Columbus Clippers 6, Gwinnett Stripers 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 18-19
Starting pitcher Adam Plutko is all kinds of locked in right now. Plutko pitched 6.0 innings yesterday, striking out eight batters and walking none while allowing one run on two hits. His lone blemish was a solo home run given up to Gwinnett’s clean-up hitter in the second inning.
Over his last four starts, including a trip to Cleveland, Plutko has allowed just six runs in 28.1 innings pitched while striking out 22 and walking two. He’s now lowered his season ERA to 2.25.
Offensively, Melky Cabrera paved the way for the Clippers, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Eric Haase went 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Yandy Diaz went 0-2 with three walks and two runs scored.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Trenton Thunder 5
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 22-16
Conner Marabell stayed hot for Akron, going 2-3 with a double, a walk, a hit by pitch and two runs batted in to raise his season batting average to .327.
Bobby Bradley also had a good game, going 1-2 with his seventh home run of the season, but he left the game after being hit by his second pitch of the game.
Starter Sean Brady lasted just three innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits while striking out two and walking three. Nick Pasquale, Kieren Lovegrove and Mitch Brown combined to allow zero earned runs over the next five innings, but the damage was done as Akron lost a tough one.
Lake County Captains 4, South Bend Cubs 6 (F/12) Game 1
Lake County Captains 5, South Bend Cubs 2 Game 2
Gregori Vasquez gave Lake County a quality start in game one of the double-header, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two and walking one.
The game reached extra innings where South Bend scored a run in the ninth and 10th innings, but the Captains rallied to tie the game both times.
Unfortunately, Lake County couldn’t rally after South Bend scored two in the 12th inning.
The Captains did all their damage from the top of the lineup as Jorma Rodriguez and Austen Wade both had three hits, a double and a run batted in. Ernie Clement, Nolan Jones and Jose Vicente all had two-hit games as well.
Lake County took care of business in game two as Wade, Oscar Gonzalez and Ulysses Cantu all had multi-hit games. Cantu in particular knocked in three runs and had a double.
Starting pitcher Cameron Mingo was dominant, allowing just one run on five hits in 6.0 innings while striking out six and walking two to earn the victory.
High-A Lynchburg had its game rained out.