Erik Berger (5.1IP, 3H, 2BB, 6K), Frank Herrmann (1.2IP, 0H, 0BB, 2K), Dan Wheeler (1IP, 0H, 0BB, 0K) and Scott Barnes (1IP, 0H, 0BB, 0K) combined to shutdown Louisville. For Berger, this might have been his most impressive start in a season that has seen him bounce around in a number of different roles between Akron and Columbus. Jared Goedert's 9th-inning, 19th HR of the season provided all of the scoring for Columbus, while Vinny Rottino added three hits.
Until the bottom of the 9th, Akron was matching Columbus' shutout effort. Brett Brach allowed only five base-runners (three hits, two walks) in seven innings, facing just four batters over the minimum. Shawn Armstrong struck out the side in the 8th, continuing a season that has seen him progress seamlessly from Lake County, to Carolina, to Akron. Drafted a few rounds ahead of Cody Allen in 2011, Armstrong might not be too far behind in his path to the big leagues. Jesus Aguilar led the way on offense, going 2-3 with a double and a walk.
Giovanny Urshela went 3-4 and Ronny Rodriguez hit his 19th HR of the season, but Carolina's bullpen was not up to the task of stopping the Potomac offense. Josh Martin gave up one run in his Carolina debut, while Jeff Johnson gave up two runs.
Jose Ramirez (3-5) and Alex Lavisky (2-2, 2BB) each hit homeruns, but Lake County blew a two-run lead late in the game. Jordan Smith added three hits, his fifth multi-hit game in his past eight games. Elvis Araujo allowed four runs in seven innings, striking out seven along the way. Cody Penny gave up two runs in relief, however, costing the Captains the game.
Jake Sisco gave up six runs in the opener of the double-header (4IP, 6H, 6R, 2BB, 3K), while Luis DeJesus pitched a complete game in the nightcap (7IP, 4H, 1R, 1BB, 5K), suffering a loss as a result of a solo-HR. Dorssys Paulino had a good set of games, going 3-6 on the day.
Mitch Brown got the win, striking out six and walking just one in five innings of work. Four Indians--Nick Hamilton, Martin Cervenka, Juan Herrera and Chia-Ching Lin--had three hits, part of an 18-hit effort by the team.