Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 10
Box Score · Clippers improve to 25-18
Veterans Brandon Barnes and Adam Rosales had multi-hit games and Bobby Bradley blasted his ninth home run of the season, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a rough day from the Columbus pitchers.
Starting pitcher Cody Anderson allowed just two runs through his first five innings, but failed to get an out in the sixth and was hammered for four more runs. He finished with six runs allowed on 11 hits while striking out four and walking one in his five-plus innings.
Long-reliever Chih-Wei Hu didn’t fare much better, allowing an inherited runner to score and surrendering four additional runs on four hits in his four innings of relief while striking out four and walking two.
Akron RubberDucks 6, Harrisburg Senators 1
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 21-23
Connor Marabell and Ernie Clement again reach base safely multiple times Wednesday. Clement went 2-4 with a walk and a stolen base while Marabell went 2-4 with a double.
Daniel Johnson only had one hit, but it was another home run. He now has 10 on the season and has blasted seven bombs in his last 12 games, averaging one every seven at bats. Johnson raised his season OPS to .901 with the homer and clearly has nothing left to prove at the Double-A level.
Starting pitcher Eli Morgan was sensational, tossing 6.2 shutout innings on three hits with six strikeouts and just one walk.
Ben Krauth added 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, but Dalbert Siri ran into trouble in the ninth inning, walking three batters before being yanked. Argenis Angulo finished off the game without allowing any of his three inherited runners to score to earn the save.
Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Carolina Mudcats 6
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 22-22
Jose Vicente had a big game, going 3-5 with a home run while Gavin Collins went 2-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Gabriel Mejia and Wilbis Santiago both had a pair of singles while Luke Wakamatsu went 1-3 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.
Oscar Gonzalez also blasted his fourth home run of the season with his lone hit of the game.
Starting pitcher Juan Hillman was terrific, allowing one run (zero earned) in 7.0 innings on three hits while striking out two and walking two. Hillman has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts and seems to be coming into his own.
Reliever Jonathan Teaney was handed a six-run lead and nearly blew it, allowing five runs to score in the ninth inning before scraping by with a one-run win for the Hillcats.
Lake County Captains 3, Dayton Dragons 2 (F/10)
Box Score · Captains move to 27-18
Jose Fermin, fresh off the injured list, had a strong game, going 2-4 with two runs scored, a run batted in and a stolen base. Ruben Cardenas continued his hot stretch, going 2-5 with a double and a pair of stolen bases.
Starting pitcher Alex Royalty returned from the injured list to toss 4.0 quality innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out one and walking one.
Skyler Arias was excellent in relief with three scoreless frames, but Manuel Alvarez allowed Dayton to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.
In the top of the 10th inning with Connor Smith starting on second base, pinch hitter Bo Naylor walked, Hosea Nelson sacrificed both runners over and Fermin brought Smith home with a sacrifice fly.
Riley Echols danced around a pair of walked in the bottom of the 10th to earn the save and preserve the victory.