Columbus Clippers 4, Charlotte Knights 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 35-35
Journeyman Mitch Talbot was downright spectacular, tossing 7.0 shutout innings to earn his first win for the Clippers. Talbot spread out seven hits while striking out five and walking none for Columbus.
Francisco Mejia, Brandon Barnes and Drew Maggi all went 2-4, with Barnes blasting off with his seventh home run of the season. Nellie Rodriguez also went deep in the victory.
Mejia has quietly raised his batting average over 70 points in the last month to a much more respectable .249.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Hartford Yard Goats 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 40-31
Bobby Bradley had himself a game, going 3-4 with a double and a home run to help pace Akron’s offense in a nailbiter. Bradley now leads all Indians minor leaguers with 12 bombs. He has suffered from the worst BABIP in all of minor league baseball through the first half of the season, so hopefully this is a sign of things turning around for the big guy.
Willi Castro also went 3-4 while Connor Marabell blasted a solo home run himself.
Starting pitcher Jake Paulson tossed one of the better games of his season, giving up two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings while striking out nine and walking none to take a no decision.
David Speer earned the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and Henry Martinez locked things down with his sixth save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 1, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 30-38
Mitch Longo hit a leadoff home run in the first inning and that was all the Hillcats needed because Eli Morgan was flat out dominant.
Morgan tossed six scoreless, hitless innings, giving up just one walk while striking out a career high nine batters. He left the game after throwing 91 pitches (59 for strikes). Morgan has not been phased by his promotion to High-A, now sporting a 2.62 ERA with 40 strikeouts compared to just six walks in 34.1 innings through six starts since debuting for Lynchburg in May.
Reliever Jared Robinson gave up the lone hit for the Hillcats, a two-out triple, but thankfully Ben Krauth was able to strand the runner.
James Karinchak held down the fort to collect his sixth save in the one-hitter.
Lake County Captains 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
Box Score · Captains fall to 29-42
Lake County fell behind 4-0 early and couldn’t overcome the deficit.
Ernie Clement went 2-4 with a double, but the only runs scored by the Captains came from a two-run homer by Ulysses Cantu in the seventh inning and that was too little, too late.
Jean Carlos Mejia gave up four runs in 4.0 innings on eight hits to take the loss.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 4, Auburn Doubledays 1
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 6-1
Indians 2017 second round competitive balance pick Tyler Freeman continues to impress. He entered Thursday’s game leading the New York Penn League in runs batted in with eight, and he improved upon that total by going 3-4 with a double, a run batted in and a run scored as Mahoning Valley nearly no-hit Auburn. Freeman is sporting a solid .400/.429/.600 slash through five games played thus far this season.
Starting pitcher Luis Oviedo was sensational, giving up just one hit in 6.0 innings while striking out seven and walking zero to earn the win. Through 10 innings pitched this season, he’s struck out 15, walked two, given up three hits and allowed just one run.
DSL Indians 9, DSL Pirates1 8
Box Score · Indians improve to 9-8
The DSL Indians scored all nine of their runs in the final five innings, including two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off against the DSL Pirates1 on Thursday.
Cesar Idrogo didn’t even start the game, but he played hero, pinch hitting in the second inning and going 3-5 at the plate with a home run and the game-tying single in the bottom of the ninth. The Indians eventually won on a wild pitch.
Alexfri Planez also went 3-5 with a double and a walk while Jean Montero went 2-5 as every starter at least reached base safely once.
Diarlin Jimenez pitched well, giving up one run in 5.0 innings on three hits while striking out three and walking one.
AZL Indians1 7, AZL Giants Black 8
Box Score · Indians1 fall to 2-1
Indians 2018 third round pick Richard Palacios is having zero issues with the Arizona Rookie League. Palacios went 4-4 at the dish with a walk and belted his second home run already while stealing two bases. He’s now sporting a ridiculous .600/.692/1.200 slashline through his first four games. If he can keep up anything even close to this pace, he’ll be promoted to Mahoning Valley very soon.
Bryan Lavistada went 2-4 with a double and triple and Connor Smith went 2-4. Johnathan Rodriguez also went 1-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
Jhonneyver Gutierrez was blistered, giving up seven runs (six earned) in three innings. The most impressive pitcher was 2018 fourth round pick Adam Scott, who struck out three batters in 1.1 scoreless frames. Indians 2018 eighth round pick Alex Royalty also struck out four batters in 1.2 scoreless innings.
AZL Indians2 16, AZL Brewers 10
Box Score · Indians2 improve to 1-2
The DSL Indians2 blasted off for 13 runs in the first three innings, then survived a bullpen implosion to hold on to win their first game on Thursday night.
Top 10 Indians prospect George Valera, who was 2-4 with two walks in his first two games, went 1-3 with a three-run home run, his first professional homer and likely the first of many more to come. That being said, he did leave the game after colliding with a teammate in the outfield, so hopefully it isn’t serious.
Valera collided with Santiago in RF and was down for awhile, but he's staying in the game. Pablo Jimenez got warm, but isn't needed yet.— BRB Joe (@BurningRiverBB) June 22, 2018
Update on Valera: Jhon Torres now in RF. Valera wasn't running full speed after running into Santiago.— BRB Joe (@BurningRiverBB) June 22, 2018
A whopping six members of the AZL Indians2 had multi-hit games. Jonathan Engleman and Wilbis Santiago both went 3-5, with Engleman socking two doubles. Jonathan Lopez went 2-3 with a triple, three walks, a stolen base and four runs scored, Henderson De Oleo went 2-4 with a home run and a hit by pitch, Yainer Diaz went 2-3 with a walk and Gianti Turner went 2-5.
Carlos Varges and Wuilson Meza both gave up one run in their outings for the AZL Indians2, in a combined 5.0 innings, with Luis D. Garcia getting hammered for eight runs (seven earned) in his middle four innings of work without striking out a batter.