Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared Wednesday:
Triple-A Columbus (27-13) - The host Clippers split a double-header with Pawtucket, losing 7-2 in the first game before winning the night cap 8-3 at Huntington Park...In the first game, the Red Sox exploded for a four-run fifth inning en route to the five-run win...RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ (3-1, 3.47 ERA) suffered his first loss, allowing four runs on five hits - including a three-run home run in the big fifth - in five innings... The Clippers two runs runs came via solo home runs by DH CORD PHELPS and OF JERAD HEAD...In Game 2, the Clippers bounced back by using a five-run sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie. A two-run double by Phelps being the highlight of the inning...INF LONNIE CHISENHALL went 2-for-4 with a RBI and OF JOSH RODRIGUEZ added two RBI and a run scored...RHP JOE MARTINEZ (3-1, 4.80 ERA) picked up the win after pitching two hitless innings of relief... Starter and LHP SCOTT BARNES pitched allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits in four innings of the no-decision.
Double-A Akron (19-19)- The Aeros enjoyed their highest scoring game of the season via a 16-6 come-from-behind victory over visiting Altoona...The Aeros trailed 5-1 after the first two innings, but went on to score a combined 15 runs in the bottom of the fourth (3), fifth (4), sixth (4) and seventh (4) innings...INF KYLE BELLOWS led the Aeros’ offense in going 2-for-4 - including a three-run home run in the fourth inning and six RBI...OF TIM FEDROFF went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI...OF JORDAN HENRY and DH MATT LAWSON also added three hits apiece for Akron, who had a season-high tying 16 hits on the day...RHP KYLE LANDIS pitched just one-third of an inning and allowed a run on two hits, but lucked into the timely win...Starter and LHP KELVIN DE LA CRUZ dished up five runs on six hits and three walks but struck out eight batters in the no-decision. The Aeros, who have now won a season-high four consecutive games, moved into a first-place tie with Altoona.
High Class-A Kinston (16-22) - It's one of those things you see in a baseball game very often - four different pitchers blow a save opportunity - but that was the case for the host K-Tribe in a 6-5 victory over Lynchburg...The teams scored in six of the nine innings - where eight of the 11 runs were scored from the sixth frame on. Know how the Indians pulled out the win? On a walk-off bases loaded walk, of course!...INF ADAM ABRAHAM began all the late drama in the sixth inning by belting his team-leading fourth home run of the season. Hewould go on to finish the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored...Lynchburg answered with a two-run double in the top of the seventh off RHP FRANCISCO JIMENEZ, who replaced starter and LHP DREW POMERANZ after another solid outing (six innings, two earned runs, five hits, three walks, six strike outs)...Kinston reponded by plating two more runs in the eighth inning, but Lynchburg tied the ball game in the top of the ninth at 5-5...In the home half of the ninth, Kinston only needed one out to get the job done. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for INF CASEY FRAWLEY, who won the game by patiently working his third walk in five plate appearances.
Low Class-A Lake County (18-19) - The Captains recorded their second shutout of the season with a 4-0 victory over Fort Wayne, marking their third time (in just 37 games) that Captains pitchers have combined to toss a one-hitter...RHP STEVEN WRIGHT threw six solid innings, issuing three walks and as many strikeouts while limiting the Tin Caps to the lone hit to earn his first win of the year...LHP J.D. REICHENBACH (who earned his second hold), RHP DALE DICKERSON and RHP NIKOLAS SARIANIDES each threw a scoreless inning to preserve the win...In the first inning, OF LEVON WASHINGTON walked, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an infield single by INF JESUS AGUILAR to give Lake County the early lead...Washington then knocked in DH ALEX LAVISKY in the bottom of the second and INF NICK BARTALONE scored shortly after on a balk. In the seventh inning, the Captains added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of INF GIOVANNY URSHELA drove home Washington for the game’s final run.