Columbus Clippers 10, Indianapolis Indians 6
Box Score · Clippers improve to 40-39
Someone is ready for a promotion.
Francisco Mejia added to Thursday’s 3-3 performance with a 4-5 night, scoring twice, and driving in two while doubling. Mejia now owns seven consecutive multi-hit games. He began the month hitting .198 and is now sitting pretty at .287. You don’t always respect a player to experience all of his positive regression at once, but it’s a lot of fun when it does happen.
Mejia isn’t the only Clipper that torched his opposition last night. Adam Rosales hit two home runs, including a grand slam that helped produce a seven-run fourth inning for Columbus. Greg Allen slapped five singles in five plate appearances as the lead-off hitter, scoring and batting in one.
On the mound, Ryan Merritt earned a textbook quality start by pitching six innings of three-run baseball. The bullpen gave up three more, but given the early lead it would not matter.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 46-34
A two-run double by Bobby Bradley i n the second and extra base hits from Willi Castro and Logan Ice in the seventh put the RubberDucks on top of the Curve. While Akron only notched six hits, four of these were for extra bases. They also walked four times. Andrew Calica led the charge with two hits — interestingly, these were the two singles.
Aaron Civale quietly pitched another fine game, allowing seven hits, one walk, and two runs in six innings while striking out three. He did not earn a decision as the game was tied when he left after six, so Jordan Milbrath earned his first win. Kieran Lovegrove earned his first save despite allowing one run in the ninth, though he did work out of a two-on, one out jam.
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Wilmington Blue Rock 3
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 34-42
Sometimes you just get dunked on. The Hillcats hit into four double plays and committed an error while getting shut out by the Blue Rock. It’s about the only way that I can understand a team losing while walking ten times. Copper Capel reached three times on balls to lead the offense, but timing couldn’t have been worse overall for the team.
The pitching and defense didn’t play all that badly. Lynchburg recorded three outfield assists and Justin Garza limited the Blue Rocks to a single run in six and two-thirds innings, but without any run support it’s hard to win.
Lake County Captains 2, Fort Wayne Tincaps 1 (F/11)
Box Score · Captains walk off to 32-47
Yes, that’s another extra inning result for the Captains, though this one swung in their favor.
Gregori Vaquez cruised for seven innings, allowing only three hits and one run on a homer. His effort was extended by a brilliant relief appearance from Nick Gallagher; he struck out four in as many innings of no-hit baseball to secure the win.
The Captains walked it off thanks to a single by Nolan Jones up the middle after the Tincaps intentionally loaded the bases with one out and a runner on third to secure a potential out at any base. This did not work.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, West Virginia Black Bears 6
Box Score · Scrappers tumble to 10-3
The top of the order held up its end of the bargain for the Scrappers, but a lack of offense from the rest of the order spelled doom in the loss. The only runs scored by the Scrappers came in the top of the eighth. Gabriel Mejia led off with a single, setting up a runner for the top of the order. Jose Fermin walked, Tyler Freeman singled to load the bases, then Richard Palacios grounded his third hit of the game up the middle to score two. Mitch Reeves promptly followed this up with a groundout double play, and Elvis Perez struck out to end pretty much all hope.
Cameron Mingo allowed three in four innings as the starter, while Luis Valdez allowed two in three innings. Luis Santos pitched the bottom of the eighth to close it out and did not allow a run.
Box Score · Indians improve to 12-12
I want to imagine that the Indians/Brewers are like the IUPUI of minor league baseball, so I’m going to roll with that.
The Indbrewians fell just short of defeating their cousin Indians by a score of 5-4. This is largely because the DSL Indians reached base fifteen times, courtesy of twelve hits, a walk, and two errors. Skeiling Rodriguez and Brayan Rocchio paced the offense with three hits apiece at the top of the order. Alexfri Planez and Derian Perez both scored twice.
On the mound, Brauny Munoz pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed three. Luis Peguero pitched another two and a third and allowed one, while Luis C. Garcia faced six hitters and struck them all out to finish the game.