Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared thursday:
Triple-A Columbus (25-9) - A late Clippers rally fell short in a 10-7 loss to visiting Charlotte at Huntington Park, as Columbus trailed 8-0 after the Knights scored seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Clippers got going when OF JOSH RODRIGUEZ hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning, followed by another homer by 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL the next inning. The host tagged on three more runs in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 9-7, but couldn't make up any more ground...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (2-1, 5.14 ERA) was tagged with the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits while striking out four over four innings...Reliever and LHP ERIC BERGER absorbed most of the damage in dishing up six runs (five earned) on four hits and three walks in the explosive fifth inning...Offensivly for the Clippers, OF JERAD HEAD went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored...INF WES HODGES went 2-for-4 while INF LUIS VALBUENA and Rodriguez each added two RBI.
Double-A Akron (15-19) - The Aeros dropped the series opener at host Bowie 6-2 at Prince George's Stadium when the Baysox scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning against RHP JOE GARDNER (2-2, 3.05 ERA). However, only one of the runs was earned. Gardner also walked four batters and allowed two hits in a brief 2 2/3-inning stint...The Aeros offense managed just four hits on the day - including a home run in the fourth inning by INF JARED GOEDERT, who joined the Aeros on a rehab assignment.
High Class-A Kinston (13-19) - The K-Tribe dropped a 4-2 loss to host Myrtle Beach, marking the first professional loss for Indians LHP DREW POMERANZ (1-1, 1.93 ERA), who allowed three runs on six hits in a 4 1/3-inning outing that included six strikeouts...Kinston’s offense produced only five hits on the night while striking out 13 times…OF TYLER HOLT and INF ADAM ABRAHAM each had RBI singles in the loss.
Low Class-A Lake County (16-19) - The Captains took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but lost their consecutive game to host Dayton at Fifth Third Field, 3-2...RHP LUIS ENCARNACION (0-1, 27.00 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season in his Captains debut, allowing three runs in just an inning of work...INF JESUS AGUILAR doubled home a run in the first inning and reigning Midwest League Player of the Week OF ANTHONY GALLAS belted his fourth homer of the year in the fourth inning, going 2-for-4...RHP STEVEN WRIGHT struck out a season-high nine batters and limited the Dragons to just three hits, but still earned a no-decision...DH ALEX LAVISKY went 2-for-4 on the night with both hits doubles, giving him seven on the season.