Columbus Clippers 5, Charlotte Knights 0
Box Score · Clippers improve to 41-35
Shawn Morimando was squaring off against MLB’s number one prospect Yoan Moncada as well as top White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, who already has a no-hitter this year.
But none of that mattered.
The crafty southpaw hurled his second shutout in his last three starts, striking out a career high 12 batters in just 107 pitches while walking none. Morimando was flat out dominant, and he really seems to have turned the corner this season after a rocky start. His overall ERA has now dropped to a season-low 3.72.
On the offensive side of things, Abraham Almonte had a big game, going 3-5 with two doubles. Ronny Rodriguez and Nellie Rodriguez (no relation) joined him with multi-hit games and both players hit home runs.
Akron RubberDucks 10, Erie SeaWolves 4
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 37-35
This game didn’t start great for Akron, but it certainly finished impressively. The RubberDucks trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, and that’s when slugging first base prospect Bobby Bradley decided to quit playing around.
Bradley led off the sixth with a solo home run. He came up to the plate in the seventh with two men on and proceeded to blast another homer, this time a three-run bomb. Then he followed that up with yet another three-run blast in the eighth inning. All three homers came on the first pitch he saw, giving him a whopping seven runs batted in on the evening. Bradley is now batting a season high .254 after going 3-5 at the dish.
Bradley wasn’t the only RubberDuck to have a big game. Francisco Mejia, Eric Haase, Jordan Smith and Jorma Rodriguez all had two-hit games, with Haase also blasting a home run.
Starting pitcher Thomas Pannone gave up two earned runs over six innings while striking out six and walking just one.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Salem Red Sox 3
Box Score · Hillcats improve to to 45-30
A ridiculous seven Hillcats had multi-hit games, so I’ll stick to the most impressive ones. Sam Haggerty smoked his org-leading 11th triple of the season while Ka’ai Tom and Jodd Carter both hit home runs. Connor Marabell also doubled, walked and stole a base.
The offense was backed up by a stellar starting pitching performance from Shane Bieber, who gave up just one earned run over six innings while striking out seven and (of course) walking zero.
Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
Box Score · Captains improve to 32-43
Brady Aiken didn’t have his best stuff, walking six batters in four innings, but he only gave up two runs before leaving the game. Thankfully, a combination of Ben Krauth, Henry Martinez and Dalbert Siri gave up just one more run over the final five innings to give Lake County a chance to come back.
And come back they did.
Junior Soto, Mitch Longo and Emmanuel Tapia all had multi-hit games while Tapia and Logan Ice also blasted home runs to give the Captains just enough offense to walk away with the victory.
Box Score · Indians fall to 1-2
The AZL Indians outhit the AZL Mariners 7-5, but the Indians pitchers gave up a ridiculous 12 walks to give the Mariners more than enough base runners to earn a victory.
Jhan Rodriguez was the lone Indian to have a multi-hit game while Miguel Jerez his a home run.
DSL Indians 2, DSL Dodgers2 8
Box Score · Indians fall to 8-13
The DSL Indians had a rough day in regards to pitchers. They gave up 12 hits, walked seven batters and committed four errors, which led to eight runs.
Stud prospect Marcos Gonzalez had a great game offensively, going 3-5 at the dish, but he compensated for it by committing a whopping three errors.
The Low-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers had a scheduled off-day.