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Indians down on the farm

By sstorm Published: August 9, 2011

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

Triple-A Columbus (74-42) - LHP DAVID HUFF (9-3, 3.87 ERA) was solid in his return to Columbus and the Clippers offense recorded 15 hits to win their ninth consecutive game with an 11-3 victory over host Louisville at Slugger Field...In his first action with the Clippers since July 14th, Huff limited the Bats to three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three in 6 2/3 innings...The Clippers offense struck first with four runs in the second inning, another four runs in the fourth, then added three more in the sixth...INF CORD PHELPS led the way in going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk...OF CHAD HUFFMAN and INF BEAU MILLS each went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored...OF TIM FEDROFF and INF LUIS VALBUENA added two RBI apiece...OF JERAD HEAD was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the week of July 31-Aug. 6. Over that span Head hit .393 (11-for-28) with seven runs scored, three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI in six games for the Clippers, while posting a .393 on-base percentage, a 1.036 slugging percentage and 1.429 OPS.  He homered in four consecutive games from July 30 thru Aug. 2 while driving in 11 runs and then homered in six of seven games from July 30 thru Aug. 6. Head has a hit in each of his last eight games, batting .389 with four doubles, six homers and 14 RBI. In the season he's batting .290 with 62 runs scored, 24 doubles, a career-best 21 home runs and 63 RBI in 97 games.  He currently ranks second among International League leaders in slugging percentage (.535), third in home runs (21), sixth in OPS (.882) and eighth in runs scored (62).

Double-A Akron (60-55) - The Aeros enjoyed a scheduled day off...Akron is 26-16 over its last 42 games since June 24 and ranks third in the Eastern League at 3.73… RHP AUSTIN ADAMS (9-8, 3.81 ERA) was named the E.L. Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 1-7 after going 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA during that span. Adams is 4-0 in his last four starts with a 2.66 ERA...Closer and RHP CORY BURNS (2-4, 2.54 ERA) set the Aeros’ single-season saves record last week, surpassing RHP Randy Newsom, who recorded 29 saves in 2008...Burns currently leads the Eastern League in saves with 30 (in 32 opportunities) and among relievers is first in fewest baserunner per nine innings (9.00), second in batting average against at .212 and third in strikeouts per nine-inning ratio (10.15)…LHP T.J. McFARLAND (8-6, 3.86 ERA) is 6-2 in his last nine starts, posting a 2.37 ERA…C MICHEL HERNANDEZ is batting .439 in 14 games, covering two stints with Akron this season.

High Class-A Kinston (22-20) - Kinston’s bullpen struggled to hold the lead in the middle of the game, and despite an offensive outburst, the Indians fell 11-6 to Lynchburg in the first game of a three-game series. RHP MARTY POPHAM (4-2, 4.25) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks and did not earn a decision. LHP CHRIS MASTERS exited the game after allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks in four innings. Four Kinston batters had multi-hit performances at the plate. OF JUSTIN TOOLE went 2-4 with two runs scored and a RBI, and DH ADAM ABRAHAM finished 2-4 with a walk and a run scored. Lynchburg’s bullpen combined to allow just two hits and three walks in five scoreless innings of relief, while striking out a combined 10 batters. RHP TREY HALEY (1-1, 3.77) came on in relief in the sixth inning and picked up the loss for Kinston, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in one inning. RHP KYLE LANDIS (7-0, 1.06) contributed a scoreless ninth inning for the Indians, and has now allowed two runs in 12.2 innings (10 appearances).

Low Class-A Lake County (18-25) - RHP MICHAEL GOODNIGHT (5-11, 4.45 ERA) extended his winless streak to 11 games (0-8 since June 7) in Lake County's 3-0 shut-out to visiting Dayton...Goodnight allowed three runs (one earned) in one of his better starts since the All-Star break, but the offense and defense were unable to pick him up once again...The defense recorded five errors in the game, two of them committed by SS RONNY RODRIGUEZ...C MOISES MONTERO had all three of Lake County’s hits, finishing 3-for-3 with a double...OF SHIN-SOO CHOO began a rehab assignment (left thumb) and started in right field for the Captains. Choo finished 0-for-2 with a strikeout and played six innings...Lake County’s bullpen kept the Captains in the game late as RHP CODY ALLEN (0-0, 0.00 ERA) contributed three scoreless innings of relief in his Lake County debut.

Short-Season Mahoning Valley (30-21) - A night after being shut-out 7-0, Mahoning Valley rebounded with a 7-2 victory in the finale of a two-game set at Auburn...RHP JOSEPH COLON (4-2, 3.46 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in four innings, but he did not earn a decision...Auburn’s bullpen combined to allow four runs in four innings, as Kinston added to its lead late in the game...OF JOHN BARR went 3-for-5 with two runs scored...OF AARON SILIGA went 2-for-3 with a walk, triple and RBI...C ALEX LAVISKY added a 2-for-4 effort with a walk, double, two runs scored and a RBI...RHP NATHAN STRIZ (3-3, 2.25 ERA) picked up the win, tossing three innings of scoreless relief while giving up just one hit.

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