake County (17-19 in the 2nd half ) - The Captains rode an early offensive explosion and another solid performance from its bullpen to a 6-3 win over Lansing, marking their seventh win in the last eighth games...LHP KIRK WETMORE (3-0, 6.21 ERA) picked up the win for Lake County in limiting the Lugnuts to three runs on four hits and four walks over five innings...However, it was the Captains offense that provided the early spark, jumping on RHP TYLER POWELL (2-2, 5.25 ERA) for six runs between the second and third innings, forcing him from the game after just 2 1/3 innings...INF RONNY RODRIGUEZ hit two doubles off of Powell...DH KEVIN FONTANEZ went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI...Lake County’s bullpen kept the Captains in the game late as RHP NICKOLAS SARIANIDES (5-4, 4.14 ERA) and RHP CLAYTON EHLERT (1-2, 1.62 ERA) contributed a combined four innings of no-hit relief with Ehlert picking up his 14th save of the season.

Short-season Mahoning Valley (26-18) - The Scrappers offense came ready to swing the bats, posting 14 runs against Aberdeen’s pitching staff in a 14-3 victory in eight innings...Ironbirds starter and RHP MATTHEW HOBGOOD (0-3, 13.86 ERA) struggled to keep men off base in his brief 2 2/3-inning stint, allowing nine runs on eight hits and two walks as the Scrappers collected 17 hits...Mahoning Valley starter and RHP ROB NIXON (4-3, 4.22 ERA) tossed six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four...INF TODD HANKINS capped a three-run third inning with a two-run homer, his second of the season...DH JAKE LOWERY was the only Scrappers player to not record a hit in the game, although he did pick up an RBI...INF JORDAN SMITH went 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and three runs scored...Hankins finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI...LHP HAROLD GUERRERO (2-1, 4.50 ERA) contributed two scoreless innings of relief.

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