Columbus Clippers 3, Indianapolis Indians 5
Box Score · Clippers fall to 1-2
The Columbus Clippers could not take advantage of 14 hits as a team (six doubles) and two Indianapolis errors, scoring a measly 3 runs due to going a horrific 2-14 with runners in scoring position.
The Clippers didn’t ground into any double plays, didn’t have anyone get caught stealing or picked off, they simply couldn’t take advantage of the ridiculous amount of opportunities they had.
Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia, Richie Shaffer and Brandon Barnes all went 2-5 with a double while Nellie Rodriguez went 2-4 with an RBI.
A solid start from veteran Stephen Fife, who gave up one run in five innings was wasted. Ben Taylor gave up three runs in 1.1 innings out of the bullpen to take the loss.
Akron RubberDucks 0, Altoona Curve 4
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 1-3
Akron’s bats were silenced as the team collected just three hits while being shut out by Altoona.
Sam Haggerty stayed hot, going 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base from atop the leadoff position. He should be quickly putting himself among the rising prospects at the beginning of this season.
Catcher Daniel Salters went 2-3 in his first action of the season.
Starting pitcher Sean Brady gave up three runs in 4.1 innings of work. He struck out four batters but walked three and gave up four hits while taking the loss.
Game 1 Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Down East Wood Ducks 4 (F/7)
Game 2 Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Down East Wood Ducks 0 (F/7)
Lynchburg received a pair of strong starting pitching performances from Tanner Tully and Justin Garza, but got just one win to show for it in a double-header against the Down East Wood Ducks.
Tanner Tully pitched five strong innings in game one, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out five, but Dalbert Siri gave up two runs in the top of the seventh innings to take the loss.
Justin Garza tossed five shutout innings in game two, striking out seven and walking just one while giving up two hits to earn the victory.
There weren’t many standout offensive performers due to the Hillcats collecting just 10 hits between two games, but Mitch Longo went 1-3 in both games with a double and the only run scored in game two. Trenton Brooks went 1-1 with a walk the only run batted in in game two. Jodd Carter went 2-3 in game one and didn’t play the second game.
Game 1 Lake County Captains 10, Fort Wayne TinCaps 8
Game 2 Lake County Captains 12, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (F/7)
It didn’t matter that the Lake County Captains started game one down 6-2, continuing a suspended game from Friday, they exploded for seven runs in innings six through eight to come back and pull off an impressive victory.
In game two, the Captains absolutely obliterated the Fort Wayne Tincaps, scoring 12 runs in the first six innings en route to a crushing 12-1 victory. Everyone on the Captains is on fire offensively at the moment as the Tribe’s Single-A affiliate swept the four game season opening series against Fort Wayne.
Ernie Clement went 5-8 with a double and a walk, Jose Vicente went 3-4, Oscar Gonzalez went 4-8 with a home run, Jorma Rodriguez went 5-7 with a walk and a stolen base, Will Benson went 3-7 with a home run and three walks, Tyler Friis went 3-8 with three doubles and a walk, Todd Isaacs went 3-9 with two doubles, a walk and a stolen base and Austin Wade went 2-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base.
It was an offensive eruption, complete devastation of the poor Fort Wayne pitchers who never stood a chance as multiple relievers left the day with ERAs in the double digits.
Piggyback partner Jean Carlos Mejia tossed four shutout innings of relief with four strikeouts in game one and Grant Hocking gave up one run in five innings while striking out six to earn the win in game two.