Although the end result was not what the Akron RubberDucks wanted, third baseman Yandy Diaz had a big night with his first home of the season, a grand slam. The Columbus Clippers finally won their third game of the season after dropping three straight, and the Lake County Captains were blown out and held scoreless in a Class-A massacre.
Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley both continued their rehab assignments in Akron, but they were just 0-for-6 combined on the night.
Columbus Clippers 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
Box Score · Clippers advance to 3-5
The Columbus Clippers begin the slow march back to .500 with a win over the Indianapolis Indians thanks to a big ninth inning rally and a lockdown performance from a handful of relievers.
The combination of Jarrett Grube, Tom Gorzelanny, Toru Murata, and Austin Adams held the Indians offense to just four hits and one earned run. Combined, the pitchers struck out six batters and issued just four walks. Adams and Murata struck out two batters apiece; the former was officially awarded the win as he closed out the final 1.2 innings of the game.
Saturday's low-scoring affair was a 1-1 match half the game, until Jesus Aguilar's solo home run to lead off the ninth inning put the Clippers ahead 2-1. That would end up being the game winner, as Adams allowed just one hit in the bottom of the final frame.
Giovanny Urshela, who finally recorded his first hit on Friday, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout yesterday. He is now 1-for-23 on the season as he still has not gotten on track, offensively.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Bowie Baysox 14
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 7-2
After winning the series opener by a score of 8-to-5, the Akron RubberDucks met a suddenly formidable Bowie Baysox offense. The nine-run loss was the biggest of the 'Ducks season so far and the first in three days.
RubberDucks starter Rob Kaminsky had a rough day from the very start. He gave up four earned runs in just the first two innings. Over his full four innings of work he gave up 10 hits, six earned runs, and three walks without striking out a single opponent. The score could have been even worse early on, but Michael Brantley had a nice throw from left field to get a Baysox runner out at home.
Speaking of Brantley, the rehabbing major-leaguer was 0-for-3 with a walk today before being replaced by Bryson Myles. Top prospect Clint Frazier had another nice game, going 2-for-4 with a walk and extending his hit streak to eight-straight games. Third baseman Yandy Diaz added a pair of hits himself and scored a run, but he also struck out twice.
The RubberDucks attempted a brief comeback in the fifth inning. Clint Frazier opened up the hitting with a leadoff single, then Lonnie Chisenhall and Nellie Rodriguez both walked to load the bases. Yandy Diaz brought them all home with a big grand slam. The RubberDucks' big four-run inning made the score 8-5, the first time the game seemed in reach for the team.
However, Bowie added on six more runs off of Justin Brantley in the seventh inning to put the game away. Brantley allowed a three-run home run for his only earned runs of the game, but a costly error by Yhoxian Medina with two outs kept the inning alive. With two runners on base, Baysox batter Garabez Rosa cleared the bases with a double.
All told, the 'Ducks committed six errors on the day. Four them were committed by Medina, including two on the same play in the bottom of the second inning that allowed an extra run to score.
RubberDuck batters struck out a total of 12 times today while tallying only five runs on five hits.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Frederick Keys 5 (10 innings)
Box Score · Hillcats advance to 7-3
The Lynchburg Hillcats needed an extra inning to do it, but they won their third-straight game with their biggest offensive outburst of the season. Everyone but shortstop Ivan Castillo contributed a hit in the win, and Mike Papi homered twice.
Lynchburg starting pitcher Sean Brady bounced back from his disappointing debut by scattering seven hits, allowing just one run and striking out seven in 5.1 innings of work. Relievers Justian Garcia, Robbie Aviles, and Cameron Hill all allowed a run apiece, which allowed the Keys to get back into the game late.
The Hillcats exploded in the 10th inning, starting with a solo home run from Papi (his second of the game) and a two-run home run from Claudio Bautista.
After a rough start to the season, the Hillcats are looking like the hottest farm team in the Tribe system.
Lake County Captains 0, Great Lakes Loon 7
Box Score · Captains fall to 7-3
After shutting out the Loons yesterday, Great Lakes pitchers returned the favor today in a 7-0 blowout. Lake County Captains starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chang allowed just four hits and two earned runs over 4.0 innings. He did not walk a single batter, and 50 of his 70 pitches were recorded as strikes.
The Loons opened the scoring in the second inning with a bases-clearing triple following a single, a hit batter, and an error from second baseman Sam Haggerty. Great Lakes added another two runs in the third with a double and later a balk that pushed a runner home from third.