Columbus Clippers 2, Toledo Mud Hens 0
Box Score · Clippers improve to 42-39
The Columbus Clippers showed the power of clutchosisity in their 2-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens yesterday. Despite being outhit, 7-2, they won thanks to a home run and a sacrifice fly from Nellie Rodriguez.
The only other Clippers batter to have a hit was Daniel Robertson. Leadoff batter Michael Martinez (???) was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The real star of this game was Shawn Morimando, who pitched a complete game despite the seven hits allowed. He finished with 102, just shy of a Maddux. This was Morimando’s second straight complete game shutout and his fifth shutout in his last 10 starts. In those 10 outings, he has a 1.76 ERA with 54 strikeouts and just 16 walks (five of which came in one start).
Morimando is rarely brought up in the discussion for the Indians starting rotation, but you can ignore complete shutouts for so long before you have to start at least thinking about it.
Akron RubberDucks 6, Bowie Baysox 1 (Game 1)
Akron RubberDucks 2, Bowie Baysox 5 (Game 2)
The Akron RubberDucks came out swinging in game one of their doubleheader against the Bowie Baysox, racking up nine hits, including doubles from Joe Sever and Mark Mathias. Francisco Mejia continued to be an alien from another planet that revolves around nothing but hitting baseballs as he went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Michael Peoples pitched six innings to receive his second win of the season, striking out three and walking one.
The offense slowed considerably in game two as the RubberDucks managed just two runs off five hits. Both runs batted in came courtesy of Bobby Bradley.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Frederick Keys 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 48-32
The top of the Lynchburg Hillcats lineup came through in the win yesterday. Ka’ai Tom and Willi Castro combined to go 4-for-9 with a double and just one strikeout. Yonathan Mendoza had a multi-hit game as well, while Martin Cervenka added the only Lynchburg home run, a three-run shot that gave them the lead in the sixth.
Shane Bieber had another excellent outing for the Hillcats, striking out six over seven innings. He did not walk a single batter; in his last 10 starts he has walked just four.
Lake County Captains 1, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
Box Score · Captains fall to 34-46
Not a whole lot of good in this blowout loss. Alexis Pantoja had two hits from the ninth spot, and Micah Miniard struggled over three innings. He allowed five runs and didn’t strike any Bowling Green Hot Rod batters out.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, Auburn Doubledays 0 (Game 1)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3, Auburn Doubledays 2 (Game 2)
Game one saw the Mahoning Valley Scrappers score three innings in the middle innings and hold the lead. Jesse Berardi led the way with two hits, and Grant Hockin received his first win of the season with five innings of shutout baseball.
In game two, the Scrappers trailed, 1-0, for a full five innings, but Ulysses Cantu’s sixth-inning home run gave them the lead, and a single from Tyler Friis eventually gave them the go-ahead run in the seventh and final inning.
AZL Indians 3, AZL Giants 2
Box Score · Indians improve to 3-4
Mitch Reeves, a 32-round pick of the Indians in this year’s draft, made his mark in sixth start of his career, homering twice and driving in three runs in the AZL Indians win.