After failing to get on base for the first time all season on Wednesday, Clint Frazier came back yesterday and recorded his first multi-hit game since April 16. He was a big part of the Akron RubberDucks' sixth-straight win on Thursday, as was third baseman Yandy Diaz.
While the Columbus Clippers had a day off with a scheduled break, the Lynchburg Hillcats missed out on a chance to play baseball as the rain caused a delay for the third time in the past week.
Akron RubberDucks 6, Trenton Thunder 1
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 18-8
Following a rainout on Wednesday, the Akron RubberDucks picked up right where they left off Thursday. Yesterday's 6-1 win over the Trenton Thunder marks their sixth-straight victory.
Akron immediately jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when a Jordan Smith single scored Yandy Diaz and Nellie Rodriguez. Clint Frazier grounded out to leadoff the game, but he did not do that much yesterday. All told, the outfielder was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Bradley Zimmer failed to hit, snapping his four-game hit streak.
Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando was superb in 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out three. Reliever Ben Heller came into the game in a non-save situation and struck out two of the three batters he faced to seal the RubberDucks win.
Lake County Captains 4, Clinton LumberKings 2
Box Score · Captains improve to 19-9
The Lake County Captains only needed four runs on eight hits to take the first game in their series against the Clinton LumberKings. Connor Marabell led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Starting pitcher Casey Shane went 5.1 innings in the win, striking out just one while allowing three hits and two earned runs. This was Shane's first outing since April 18 that he has allowed a run -- his last two starts were equally impressive shutouts.
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The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled off day, and the Lynchburg Hillcats were rained out... again.