Columbus Clippers 5, Scranton W/B RailRiders 8
Box Score · Clippers fall to 8-10
Stephen Fife was roughed up for seven runs in 5.0 innings pitched, including a five-spot in the third inning and Columbus was unable to recover.
Greg Allen had a big game for the Clippers, going 3-4 with two doubles and a walk from the lead-off position. Giovanny Urshela and Yu Chang both went 2-4 and Yandy Diaz went 1-3 with a double, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the loss.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Reading Fightin Phils
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 9-10
Akron had plenty of offense, but it didn’t have much pitching as Sean Brady was bombed for five runs in 3.0 innings on nine hits.
Reliever Jordan Milbrath didn’t fare much better, giving up another four runs (two earned) in 2.2 innings of work.
Willi Castro had a big game, going 3-4 with a home run and a walk. Mark Mathias stayed hot by hitting a home run as well and Conner Marabell went 1-3 with a walk
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Winston-Salem Dash 3 Game 1
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Winston-Salem Dash 9 Game 2
Li-Jen Chu walked it off for the Hillcats in game one with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Other offensive contributors were Gavin Collins who went 2-4 with a double and a run batted in and Mitch Longo, who went 1-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Zach Plasec pitched pretty well, giving up one run in 4.0 innings, although he walked five batters while striking out four.
In game two, Winston-Salem was not fooled by Tanner Tully, scoring five earned runs in his 4.1 innings pitched and they kept up the offensive onslaught against Luis Jimenez and Anderson Polanco in relief, scoring an additional four runs in the final 2.2 innings.
No Lynchburg players had multi-hit games in the second leg of the double-header, but Conner Capel, Dillon Persinger and Logan Ice all hit a double.
Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 0 Game 1
Lake County Captains 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 Game 2
The story of this double header was starting pitcher Francisco Perez.
The 20-year-old southpaw tossed the best game of his career, lasting 6.1 innings without giving up a hit or a run. Perez struck out four and walked three in the first six innings, but ran out of gas trying to complete the no-hitter by himself, leaving the game with one out after walking the bases loaded and throwing 98 pitches.
James Karinchak entered the bases loaded situation and promptly struck out the first batter he faced before inducing a game-ending flyout to complete the tag team no-hitter.
Will Benson blasted a pair of solo home runs to account for half of Lake County’s offense. Austen Wade went 2-2 with a double and a walk while Jonathan Laureano also hit a home run for the Captains.
In game two, Wade again stayed hot, going 2-3 with a home run while Jorma Rodriguez continued his fire streak, going 3-3 with a triple.
Starting pitcher Kirk McCarty didn’t have it, giving up three earned runs and lasting just 0.2 innings on three hits and two walks.
Thankfully, the bullpen of Domingo Jimenez, Kyle Nelson and Jonathan Teaney held down the fort the rest of the way, allowing just one hit in the final 6.1 innings to help Lake County earn the double-header sweep.