While the majority of the Akron RubberDucks are taking a breather during their All-Star break (as are the Columbus Clippers), Bradley Zimmer and Nellie Rodriguez took part in the Eastern League Home Run Derby yesterday.
This particular Home Run Derby still follows a format similar to the old derby rules, with eight batters all competing against each other and the top four advancing to Round Two, then the top three advancing to the Championship Round.
Zimmer was out quickly, hitting seven long balls in the first round and just missing the cutoff.
Nellie Rodriguez, on the other hand, hit eight in the first round to advance to Round Two then hit nine to move on to the Championship round. He would end up coming in third with eight home runs, behind Reading's Jorge Alfaro nine dingerz, and Erie's Jason Krizan with 10.
Clint Frazier was working the RubberDucks' Snapchat all night, although I am not ruling out the idea that he has is playing Pokemon GO in this picture from TCP Photography.
The RubberDucks also live-streamed Zimmer's fist round, the archive of which can be seen below:
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Tri-City ValleyCats 3
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 7-18
After rattling off four runs in the third inning, this looked like a sure win for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers for most of the game. They were up 4-1 as late as the eighth, but the Tri-City ValleyCats added two runs in the top of the ninth before finally falling, 4-3.
The Scrappers' big inning came thanks to three extra-base hits -- two doubles and a home run -- as well as a timely wild pitch by the ValleyCats starter.
The top third of the Scrappers lineup performed well, going 5-for-16 with two doubles and a home run, combined. Jodd Carter recorded the only home run, his second of the season.
Starting pitcher Aaron Civale lasted three innings, holding the ValleyCats scoreless off four hits. The near-meltdown came from Henry Martinez, who allowed two runs off three hits (including a home run) in the ninth. He was still given the save.
DSL Indians 3, DSL Mets1 2
Box Score · Indians improve to 16-16
The only other team to play yesterday was the Dominican squad, who scored three runs in the fifth to break .500 on the season.
The Indians were outhit 7-to-3 on the day, but a triple from Pablo Jimenez and two straight errors in the fifth were enough to get them the runs they needed. Jhan Rodriguez and Cristopher Cespedes added the other two hits, both singles.
As a team, the Indians struck out 12 times, three of which came from leadoff batter, Jean Montero.
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There were a lot of scheduled off days.