Columbus Clippers 3, Durham Bulls 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 14-18
Despite squaring off against #1 Tampa Bay pitching prospect Brent Honeywell, the Clippers offense, and starting pitcher Ryan Merritt, were not intimidated.
Merritt tossed his best start of the season, lasting 6.1 innings giving up one run on seven hits and striking out seven to get the win.
The offense backed him up with nine hits, zero for extra bases, to plate three runs, which was more than enough for Merritt’s gem.
Relievers Joe Colon and Shawn Armstrong slammed the door shut with 2.2 scoreless innings to preserve the victory.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Trenton Thunder 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 14-17
With top 10 prospects Greg Allen (broken hamate bone) and Francisco Mejia (groin) both on the disabled list, offense is likely going to be a bit harder to come by for Akron.
Thankfully, the pitching rose to the occasion as Luis Lugo tossed six shutout innings. Lugo was effectively wild, walking five batters but only giving up one hit while striking out three to lower his season ERA to an impressive 1.91 (through 28.1 innings).
The only standout offensively was Mike Papi, who went 2-4 at the plate and scored the games lone run on an RBI single from Dorssys Paulino. Papi has quietly put together a nice season and is currently leading all Akron hitters in batting average for the season at .302.
Matt Whitehouse and Neil Holland shut things down with three innings of scoreless relief.
Lake County Captains 0, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 13-20
Lake County’s offense is struggling mightily. The Captains actually were even with Wisconsin in hits at eight apiece, but going 0-5 with runners in scoring position plus hitting into two double plays sunk their chances.
Lake County has scored a whopping two runs in their last three games combined.
Li-Jen Chu and Alexis Pantoja both had multi-hit games to no avail.
Justin Garza was ineffective as the starter for the Captains, surrendering five runs (four earned) in four innings on four hits and four walks while striking our five. Ben Krauth added 2.2 innings of shutout relief in the loss.
High-A Lynchburg’s game was rained out.