Lonnie Chisenhall is wrapping up his rehab stint with the Akron RubberDucks Tuesday, as the Clevland Indians intend to reactive him for the major-league roster on Wednesday. He went out with an 0-for-4 night, but at least he got to watch top prospect Bradley Zimmer be awesome up close, so there's that.
The farm system was flawless Tuesday, with every team winning their games.
Apologies for this recap being a bit short, but I'm writing this quickly before heading out of town for a few days.
Columbus Clippers 1, Louisville Bats 0
Box Score · Clippers advance to 5-6
For the second day in a row, the Columbus Clippers found themselves in a one-run contest. Luckily, this time, they came out on the good side of things.
Columbus starting pitcher Will Roberts scattered six hits and two walks over six innings to shut out the Louisville Bats, then relievers Josh Martin, Shawn Armstrong, and Austin Adams came in to finish the job.
The lone run of the game came in the fourth inning when Jordan Smith grounded out to score Joey Butler from third.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Binghamton Mets 2
Box Score · RubberDucks advance to 9-3
The Akron RubberDucks' bats came alive in what is expected to be Lonnie Chisenhall's final rehab start before the Indians reactivate him for the major-league roster. Most importantly, top prospect Bradley Zimmer finally had a good outing again after struggling for several games.
Zimmer, playing in right field to accommodate Chisenhall in center, went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. He struck out just once and walked once as well. Third baseman Yandy Diaz contributed two hits as well, while Eric Stamets and Todd Hankins piled on with home runs.
RubberDucks starting pitcher Shawn Morimando remains undefeated on the season, going 5.1 innings and allowing just two hits, including a triple, that resulted in two runs scored. Over his three starts this season, Morimando has yet to allow more than four hits and two runs in a single game. This was the second straight game he struck out four or more batters.
Justin Brantley has had a rough year so far as his 19.64 ERA will tell you, but he lasted 0.2 innings without giving up a run today. He did issue a walk before being replaced by Perci Garner, however.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Potomac Patriots 6 (F/12)
Box Score · Hillcats advance to 10-3
Will the Lynchburg Hillcats ever lose a game again? I am beginning to lean towards no. The Indians' High-A affiliate won their sixth straight yesterday, their second straight over the Potomac Patriots, effectively winning the series no matter what happens on Wednesday.
Lynchburg came out of the gate swinging, with two straight extra base hits from leadoff batter Greg Allen and Yu-Cheng Chang (a double and a triple, respectively). A groundout from the next batter, Anthony Santander, was enough to notch the second Hillcats run of the inning.
The two teams battled over the next eight innings of regular baseball before heading into extra innings tied 6-6. The Hillcats had runners on base in every extra inning, but they did not break it open until the 12th when a Bobby Bradley double brought home two runners for the go-ahead runs that ultimately won the game.
That was Bradley's lone hit of the game, but he did only strike once, which is encouraging in its own right. All told, Hillcat batters left a whopping 15 men on base Tuesday, including going 5-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
Starting pitcher Luis Lugo lasted five innings, scattering seven hits while striking out six.
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3
Box Score · Captains advance to 9-4
Rounding out the farm system's perfect day was the Lake County Captains, who tied their series with the West Michigan Whitecaps with a 6-3 victory.
The Captains got on the board early with a two-run first inning and never gave up the lead, adding on three more in the seventh inning.
Catcher Francisco Mejia was 1-for-3 with two runs batted in, while left fielder Silento Sayles added two hits of hs own in four at-bats.