Akron RubberDucks 7, Bowie BaySox 3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 16-20
Ka’ai Tom’s hot streak continued Monday. The native Hawaiian homered for the third time in two games, going 2-4 at the dish with two runs batted in. Daniel Johnson also homered while Nellie Rodriguez went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored.
Tyler Krieger singled and stole two bases, eventually scoring a run as well.
Starting pitcher Tanner Tully scattered seven hits across 5.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out two and walking two.
Matt Whitehouse, Nick Sandlin and Dalbert Siri combined to toss 3.2 innings of scoreless relief.
Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Carolina Mudcats 2
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 18-17
It finally happened.
It took 34 games and 131 plate appearances, but Indians outfield prospect Oscar Gonzalez finally earned his first walk of the 2019 season Monday.
Oscar Gonzalez, who is third in the Carolina League in batting average at .371, drew his first walk of the season today. The whole dugout erupted in applause, and afterwards his teammates kept the ball for him. pic.twitter.com/iU3fdp2GrI— Anders Jorstad (@AndersJorstad) May 14, 2019
Gonzalez has been the hottest hitter in the Tribe system this season, but also has made a name for himself for his inability to take a walk. Despite the lack of bases on balls, Gonzalez is slashing .371/.381/.523 this season after going 2-3 Monday with a triple, double and said walk.
No one else on Lynchburg had an extra base hit or a multi-hit game, but Gonzalez provided enough offensive punch to get the win thanks to a solid pitching performance from the Hillcats.
Veteran Matt Solter was rock solid, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.0 innings while striking out seven and walking two.
The bullpen was immaculate as Yazmer Gomez, Andreson Polanco and Robert Broom combined to throw three perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts, with Broom picking up his first save of the season.
Lake County Captains 4, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
Box Score · Captains float to 20-15
Indians top 2017 draft pick Quentin Holmes was moved to the top of the batting order Monday and he delivered, going 2-4 with his first home run of the season, a stolen base and two runs scored.
Tyler Freeman also reached safely twice, going 1-3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base while Bo Naylor showed a great approach, going 1-2 with a pair of walks. Hosea Nelson also walked twice.
Starting pitcher Shane McCarthy was amazing, starting the game with five shutout innings, but he couldn’t get an out in the sixth, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.0 innings while striking out four and walking two.
Again, the bullpen played hero, shutting down the Fort Wayne offense with four scoreless innings of relief from Aaron Pinto, Luis Araujo and Manuel Alvarez.
Triple-A Columbus has a scheduled off day.