Columbus Clippers 8, Louisville Bats 4
Box Score · Clippers improve to 30-31
After being blanked in his first rehab outing, Abraham Almonte played a big part in the Columbus Clippers’ 8-4 win over the Louisville Bats, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in and leading off the game with a hit.
Everyone but Mike Papi recorded a hit in the win, with Almonte, Richie Shaffer, Eric Stamets, Erik Kratz, and Nellie Rodriguez all finishing with two. Rodriguez has been abysmal in Triple-A this season, but the 22-year-old is 3-for-7 in his last two games, with a home run and six runs batted in. After his 2-for-4 performance last night, his batting average increased allllllll the way to .145.
Julian Merryweather got the start for Columbus. He threw seven innings and allowed four runs off 11 hits. He also issued his first walk since his Triple-A debut on May 30. Merryweather allowed three home runs in his nine Double-A starts this season; in three Triple-A starts he has already matched that number.
Akron RubberDucks 7, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 27-30
One of these days the Akron RubberDucks will have a winning record again. They’ve hovered around it for what feels like months now, and they sit just three games away from .500 with yesterday’s 7-5 win over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
Bobby Bradley’s epic two home run performance led the way for Akron, including a grand slam in the second inning that gave the ‘Ducks their first lead of the game. Francisco Mejia *only* had two singles on the day, which feels like a down game for the Tribe’s top prospect. In his last four games he’s 10-for-18 with four home runs and nine runs batted in.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Frederick Keys 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 35-25
Despite finish the game with just six hits and striking out 10 times, the Lynchburg Hillcats pulled out their organizational-best 35th win of the season yesterday. It helps that the Hillcats were 2-for-2 with runners in scoring position on the day and a clutch seventh-inning home run from Daniel Salters gave them a lead they would not give up.
The offense was unspectacular, but Brock Hartson turned in a solid outing — six innings, four runs with three strikeouts and no walks. Jordan Milbrath received the win, despite wakling three of the eight batters he faced.
Lake County Captains 9, Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Box Score · Captains improve to 22-38
It’s been a rough season for the Lake County Captains, as well as yesterday’s starting pitcher Juan Hillman. Both parties had a game they really needed.
For the Captains, they won their second straight game thanks to an offense that homered twice (Miguel Eladio and Gavin Collins), despite striking out nine times and not drawing a single walk. Meanwhile, Hillman lasted five innings and struck out six while allowing just two runs.
DSL Indians 2, DSL Dodgers2 12
Box Score · Indians fall to 1-6
The DSL Indians committed seven errors in the game and starting pitcher Tahnaj Thomas walked six batters before he was pulled after just 1.1 innings. Diarlin Jiminez lasted 4.2 innings in relief, but took the brunt of the damage from the errors; eight runs crossed the plate while he was on the mound, but just three of them were considered earned runs.
The Indians offense finished with six hits, half of them coming from Roger Marmol.