Take a look at how the Indians minor league teams fared Thursday:
Triple-A Columbus - The 2010 International League and Triple-A Champion Clippers began their title defense with a 4-3 win over Indianapolis...LHP DAVID HUFF (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win with six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out two...DH CORD PHELPS went 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI, coming within a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
Double-A Akron - The Aeros dropped their season opener at Canal Park, losing 1-0 to Binghamton...On a major league rehab assignment, CF GRADY SIZEMORE played seven innings in center field and led off the Aeros 2011 season with a single, but the host managed just three more hits the rest of the way...RHP JOE SMITH, also on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning...LHP KELVIN DE LA CRUZ (0-1, 1.80) allowed one earned run on one hit over five innings, striking out seen and walking 4...The Mets scored their only run in the top of the third inning when OF LORENZO SCOTT walked, stole second and later scored from third on a De La Cruz wild pitch.
High Class-A Kinston - The Indians begin play Friday at Grainger Stadium when they host Winston-Salem... Kinston went 73-67 last season and made its first postseason appearance since 2007, but lost in the first round.
Low Class-A Lake County - The Captains (1-0) opened their 2011 campaign in defense of their Midwest League title on the road against Great Lakes...The Captains jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and never looked back in earning a 13-3 victory...The Captains offense combined for 15 hits - including four doubles...Newly drafted INF NICK BARTOLONE reached base three times in six plate appearances...Eighth-round draft pick C ALEX LAVISKY drove in a pair of runs on his first professional double...INF GIOVANNY URSHELA recorded three of Lake County’s nine RBI during his two-hit performance as every Captain who had a plate appearance finished the game with at least one hit...RHP MICHAEL GOODNIGHT surrendered two unearned runs on one hit over five innings.