Columbus Clippers 8, Louisville Bats 2
Box Score · Clippers improve to 32-32
Ryan Merritt pitched for just the second time this season and the first time in a month and a half Thursday when he got the start against Louisville in a rehab assignment. Merritt pitched three shutout innings on four hits while striking out one and walking zero.
It was a much improved result for Merritt, who gave up four earned runs on eight hits in just 4.1 innings his last rehab start on May 5th. The southpaw has been on the disabled list since the beginning of the season and is currently out of options. Once healthy, the Indians will need to make a tough decision on whether to keep him or designate him for assignment.
The Clippers offense erupted for four home runs as several players had monster games. Yu Cheng went 3-5 with two doubles, Francisco Mejia went 3-5 with a home run and a double and Brandon Barnes went 2-5 with a home run and three runs batted in.
Mike Papi and Nellie Rodriguez both hit solo home runs as well.
Akron RubberDucks 0, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 37-29
Akron couldn’t get its offense rolling Thursday, managing just two hits and failing to put a run on the board in a shutout loss.
The ugly offense spoiled a fine pitching performance by Michael Peoples, who gave up just one run (zero earned) in five innings on just two hits while striking out five and walking none to take a tough luck loss.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Frederick Keys 2 Game 1
Box Score · Hillcats drop to 27-37
Lynchburg’s freefall continues as the team was nearly on the receiving end of a no-hitter Thursday, managing just one run in the ninth inning on one hit.
Lynchburg has lost seven games in a row and 12 of 13 overall. The team began June with a winning record but is now 10 games below .500.
The lone highlight for the Hillcats Thursday was Tre Gantt, who walked three times and scored the team’s single run.
Starting pitcher Zach Plesac struck out eight batters in 5.0 innings without walking a batter, which is great, but he also gave up six runs on nine hits.
Lake County Captains 4, Lansing Lugnuts 3 (F/10)
Box Score · Captains improve to 29-38
Lake County keeps walking off on people. The team won via walk-off for the third time this past week with Jesse Berardi playing the hero Thursday as his RBI single scored Jose Medina in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Oscar Gonzalez stayed hot, going 2-4 with his 10th home run of the season. Todd Isaacs also went 2-4, as did the hero Berardi.
Kirk McCarty was tremendous for the Captains, giving up just one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6.0 innings of work.
Zach Draper got into trouble in the ninth to allow the game to be tied, but Dace Kime pitched a scoreless 10th (despite a runner starting on second base) to earn the win.
Box Score · Indians fall to 5-6
The DSL Indians socked three home runs, but only managed to score four runs in a blowout loss Thursday.
Brayan Rocchio went 2-4 with a home run, Cesar Idrogo went 2-4 with a home run and Alexfri Planez went 1-4 with a two-run homer as the long ball resulted in all of the DSL Indians’ offense for the day.
Relief pitcher Abraham Figueroa was blasted for six runs in 1.1 innings after walking four batters and giving up four hits to put the game out of reach for the Indians.