Columbus Clippers 3, Buffalo Bisons 7
Box Score · Clippers fall to 24-26
Buffalo put a five-spot on the board in the first inning of this game and never looked back.
Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer all played for Columbus in rehab starts. Zimmer went 1-4, Guyer went 0-4 and Chisenhall went 1-4 with a home run and an outfield assist.
Yandy Diaz had a multi-hit game and Francisco Mejia went 1-3 with a walk, but the offensive star for Columbus was Eric Stamets, who went 2-3 with a two-run home run.
Columbus starting pitcher Matt Whitehouse stayed in the game after that first inning and put three scoreless innings on the board after that, but Buffalo was able to score two more in the fifth to pull away for good.
Whitehouse’s final line was 5.0 innings, seven runs allowed (all earned) on nine hits while striking out six and walking two to take the loss.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 4
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 31-22
No one from Akron had a multi-hit game, although Bobby Bradley did blast his eighth home run of the season, also walking and not striking out.
The other two runs Akron scored were unearned thanks to three Altoona errors.
Starter Dominic DeMasi pitched a quality start, allowing three runs in 6.0 innings on six hits while striking out two and walking none.
The game remained tied 3-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but unfortunately Henry Martinez gave up a walk and two hits to allow Altoona to walk it off.
Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Carolina MudCats 5
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 25-24
The top of Lynchburg’s batting order really carried the Hillcats to victory in this game. Mitch Longo went 3-5, Luke Wakamatsu went 2-4 with a walk and Jodd Carter went 2-3 with a double and a hit by pitch.
Anthony Miller also launched his third home run of the season.
Starting pitcher Felix Tati didn’t have his best stuff, giving up four runs in 5.0 innings on five hits while striking out five and walking two.
James Karinchak continued his run of dominance this season, striking out three in 1.1 innings of relief without allowing a hit to earn the save. Spread across Single-A and High-A, Karinchak has allowed just one earned run this season in over 20.1 innings pitched while striking out 35.
Lake County Captains 2, Lansing Lugnuts 3
Box Score · Captains drop to 21-32
Lake County’s struggles continue as the Captains lost their fifth straight game and their 12th out of their last 14 in a game they absolutely should have won.
Lake County was outscored 3-2 despite outhitting Lansing 9-4.
Nolan Jones had a strong game, going 2-4 with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Jonathan Laureano also went 3-4 with a run batted in, but Lake County went just 1-10 with runners in scoring position.
Zack Draper made his season debut for Lake County, tossing six shutout innings while allowing one hit, striking out five and walking just one.
Unfortunately, Jonathan Teaney could not hold the 2-0 lead he was given, allowing three runs (two earned) in 2.0 innings of relief to take the loss.