It’s hard to call this weekend’s series with Cincinnati ``the Battle of Ohio.’’
The Reds have won six consecutive series against the Indians. At this point it’s more like beating up on an in-state brother.
But these days, the Indians are the bullied little brother of everyone in the National League.
They’ve lost nine of the last 10 games, stealing one game in Pittsburgh between sweeps by the Mets and Phillies. But hey, they nearly swept the Nationals before that.
So, they got that going for them.
Thursday minor league roundup
Triple-A Columbus (44-30) – The Clippers won its third game in a row, beating Rochester 5-3. David Huff made his first start for Columbus this season, pitching 7.1 innings. He struck out five and allowed two runs on 11 hits. Matt LaPorta had two hits and drove in two. Shortstop Josh Rodriguez had three hits, scored twice and drove in one.
Double-A Akron (36-36) – The Aeros bullpen pitched six innings of one-hit baseball to give Akron a 3-2 win over Richmond. Steven Wright picked up the two-inning save. Connor Graham and Bryan Price also pitched two innings in relief. Starting pitcher Nick Hagadone struck out seven in three innings.
High Class-A Kinston (38-34) – A two-run double in the third inning by centerfielder Lucas Montero was all the offense Kinston would need to slip past Lynchburg 2-1. Right-hander Joseph Mahalic struck out six in 5.1 innings to get the win.
Low Class-A Lake County (44-25) – Off
Class-A Short season Mahoning Valley (2-4) – The Scrappers lost to Batavia 6-3. Designated hitter Aaron Fields was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI. Left-hander Kirk Wetmore struck out six and allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings.