Columbus Clippers 7, Gwinnett Stripers 0
Box Score · Clippers sail to 23-23
The hype is going to get out of control. If you thought Yandy Watch was hyperbolic, look out. Shane Bieber threw seven innings of no-hit baseball en route to a 7-0 thumping of the Gwinnet Stripers. His ERA sits at 1.03 now, and with the Indians looking for any kind of help out there, we may see him in Cleveland soon. Only one runner reached base due to an Eric Stamets error, but Bieber immediately picked him off. Nice try, punk.
Mike Papi and Yu Cheng combined for five RBIs, and Eric Stamets made up for his fielding transgression by socking three hits and scoring twice.
Akron RubberDucks 14, Richmond Flying Squirrels 6
Box Score · RubberDucks bob to 29-19
As the RubberDucks continue to prove, no lead is safe against their lineup. Akron scored 14 runs on 15 hits, including six doubles. This allowed them to erase an early 6-0 deficit by the end of the inning, and after that they did their best to force minor league baseball to consider mercy rules. While starter Dominic DeMasi got manhandled early, he didn’t allow any runs after the second inning and pitched 6.2 innings for the win.
Willi Castro deserves the largest heaping of praise on the night, as three of the six doubles came from his bat. He created 5 RBI and scored twice.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Buise Creek Astros 5
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 23-22
Despite logging nine hits and three walks on the night, the Hillcats couldn’t string them together in the loss. Starter Tanner Tully cruised through five innings before a 3-run hiccup in the 6th.
Second baseman Dillon Persinger bumped his season line up to .276/.373/.356 with a double and a walk; he contributed the only extra base hit on the night for Lynchburg.
Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons (really) 3
Box Score · Captains steer to 21-27
Remember Juan Hillman? Well, the good news is that he might be doing the same. Hillman was effectively wild with four strikeouts and three walks, while allowing seven hits in as many inning of work. He failed to earn the win because the Captains scored all four of their runs in the 8th and 9th innings, walking off on a 2-run home run by Ulysses Cantu.
As pointed out in the interview, the Captains own a +20 run differential from the 6th inning on this season, which is basically the opposite of the Indians.
Riley Echols earned the win thanks to two innings of scoreless relief.