Columbus Clippers 10, Indianapolis Indians 9
Box Score · Clippers improve to 41-39
Another day, another multi-hit game for Francisco Mejia. Mejia went 2-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and two runs batted in, raising his season batting average to .289, but he wasn’t the most impressive Clipper yesterday.
Mejia’s fellow catcher Eric Haase had a monster game, going 3-4 with a double, a walk, two home runs and six runs batted in.
Greg Allen, Drew Maggi and Sam Haggerty all had multi-hit games for Columbus, but with the game tied 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth, it was Yu Chang who blasted a walk-off solo home run.
Clippers pitching was not good on the day. Michael Peoples gave up five runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings and every relief pitcher gave up at least two hits. Thankfully, the offense had a big day to back them up.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona Curve 7
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 46-35
Akron had a great game offensively, but just couldn’t get the clutch hits. The RubberDucks outhit Altoona 13-9 but went just 3-15 with runners in scoring position.
Connor Marabell led the way, just missing the cycle by a home run as he went 3-5 with a double and triple.
Ka’ai Tom, Joe Sever, Willi Castro and Mark Mathias all went 2-5, with Mathias blasting a home run.
Carlos Carrasco was superb in his rehab start, tossing 4.0 shutout innings on one hit while striking out four, walking one and hitting a batter.
Unfortunately, Akron’s defense let the team down as the RubberDucks committed three errors, resulting in a whopping five unearned runs crossing home plate. Flamethrower Mitch Brown seemed particularly frazzled by the errors, walking four batters in his relief appearance.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Frederick Keys 1
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 35-42
Sam Hentges was downright brilliant on Saturday, allowing just one run in a career high 8.0 innings pitched. He gave up seven hits, struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.
Trenton Brooks and Jodd Carter paved the way offensively, both going 3-5 with a double, while Dillon Persinger went 2-3 with a walk and Li-Jen Chu blasted a three-run homer in the victory.
Lake County Captains 4, Fort Wayne Tincaps 6
Box Score · Captains fall to 32-48
Leadoff hitter Jesse Berardi went 2-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly, and that was pretty much it for Lake County offensively. No one else had a multi-hit game or reached base safely twice, although Nolan Jones, Jose Medina, Ulysses Cantu and Miguel Eladio all hit doubles as well.
The team wasted another strong pitching performance from Francisco Perez, who gave up three runs (two earned) in 6.0 innings on five hits while striking out six and walking none.
Luis Jimenez put the game out of reach by allowing three runs in his one inning of relief.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 8, West Virginia Black Bears 4
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 11-3
Surprise! Tyler Freeman had another incredible game.
The Indians second round competitive balance pick continues to impress, going 3-5 yesterday to raise his season batting average to .455 through 13 games played.
Freeman is among the league leaders in almost all offensive categories except home runs. He’s second in batting average, first in hits, first in runs batted in and second in doubles. He’s also struck out just one time in 56 plate appearances.
Jose Fermin went 2-3 with two walks and Richard Palacios, fresh off a promotion from the AZL, went 2-4 to raise his batting average with the Scrappers to a clean .400. Tre Gantt also went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Clark Scolamiero also hit a two-run double.
Starting pitcher Adoni Kery didn’t have his best stuff, giving up 2 runs in 2.1 innings on three hits while striking out three and walking four. Thankfully Randy Valladeras picked him up by tossing 3.2 no-hit shutout innings while striking out three to pick up the win.
Box Score · Indians fall to 12-13
Jose Tena went 2-4 with a double and two runs batted in and Roger Marmol blasted a home run for the DSL Indians, but that was pretty much it.
The Indians were winning until Adenys Bautista gave up three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, then was inexplicably left in to allow the Dodgers to walk it off with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
AZL Indians1 4, AZL Brewers 1
Box Score · Indians improve to 8-2
The AZL Indians1 didn’t collect a hit until the seventh inning, but by then the team already had the lead thanks to some wild pitches, stolen bases and walks.
Ronny Dominguez and Daniel Schneemann both walked twice and scored a combined three runs for the Indians, with Wilbis Santiago picking up an RBI single after going 1-3 with a hit by pitch.
Indians 2018 draft picks Alex Royalty and Adam Scott both tossed three shutout innings to keep the Indians1 in the game and allow the offense enough time to manufacture some runs.
AZL Indians2 13, AZL Angels 8
Box Score · Indians improve to 6-4
Offense erupted in this one.
Yainer Diaz went 3-4 with a double, a walk and three runs batted in while Jhon Torres and Henderson De Oleo both went 2-5. De Oleo also had a triple. Every member of the Indians2 starting lineup had at least one hit.
The Indians pitching this game wasn’t good, but Maiker Manzanillo struck out five in his two shutout, perfect innings to close the door and earn the win.