Columbus Clippers 4, Indianapolis Indians 5
Box Score · Clippers fall to 56-52
Despite Eric Stamets’ best efforts, the Columbus Clippers fell short on Wednesday. Stamets went 3-3 with a double and a walk, Brandon Barnes went 2-5 with a stolen base and Yandy Diaz went 1-3 with two sacrifice flies and two runs batted in.
Adam Plutko was decent in his return to the Clippers rotation, giving up two runs on five hits in 4.1 innings while striking out four and walking one.
Unfortunately, Dominic DeMasi gave up two more runs in his 2.1 innings of relief to take the loss.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Bowie Baysox 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 65-44
Ka’ai Tom did his best, going 4-5 with a double and scoring two runs, but Akron fell one run short on Thursday.
Joe Sever also went 2-5 as every Akron spot in the lineup collected at least one hit except for Tyler Krieger, who’s 24-game hitting streak came to a halt with his 0-5 performance.
Jake Paulson had a rough start, giving up five runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings.
Of note, James Karinchak made his Double-A debut with a scoreless inning of relief, although he did make things interesting by walking two batters and giving up a hit with one strikeout.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Salem Red Sox 2 (F/6)
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 51-55
Jodd Carter and Erlin Cerda both had multi-hit games in a rain-shortened day. Carter went 2-4 with a double and triple while Cerda went 2-3 with a double. Trenton Brooks also went 1-2 with a double and a walk while Tyler Friis walked twice in his High-A debut.
Salem tied the game in the top of the sixth, but Lynchburg scored twice in the bottom of the inning before the game was ended prematurely due to rain.
Sam Hentges had another strong pitching performance, allowing one run on three hits in 5.0 innings while striking out three, although he did walk four.
Lake County Captains 4, Bowling Green Hot Rods 13
Box Score · Captains fall to 46-62
Let’s start with the good. Nolan Jones had a great game, going 3-4 with a pair of home runs, tying him with teammate Will Benson for the home run lead in the Midwest League.
Jose Vicente and Josh Rollette both had multi-hit games as well, with Vicente also homering.
Now the bad news, Juan Hillman was absolutely obliterated for seven runs in just 0.1 innings on five hits and two walks. The putrid performance raises Hillman’s season ERA back over five. The bullpen wasn’t much better, allowing another six runs the rest of the way.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6, Williamsport Crosscutters 5
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 28-15
Tyler Freeman once again carried the load offensively for Mahoning Valley, going 4-5 with a double, a triple and four runs batted in to raise his season batting average to a New York Penn League best .385. He has been downright incredible all season.
Henry Pujols went 3-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in while Clark Scolamiero went 2-4 with a double.
Luis Oviedo tossed a quality start, allowing two runs in 6.0 innings while striking out six and walking one. He has a league-best 1.88 ERA on the season.
In game one, Tribe prospect Marlin Made from the Indians/Brewers went 3-5 with a double to lead the way. The Indians actually outhit the Indians/brewers 11-10, but they committed four errors to zero for their opponents.
Jose Tena went 3-4 with a double while Wilfri Peralta, Alexfri Planez and Cesar Idrogo all went 2-4 for the DSL Indians.
The errors led to four unearned runs scoring.
In game two, the DSL Indians had a balanced attack with nearly every player earning one hit or walking once while pitchers Yeury Gervacio and Miguel Vinicio combined to keep the DSL Indians/Brewers bats at bay, allowing two runs in seven innings.
AZL Indians1 2, AZL Cubs2 6
Box Score · Indians fall to 24-10
Pedro Alfonseca and Daniel Schneemann both hit doubles with Alfonseca also stealing a base while Marcos Gonzalez walked twice, but that was about it for the Indians1’s offense.
Starting pitcher Jhonneyver Gutierrez was tagged for five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 5.0 innings while striking out three and walking two to take the loss.
Box Score · Indians improve to 21-14
Felix Fernandez led the way offensively, going 3-5 with a double, a home run and four runs batted in while Yainer Diaz continues to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the Arizona Rookie League, going 2-5 with a two-run home run, which actually LOWERED his batting average to .409 on the season through 25 games played.
Indians first round competitive balance pick Lenny Torres continues to be lights out, tossing 3.0 shutout innings allowing one hit while striking out two and walking none. Torres has yet to allow an earned run in his professional career through three games and 7.1 innings pitched while striking out seven and walking two.