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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: June 15, 2011

Here's how the Indians minor league teams fared tuesday:

Triple-A Columbus  (44-22) - The Clippers extended their winning streak to eight consecutive games with a 7-3 win over the Bisons to sweep the four-game series at Coca-Cola Field...LHP SCOTT BARNES (5-1, 3.97) ERA became the fifth Clippers pitcher to record five wins this season after limting the Bisons to a run while scattering five hits and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings...OF CHAD HUFFMAN led the offense in going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored - including a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning that increased the Clippers lead to five runs...INF JASON KIPNIS had two triples and went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored...OF JERAD HEAD’s two-run home run was the highlight of the sixth inning, as he went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored...RHP JEANMAR GOMEZ was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of June 6-12. The 23-year old was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts for the Clippers. On the season he is 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA in nine  starts at Columbus.

Double -A Akron (31-34) - The Aeros saw their three-game winning streak snapped in one inning as visiting New Hampshire scored six runs in the fourth inning en route to a 7-2 win over the host Aeros at Canal Park...Akron put the game’s first run on the board when 3B  JASON DONALD’s RBI single in the bottom of the second scored Indians rehabbing DH Travis Hafner...But the Fisher Cats rallied in a big way against the Aeros starter and struggling LHP Kelvin De La Cruz (4-4, 4.14 ERA), who walked the bases loaded then walked in three runs in the inning that spelled his doom. In his brief,  3 1/3-inning outing, De La Cruz dished up six runs on three hits, walked six...Hafner went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored...Donald was 1-for-2 with a RBI and OF TIM FEDROFF went 2-for-4 with a walk.

High Class-A Kinston (34-30) - With an impressive start from LHP J.D. REICHENBACH (1-0, 0.00 ERA), the K-Tribe took Game Three of a four-game series from Salem 5-2...In his first start and second appearance for the Indians, Reichenbach had a no-hitter when he left the game after 5 2/3 innings due to a pitch count limit...DH ADAM ABRAHAM hit his eighth home run of the season to give Kinston a two-run first inning...C DOUG PICKENS added a solo home run in the fifth inning and OF TYLER HOLT went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored...However, Kinston’s bullpen was unable to complete the shutout as RHP JOSE FLORES (2-3, 6.59 ERA) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in 1 1/3 innings of relief...But Kinston closer RHP PRESTON GUILMET (0-0, 1.42 ERA) recorded his 15th save of the season - good for second place in the Carolina League in saves.

Low Class-A Kinston (27-37) - The Captains dropped their sixth consecutive game via a 3-1 loss to Great Lakes...RHP KYLE BLAIR (3-5, 5.55 ERA) pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks...The Captains also struggled at the plate against Great Lakes starter RHP ANGEL SANCHEZ (2-0, 1.71 ERA), who allowed just one run on two hits over six innings...INF RONNY RODRIGUEZ did find one pitch to hit - a triple - as the only Captain to not be a strikeout victim in the loss...Lake County’s bullpen kept the Captains in the game, as RHP BRYCE STOWELL (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and RHP NICKOLAS SARIANIDES (3-3, 3.18 ERA) each threw two scoreless innings of relief.

Rookie Mahoning Valley (0-0) - The Scrappers season gets underway Friday against the Jamestown Jammers at 7:05 p.m. at Eastwood Field.

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