Other than the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Cleveland Indians farm system had a pretty great day yesterday. Lynchburg's loss was more or less made up for by the Lake County Captains sweeping a doubleheader, and the Columbus Clippers look unbeatable right now with their 11th straight win in the books.
Giovanny Urshela was a big part of yesterday's win, as he has been for the duration of the win streak. The biggest story of the day was Tyler Krieger going 2-for-3 in each game of Lake County's doubleheader, as well as Brock Hartsen pitching a shutout in Game 2.
As for top prospects, Bradley Zimmer finally hit another home run, while Clint Frazier snapped his eight-game hit streak but continued his incredible on-base streak.
No video highlights to speak for today, sadly.
Columbus Clippers 7, Gwinnett Braves 5
Box Score · Clippers improve to 16-7
A late rally helped the Columbus Clippers extended their organizational-high win streak to 11 games.
Said rally occurred in the seventh inning when Gwinnett pitcher Jose Ramirez (whose hat probably falls after every pitch) came in to relieve Tyrell Jenkins. Designated hitter Guillermo Quiroz started the rally off with a single, then was hit home by Ronny Rodriguez in the next at-bat. After an Erik Gonzalez walk, Jesus Aguilar came up to bat and did what he does best -- hit a huge home run. Columbus came into the seventh inning down 4-2 and left up 6-4. They would score one more run in the top of the ninth, but it was not needed.
Third baseman Giovanny Urshela continues to heat up, going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. He has now hit in seven straight games, and he is 13-for-34 (.382 AVG) with two home runs and only four strikeouts in his last 10 games.
As well as that seventh-inning walk, Erik Gonzalez also contributed two hits of own, including a double. With Aguilar and Urshela hitting well behind him, Gonzalez was able to score three runs on the day.
Starting pitcher Cody Anderson, making his first start since being optioned earlier this week, struggled out of the gate. He allowed back-to-back home runs in the first inning, then five more hits scattered over his 5.2 innings of work. By the end of the day he had allowed four earned runs, issued three walks and struck out six opponents.
Reliever Shawn Armstrong had a rocky ninth inning, issuing two walks, but he was able to strike out the final two batters on his way to his second save of the season.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 2
Box Score· RubberDucks improve to 15-8
It required extra innings, and the Akron RubberDucks did not get a lot of offense from their prospect-laden lineup, but the Indians' Double-A affiliate seem to slowly be crawling out of the rut they found themselves in for the past couple weeks. Rob Kaminsky was on his game, and the bullpen was as excellent as always.
The biggest offense came from Bradley Zimmer, who was just 1-for-6 on the day, but he crushed a third-inning pitch to open the scoring and put the RubberDucks up 2-0. This was Zimmer's first home run since he hit two back on April 11.
Following Zimmer's blast, the offense was mostly silent for nine innings. Altoona was able to tie the game thanks to a series of extra-base hits in the sixth and a solo home run in the eighth. Nobody would score again until the 12th inning when Jordan Smith hit a single to score Bradley Zimmer, who reached base on an error earlier in the inning. With two outs in the inning, Zimmer swiped second base, which put him in position to score. Granted, Jeremy Lucas walked in the next at-bat so he would have been put on second anyway, but it was a gutsy decision on Zimmer's part.
Clint Frazier failed to register a hit, snapping his eight-game hit streak. He did, however, draw a walk -- he has gotten on-base in every single game he has played in this season. Frazier also struck out three times, and he is 2-for-10 with four whiffs in his last two games.
Starting pitcher Rob Kaminsky has looked dominant in his last two outings. Yesterday he allowed six hits over 6.2 innings and struck out three -- of the 87 pitches he threw, 61 found the strike zone. Reliever Ben Heller was able to lock down the Curve offense for the last out of the 11th inning as well as the 12th. Heller has not allowed a run since his first appearence on April 7. Since then, he has struck out 12 batters and walked just three in 9.1 innings.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Carolina Mudcats 5
Box Score· Hillcats fall to 17-7
With last night's loss, the Hillcats have now lost three of their last five contests. Lynchburg attempted a comeback late in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was not enough to prevent from dropping to 17-7 on the season.
That late rally was spurred on first by Yu-Cheng Chang drawing a walk in the eighth inning then Tayler Murphy hitting him home with a two-run blast later in the inning. Lynchburg's final breath came in the ninth when they Chang singled to score Ivan Castillo and put them down by just one run. However, Bobby Bradley flied out in the final at-bat of the game, sealing the defeat.
Mike Papi, playing first base and batting second yesterday, added a home run earlier in the game with a third-inning blast that opened the scoring for the game. Papi has struggled recently; this was his first hit since April 28 and his fifth home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Julian Merryweather continues to be spectacular this season. He allowed just two hits and one earned run in 6.1 innings but was still tagged with the loss.
Lake County Captains 6, Peoria Chiefs 2 (Game 1)
Lake County Captains 4, Peoria Chiefs 0 (Game 2)
The Lake County Captains swept the doubleheader against the Peoria Chiefs as well as the entire three-game series.
Game 1 of the doubleheader was highlighted by a four-run sixth inning that put the game out of reach for the Chiefs. Tyler Krieger led that inning off with a triple, then was plated by a ground out from Martin Cervenka. Four straight hits allowed the Captains to score three more runs before Willi Castro finally grounded out to end the inning.
Krieger finished Game 1 going 2-for-3 with that run scored as well as a run batted in earlier in the game. He is now tied for second in the Midwest League in hits (31), tied for fourth in triples (2), and fourth in on-base percentage (.469).
Captains starting pitcher for the Game 1, Sam Hentges, worked 4.2 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits. He also struck out six -- over his last four starts he has struck out at least five batters.
In Game 2, the Captains could only muster four runs on seven hits but that was all they needed. Starting pitcher Brock Hartson spun a brilliant three-hit shutout over five innings and reliever Matt Whitehouse cleaned up in the final two frames by striking out two batters and not allowing a single hit. This was Hartson's second shutout of the season, and the first game where he has lasted more than four innings.
What offense the Captains did get in Game 2 came primarly from Tyler Krieger agan. The standout second baseman was 2-for-3 and scored a run.