Columbus Clippers 4, Charlotte Knights 10
Box Score · Clippers fall to 54-47
Shawn Morimando looks like he’s quickly put his string of shutouts far behind him. The southpaw was tattooed for eight runs on eight hits in six innings yesterday while walking three and striking out six. He has now given up at least four runs and eight hits in each of his last three starts.
Offensively, Ronny Rodriguez and Tyler Naquin both had multi-hit games but the team simply had way too big of a deficit to overcome.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 9
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 49-49
The score was tied 3-3 heading into the sixth inning thanks to a two-run homer from Eric Haase (his 19th) and a multi-hit effort from Luigi Rodriguez, but that wouldn’t be enough.
Starting pitcher Matt Esparza had another short outing, giving up three runs on five hits in four innings while walking six and striking out three, but he left the game with the score knotted up.
Unfortunately, David Speer had an even worse outing from the bullpen, giving up six runs (three earned) in less than an inning as Binghamton took a commanding lead they would not relinquish.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Frederick Keys 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 59-41
The Lynchburg Hillcats were outhit 9-7, but they made their hits count while also taking advantage of two Frederick errors.
Willi Castro and Ka’ai Tom blasted solo home runs and Tom also racked up another three runs batted in with a bases-clearing triple in the first inning.
Starting pitcher Dominic DeMasi, who took his place in the rotation after Shane Bieber was promoted to Akron, pitched very well, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out four and walking one in five innings of work.
Jared Robinson made things interesting by giving up three runs in his inning of relief, but Kieren Lovegrove and Justin Garcia pitched three shutout innings of relief to close out the victory.
Lake County Captains 8, Clinton LumberKings 6
Box Score · Captains improve to 42-57
Brady Aiken won another start. This time, he pitched well through five innings, giving up just two runs, but he ran into trouble in the sixth, getting chased without getting anyone out. His final line was five-plus innings pitched, four runs allowed on six hits while walking three and striking out four.
Thankfully, Aiken received a huge lift from his offense as Emmanuel Tapia blasted his Midwest League-leading 22nd home run and Logan Ice and Luke Wakamatsu both had four-hit games. Ice also went yard with his eighth bomb of the season.
Reliever Dalbert Siri struck out the side to record his 10th save.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, State College Spikes 1
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 21-13
Consistent hitting and excellent pitching was the name of this game yesterday. James Karinchak and Felix Tati combined for eight shutout innings on five hits while striking out five in a great piggy-back tandem.
Offensively, Nolan Jones, Ulysses Cantu, Jesse Berardi, Simeon Lucas and Jonathan Laureano all had multi-hit games in the winning effort.
Box Score · Indians fall to 6-17
Henry Pujols hitting his fourth home run was pretty much the lone highlight of this ugly performance as the AZL Indians continue to struggle.
Luis Valdez gave up four runs in 2.1 innings, raising his season ERA over eight to take the loss.
DSL Indians 1, DSL Rays2 2
Box Score · Indians fall to 16-25
Mike Garcia pitched great, giving up just one run in six innings, but he got no help from his offense in a no decision.
The Indians managed just three hits, one of them being a triple from Christopher Cespedes, and they committed three errors which resulted in an unearned run that allowed the DSL Rays2 to take the lead for good.