Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 5
Box Score · Clippers fall to 37-35
Julian Merryweather just didn’t have it yesterday. The talented flamethrower gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits while failing to get out of the fourth inning for Columbus.
The offense attempted a late comeback thanks in part to Erik Kratz’s fourth home run in the last three days, but they fell just short.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Reading Fightin Phils 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 34-33
All of Akron’s offense came from two big hits. Yu-Cheng Chang blasted his 16th home run of the season to tie the game in the fifth inning, then Luigi Rodriguez crushed a three-run bomb to give the RubberDucks the lead for good in the sixth.
Starting pitcher Thomas Pannone continued his run of dominance. This time, he tossed 6.1 innings while giving up just one run on six hits. He also walked none and struck out six to earn the victory.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Frederick Keys 0
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 41-29
Pitching was the name of the game for the Hillcats as there were only seven hits by both teams combined.
Starting pitcher Shane Bieber was flat out dominant, throwing the best start of his professional career. Over eight shutout innings, he gave up just three hits and struck out 11 without walking a batter. It’s really starting to look like the Indians struck gold with the 2016 fourth round pick.
There wasn’t much to speak of on the offensive side of things, but Ka’ai Tom did have a good game, going 1-2 at the plate with two walks and two stolen bases. Martin Cervenka also provided a key two-run double late in the game to give Bieber a nice cushion.
Lake County Captains 8, Dayton Dragons 7 (F/10)
Box Score · Captains improve to 28-42
The offense rallied after the Captains were put in an early hole by starting pitcher Brady Aiken, who was torched for five runs without being able to get out of the second inning. Thankfully, long reliever Ben Krauth provided four shutout innings while striking out seven to give Lake County a chance to get back in the game.
Emmanuel Tapia blasted off for two more home runs, his Midwest League-leading 14th and 15th of the season, to bring the team within striking distance.
Once the game was in extra innings, Gavin Collins connected with a solo shot to give them the lead and Henry Martinez picked up the save in an impressive come-from-behind victory.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, Auburn Doubledays 4 (F/10)
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 2-2
All the runs in this game were scored early and late as both teams put two on the board in the first frame, then failed to score until the eighth inning, where both teams put two on the board again over the eighth and ninth to send the game to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th, Oscar Gonzalez led off with a walk and Jonathan Laureano brought him home with a clutch walk-off double to give the Scrappers the win.
Ulysses Cantu remained red hot at the plate with another two hits while Samad Taylor and Laureano both had two-hits themselves in the victory.
Box Score · Indians fall to 7-10
The DSL Indians only managed five hits, but they kept the game close by walking 10 times in total. Top shortstop prospect Marcos Gonzalez remained hot by going 2-3 at the plate with a walk and a stolen base. Center fielder Jean Montero walked three times, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs in the loss.
The DSL Indians/Brewers game was suspended due to rain.