Columbus Clippers 3, Indianapolis Indians 6
Box Score · Clippers sink to 34-33
Brandon Barnes and Francisco Mejia had strong offensive games, both going 2-4 with a double and Yandy Diaz and Nellie Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk and hit by pitch, but that was the extend of the Clippers’ offensive output as no one else had an extra base hit or reached base safely twice.
Matt Whitehouse, subbing in for Shane Bieber on super short notice, was knocked around for three runs on six hits while striking out one and walking four in just 2.1 innings. Cole Sulser gave up another three runs in 1.2 innings of work and that was enough to lose the game.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Reading
Railroads Fightin’ Phils 10
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 39-30
Akron put forth a strong offensive effort, but giving up a seven run inning in the bottom of the sixth was too much to overcome.
Tyler Krieger had the game of his life, going 5-5 at the plate with two home runs and four runs batted in. Krieger has been red hot lately, batting .387 over his last 10 games to raise his batting average to .229. This was his second five-hit game of his career.
Mark Mathias went 2-4 with a double and a home run while Connor Marabell went 2-5 with a double in the losing effort.
Triston McKenzie pitched pretty well, giving up three runs (two earned) in 5.0 innings on five hits while striking out five and walking one, but reliever Jordan Millbrath was tattooed for seven runs (all earned) in just 0.2 innings to put the game out of reach.
Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Salem Red Sox 3
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 29-38
Tanner Tully pitched pretty well, but took the loss despite a quality start, giving up three runs in 6.0 innings on nine hits while striking out six and walking none.
Mitch Longo went 2-5 with a double, Anthony Miller went 1-3 with a double and a walk, Logan Ice went 1-3 with a walk and Dillon Persinger went 0-2 with a pair of walks in the contest.
Of note, Rob Kaminsky made his second appearance out of the bullpen with another scoreless outing. He gave up one hit, and didn’t walk or strike out anyone.
Lake County Captains 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
Box Score · Captains sink to 29-39
Nolan Jones stayed hot by going 2-4 at the dish with his eighth home run of the season. He has raised his batting average to .276 after a slow start.
Francisco Perez gave up four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings while striking out six and walking just one to take the loss.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 9, West Virginia Black Bears 8 (10 innings)
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 3-0
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers continued their wild opening weekend with another crazy game Sunday.
The Scrappers took a 9-5 lead into the eighth inning but the bullpen allowed West Virginia to tie the game with a four-spot in the top of the eighth. The score remained deadlocked until the bottom of the ninth when Mitch Reeves singled to knock in Clark Scolamiero, who had previously walked and stolen second base.
Reeves’ walk-off single capped off a 4-4 game that included a double, home run, walk and four runs batted in.
Henry Pujols and Simeon Lucas also homered for the Scrappers while Scolamiero went 2-4 with the walk and three runs scored.
Cameron Mingo gave up five runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings on eight hits while striking out five and walking two.