Columbus Clippers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 3
Box Score · Clippers improve to 22-21
Yandy Diaz busted out of his mini-slump Tuesday, going 3-4 at the dish with a double, a walk and two runs batted in to lead the Clippers’ offense. Brandon Barnes joined Diaz with a three-hit game while Eric Haase continued his recent power surge, homering for the second straight day.
That offense would be more than enough for Stephen Fife, who surrendered three runs (two earned) in 7.2 innings while striking out four and walking two to pick up the win.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Trenton Thunder 3 Game 1
Akron RubberDucks 6, Trenton Thunder 3 Game 2
Andrew Calica and Connor Marabell both stayed hot for Akron, going 2-3 with a run scored each to help lead the RubberDucks to victory in game one of the doubleheader. The decisive blow was a two-run double from the best-named player in the minor leagues, Sicnarf Loopstok.
Shao-Shing Chiang looked like he was going to throw a complete game for the victory, but he ran out of gas in the seventh inning, getting pulled with one out left in the game and the tying run on base. Luke Eubank got the final out to preserve the win and earn an easy save.
In game two, Bobby Bradley busted out of his slump, going 3-3 at the dish with a triple and a run-scoring single to the opposite field.
Calica also went 2-4 while Marabell went 1-3 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in. Calica is now batting .331 while Marabell raised his average to .341, good for sixth and eighth best in the Eastern League.
In a bullpen game, David Speer tossed 4.0 innings without giving up an earned run and Mitch Brown followed with two scoreless frames. After Henry Martinez ran into trouble in the seventh, Argenis Angulo locked things down in the final 0.2 of an inning to earn the save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 23-19
Lynchburg scored eight runs on just eight hits thanks in part to earning seven free passes and getting hit by three pitches.
Mitch Longo went 2-5 with a double as the lone Hillcat with a multi-hit game but Luke Wakamatsu impressed by going 1-2 with a home run and three walks.
Starting pitcher Justin Garza returned from the disabled list but left the game after just 0.2 innings of work. Micah Miniard relieved him with by far his best outing of the season, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings on three hits while striking out five and walking three to earn the win.
Lake County Captains 4, Dayton Dragons 5 Game 1
Lake County Captains 2, Dayton Dragons 1 Game 2
Leadoff hitter Tyler Friis went 3-5 to pace the Captains offense in game one. Miguel Eladio also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4. Jose Vicente, Ulysses Cantu and Oscar Gonzalez all hit home runs.
The Lake County bullpen wasn’t great, giving up three runs over the final three innings including a walk-off single in the ninth inning.
In game two, Francisco Perez was brilliant, holding Dayton to just one run on two hits in 5.0 innings while striking out four and walking two.
Oscar Gonzalez led the way for the Captains, going 2-3 including a go-ahead solo jack in the top of the ninth inning to win the game. He now has six home runs on the season.