Clint Frazier may grab headlines with his fifth home run of the season, but he was far from the only Cleveland Indians prospect to go long yesterday. In fact, a certain Triple-A catcher did so twice. All told, on the day, Indians affiliates were the beneficiaries of seven home runs on their way to a sweep of every opponent.
Seemingly every top prospect down in Double-A is heating up, while down in High-A, Bobby Bradley seems to have his approach at the plate figured out -- he is finally beginning to walk more than he strikes out.
Columbus Clippers 12, Louisville Bats 8
Box Score · Clippers improve to 23-13
The Columbus Clippers came back from a 5-0 deficit that lasted into the sixth inning in order to take the series against the Louisville Bats. All five of those runs (and another in the sixth) were given up by Clippers starting pitcher Wil Roberts, who will probably want to forget yesterday ever happened.
Roberts gave up three home runs on the day -- a season high -- and struck out just three batters in his six innings of work. He cruised through the first two innings, allowing just one hit to lead off the second inning, but his outing slowly began to collapse in the third. Luckily for everyone involved, none of the three home runs given up by Roberts were good for more than two runs. The Bats tallied 15 hits on the day, but they rarely happened to be on when someone belted a home run.
The Clippers offense was dormant for the first four innings, recording only two walks and a single in that time. Their first run was put on the board in the fifth when catcher Guillermo Quiroz homered with two runners on. A dramatic six-hit, two-home-run, four-run seventh inning helped propel the Clippers into the eighth, where they piled on again with six runs to pull ahead. Austin Adams held the Bats to just one hit in the ninth inning to seal the win.
Quiroz would homer again in the seventh, and he also drew a walk on the day. Yandy Diaz drew a walk as well going 3-for-4 on the day. Diaz is now 3-for-5 in his last two games with two walks and a strikeout.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Harrisburg Senators 1
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 26-10
The Akron RubberDucks rode Clint Frazier's hot bat and fifth home run of the season on their way to a series-clinching win over the Harrisburg Senators.
With last night's home run, Frazier is now third on the 'Ducks in dingerz (5), second in slugging percentage (.496), and second in on-base plus slugging (.863). The only player consistently ahead of him in these rankings is Bradley Zimmer.
Besides Frazier, Joe Sever and Jordan Smith had multi-hit games, but nearly half the Akron lineup went hitless. As a team, they struck out eight times and they were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight total runners on base.
Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando remains undefeated on the season, throwing for 6.2 innings while striking out five and walking four. He did not allow a single run to cross the plate for the third time this season, dropping his ERA to 1.69 on the year. The four walks he issued was tied for a season-high, however.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Carolina Mudcats 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 24-12
Although they were outhit 12-7, the Lynchburg Hillcats utilized some clutch hitting in order to win their second-straight game. The two teams had symmetrical innings to start the game -- each scoring one run in the first and two in the second -- but the Hillcats were able to pull away with runs in the fifth and seventh frames.
Shortstop Paul Hendrix had two hits on the day, something he has done in all but one of the seven games he has played in this season. He has, however, not drawn a walk since May 7, and he has seven strikeouts in his last five outings.
Bobby Bradley failed to get a hit yesterday, but he did draw a walk to extended his on-base streak to eight games. Although he has struggled to get base hits lately (5-for-30 in his last 10 games), Bradley is walking more and striking out less. So far in 13 games this month, Bradley has walked 16 times and struck out 12. Compare that to the nine walks and 35 strikeouts he had in April, and it already looks like his approach is improving.
Starting pitcher Sean Brady struck out five Mudcats batters -- his second-highest total this season -- but he also allowed three runs. He has allowed at least three in all but two of his starts this season, including four-straight outings.
Lake County Captains 6, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3
Box Score · Captains advance to 23-14
Rounding out the clean Indians affiliate sweep yesterday was the Lake County Captains, who have now won two-straight after dropping both games of a doubleheader on Friday.
Willi Castro, Francisco Mejia, and Connor Marabell all led the way offensively, recording two hits apiece. Castro also added a solo home run in the second inning -- his third of the season -- and Anthony Miller added another in the sixth.