Columbus Clippers 4, Norfolk Tides 7
Box Score · Clippers fall to 28-29
Adam Plutko pitched for the first time since throwing a no-hitter, and he was once again dominant. Limited to just 73 pitches after throwing 113 his last start, Plutko gave up one run in 6.0 innings on three hits while striking out five and walking zero. He should be more than ready to return to Indians #5 starter duty shortly.
Once Plutko left the game, however, the Clippers bullpen proceeded to give up six runs in the eighth inning and blow the game. Louis Head, Jack Leathersich and Cam Hill all were smoked.
Todd Hankins was the lone Clipper to have a multi-hit game, although Bradley Zimmer did bash a home run.
Since returning to Columbus because he was striking out too much, however, Zimmer is 1-9 with a home run and six strikeouts. Hopefully he can start making better contact soon.
Akron RubberDucks 7, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 4
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 34-25
The story of this game was clearly Triston McKenzie, who made his season debut (and Double-A debut).
McKenzie showed almost zero signs of rust in his return to the mound, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning before leaving the game after five shutout frames. All in all, his line was 5.0 innings, zero runs, one hit, four strikeouts with two walks and one hit batsman. McKenzie threw 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes.
Offensively, Tyler Krieger went 2-3 with a double while Andrew Calica went 2-3 with a home run and walk and Sam Haggerty went 2-4 with a homer as well.
Holding onto a 7-4 lead, Mitch Brown slammed the door by striking out the side in the ninth inning to earn the save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Wilmington Blue Rocks 7
Box Score · Hillcats drop to 26-29
No members of the Hillcats had a multi-hit game, although Mitch Longo, Conner Capel and Emmanuel Tapia all at least hit a double.
If you only looked at strikeouts and walks, starting pitcher Tanner Tully had a great game, whiffing eight Wilmington players and walking none. The problem is he gave up nine hits in five innings, leading to six runs, all earned as scuffling Lynchburg was swept in the four-game series.
Lake County Captains 5, Dayton Dragons 2
Box Score · Captains improve to 25-35
Another day, another strong offensive performance by Lake County, which outhit Dayton 12-6 en route to a third straight victory.
The Captains were led by the Joses, with Jose Medina going 3-3 with two doubles and a walk and Jose Vicente going 2-4 with two home runs.
Oscar Gonzalez and Nolan Jones also had multi-hit games, with Gonzalez bashing his ninth home run of the season.
The Captains went with a unique pitching approach this game. Jean Carlos Mejia started, giving up two runs (one earned) in four innings, and normal starter Francisco Perez relieved him with five shutout innings on three hits while striking out three and walking two to pick up the win.
Box Score · Indians improve to 3-2
The DSL Indians won their third straight game, this time in comeback fashion as they put seven runs on the board in the fifth inning.
Alexfri Planez, Jhonkensy Noel, Cesar Idrogo and Gaspar Palacio all had multi-hit games for the Indians.
Starter Wardquelin Vasquez gave up three runs (three earned) in four innings on three hits and three walks while striking out three. The real star of the pitching staff was Jose Oca, who tossed four shutout frames on just two hits while striking out six and not walking anyone to earn the win.