It was a short day of baseball for Tribe affiliates, as only two teams played thanks to a day off and one game being postponed due to rain.
Thankfully, both games were victories due to some timely hitting and some downright spectacular pitching, particularly from Double-A Akron.
Akron RubberDucks 6, Reading Fighting Phils 3 (10 innings)
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 3-8
After sleepwalking their way through the first eight innings, the Akron offense woke up in the ninth to tie the game at three, then exploded for three runs in the 10th to win it.
Greg Allen, Yu-Cheng Chang and Yhoxian Medina all had multi-hit games while Dorsys Paulino slugged his second home run of the year and Francisco Mejia extended his new hitting streak to nine with a first inning single.
Julian Merryweather was brilliant on the mound, throwing seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. His lone blemish was a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Matt Whitehouse offered three innings of one-run relief with three strikeouts to pick up the win. Combined, they only surrendered three total hits in the 10-inning affair.
Lake County Captains 1, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
Box Score · Captains improve to 6-5
This game was all about who made the first mistake.
Bowling Green outhit Lake County 6-3, but they were unable to string those hits together to put some runs on the board.
Logan Ice was the hero of the day for the Captains offense and defense, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI single in the sixth inning which resulted in the only run of the game. He also threw out two attempted basestealers and picked off a runner at third base to help keep the team in the game.
On the pitching side of things, Micah Miniard was decent, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings on five hits while walking three, striking out three and hitting one. His season ERA dropped to 0.75 overall through three starts.
Ben Krauth picked up the win with 3.1 excellent innings of relief, striking out five while walking one and giving up one hit and Henry Martinez cruised to a 1.1 inning save while striking out two.
Triple-A Columbus had a scheduled day off and High-A Lynchburg’s game was postponed due to weather.