Columbus Clippers 6, Scranton Railriders 3
Box Score · Clippers improve to 19-25
A five-run first inning propelled Columbus to victory. Yandy Diaz, Richie Shaffer, Chris Colabello and Adam Moore all had multi-hit games for the Triple-A club. All four players also collected at least one RBI in the game as well.
The offense backed up a decent effort from Adam Plutko, who gave up three runs in five innings while striking out four and walking one to pick up the win. Joe Colon, Tyler Olson and Cole Sulser combined for four shutout innings of relief to avert any chance of a Scranton comeback.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 19-21
Every member of the Akron lineup except Dorssys Paulino collected at least one hit yesterday, with Mark Mathias and Luigi Rodriguez racking up two. Mike Papi hit an RBI double to stay hot while Francisco Mejia threw out his eighth attempted base-stealer of the season.
Long reliever Matt Whitehouse made a spot start, pitching four shutout innings on just 50 pitches. Recently promoted reliever Leandro Linares tossed 1.2 dominant shutout frames to pick up his first Double-A save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Wilmington Blue Rocks 3
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 24-20
Lynchburg’s offense ruined a solid effort from starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang, who tossed six innings and gave up just one run to take a hard-luck loss.
The Hillcats were shut out on six hits. Martin Cervenka was the lone player for Lynchburg to collect multiple hits, both singles, while Sam Haggerty stole his 11th base of the season.
Kieren Lovegrove relieved Chiang and removed all doubt by giving up two more runs in the final two frames.
Lake County Captains 3, Lansing Lugnuts 5
Box Score · Captains fall to 16-27
Justin Garza threw his best game of the season for Lake County, lasting 5.2 innings while striking out seven, and he left the game with a 3-2 lead but a runner on base.
Unfortunately, normally reliable left-hander Ben Krauth allowed the inherited runner to score and then gave up two more runs in the eighth inning to pick up the loss.
Trenton Brooks and Luke Wakamatsu both went 2-4 with a double for the Captains as they outhit Lansing 7-6. Gavin Collins slugged his first home run of the season in his second game since being promoted from extended Spring Training earlier this week.