Columbus Clippers 3, Durham Bulls 2
Box Score · Clippers improveto 12-18
The scoring for this game was done by the top of the second inning.
Top Indians outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer led off the game with his fourth home run of the season while Richie Shaffer launched a two-run bomb in the second, moving him into first place in the system with seven total.
Nellie Rodriguez would contribute two hits as well, including a double, and that would be it for the Columbus offense as they managed just five hits on the day.
Thankfully, that’s all they would need as Michael Peoples had a very successful Triple-A debut. The veteran right-hander gave up two runs in a shaky first inning then settled down to last 5.2 innings overall.
The bullpen stepped in from there and the trio of Shawn Armstrong, Tyler Olson and Joe Colon provides 3.1 innings of scoreless, hitless relief to put a stamp on the victory and end the Clippers’ four-game losing skid.
Akron RubberDucks 0, Trenton Thunder 8
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 12-16
Someone put out a missing person’s report on the Akron offense.
The Akron bats were silenced mightily by Yankees non-prospect Yefry Ramirez, who struck out 10 batters in just five innings. Bobby Bradley was the only RubberDuck to reach base safely twice, recording a single and a walk. Surprisingly, he was not the victim of any of his team’s 13 strikeouts.
Speaking of pitching, the D.J. Brown experiment is not going well.
Returning to the starting pitching role after Rob Kaminsky’s DL stint left a vacancy in the Akron rotation, D.J. Brown has been abysmal. In Brown’s three starts, he’s given up 17 runs (16 earned) in just 9.2 total innings.
Last night, Brown surrendered seven runs (six earned) in four innings. He gave up nine hits, walked four and struck out just two. There have to be better options than this.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Carolina Mudcats 1
Box Score · Captains improve to 16-13
One pitcher we don’t have to worry about is Triston McKenzie. The Indians number one pitching prospect put on an incredible showcase last night, earning national attention with his performance.
McKenzie would walk the first batter he faced, then proceeded to strike out 14 of the next 19. All in all, his line was six innings, one hit, zero runs, one walk and 14 strikeouts.
Flat. Out. Domination.
And don’t forget, he’s doing this all as a 19-year old in a league where the average age is 23.
Matt Esparza had the most strikeouts in a game by any Indians minor league pitcher last year when he whiffed 12 batters in seven innings on June 25th, but McKenzie was able to strike out two more in an inning less. Unreal.
Back to the game, Ka’ai Tom and Martin Cervenka led the way offensively with a home run apiece, accounting for all of Lynchburg’s runs batted in for the game.
Lake County Captains 1, Beloit Snappers 0
Box Score · Captains improve to 13-18
While Triston McKenzie is getting all the attention for his performance yesterday (and rightfully so), Aaron Civale provided one hell of a pitching display as well.
In a game where a single mistake could be the deciding factor, Civale tossed seven shutout innings for Lake County, giving up two hits, walking none and striking out seven.
The lone run of the game was scored from a bases loaded walk by youngster Conner Capel. The top of the lineup for the Captains was effective, with Trenton Brooks, Alexis Pantoja and Emmanuel Tapia all collecting multi-hit games, although the team went just 1-7 with RISP.
Michael Letkewicz and Dalbert Siri played with fire in the eighth and ninth innings, but they were able to pitch around three walks and a hit to slam the door on the low-scoring victory.