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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: July 18, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (61-34) - The host Clippers used clutch hitting to earn their third consecutive win via a 6-4 victory over Indianapolis at Huntington Park...Indianapolis got on the board first, leading 2-0 until DH SHELLY DUNCAN's two-run home run in the fouth inning tied the game 2-2...The Clippers later took the lead in the sixth inning via a two-run single by OF TIM FEDROFF...However, the Indians responded with two runs in the eighth inning to even the game again, this time at 4-4...In the bottom of the eighth inning with runners on the corners, OF JERAD HEAD's RBI single gave the Clippers a one-run lead...One batter later, Indians C MIGUEL PEREZ tossed an errant throw on a pick-off attempt of Head at first base and Columbus scored another run...RHP JOSH JUDY held Indianapolis scoreless in the ninth inning to record his 14th save...RHP ZACH PUTNAM (5-2, 3.88 ERA) picked up the victory after pitching one inning of relief... Offensively, INF CORD PHELPS was 2-4 with 2 runs scored, while INF JASON DONALD was 0-1 but scored 3 runs and was walked twice. The Clippers won the series 3-1 and are 11-4 against Indianapolis this season.

Double-A Akron (49-46) - The Aeros blew a 4-1 lead after giving up four runs in the third inning and four more in the sixth in a 9-7 loss in the series finale with host Harrisburg...RHP JOE GARDNER (6-7, 4.69 ERA) took the loss as he gave up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings of work...The Senators attacked first and scored a run in the second inning for a 1-0 lead , but the Aeros scored four runs in the third inning on INF JUAN DIAZ’ RBI double, DH BEAU MILLS’ two-run homer and INF KYLE BELLOWS' RBI single to take a 4-1...Akron’s lead disappeared fast on Harrisburg’s four runs in the bottom of the third inning, highlighted by INF TYLER MOORE two-run home run...After the Senators scored four more runs in the sxith to take a 9-4 advantage, the Aeros rallied with three runs in the seventh inning, but it was as close as they would get...Mills finished the day 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and  two RBI...OF BEN COPELAND went 3-for-3 with a triple,  two RBI and a run scored...OF JORDAN HENRY, C CHUN CHEN and Bellows each added two hits...RHP ADAM MILLER struck out five batters and did not allow a hit or walk in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

High Class-A Kinston (13-9 in second half) - One swing of the bat was the difference for the K-Tribe, as the Indians took advantage of a two-run home run for a 2-0 win over Winston-Salem in the first game of a four-game series...RHP MARTY POPHAM (4-0, 2.56 ERA) picked up his fourth win of the season to extenhd his unbeaten streak to 14 appearances and eight starts. Popham tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 11...INF JEREMIE TICE hit his fifth home run of the season with two outs in the fifth inning, driving in the only runs of the game...DH TYLER HOLT went 2-for-3 with a run scored...Kinston’s bullpen was solid, holding the lead and not allowing a run for 3 1/3 innings...RHP PRESTON GUILMET (0-1, 1.95 ERA) earned his 24th save by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Low Class-A Lake County (8-15 in second half) - Burlington jumped on Captains' starter and RHP JORDAN COOPER (2-3, 5.14 ERA) early and rode the wave of momentum to a 5-4 loss to the Bees...Cooper allowed four runs on five hits in two innings, walking two and striking out three...Despite allowing just one run in four innings, RHP JOEY MAHALIC (0-4, 9.33 ERA) was tagged with the tough-luck loss...OF CARLOS MONCRIEF hit a solo home run in the Captain's two-run third inning...INF RONNY RODRIGUEZ also went deep, hitting his seventh homer of the season in the sixth inning enroute to a 2-for-4 effort.

Short-season Mahoning Valley (17-13) - It took 11 innings for Mahoning Valley to get the job done, but the Scrappers found just enough offense to defeat Jamestown 6-5 and even the three-game series at a game apiece...Mahoning Valley starter and RHP MASON RADEKE (1-0, 3.95 ERA) limited the Jammers to two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings,  but did not earn a decision despite exiting the game with a 3-2 lead...The Scrappers put two more runs on the board in the ninth inning , but Jamestown responded with its own rally to tie the game 5-5 and send it into extra innings...RHP ENOSIL TEJEDA (2-2, 4.42 ERA) was tagged with a blown save but also picked up the win after tossing 2 1/3 innings and yielding three runs on four hits...Int he 11th, the Scrappers won the game on a sacrifice fly by INF TODD HANKINS.

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