Columbus Clippers 5, Gwinnett Stripers 4 (F/10)
Box Score · Clippers improve to 17-19
Shane Bieber started for Columbus Tuesday, which means few runs were allowed and no one was walked.
Bieber pitched 6.2 innings for the Clippers, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking zero, but he didn’t factor into the decision after Jeff Belliveau and a returning Cameron Hill allowed three runs to score to tie the game. After shockingly walking two batters in his Triple-A debut, Bieber has not walked anyone in his last two starts spanning 13.1 innings.
Mike Papi was the lone Columbus player to have a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a home run and a hit by pitch. Yandy Diaz also reached base twice going 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Thankfully, Yu Cheng walked the Clippers off in the bottom of the 10th inning on a sacrifice bunt followed by an error.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Trenton Thunder3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 22-16
After taking a nap for seven innings, the Akron offense erupted for four runs in the eighth inning Tuesday to take the lead and hold on for a victory.
With two runners on base, Sicnarf Loopstok hit a two-run triple and Dorsys Paulino followed with a two-run home run to provide all of Akron’s runs.
Connor Marabell and Andrew Calica also had multi-hit games at the dish for the RubberDucks, going 2-3 and 2-4 respectively.
Starting pitcher Dominic DeMasi was outstanding for Akron, allowing one run in 6.2 innings on two hits while striking out four and walking one.
Lynchburg Hillcats 13, Frederick Keys 12
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 20-17
As good as Bieber and DeMasi were for Columbus and Akron, Micah Miniard was that bad for Lynchburg. Miniard was starched for eight runs (seven earned) in 3.2 innings on four hits while walking four and striking out just two.
His replacement Billy Robinson was stellar, providing 2.1 innings of shutout relief, but then Billy Strode was blasted for four runs in 0.2 innings.
Thankfully, the Hillcats offense was up to the task, putting a crooked number on the board in four separate innings.
Anthony Miller had a huge game, going 3-4 with a home run and four runs batted in for the Hillcats. Jodd Carter, Alexis Pantoja and Conner Capel all had multi-hit games and Gavin Collins had three runs batted in and scored three runs.
Justin Garcia and Dalbert Siri provided 2.1 innings of shutout relief to help Lynchburg hold on for its sixth straight win.
Lake County Captains 3, South Bend Cubs 4
Box Score · Captains fall to 17-20
Juan Hillman pitched pretty well, allowing four runs in 6.2 innings while walking none and striking out seven, but he took the loss when the Lake County offense couldn’t score more than three runs.
Lake County only managed three hits, and two of them belonged to Ernie Clement, who also scored two runs.