Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Sunday:
Triple-A Columbus (73-42) - The Clippers completed a perfect 8-0 home stand after defeating Syracuse 6-4 at Huntington Park...But Columbus had to fight its way back to earn Sunday's win, as Syracuse owned a 3-1 lead after three innings...C PAUL PHILLIPS hit a RBI single in the fourth and OF CHAD HUFFMAN blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning to hand the Clippers a 4-3 lead...Syracuse responded with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game, but Huffman answered once again with a two-run double that gave the host the lead for good...RHP JOSH JUDY tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 17th save on the season...RHP MITCH TALBOT (1-1) picked up the victory, but was also charged with a blown save...Starter and RHP ZACH McALLISTER allowed three runs on six hits and struck out six batters in six innings...Huffman led the Clippers offense in going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, four RBI and a run scored...Phillips and INF LUIS VALBUENA each had two hits and INF CORD PHELPS added a solo homer.
Double-A Akron (60-55) - The Aeros offense exploded for double-digit runs to win their fifth game in the last six games after defeating the New Britain Rock Cats 10-2 at Canal Park. The Aeros got off to a fast start when C MICHEL HERNANDEZ hit a RBI single in the first inning...OF JOHN DRENNEN’s two-un triple and INF KAREXON SANCHEZ's RBI acrifice fly in the second would jave been more than enough offense, but the Aeros kept adding to their lead with runs in the fourth (one), fifth (two) and sixth (three) innings...RHP AUSTIN ADAMS picked up his ninth win after limiting the Rock Cats to two runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out five batters in 6 2/3 innings...Five players had at least two hits for the Aeros, which totaled 13 hits as a team...Drennen went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored to lead the way...DH NICK WEGLARZ and INF KYLE BELLOWS each hit solo home runs and had two hits apiece.
High Class-A Kinston (22-19 in 2nd half) - Following Saturday's rainout, the K-Tribe split a doubleheader with Winston-Salem, dropping the first game 5-1 and winning the finale 2-1...With the win in Game Two, Kinston won the three-game series with the Red Sox and took over first place in the division...Salem jumped on RHP BRETT BRACH (6-9, 3.60 ERA) early in the seven-inning first game, as he dished up five runs on seven hits and five walks in just 4 2/3 innings...INF ADAM ABRAHAM went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored...LHP FRANCISCO JIMENEZ (3-2, 4.07 ERA) started the night game for Kinston and did not allow a run in three innings of work, giving up three walks and three hits...RHP KYLE LANDIS (7-0, 1.09 ERA) recorded his seventh win of the season for Kinston with a perfect inning of relief...RHP PRESTON GUILMET (1-1, 1.94 ERA) picked up his 29th save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning...Abraham stayed hot for the second game, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Low Class-A Lake County (18-24 in 2nd half) - The Captains offense struggled to get going in a game featuring a 42-minute rain delay, as Lake County dropped its fifth game in six contests by a score of 4-1 in seven innings to Dayton...RHP JORDAN COOPER (2-5, 4.82 ERA) tossed a complete game for the Captains, but allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in the losss. Cooper did not receive much support from his offense, however, which tallied just one hit in the shortened game...INF RONNY RODRIGUEZ reached on an error to lead off the fifth inning, and INF AARON FIELDS drove him in with a double, cutting the Dragons’ lead in half at 2-1...But the Dragons added wo more runs in the seventh inning and the rain ended the game before the Captains could try and come back in the bottom half of the inning.
Short-season Mahoning Valley (29-21) - A rocky outing from LHP HAROLD GUERRERO (2-2, 5.45 ERA) put the Scrappers into a hole early, and their offense was unable to come up with much in a 7-0 shutout loss to Auburn...DH TONY WOLTERS and OF CODY ELLIOTT both went 2-for-4...RHP WILL KRASNE (2-1, 5.14 ERA) allowed one run on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief for Mahoning Valley.