Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 5
Box Score · Clippers improve to 45-40
In his much ballyhooed return to the Clippers, Melky Cabrera went 3-4 and scored two runs, raising his batting average with Columbus to .326.
The real hero of the game, however, was Nellie Rodriguez, who went 2-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. The last double broke a 4-4 tie and gave Columbus a 6-4 lead, which they were able to hang on to for the win.
Eric Haase also went 2-4 with a double and Brandon Barnes went 1-3 with a double and a walk.
Starting pitcher Michael Peoples lasted just 0.2 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on two walks and two hits.
The bullpen stepped up, particularly Stephen Fife, who returned from the disabled list to toss 3.0 scoreless frames.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels 4
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 50-36
Akron jumped out to a big lead and then held on to defeat Richmond on Thursday.
The lead came courtesy of Connor Marabell, who had a huge game, going 3-4 at the plate with a walk, two doubles and four runs batted in.
Joe Sever also went 1-3 with two walks and two runs scored.
Starting pitcher Dominic DeMasi only gave up one run through the first five innings, but he couldn’t get out of the sixth inning, allowing three runs without getting an out.
David Speer allowed all three inherited runners to score in the sixth, but after that, the bullpen shut things down, tossing four scoreless frames to hold on for the victory, with Argenis Angulo earning the save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Wilmington Blue Rocks 7
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 39-43
In his return to Lynchburg after being sent down from Akron, Logan Ice had himself a game, going 3-4 at the plate with a double his first home run of the season.
Mitch Longo went 2-5 and both Conner Capel and Trenton Brooks had two walks each, with Brooks also adding a triple.
The Hillcats held a three run lead heading into the ninth inning, but Micah Miniard gave up two runs and left with a runner on base and closer Dalbert Siri couldn’t contain the damage, allowing the inherited runner to score plus one of his own to give Wilmington the lead and the game.
Lake County Captains 5, Dayton Dragons 4
Box Score · Captains improve to 35-50
Multiple Lake County players had big games on Thursday, with Oscar Gonzalez staying hot with a 3-5 night with a double and two runs scored.
Nolan Jones went 2-4 with a walk and his 10th home run of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth inning to cap off the scoring for the Captains.
Jesse Berardi had a multi-hit game, going 2-5 and Will Benson added a triple.
Francisco Perez didn’t have his best stuff, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings on nine hits while striking out two and walking three, but he left with the lead and the bullpen held Dayton in check enough to preserve the win, with Riley Echols tossing a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the season.
DSL Indians 2, DSL Rays2 7
Box Score · Indians fall to 12-17
The DSL Indians mustered just three hits, one of them being an RBI triple for Jose Tena. The DSL Rays2 only had four hits, but they were walked a whopping 11 times by Indians pitchers.
Luis Peguero was the only Indians pitcher to not walk anyone, tossing two scoreless innings while striking out two in the loss.
Box Score · Indians improve to 11-3
Connor Smith and Daniel Schneemann paced the AZL Indians1’s offense, both going 2-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Michael Cooper also went 2-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Dante Mendoza had a quality start for the Indians, giving up three runs in 6.0 innings on six hits while striking out two and walking one.
Eli Lingos earned the save with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Box Score · Indians fall to 9-5
Billy Wilson went 2-5 with a double and a home run, Pablo Jimenez went 2-4 with a double and Raynel Delgado went 2-5 to lead the AZL Indians2 offense.
The game was tied heading into extra innings and the Indians managed to put up two runs in the of the frame to take a 4-2 lead, but Indians 2018 24th round draft pick Aaron Pinto gave up three runs while getting just one out in the bottom of the inning to take the loss.
A strong start from Luis D. Garcia was spoiled. Garcia pitched five shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out one and walking none.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers game was suspended due to weather in the fourth inning with the Scrappers leading 3-0.