Columbus Clippers 6, Gwinnett Braves 4
Box Score · Clippers tied 1-1
The Columbus Clippers were outhit by Gwinnett, 12-7, but the Indians’ Triple-A club had the last laugh, with the biggest hit of them all.
The Clippers entered the bottom of seventh tied, 2-2, and Yandy Diaz, Guillermo Quiroz and Michael Choice all reached base safely. Top Indians prospect Bradley Zimmer came up to the plate with two outs and then this happened:
Don’t let your ears deceive you, that was definitely Zimmer who slugged the go-ahead grand slam, which would give the Clippers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Ryan Merritt didn’t have his best stuff, getting chased in the fourth inning after giving up eight hits, a walk and two runs, but he managed to keep things from getting out of control. Craig Stammen kept Gwinnett at bay with a stellar 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to leave the door open for Zimmer’s heroics.
Also of note, Yan Gomes had three at bats spread across the first five innings while playing catcher, hitting a solo home run in the third inning.
The Clippers will look to take the lead in the series tonight at 7:05 p.m ET with Shawn Morimando on the mound.
Akron RubberDucks 1, Altoona Curve 3
Box Score · RubberDucks tied 1-1
Michael Peoples did his best, pitching a quality start of six innings while giving up three runs, but it simply wasn’t enough as Akron’s offense completely disappeared.
A day after scoring 12 runs, Akron only managed to put one run on the board on just four hits in total.
Eric Haase had the only extra base hit for the RubberDucks, and he came around to score on an RBI single from Ivan Castillo, who reached base safely twice. David Speer threw 1.2 perfect innings of relief in the loss.
Game 3 of this five-game series will take place tonight in Akron, with first pitch coming at 7:05 p.m. ET. The resurgent Rob Kaminsky will be on the hill for the RubberDucks.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Potomac Nationals 5 (F/14)
Box Score · Hillcats tied 1-1
Talk about exciting, Lynchburg spread 19 hits over the 14-inning extravaganza against Potomac yesterday, finally pulling off the win in walk-off fashion.
While the Hillcats only managed six runs, several of the players had huge games. Yu-Cheng Chang went 4-6 with two doubles while the former Lake County try of Francisco Mejia, Tyler Krieger and Conner Marabell all went 3-7 at the plate. Mejia also slugged a two-run home run in the third inning.
The biggest hit of them all came from Bobby Bradley. Bradley struck out four times in the game, but he came through when it mattered most, smacking a walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th inning with two outs and the bases loaded after Potomac had intentionally walked both Francisco Mejia and Anthony Santander in front of him.
Luis Lugo pitched well, giving up one run over five innings in a no decision. Billy Strode and Mitch Brown gave up three runs combined to allow the game to go to extra innings. Matt Whitehouse gave up a run in the top of the 12th which was answered by Lynchburg and Justin Garcia threw two heart attack-worthy scoreless innings to pick up the win.
It’s do or die now, and tonight’s game — with Lynchburg’s season on the line — is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET.