As the regular season winds down, several Tribe affiliates prepare for the playoff push.
Columbus and Lynchburg, who have already qualified for the postseason, are sluggishly working their way to the playoffs, losing their fourth and third straight games respectively.
Akron meanwhile, dropped their playoff magic number to one with a hard-fought victory over Bowie.
Let’s get to the recaps:
Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 13
Box Score · Clippers fall to 80-62
You know the saying: everything was great until we gave up 10 runs in the fifth inning.
Okay, that’s not a saying, but you aren’t going to win games when you give up 10 runs in an inning and that’s exactly what happened yesterday for Columbus against Toledo.
Shawn Morimando seemed to have settled in after a two-run first inning, but everything went haywire in the fifth, when he was chased after giving up five runs without getting an out. Jeff Johnson tried to put out the fire, but four more unearned runs chased him before Tyler Olsen finally slammed the door on the inning.
The Clippers were actually leading comfortably 6-2 before the implosion thanks in part to Giovanny Urshela, Collin Cowgill, Michael Choice and Todd Hankins, who all had multi-hit games. We also saw the best and worst of Bradley Zimmer, who went 1-4 with a double and three strikeouts.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Bowie BaySox 3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 75-64
Rumors of Rob Kaminsky’s demise were greatly exaggerated.
The redemption of Kaminsky has been a great storyline over the past three months. The former Cardinal’s first round pick won his sixth straight start yesterday, giving up three runs over seven strong innings on just five hits. While it was a quality start, it was actually just the second time Kaminsky has given up more than two runs in his last 15 starts, a run which has seen him drop his season ERA to 3.28, good for fourth best in the Eastern League. And don’t forget, he literally just turned 22 years old two days ago.
Jordan Smith led the way for Akron with a 3-4 day at the plate while Eric Stamets and Mike Papi also went 2-4 at the plate and all three players hit doubles.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 9
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 83-55
Lynchburg continued to limp their way to the playoffs as the season winds down, getting beat down by Salem yesterday.
Sean Brady had a rough outing, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits over six innings. He did strike out seven batters, but a five-run third inning sunk him.
Conner Marabell had a strong game, going 3-4 at the dish with two doubles while Francisco Mejia and Yonathan Mendoza also had two-hit games. Anthony Santander joined the fray with a solo home run, his career best 20th of the season.
Lake County Captains 0, Lansing Lugnuts 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 70-68
Lake County’s offense disappeared completely yesterday, getting shut out on two hits. Martin Cervenka and Erlin Cerda collected both of the hits, none for extra bases.
On the pitching side of things, Shao-Ching Chiang offered a quality start, giving up three runs over six innings, but it was in a losing effort as the offense was shut down by Justin Maese from Lansing.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, State College Spikes 0
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 36-37
Pitching was king in this game as Mahoning Valley pitched a shutout over State College thanks in part to yet another strong outing from 2016 third round draft pick Aaron Civale, who gave up just one hit and struck out two over three innings.
Ryan Colegate pitched four shutout innings of relief to earn the win while Michael Letkewicz finished the job in the final two innings to record the save.
Emmanuel Tapia led the way offensively, going 2-3 with a double and a walk. The Scrappers also stole three bases overall.