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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: June 27, 2011

Here's how the Tribe's minor league teams fared  Sunday:

Triple-A (52-25) - The host Clippers lost their second consecutive game against Gwinnett, 8-5, at Huntington Park...Holding a 5-3 lead in the top of the ninth and two outs, 3B LONNIE CHISENHALL misplayed a ground ball, which allowed the Braves to score and close the gap within one run. With the bases loaded, Columbus closer RHP JOSH JUDY (11 saves) gave up a grand slam to DH CHRIS CARTER to give the Braves a three-run lead...OF JERAD HEAD finished the day 2-for-5, including hitting a grand slam in the third inning which put Columbus up 5-2...INF JASON KIPNIS, CHISENHALL and INF LUIS VALBUENA each contributed  two hits for the Clippers.

Double-A Akron (37-39) - The Aeros sent 14 men to the plate while scoring a season-high 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning to complete a three-game sweep over Reading with a 12-2 victory at Canal Park...The 10-run frame was the most for Akron since July 29, 2005, when they scored 11 in the top of the seventh inning at Binghamton...3B KYLE BELLOWS led the offense by going 3-for-4 with an RBI, two doubles and three runs scored...C MATT McBRIDE went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI...OF DONNIE WEBB also added two RBI and a double after a 2-for-3 performance...RHP JOE GARDNER (5-5, 3.92ERA) picked up his fifth win of the season after limiting the Phillies to two runs on four hits, while striking out six over seven innings. 

High Class-A Kinston (38-31) - The K-Tribe won its sixth consecutive game and 13th of 16th with a 5-4 victory over Potomac...LHP T.J. HOUSE (5-6, 4.16 ERA) started for Kinston and allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. House left the game just before the Indians put two runs on the scoreboard in the fifth inning, so RHP KYLE LANDIS (3-0, 1.23ERA) recorded the win.

 Low Class-A  Lake County (28-41) - In a game that was quickly in the hands of the Lake County bullpen, the Captains offense never gave up and went on to defeat Fort Wayne 12-8 in 13 innings for their first three-game sweep of the season...Lake County’s offense overcame a poor outing by RHP KYLE BLAIR (3-5, 5.98 ERA), who allowed four runs on three hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings...As soon as Fort Wayne starter RHP ZACH CATES (2-4, 4.38 ERA) left the game after six innings, Lake County’s bats warmed up and rallied from a 6-3 deficit...INF JESUS AGUILAR’S two-run homer highlighted a three-run ninth inning, giving Lake County a 8-7 lead...RHP CLAYTON EHLERT (1-2, 2.10 ERA) recorded his fourth blown save of the season for the Captains, giving up a run in the bottom half of the ninth that tied the game 8-8...A combined four scoreless innings of relief from Ehlert and RHP DALE DICKERSON (1-1, 1.85 ERA) kept the Captains in the game and a two-run homer by C ALEX MONSALVE handed the captains their fourth consecutive win.

Rookie level Mahoning Valley (7-3) - The Scrappers offense got warmed up righyt away, pummeling State College starter and LHP MICHAEL JEFFERSON (0-1, 81.00 ERA) in a 8-1 victory...The start was Jefferson’s first appearance for the Spikes, and he allowed six runs on five hits in just 2/3 of an inning...The Scrappers scored six runs in the first inning (aided by four doubles) while plating five runs with two outs...RHP MASON RADEKE recorded his first win for the Scrappers, allowing just one run on three hits, while striking out four. LHP DANNY JIMENEZ (0-0, 1.13) and RHP TONY DISCHLER (0-0, 6.48) each threw two scoreless innings of relief for the Scrappers, which won their third consecutive game.

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