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Minor League Recap: July 23, 2012

Columbus 14, Lehigh Valley 9

Jeanmar Gomez was having a decent start until the sixth inning, when he imploded to give up six runs. Despite that, Columbus had more than enough offense, as the Clippers put together 17 hits and scored more than one run in six separate innings. Everyone got in on the action, but Vinny Rottino's 3-4 with two doubles (this is getting to be a theme) and Matt Pagnozzi's pair of HRs (#5 and #6) led the way.

Akron 11, Erie 1

Steven Wright went six innings, giving up just one run and striking out six, good enough for his eighth win and lowering his ERA to 2.54. The number to watch for Wright, though, is his walk total, which was four yesterday. Wright needs to show he can throw the knuckle with control to advance, and this was the 8th time in his past ten starts he has walked at least three batters. Rafael Perez pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing one hit. Offense was plentiful with Thomas Neal leading the way (3-5, 2B, HR#9).

Carolina 3, Winston-Salem 12

Rob Nixon gave up eight runs in relief, opening up what had been a close game. Carlos Moncrief hit his 14th HR, giving him two more than anyone else on Carolina and putting him into a tie for 4th in the Carolina League.

Lake County 1, Cedar Rapids 2

Lake County outhit Cedar Rapids by a margin of ten to two, but were unable to outscore the Kernals. Shawn Morimando only allowed one hit in six innings, but his five walks came back to haunt him. Jose Ramirez had three hits, while a Francisco Lindor single plated Lake County's only run.

Mahoning Valley 3, Williamsport 1

Tyler Naquin went 2-4 with a double and a walk, while Charlie Valerio added his fourth HR of the season. Ryan Merritt had his second straight strong start, propelled by an effective sinker (11 groundball outs).