Akron RubberDucks 9, Richmond Flying Squirrels 6
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 35-33
Don’t let the final score confuse you, this game was a blowout for eight innings.
Luigi Rodriguez, Bobby Bradley and Connor Marabell all had three-hit games for Akron, helping the team jump out to a 9-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Bradley had a pair of doubles while Rodriguez teed off for two home runs.
Starting pitcher Matt Whitehouse was spectacular, giving up just two runs in seven innings of work on six hits. He didn’t walk a batter and he struck out three.
Mitch Brown made things interesting in the ninth, giving up four runs before having to be yanked, but thankfully the lead and victory was preserved.
Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Frederick Keys 6
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 42-29
Willi Castro and Yonathan Mendoza provided multi-hit efforts while Sicnarf Loopstok and Martin Cervenka brought the power with home runs to lead Lynchburg offensively.
Aaron Civale danced around nine base hits over six innings to only allow two runs to score. He struck out four and walked none as well.
Just like with Akron, a reliever made things interesting late as Kieren Lovegrove surrendered four runs in the eighth inning to tie the game.
In a wild bottom of the ninth inning, Sam Haggerty singled, then scored the winning run on a combination of a wild pitch and a throwing error from the catcher. Gotta love minor league baseball!
Lake County Captains 3, Dayton Dragons 8
Box Score · Captains fall to 28-43
Juan Hillman’s excellent start was foiled by yet another poor bullpen performance. Hillman gave up two runs in the first inning, then settled down to hold Dayton scoreless over the next four frames. He walked three and struck out three, leaving the game with a 3-2 lead.
Unfortunately, reliever Ryan Colegate was blasted for five runs in just 0.1 innings and Lake County never recovered.
Gavin Collins had a multi-hit game, also blasting a home run in the loss.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, Auburn Doubledays 4
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 3-2
Oscar Gonzalez put on a power display for Mahoning Valley, launching a pair of home runs and driving in all five runs for the Scrappers, who moved over the .500 mark for the first time.
Gonzalez was joined by Will Benson, Samad Taylor and debuting 2017 draft pick Tyler Friis, who all had multi-hit games as well. Ulysses Cantu added a double to extend his hitting streak to five.
On the pitching side of the equation, 2016 draft pick Zach Plesac made his professional debut after recovering from Tommy John surgery and he was excellent, holding Auburn scoreless over three innings while striking out three and walking none.
Indians 2017 draft picks Jonathan Teaney and and Ryley Echols made their pitching debuts out of the bullpen and things didn’t go smoothly as both pitchers gave up at least one run in their inning of work.
Domingo Jimenez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth while striking out the side to preserve the win.
Box Score · Indians improve to 8-10
The DSL Indians tied the Astros with eight hits apiece but they separated themselves by walking a whopping 11 times and hitting two home runs to outscore their opponents.
Jhon Torres went 3-4 with a double and a home run in the victory.
DSL Indians/Brewers 3, DSL Dodgers2 0
Box Score · Indians/Brewers improve to 8-10
The DSL Indians/Brewers didn’t get any offensive contributions from any Indians prospects, but starting pitcher Jahir Varela kept his season ERA spotless with four shutout innings to help lead the team to a shutout victory.
The Columbus Clippers had their game postponed due to rain.