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Ka’ai Tom leads RubberDucks to fifteen run victory while Captains and Clippers struggle

There are way too many water/sailing metaphors available in these recaps.

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Columbus Clippers 0, Charlotte Knights 1

Box Score · Clippers fall to 18-20

These things happen.

Melky Cabrera and Adam Rosales provided the only hits for the Clippers, while Yandy Diaz walked twice. Francisco Mejia, earning a start in left field, walked as well. The Clippers simply couldn’t figure out Michael Kopech, who struck out nine in seven innings of work. Rob Scahill earned a hold and Juan Minaya closed up shop with a save for Charlotte.

Clippers on the mound included Adam Wilk, Cam Hill, and Ben Taylor. Wilk pitched a fine game as well, allowing only one run in seven innings. His record dropped to 1-4 on the season, but salt that with his 3.56 ERA before you digest it. Hill and Taylor kept the game in range for Columbus with two scoreless frames, but some nights a team couldn’t even hit water in the middle of the Songkran festival.

Akron RubberDucks 15, Hartford Yard Goats 3

Box Score · RubberDucks float to 23-18

After this thumping, the RubberDucks lead the Eastern League in total runs with 203. The biggest contribution last night came from Ka’ai Tom. In five plate appearances he roped five hits, two of which went deep. He came around to score four times in addition to his four RBI. Everybody partied in the RubberDucks lineup last night; the only player to neither score nor drive in a run was Sicnarf Loopstok, who drew two walks.

Parker French took the brunt of the damage for the Yard Goats, earning six of his seven runs in four innings. It’s not like he’s the only one hurting today; Chris Jensen and Jason Garcia also allowed four runs.

Also, this is the most dejected home run call of all time.

Lake County Captains 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 7

Box Score · Captains sink to 19-22

When you give up six runs in the first five innings, it’s tough to bounce backs. Kirk McCarty struggled despite striking out seven in four and two-thirds as the Whitecaps slugged past the Captains. Dakoty Clemmer pitched well in relief, allowing only one as he finished the game from there.

Alexis Garcia and Colby Bortles led the way for the Whitecaps, contributing three hits and three RBI, respectively.

Noteworthy prospect Will Benson walked once and struck out twice; Nolan Jones notched a hit and a walk. Their slash lines sit at .203/.377/.458 and .223/..380/.350 at the moment. Yes, they both have more walks than hits at the moment.

High-A Lynchburg had its game rained out. Again.