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Indians Down on the Farm

By sstorm Published: April 22, 2011

Here's how the Indians four minor league teams fared Thursday:

Triple-A Columbus (10-5) - OF CHAD HUFFMAN went 4-for-5 with three home runs and 10 RBI to lead the host Clippers to a 19-3 rout of Louisville. Huffman set a new franchise RBI record and became the first Clipper to homer three times since Indians 1B MATT LAPORTA acomplished the feat on June 9, 2010...RHP ZACH MCALLISTER (3-0, 4.76 ERA) picked up his third win of the season in limiting the Bats to two earned runs on seven hits over six innings.

Double-A Akron (8-7) - The host Aeros rallied from behind to double up Reading 6-3 at Canal Park...The Phillies got on the board first with three runs in the third inning against LHP T.J. MCFRALAND (0-0, 6.23 ERA), but were shut out the rest of the way...In his first Double-A start of the season McFarland struck out five and scattered six hits for four in 4 1/3 innings...The Aeros trimmed the deficit to a run on SS KAREXON SANCHEZ's second hit of the season - a two-run home run to right field to give the Aeros the lead...LHP ERIC BERGER (1-0, 3.12 ERA), earned the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in which he struck out four...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS (0-0, 1.42 ERA) earned his Eastern League-leading sixth save with a scoreless ninth inning.

High Class-A Kinston (5-8) - The host K-Tribe won their third consecutive game with a 6-2 victory over Myrtle Beach at Grainger Stadium, halting the Pelicans’ six-game winning streak in the process...Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Kinston rebounded with its best inning of the season by scoring five runs in the frame...RHP CLAYTON COOK (1-1, 2.25 ERA) recorded the win after limiting the Pelicans to just three hits over six innings while striking out five...Japan native and RHP TORU MURATA struck out six and allowed just one run on two hits in three innings for the save in his Kinston debut...INF JUSTIN TOOLE went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and had the first of five consecutive hits for Kinston in the big fifth inning...OF BO GREENWELL went 3-for-5 with an RBI and OF ABNER ABREU added a 2-for-5 effort with two RBI.

Low Class-A Lake County (8-7) - The host Captains defeated Bowling Green 9-5 at Classic Park...LHP FRANCISCO JIMENEZ (2-0, 2.57 ERA) picked up the win in relief by limiting the Hot Rods to just two runs on three hits over three innings...Lake County broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning by rallying for four runs to take a 6-2 lead...OF CARLOS MONCRIEF had two hits and three RBI - including his first home run of the season via a two-run shot in the fifth inning...INF GIOVANNY URSHELA was one of six Captains to record multiple hits, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored...In all, Captains batters pounded out 16 hits with all nine starters recording at least one hit.

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