Wins and losses do not matter in the minors, which is what we all need to keep telling ourselves while every team besides the Lake County Captains slump their way into oblivion.
For those Captains, though, they had a great game. Most notably, Tyler Krieger extended his hit streak to 23 games with a two-hit effort against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Akron RubberDucks 0, Harrisburg Senators 4
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 38-26
Someone make the nightmare end. With last night's loss to the Harrisburg Senators, the Akron RubberDucks have now lost nine-straight games. This was *only* their second shutout loss of that streak, so I guess that's a silver lining? Maybe?
Similar to Sunday's loss, Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer contributed, but not quite enough. Frazier was 0-for-2 on the day but had two walks, while Zimmer went 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk and, more importantly, zero strikeouts. The only other three hits for the RubberDucks came from Eric Haase, Joe Sever, and Ivan Castillo.
Starting pitcher Adam Plutko had some trouble in the second inning, after allowing a single and a triple to start the inning, but he was able to limit the damage to just two runs. However, he would end up allowing four total earned runs over his six innings of which -- let me run the numbers -- yep, that is still too many for a team that only scored zero.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Carolina Mudcats 14
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 40-23
Despite only having one fewer hit than the Carolina Mudcats, the Lynchburg Hillcats could only manage six runs to their opponents' 14. This was thanks to a 4-for-19 mark with runners in scoring position and a whopping 12 runners stranded on base.
What runs the Hillcats did score came from a Mark Mathias home run in the sixth inning, his second of the season, and a pair of other hits. Greg allen and Taylor Murphy both had three-hit days, with two of Murphy's being doubles. This was Murphy's second-straight game with three hits.
Starting pitcher Justus Sheffield had a rare bad outing yesterday, lasting just 4.1 innings and allowing five earned runs off six hits. The bulk of the runs came off of Antonio Romero, who allowed seven runs over 1.1 innings.
Lake County Captains 7, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Box Score · Captains improve to 38-26
You can always count on the Lake County Captains to do something good on an otherwise bad day. Thanks to a 5-0 lead by the time the second inning was finished, Lake County was able to roll to a 7-2 victory in their series opener against the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
The top third of the Captains lineup -- Natan Lukes, Willi Castro, and Tyler Krieger -- each recorded two hits, with Castro adding a triple into the mix. Francisco Mejia was able to benefit from their ability to get on-base with a two-run home run in the 1st inning, his sixth of the season. Everyone but Jose Medina recorded a hit on the day for Lake County.
Tyler Krieger's hit now puts his hit streak at 23 games.
Sam Hentges lasted 5.0 innings in his shutout and struck out eight while walking only two. The only two runs of the game were allowed by Brock Hartson, who allowed two off of five hits in 2.1 innings.
DSL Indians 2, DSL Cubs 9
Box Score · Indians fall to 2-5
Not much to report from the DSL Indians, besides basically the same thing that happened in High-A and Double-A: They could not manage many hits or runs and they lost.
Wilbis Santiago had the only multi-hit game of the day, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in. The only extra-base hit came from Jose Fermin batting from the leadoff spot.
Starting pitcher Felix Tati had a rough outing, lasting 4.2 innings and allowing five earned runs off of seven hits.
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The Columbus Clippers had a scheduled off day.