Columbus Clippers 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 4
Box Score · Clippers improve to 22-15
Four home runs paved the way to a Columbus victory on Wednesday. Trayce Thompson, Brandon Barnes, Ryan Flaherty and Bobby Bradley all went deep, with Bradley hitting his eighth home run of the season as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.
Thompson, Flaherty and Mark Mathias all had multi-hit games, with Mathias also collecting a double and stealing a base.
Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang was brilliant through the first five scoreless innings, but was chased out of the game after only getting one out in the sixth frame, finishing with three runs allowed on just one hit while walking six and striking out five.
Brooks Pounders and Henry Martinez were sensational in relief, combining to strike out five hitters in 3.1 perfect innings.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Bowie BaySox 2 (F/11)
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 17-21
Nine innings wasn’t enough time for either team to score a run Wednesday.
Both Akron and Bowie scored twice in the 10th, but the real damage was done in the bottom of the 11th. With two runners on base, Daniel Johnson blasted a walk-off three-run home run, his fifth big fly in the past week and eighth of the season.
Connor Marabell reached base safely twice with a single and a walk.
The real story of the game was pitching. Sam Hentges had by far his best outing of the year, tossing 7.0 shutout frames on four hits while striking out six and walking just one.
Kyle Nelson earned the win by striking out the side in the top of the 11th inning.
Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Carolina Mudcats 4
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 19-18
I don’t think it’s possible for Oscar Gonzalez to slow down. The talented corner outfielder went 3-4 with a pair of doubles Wednesday, raising his season batting average to .369.
Leadoff hitter Steven Kwan also was terrific, going 3-4 while Wilbis Santiago and Jose Vicente both went 2-4.
The Hillcats were held scoreless until the fifth inning, when Luke Wakamatsu blasted a 3-run home run to close the gap. Lynchburg tied the game in the bottom of then took the lead for good with two runs in the seventh inning.
Starting pitcher Jean Carlos Mejia was activated from the injured list and tossed 3.0 innings, striking out five but allowing two runs on four hits.
Anthony Gose earned his second save, dropping his ERA to 1.17. The Tribe brass may be on to something with the former utility man-turned pitcher.
Lake County Captains 10, Fort Wayne TinCaps 6
Box Score · Captains float to 22-15
The Captains offense had a field day on Wednesday.
Four different Lake County players had three-hit games, led by Will Benson, who went 3-5 with a home run, three runs scored, three runs batted in and a stolen base.
Tyler Freeman and Quentin Holmes both went 3-5 with a double and a stolen base while Ruben Cardenas went 3-5 with a double.
Benson, Freeman and Holmes are all in the top 10 in the Midwest League in stolen bases with 11, 10 and 9 swiped bags respectively.
Jesse Berardi was 2-5 while the debuting Henry Pujols was 1-3 with a double and the Captains’ only walk of the game.
Starting pitcher Cody Morris was solid, allowing two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings while striking out six and walking one to earn the victory.