Columbus Clippers 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 8
Box Score · Clippers fall to 59-42
Cleveland Indians legend Ryan Flaherty amassed three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle for the Clippers last night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome clutch hitting from the RailRiders. Aside from Flaherty’s big night, Mark Mathias, Trayce Thompson, and Max Moroff all had hits, all singles.
Starting pitcher Shao-Ching Chiang allowed three runs off seven hits in five innings of work. He only struck out batters; his lowest K total since June 7. Dan Otero pitched an inning of relief, allowing one earned run off one homer.
In his first start since a promotion and subsequent injury with the Clippers, James Karinchak struggled, allowing three earned runs and walking two without registering a single out. Though, to be fair, Karinchak technically only loaded the bases via a single and back-to-back walks. It was Rob Kaminsky that let the runs cross the plate when he entered the game. with the bases juiced and no outs.
Old friend J.P. Feyereisen closed out the game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Akron RubberDucks 3, Trenton Thunder 6
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 44-59
The RubberDucks were inequelly quieted on offense, but didn’t have a Ryan Flaherty to at least make things interesting. A handful of batters registered singles, but only Alexis Pantoja managed to snag extra bases with a double.
Logan Ice stranded four runners on base, but did manage to get a hit. The 24-year-old has struggled mightily in Double-A, but he’s 10-for-31 over his last 10 games ... with 11 strikeouts and three walks. Oy.
Sam Hentges still can’t figure out Double-A either. He allowed four runs over just 3.2 innings and raised his season ERA 5.38. Hentges’ five walks are tied for a season high.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Fayetteville Woodpeckers 4 (Game 1)
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Fayetteville Woodpeckers 3 (Game 2)
Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats fall to 46-53
The Hillcats should have had a day to kick back and dab on the Fortnites or whatever 22-year-olds do nowadays, but multiple rain postponements means they played a doubleheader against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers instead.
Game 1 was marked with a lot of clutch pitching from the Hillcats, if you want to call it that. Fayetteville stranded eight runners on base and were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Cody Morris navigated a rocky 3.2 innings, allowing two runs off seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. It was Morris’s shortest outing since he threw 3.1 innings on May 3.
Gavin Collins had a pair of hits in Game 1, and Will Benson added a single, but the offense was mostly quiet. Game 2 wasn’t any better — Lynchburg was held to one hit (a double by Wilbis Santiago) and Oscar Gonzalez struck out three times in the loss.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, State College Spikes 1
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 20-19
Carlos Vargas led the way for Mahoning Valley with a six-inning performance in which he allowed just one run and struck out six. That’s tied for a season-high in strikeouts for the 19-year-old, and the third straight game where he’s hung around for six innings.
The offense did just enough with Bryan Lavastida, Yainer Diaz, Henry Pujols, Jonathan Lopez, and Billy Wilson all contributing hits — Pujols, Lopez and Diaz all had extra-baggers as well.
Maybe this is the game that Yainder Diaz needs, because he has struggled since his promotion to Mahoning Valley. In five games, he’s gone 3-for-18 with yesterday’s triple as his only extra base hit.
Lake County Captains 2, South Bend Cubs 8
Box Score · Captains fall to 57-43
After a brilliant 10-strikeout performance his last time out, Eli Lingos came out flat against the South Bend Cubs. The 23-year-old allowed six runs off seven hits before being chased out in the fifth inning. He struck out just one and walked two.
Quintin Holmes went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss, his first multi-hit game in almost a month. Jonathan Engelmann, Rube Cardenas, and Miguel Jerez added singles as well.
DSL Indians 6, DSL Cubs1 0
Box Score · Indians improve to 18-25
The DSL Indians were one of the few bright spots in the minors yesterday. A combined effort from almost everyone in the lineup turned in six runs off nine hits. Nehemias Celesten doubled in his 2019 debut before Victor Planchart replaced his as a pinch-hitter and added two more hits of his own.
Starting pitcher Thomas Reyes threw five innings of one-hit ball, he walked two and struck out for on the way to his third victory of the season.
AZL Indians Red 7, AZL Padres 9
Box Score · Indians fall to 14-16
Christian Cairo had a big day for the AZL Indians Red, but he wasn’t the only one. In addition to Cairo’s three hits, Andrew Velazquez added a pair and Yordys Valdes and Marlin Made each had a hit apiece. In total, the Indians were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but still managed to score seven runs in the loss.