Columbus Clippers 6, Louisville Bats 4
Box Score · Clippers improve to 46-43
Francisco Mejia and Eric Haase proved their Triple-A All-Star status with strong performances against Louisville.
Mejia went 2-5 with an RBI and run scored while Haase went 2-4 with a home run and two runs batted in.
Dorssys Paulino also went 1-2 with two walks in the winning effort.
Dominic DeMasi pitched well for the Clippers, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings on six hits while striking out five and walking two.
Jeff Belliveau made things interesting, giving up a pair of runs without getting an out, but Jon Edwards got the job done to earn the save.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 52-38
Akron probably shouldn’t have won this game because they were outhit 10-6, had no players with multi-hit games and only one with an extra base hit, but the team was clutch, going 2-2 with runners in scoring position, including an RBI double from Connor Marabell, who knocked in two baserunners.
All of Akron’s offense occurred in the first inning and the team held on just barely.
Starting pitcher Matt Whitehouse tossed four shutout innings. David Speer and Cole Sulser held serve and closer Henry Martinez was handed a two-run lead and only gave up one en route to his 10th save of the season.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Potomac Nationals 6
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 41-47
The Lynchburg Hillcats could not keep up with Potomac’s offense in this game, getting outhit 15-8 en route to a 6-3 loss.
Li-Jen Chu was the lone Hillcat to have a multi-hit game, going 2-4. Conner Capel went 1-3 with a triple and a walk and Ernie Clement went 1-3 with two walks.
Starting pitcher Tanner Tully was knocked around for four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 6.0 innings while striking out four and walking two. Of note, James Karinchak finally looked human, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in his inning of work.
Lake County Captains 6, Peoria Chiefs 1
Box Score · Captains improve to 40-51
The resurgence of the Lake County Captains continues as they received a tremendous pitching performance from Jean Carlos Mejia to win their fifth consecutive game.
Mejia tossed 7.0 strong innings, giving up just one run on eight hits while striking out six and walking none. Felix Tati slammed the door with two shutout innings.
Jesse Berardi was the lone Captain with a multi-hit game, going 2-3 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, a run scored and a run batted in. Will Benson walked twice with a steal and a run scored and Jose Vicente had a triple and two runs batted in for the Captains offensively.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, Staten Island Yankees 4
Box Score · Scrappers fall to 16-9
Errors and a lack of clutch hitting sunk the Scrappers on Thursday.
Mahoning Valley outhit Staten Island 7-5 but they committed two errors and only went 3-12 with runners in scoring position.
Richard Palacios continues to hit well since being promoted, going 2-3 with a double and a walk to raise his batting average at Low-A to .400. Mitch Reeves also went 2-4. Reeves leads all New York Penn League players in runs batted in with 19 in 24 games played.
Zach Draper had a quality start, giving up three runs (two earned) in 6.0 innings on four hits while striking out four and walking none. He started the seventh inning but failed to get an out before giving up two runs.
DSL Indians 3, DSL Rangers1 10
Box Score · Indians fall to 14-21
The DSL Indians fell behind early, almost crawled back into the game, then the bullpen completely gave the game away and turned it into a blowout loss.
Daniel Aguilar was really the only Indians with a game worth talking about, going 1-2 with two walks as the team had just five hits overall.
None of the DSL Indian pitchers were impressive either, although at least Luis D. Garcia didn’t give up an earned run in his lone inning of work.
Box Score · Indians improve to 15-5
The bottom of the batting order again carried the AZL Indians1 to a win on Thursday night.
Indians 2018 30th round pick Connor Smith went 2-4 with a double, a triple and a stolen base and Bryan Lavistada went 2-2 with two walks in a perfect night at the plate.
Ruben Cardenas walked three times in four plate appearances as well.
Starting pitcher Raymond Burgos pulled off his best Houdini act, tossing 3.2 shutout innings despite giving up five hits and walking four. He struck out six as well.
A combination of Kellen Rholl, Matt Turner and Aaron Pinto managed to toss another 5.1 shutout frames of two-hit ball to preserve the shutout victory.
Box Score · Indians improve to 11-9
The AZL Indians2 only had four hits, but Raynel Delgado had two of them, going 2-3 with a double and a walk to lead them to victory.
Jonathan Engelmann also went 1-2 with a hit by pitch and two stolen bases. He scored both of the AZL Indians2’s runs in the game.
Of note, Indians first round pick Noah Naylor made his second professional start, going 0-2. He’s earned a walk thus far, but is still searching for his first hit as a pro.
Starting pitcher Daritzon Felix struck out eight in 3.2 innings but also walked four and gave up four hits.
Wilton Sanchez and Jerson Ramirez combined for 5.1 frames of shutout relief to give the Indians2 a chance to pull ahead late and win the game.