It was a good day for Tribe affiliates as everyone but Mahoning Valley was victorious.
Pitching was the name of the game yesterday as Thomas Pannone was brilliant in his first official start for High-A Lynchburg while Rob Kaminsky continued his resurgent last month with a solid six inning for Akron.
Columbus Clippers 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 4 (F/14)
Box Score · Clippers improve to 54-46
The Columbus Clippers bullpen taketh away, then it giveth right back.
A rehabbing Zach McAllister allowed the tying run to score in the seventh inning, but a combination of Ben Heller, Perci Garner, Josh Martin, Tyler Olson and Josh Martin held the Pawtucket offense at bay for seven innings, allowing just one hit and one walk in the process, which gave Columbus a chance to walk off in the bottom of the 14th.
Leadoff hitter Ronny Rodriguez led the way for Columbus, going 3-3 with three walks. Eric Stamets had four hits on the day while Yandy Diaz reached base safely four times with two hits and two walks. Jesus Aguilar came up to bat with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 14th, and proceeded to collect a walk-off walk for the win.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Altoona Curve 1
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 54-45
Bradley Zimmer had a great game from the leadoff position, going 2-3 with two walks and two runs scored while Clint Frazier blasted off his 12th home run of the season to lead Akron in a blowout victory over Altoona.
Jeremy Lucas also had a big night, going 3-4 with a home run while Joe Sever and Todd Hankins had multi-hit games.
Resurgent starting pitcher Rob Kaminsky continued his excellent run as of late, throwing six innings while giving up one run and striking out six batters to collect the win. Grant Sides and Casey Weathers combined for three scoreless innings of relief to close the door.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mudcats 0
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 62-33
The Lynchburg bats were a bit quiet yesterday, with only Anthony Santander having a multi-hit game, also collecting a home run, but they didn't need to do anything other than score one run thanks to some incredible pitching.
Recently promoted starter Thomas Pannone was brilliant, tossing seven innings of shutout baseball while only giving up one hit and one walk, striking out three in the process.
David Speer closed the door with two shutout innings of relief.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1, Lowell Spinners 13
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 12-21
Juan Hillman's 25.2 inning scoreless streak ended in a hurry as the talented 19-year old had a rough night. Hillman gave up three runs in the first inning, then was chased out of the game without getting an out in the fourth, giving up six runs overall (four earned) in three-plus innings.
Reliever Ping-Hsueh Chen was awful, giving up another five runs himself, plus allowing two inherited runners to score in 1.2 innings.
The offense was buried quickly and never had a chance to string anything together, scoring just one run on four hits. Two of those hits belonged to 2016 14th round pick Mitch Longo.
Box Score · Indians improve to 17-8
The AZL Indians battled through four errors to come from behind with a walkoff victory in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Jorma Rodriguez, Jose Vicente and Conner Capel all collected two-hit games for the Indians while Gregori Vasquez, Domingo Jimenez and Ben Krauth tossed three innings apiece to keep them in the game and allow the opportunity for a late rally.
In the bottom of the ninth, Capel reached on an error, Jason Rodriguez walked. Miguel Eladio completed a sacrifice bunt and a run was scored on a throwing error before Vicente collected a walkoff single to win it.
DSL Indians 7, DSL Pirates 4
Box Score · Indians improve to 19-20
Pablo Jimenez had a big 3-5 game with a double to lead the DSL Indians to victory. The game wasn't even close thanks to a superb 5.2 inning performance by Luis Oviedo, who struck out nine batters and only gave up one run on two hits and two walks
The DSL Pirates scored three runs in the ninth inning to make the game look less like the laugher that it actually was
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The Lake County Captains had their game postponed due to inclement weather.