Columbus Clippers 12, Norwalk Tides 5
Box Score · Clippers improve to 30-21
Mark Mathias continued his recent hot stretch, leading off for Columbus and going 3-6 with a home run and two doubles.
A rehabbing Tyler Naquin went 2-5 with a home run and a triple. Ryan Flaherty and Trayce Thompson also both had multi-hit games and hit home runs.
Starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski was solid, providing a quality start with 7.0 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two.
Josh Smith continued his recent strong run of pitching with a scoreless ninth inning and two strikeouts.
Akron RubberDucks 9, Bowie Baysox 5
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 27-25
Connor Marabell has been scorching hot as of late and he homered for the third consecutive game Thursday. Marabell went 3-5 with a home run, a double and three runs batted in to lead Akron offensively.
Jorma Rodriguez also had three hits, going 3-5 with a double and two runs batted in. Wilson Garcia and Alexis Pantoja both went 2-5 with a double, Tyler Friis went 2-4 with a walk and Ka’ai Tom went 1-4 with a double and a walk to reach base safely twice.
Starting pitcher Jake Paulson allowed just one run on three hits in 5.0 innings while striking out three and walking three. Matt Whitehouse struggled in long relief, allowing three runs in 3.0 innings, but the offense more than made up for it.
Lake County Captains 5, South Bend Cubs 1
Box Score · Captains improve to 32-21
Lake County capitalized on a pair of South Bend errors to score three unearned runs en route to defeating the Cubs.
Will Benson blasted his 14th home run of the season to tie Bobby Bradley and Eric Haase for the organization lead. Benson went 1-3 with a sacrifice fly.
Jesse Berardi continued his recent hot stretch, going 2-4 with a home run and a double, raising his batting average to .272 on the season. Ruben Cardenas also reached base safely twice, going 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Starting pitcher Cody Morris was excellent, allowing just one run in 5.0 innings on four hits while striking out six and walking two.
The bullpen also was dominant. Eli Lingos had 2.0 perfect innings with three strikeouts and both Riley Echols and Kyle Marmon contributed a scoreless inning each to seal the victory.