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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 6, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (57-29) - The Clippers went 1-of-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners on base in a 4-2 loss at host Louisville in the second game of a three-game series at Slugger Field...LHP SCOTT BARNES (7-3, 3.61 ERA), who had not allowed more than two earned runs in eight of his last nine starts, gave up four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss...The Bats scored three runs against  Barnes in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead...Columbus staged a mini rally thanks to INF JARED GOEDERT’s RBI-double in the sixth, but could not push across another run the rest of the night...OF TIM FEDROFF went 2-for-4 with a double...C PAUL PHILLIPS also went 2-for-4...OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA stole two bases and went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Double-A Akron (43-42) - The Aeros topped host Altoona 4-2 in the second game of the four-game series at Blair County Ballpark...LHP KELVIN DE LA CRUZ (5-6, 4.56 ERA) picked up the win after limiting the Bats to two runs on four hits in five innings...C MICHEL HERNANDEZ hit a tie-breaking RBI-ground out in the sixth inning to give the Aeros a 3-2 lead they never relinquished...SS JUAN DIAZ went 2-for-5 with two RBI, including hitting a RBI double in seventh...DH CHUN CHEN went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored...INF CRISTO ARNAL went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for Akron, which collected 10 hits int he game...RHP CORY BURNS closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season.

High Class-A Kinston (38-31) - The K-Tribe enjoyed a scheduled day off...The Indians finished 38-31 in the first half of the season, the best record in a single half for Kinston since the second half of 2007.

Low Class-A Lake County (28-41) - A rare rough outing from LHP MIKE RAYL (5-2, 1.90 ERA) left the Captains in an early hole and led to a 6-3 loss to Lansing. Rayl lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk before exiting  in the middle of Lansing’s three-run second inning...The Captains offesne chipped away at the lead, tying the game 3-3 in the fifth inning...However, RHP BRYCE STOWELL (0-1, 2.31 ERA) came in from the bullpen and was unable to keep the game even, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks in two innings to pick up the loss...INF JESUS AGUILAR went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a RBI...INF GIOVANNY URSHELA went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.

Rookie-level Mahoning Valley (11-8) - The Scrappers wasted a solid start from RHP ROB NIXON (1-1, 3.32 ERA) late in the game when the bullpen could not hold the lead in a 2-1 loss to Batavia...Nixon tossed seven shut-out innings, limting the Muckdogs to three hits and no walks, while striking out four...The Scrappers put up a run in the first inning, giving Mahoning Valley a 1-0 lead through seven innings...RHP NATHAN STRIZ (0-1, 4.15 ERA) made just his second appearance out of the Mahoning Valley bullpen, giving up a two-run homer and picking up his first loss and his first blown save of the season...The Scrappers had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the ninth but were unable to bring in the tying run...INF JORDAN SMITH went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI...INF TONY WOLTERS went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

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