Vinnie Rottino had his second straight game with a HR (#6) and Russ Canzler added HR #13 to his season total, but the Clippers pen could not hold on to the lead. Jason Donald reached base in his first four plate appearances, with two walks and two singles. The Clippers' pitching--David Huff, Tyler Sturdevant, Dan Wheeler and Frank Herrmann--struggled across the board. Matt LaPorta went 0-4, extending a mini 2-20 slump.
Juan Diaz, last one of the offseason's surprise 40-man roster additions, continued his strong July, with his eight HR of the season. Diaz, who is a tall-bodied SS, has raised his season hitting line to .256/.307/.404. Rafael Perez pitched a perfect first inning in his first rehab appearance. Shawn Armstrong, making his Akron debut (in place of the promoted Bryan Price), pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks while striking out four hitters.
Matt Packer continued his comeback with a five-inning, shutout performance (three hits, one walk, four Ks). My favorite sleeper Indians prospect, Carlos Moncrief, led the way on offense with a HR (#11), walk and two runs. Bo Greenwell and Giovanni Urshela added doubles.
The Captains broke this game open with a four-run 7th inning, led by hits from Francisco Lindor (1-4, 2B) and Jordan Smith (3-4). Joseph Colon continued his excellent season with a 7-inning, one-run performance. It was the fourth straight multi-hit game for Smith, and the seventh time he has reached that mark in his past ten games. Smith is a big-bodied 9th round pick out of Saint Cloud St. from 2011, who is converting from 3B to RF this season. Since the beginning of June he has been the Captains best hitter.
Erik Gonzalez and Robel Garcia each provided RBI doubles for Mahoning Valley, but the Scrappers could not overcome an early four-run deficit.
Jorge Martinez continued his hot-hitting, going 4-6 and raising his season line to .417/.442/.681. Martinez is part of an impressive teenage combo in Goodyear with Dorssys Paulino, typically occupying the 3 and 4 spots in the lineup. Trey Haley, making his first rehab appearance following a strong early season stint in Carolina, pitched a scoreless inning.