Columbus Clippers 1, Buffalo Bisons 9 Game 1
Columbus Clippers 1, Buffalo Bisons 2 Game 2 (F/8)
The Clippers were downright shellacked in game one of the doubleheader as veteran starting pitcher Myles Jaye wore almost all of it, giving up nine earned runs in 6.1 innings on 14 hits while striking out one and walking one.
The offense managed just three hits with the highlight being a rehabbing Brandon Guyer getting hit by a pitch and Todd Hankins going 1-1 with an RBI at the plate after replacing Guyer.
Game two was much more competitive and the Clippers probably should have won it. Adam Rosales went 2-3 with a run scored and Mike Papi went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI single.
Unfortunately, that would be it for the Clippers’ offense as a decent pitching performance was wasted. Starter Adam Wilk gave up just one run in 5.0 innings on two hits while walking four and striking out four.
Ben Taylor relieved Wilk with two shutout innings, but Cole Sulser allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and Columbus failed to respond in the bottom of the frame.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Portland Sea Dogs 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 36-27
The top and bottom of Akron’s batting order dominated Sunday’s game, with five players reaching base safely at least twice each.
Veteran Joe Sever had a monster game for Akron, going 4-5 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in to raise his season average to .301.
Andrew Calica, Ka’ai Tom and Tyler Krieger all went 2-4 with Tom also hitting a home run and scoring three runs. Mark Mathias also went 1-4 with a double and a walk.
Starting pitcher Sean Brady turned in one of his best outings of the season, giving up just one run on a solo home run in 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out seven batters to earn his third win of the season.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Potomac Nationals 7
Box Score · Hillcats drop to 27-31
Justin Garza pitched well but got little to no help from the Lynchburg offense.
Garza allowed two runs (one earned) in 5.0 innings on four hits while striking out seven and walking none but that was enough to take a tough luck loss as Lynchburg couldn’t put a run on the board until the team was already down 4-0.
Alexis Pantoja was the lone Hillcat to have a multi-hit game, going 2-3 at the dish while Dillon Persinger reached base safely twice after going 1-3 with a walk.
Lake County Captains 5, Dayton Dragons 4 (F/10)
Box Score · Captains improve to 26-37
Lake County put up two runs in the seventh and eighth inning to tie the game, then Ernie Clement hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th to score Nolan Jones, who had started the frame on second base.
Emerging bullpen force Kyle Nelson struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th to lock up the save. Named to the Midwest League All-Star team this week, Nelson holes a minuscule 0.40 ERA after allowing just one earned run through 22.1 innings pitched this season. Nelson also has struck out 31 batters while walking just two (one intentionally).
Offensively, leadoff hitter Tyler Friis continued his strong 2018 campaign, going 3-5 while Clement and Oscar Gonzalez both went 2-5. Will Benson also went 1-3 with a walk.
Starting pitcher Juan Hillman gave up four runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two in 5.0 innings.
The DSL Indians had a scheduled day off.