The Midwest League and the Carolina League both held their respective All-Star games yesterday.
The High-A Lynchburg Hillcats sent seven representatives to the Carolina League All-Star game and all but one made an impact. Willi Castro, Sicnarf Loopstok and Sam Haggerty all got at bats, but Castro was the only player to earn a hit.
On the pitching side of the equation, Shao-Ching Chiang was the starting pitcher, tossing a scoreless inning and earning the win in a 2-0 game. Brock Hartson added a scoreless inning while Argenis Angulo earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning that included two strikeouts. Triston McKenzie did not make an appearance.
In the Midwest League, only two relievers from Lake County made the All-Star team, but they both pitched well as Dalbert SIri and Ryder Ryan combined for a 1-2-3 inning in a 2-5 defeat.
Columbus Clippers 3, Louisville Bats 2
Box Score · Clippers improve to 36-34
With Adam Plutko still on the big league club, Columbus hired free agent pitcher Jarrett Grube for yesterday’s game, and he responded with a strong performance, tossing five innings while giving up just one run and striking out four.
No one really had a big game for Columbus, but a two-run homer from Erik Kratz in the seventh inning gave the Clippers the lead for good.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Reading Fightin Phils 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 33-32
Akron received a poor starting pitching performance and the offense couldn’t get out of first gear in a tough loss.
Nick Pasquale was crushed for all six runs in just 4.2 innings of work, although thankfully relievers Mitch and D.J. Brown kept Reading off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Francisco Mejia had a rare off day, going 0-4 with three strikeouts. Jordan Smith and Dorssys Paulino both went deep for Akron in the defeat.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, West Virginia Black Bears 1
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 0-1
Pitching was the name of the game for Mahoning Valley as they received an excellent start and some even better bullpen effort to earn their first victory.
Grant Hockin returned from Tommy John surgery with his first appearance since 2014, and he was solid, giving up just one run in four innings of work.
Offensively, Ulysses Cantu, Jonathan Laureano and Elvis Perez all had multi-hit games to lead the Scrappers as all three players hit a double in the win.
DSL Indians 12, DSL Rays2 4
Box Score · Indians improve to 6-9
Starting pitcher Yeffersson Yannuzzi tossed five solid innings, giving up just one run and he was backed by a plethora of hot bats as the DSL Indians collected 10 hits, 12 walks and were hit by three pitches. Jeikol Contreras reached base safely in all five plate appearances while Henderson de Oleo had four runs batted in in the victory.
Box Score · Indians/Brewers fall to 7-8
This was an ugly game. Starting pitcher Daritzon Feliz gave up five runs in just two innings and no Indians prospects had a multi-hit game as the Indians/Brewers were blown out.
The Lynchburg Hillcats and Lake County Captains are on All-Star break.