Columbus Clippers 8, Louisville Bats 2
Box Score · Clippers improve to 49-43
Coming off being International League Player of the Week, Eric Haase stayed red hot on Sunday, going 3-5 with a double and a home run.
In his last 13 games, Haase has sported a ridiculous .420/.473/.980 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 27 runs batted in. After a slump through most of June, Haase has raised his 2018 season batting average to .249.
Several other Clippers had standout performances. Yu Cheng went 2-3 with a double and two walks, Todd Hankins went 2-4 with a double, Brandon Barnes went 2-4 with a walk and Yandy Diaz went 2-5 with a double.
The strong offensive performance backed a quality start from veteran Adam Wilk, who tossed 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking one to earn the win.
Akron RubberDucks 9, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 5
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 55-38
Tyler Krieger had a big game, going 3-4 with a walk and a stolen base and Mark Mathias had a perfect game, going 2-2 with two doubles, two walks and a stolen base.
Sam Haggerty also went 2-4 with a double and a stolen base while Bobby Bradley bashed his org-leading 18th home run.
Top Tribe pitching prospect Triston McKenzie didn’t need a ton of run support, but he got it anyways. McKenzie gave up three runs (one earned) in 5.2 innings on three hits while striking out seven and walking three to earn the win.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Carolina Mudcats 5
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 43-48
As hot as Ernie Clement has been since earning a promotion to High-A, it was everyone else in the lineup that carried the load on Sunday.
The Hillcats received multi-hit games from a whopping six players.
Jodd Carter went 2-5 with a double and a home run, Dillon Persinger went 3-5, with a go-head single in the top of the ninth inning, Jorma Rodriguez went 2-5 with a double, Li-Jen Chu went 2-5 and both Mitch Longo and Trenton Brooks went 2-4 with a walk.
Neither Anderson Polanco or Riley Echols pitched particularly well, giving up a combined five runs in 6.0 innings but Billy Strode tossed two scoreless frames and James Karinchak earned his 11th save with a drama-free ninth inning.
Lake County Captains 4, Cedar Rapids Kernals 0
Box Score · Captains improve to 41-53
Will Benson played hero in this shutout victory for the Captains.
Benson went 1-2 with a home run, two walks and a stolen base. While the 2016 first round pick has struggled to make contact this season with a .175 batting average. He hit his third home run in his last six games and now sits at 14 on the season.
Nolan Jones went 2-5 while Jesse Berardi went 1-2 with a double and two walks as well.
Gregori Vasquez had his best start of the season, tossing six scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out six and walking two.
Relievers Jonathan Teaney and Kyle Nelson closed out the game to complete the shutout.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 6
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 17-11
The Scrappers battled back in this one.
Down 6-3, Mahoning Valley scored once in the fifth, two more in the sixth to tie it and then Hosea Nelson blasted a walk-off two-run home run to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Nelson had a huge game, going 3-5 with a home run.
Jason Rodriguez went 2-3 with a sacrifice fly and both Mitch Reeves and Jose Fermin went 1-3 with two walks.
Starter Cameron Mingo didn’t have his best stuff, giving up five runs (four earned) in just 3.2 innings, but thankfully Jordan Scheftz and Luis Santos combined to give up just one run over the last 5.1 innings to give Mahoning Valley a chance to come back.
Box Score · Indians improve to 17-5
The AZL Indians overcame a late bullpen blowup to win in walk-off fashion.
Leading 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, Tribe 2018 17th round pick Liam Jenkins gave up three runs to blow a save opportunity.
But thankfully, in the bottom of the ninth with one out, Johnathan Rodriguez singled and both Austen Wade and Michael Cooper walked to load the bases, then Wilbis Santiago hit a bases-clearing triple to win the game.
Wade has been rehabbing in Arizona and clearly looks ready to report back to either Lake County or Lynchburg. He went 3-3 with two walks, raising his average in the AZL to a ridiculous .675.
Rodriguez went 3-5 and Santiago went 2-5 with the triple and four runs batted in.
Starting pitcher Jhonneyver Gutierrez had a quality start, giving up three runs in 6.0 innings on six hits while striking out six and walking two.
AZL Indians2 3, AZL Padres1 2
Box Score · Indians improve to 13-9
Indians 2018 first round pick Noah Naylor earned the start, going 1-3 with a walk. Billy Wilson also slugged his fifth home run of the short season, which put him in first place in the Arizona Rookie League.
Makesiondon Kelkboom also walked twice, stole a base and scored a run.
Starting pitcher Wilmer Mejia was downright brilliant, tossing 6.0 shutout innings on three hits while striking out four and walking one. The bullpen made things interesting but managed to just barely hold on to the lead and preserve the victory.
The DSL Indians had a scheduled day off.