Columbus Clippers 3, Durham Bulls 12
Box Score · Clippers fall to 3-5
The game wasn’t completely out of reach for the Clippers until the bullpen allowed Durham to put up a seven-spot in the seventh inning. Louis Head in particular was a culprit, giving up six runs (all earned) on five hits in 0.1 innings. Two of those five hits were home runs.
Giovanny Urshella made a rehab appearance, going 0-3 at the plate. Yandy Diaz went 1-1 with a walk after subbing in for him. No other members of the Clippers did anything particularly notable, and what can you expect when the team gets blown out by nine runs?
Akron RubberDucks 1, Trenton Thunder 2
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 4-4
Locked in a pitchers duel against LGFT Justus Sheffield, Michael Peoples actually got the better of the talented southpaw, tossing five shutout innings. Sheffield also was impressive, giving up one run on a solo shot to Joe Sever in 5.2 innings while striking out nine and walking two. The home run was the only hit Sheffield allowed.
Unfortunately, the Akron bullpen couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead it was given, giving up one run in the seventh inning to tie the game and then one more in the eighth inning to lose it.
The RubberDucks managed just two hits in the contest
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Wilmington Blue Rocks 2
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 4-5
Tanner Tully put the Hillcats on his back, throwing seven innings without giving up an earned run or a walk while striking out seven to earn the win.
Lynchburg didn’t manage much offense on the day, but Gavin Collins went 2-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Henry Martinez made things interesting, giving up a solo homer in the ninth inning to bring the Blue Rocks within one, but he held on to earn his second save of the season.
Lake County Captains 5, South Bend Cubs 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 4-5
After starting the season 4-0, the Lake County Captains have now lost five straight.
Oscar Gonzalez stayed hot offensively, going 2-4 at the plate with an RBI to raise his season average to .355. Ulysses Cantu blasted his first home run of the season and catcher Michael Rivera walked three times.
Starting pitcher Grant Hockin couldn’t follow up on his strong season debut, giving up five earned runs in 4.0 innings on nine hits. His piggy-back partner, Jean Carlos Mejia, continues to pitch well, tossing 5.0 innings of relief and giving up just one run.