Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 38-33
The Columbus Clippers can’t be stopped! Last night’s win gave them their second straight and sixth out of their last eight. Okay, they can be stopped a little bit but they have been great lately.
The offense managed just five hits, but that included two home runs from Giovanny Urshela and Richie Shaffer.
Starting pitcher Jarrett Grube got the win while throwing 6.2 innings and striking out five. The lone run that scored while he was on the mound was due to an error.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 36-34
Despite a furious four-run ninth inning, the Akron RubberDucks dropped the series finale to the Richmond Flying Squirrels and just missed sweeping their division opponent.
Eric Haase and Dorssys Paulino both had multi-hit games; Yu-Cheng Chang hit the RubberDucks’ only home run in that exciting ninth inning. Paulino has been a relatively streaky hitter this season, and he’s on one of his good streaks now. He is 5-for-10 in his last three games, with two walks and just one strikeout. In his last 10, he has 11 hits and a home run.
The ‘Ducks only needed two pitchers yesterday, thanks to Michael Peoples’ solid six innings of work. Nick Pasquale closed out the final two innings, but he allowed four hits and a run.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Frederick Keys 1
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 44-29
Yonathan Mendoza’s big 3-for-4 game and some clutch hitting from Connor Marabell was enough for the Lynchburg Hillcats to remain undefeated in the second half of the Carolina League season.
Mendoza has now hit in eight-straight games, half of which have been multi-hit efforts. In that time, he’s only struck out three times and he’s drawn three walks.
Brock Hartson struck out four over six innings of work, and allowed one earned run off two hits. The bullpen combination of Paul Hendrix, Jared Robinson, and Leandro Linares combined to keep the Keys scoreless over the final three frames.
Lake County Captains 15, Dayton Dragons 6
Box Score · Captains improve to 30-43
It’s not often that a team can be held scoreless for four innings and finish the game with 15 runs. But that’s exactly what the Lake County Captains did yesterday in their trouncing of the Dayton Dragons.
Lake County had 15 hits as a team, led by Gavin Collins’ three hits. Logan Ice had the best game of his young career, as well, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and a whopping seven runs batted in.
One of his home runs also happened to be a grand salami.
While they didn’t really need a great starting effort with 15 runs scored, the Captains got one from Tanner Tully anyway. The 22-year-old lefty held the Dragons to one run off four hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and walked just one.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 0, State College Spikes 9
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 4-3
Blowouts aren’t always fun. Most notably when your team is on the losing end of them, like the Mahoning Valley Scarppers were on Sunday.
The majority of the runs came off starting pitcher Grant Hockin, who allowed six over 3.1 innings. Two more unearned runs were scored with Ping-Hsueh Chen on the mound, and Randy Valladares finished the game with three shutout innings.
Offensively, Mahoning Valley only had four hits, with the only extra-base hit being a double from Nolan Jones.
AZL Indians 4, AZL Reds 18
Box Score · Indians fall to 1-1
Blowouts aren’t always fun, etc, etc, etc.
It was basically the same story as the Scrappers, but with different names and much, much worse. Juan Mota allowed six runs in his 3.0 innings, and Luis Araujo allowed six more in just 1.0 inning.
Like the Scrappers, the Indians only had four hits, but they at least got to see a home run from Henry Pujols. Silver linings.
The DSL Indians had a scheduled off-day today.