I’ll begin this recap with some great news. Three top Indians pitching prospects were all promoted yesterday. With journeyman starter Travis Banwart going on the disabled list, Julian Merryweather was promoted from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus. The promotion train continued with Matt Esparza moving from High-A Lynchburg to Akron and the ripple effect completed with 2016 third round pick Aaron Civale moving from Single-A Lake County to High-A Lynchburg.
Columbus Clippers 12, Norfolk Tide 4
Box Score · Clippers improve to 22-27
I don’t know what has gotten into the Columbus Clippers offense, but I like it.
Shortstop Eric Stamets entered this series against Norfolk with one home run on the season in 34 games, he now has six.
Over the last three games, he’s gone 11-13 with four doubles, five homers and 12 runs batted in. Player of the Week anyone? He only had two plate appearances yesterday, but they were both home runs.
Chris Colabello, Adam Moore and Ronny Rodriguez also joined the home run club in yesterday’s second consecutive offensive outburst by the Clippers while recently promoted Mike Papi reached base safely four times with a single, two walks and a hit by pitch.
Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando went seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking one, more than enough to pick up a win when you have 12 runs of support.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Bowie Baysox 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 22-24
Bowie jumped out to a 5-0 lead on long reliever turned emergency starter Matt Whitehouse, knocking him out of the game by the third inning. The rest of the bullpen only allowed one more run to cross the plate, giving the team a chance to come back, although they fell just short.
Of note, tough luck pitcher Dylan Baker had to leave the game in the eighth inning due to shoulder soreness. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.
Tyler Krieger led the way offensively for Akron with a multi-hit game, with Eric Haase and Luigi Rodriguez both slugging home runs in the losing effort.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 4
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 28-21
One mistake cost Brock Hartson the victory, a three run home run in the fourth inning of an otherwise superbly pitched game. Hartson tossed six innings, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out six and walking none.
Lynchburg attempted to get back in the game with doubles from Ka’ai Tom, Willi Castro and Andrew Calica, but they weren’t able to string enough of their hits and walks together to overcome the deficit.
Lake County Captains 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
Box Score · Captains fall to 17-32
Lake County outhit Bowling Green, but a crucial passed ball on a third strike by catcher Li-Jen Chu with two outs allowed the first inning to continue, which led to three unearned runs.
Starting pitcher Justin Garza lasted just two innings, giving up said three unearned runs on 56 pitches and the bullpen allowed two more to cross the plate over the next six frames.
Chu made up for his mistake by collecting a multi-hit game, also joined by Conner Capel and Emmanuel Tapia. Capel had a double and a home run while Gavin Collins had a two-run double in the loss.