Columbus Clippers 5, Syracuse Chiefs 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 26-28
The Clippers received big games from Brandon Barnes, who went 3-4 with a double and a walk and Francisco Mejia, who went 2-3 with a double and a run batted in to jump out in front of Syracuse and never look back.
After an atrocious start to the season, Mejia is now on a modest seven-game hitting streak and raised his batting average above the Mendoza line.
Starting pitcher Adam Wilk was decent, giving up one run in 5.0 innings on six hits while striking out two and walking one.
The bullpen then used five pitchers combined to toss four shutout innings and preserve the victory.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Erie SeaWolves 4
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 32-25
After cruising through his first two starts for Akron, Zach Plesac returned to Earth, getting knocked around for four runs in 4.1 innings. He gave up eight hits, struck out two and walked one.
The bullpen held Erie in check the rest of the way, giving Akron a chance to come back, but the rally fell one run short.
The RubberDucks offense managed just five hits, but it also walked a whopping 10 times and was hit by a pitch.
Bobby Bradley paved the way going 1-3 with two walks and Connor Marabell had two runs batted in with a single.
Lake County Captains 7, South Bend Cubs 14
Box Score · Captains drop to 22-35
The Lake County offense came to life Sunday, scoring in each of the first five innings, but the pitching was downright horrendous.
Starting pitcher Nick Gallagher was walloped for five runs on six hits in just 3.2 innings. His relief didn’t fare much better as Manuel Alvarez was tagged for six more runs in just one inning of work. All but one of the five pitchers for Lake County gave up runs.
Offensively, Tyler Friis had a strong game leading off for the Captains, going 3-5 with two runs scored. Will Benson and Oscar Gonzalez both went 2-5, with Benson hitting a double and knocking in two runs while Gonzalez blasted his eighth home run of the year. Nolan Jones also went 1-3 with a double and two walks while Ulysses Cantu and Jonathan Laureano also homered in the loss.
Lynchburg’s double-header was rained out and the DSL Indians had a scheduled day off.