Do you really expect Clint Frazier to do anything but demolish baseballs? The Cleveland Indians No. 2 prospect has superb bat speed, even if it sometimes results in him being over aggressive. It did no such thing last night, as he crushed his first home run at the Double-A level in an Akron RubberDucks blowout.
Because mother nature is cruel and the baseball Gods apparently hate Columbus, the Clippers' game was rained out. For those of you keeping track at home, that is now four rainouts in five days. They just need to hug it out.
Akron RubberDucks 9, Altoona Curve 1
Box Score · RubberDucks advance to 4-0 (1st in Eastern League West)
The Akron RubberDucks remain undefeated in their series opener against the Altoona Curve in a big way. The team hit a collective five home runs, including two from catcher Jeremy Lucas and two from top Tribe prospect Bradley Zimmer. Clint Frazier added his own in the 3rd inning as well, his first at the Double-A level.
Bradley Zimmer started the game "slow" by drawing two walks, but once he hit his first home run in the sixth inning there was really no turning back. The ball barely slipped over the outfield bleachers -- aided heavily by the wind -- but Zimmer's effortless swing made it look easy. Zimmer also added a stolen base early in the game thanks to some smart baserunning. Altoona starting pitcher Cody Dickson was not even watching him on the basepaths and he easily swiped second. He would have stolen third too, but Yandy Diaz fouled off a ball instead of letting it pass.
From start to finish, Akron dominated this game. The lineup drew nine walks and hit five home runs as a team, terrorizing Altoona pitchers. Lefty pitcher Rob Kaminsky, who the Indians acquired for Brandon Moss at last season's trade deadline, threw a solid five innings, giving up a lone hit and issuing three walks.
With all the hitting done in Akron's first four games, they now lead the Eastern League in OPS (.846), home runs (9) and RBI (26). This team is good.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Potomac Patriots 10
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 3-2 (2nd in Carolina League Northern)
It was a rough night in Lynchburg as the Hillcats lost their first game since Opening Day. Starting pitcher Sean Brady allowed 11 hits and five earned runs in just 4.0 innings of work before being pulled for Jordan Milbrath. Potomac's scoring started early and often, while the Hillcats failed to score a run after the first inning.
Lynchburg's lone run was a home run by shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang. As a whole, the Hillcats lineup tallied just three hits and struck out seven times. Defensively, they committed four errors, three of which were committed by Chang.
Hillcat pitchers have allowed a Carolina League-worst 24 earned runs so far in this young season.
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan White Whitecaps 1
Box Score · Captains advance to 3-2 (3rd in Midwest League Eastern)
The Lake County Captains broke out of their two-game losing streak thanks to the excellent back-to-back combination of second baseman Tyler Krieger and catcher Francisco Mejia. The two combined to score four of the team's six runs, and Mejia was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Leadoff batter Nathan Lukes failed to register a hit, but he was able to set the table via three walks; scoring twice.
Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chang went five innings and scattered five hits without allowing a run.