Columbus Clippers 7, Louisville Bats 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 2-2
Winning 7-1 and eclipsing the .500 mark is important for the Columbus Clippers, of course, but the most important thing to come out of this game is the continuing Francisco Mejia, Outfielder experiment happening.
He fared well in left field, finishing with an error-free outing and going 2-for-6 at the plate. He and his teammates combined for 12 hits on the way their route of the Louisville Bats, including catcher Eric Haase, right fielder Richie Shaffer, and center fielder Brandon Barnes who each had a pair of hits.
On the mound, Adam Wilk struck out five over 5.2 innings. After a rough outing in which he allowed five runs over 0.1 innings, reliever Preston Claiborne saw his ERA drop from 135.00 to 27.00, which seems pretty good.
Akron RubberDucks 6, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 2-3
Much like their big brothers in Columbus, the Akron RubberDucks opened their series with a big offense output yesterday.
Second baseman Mark Mathias led the way with a 3-for-4 day, and Sicnarf Loopstok brought the thunder with his first home run of the season — a ninth-inning blast that put the game out of reach for Binghamton.
Tim Tebow, renowned baseball star, didn’t look great against ‘Ducks pitching. He whiffed three times, including a particularly awful at-bat in which Matt Whitehouse took him down on three straight curveballs.
Shao-Ching Chiang got the win, throwing five scoreless innings with four strikeouts and two walks.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Buis Creek Astros 12
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 2-3
Weather finally allowed the Lynchburg Hillcats to play a peaceful game yesterday, but they may wish it hadn’t.
Four pitchers were roughed up in their 12-5 loss to the Astros — starter Jake Paulson allowed three runs over 3.1 innings, Anderson Polanco allowed two over 0.1, Billy Strode allowed three over 1.0 and Kieran Lovegrove allowed one over 2.1. All told, Lynchburg pitchers walked nine batters and allowed nine runs off 10 hits.
Meanwhile, the offense mustered just four hits and still managed to score five runs. Logan Ice finally got on base this season with a double. He still struck out three times though, and his batting line now sits at .111/.111/.222.
Lake County Captains 2, Dayton Dragons 3
Box Score · Captains fall to 4-1
The previous undefeated Lake County Captains started off their quest for a fifth-straight win with a two-run first inning off an Austen Wade double. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring for the good guys.
Francisco Perez allowed a pair of runs and Felix Tati allowed one in three innings of relief. Not a bad showing by either pitcher, but it was enough for the Dragons to hand Lake County their first loss of the season, 3-2.