Columbus Clippers 2, Gwinnett Stripers 12
Box Score · Clippers fall to 59-44
Sometimes you just get curbstomped.
In fact, the Clippers were shut out with only two hits all game until the top of the ninth. Two singles and three walks (two of them run-scoring) later, the Clippers returned to their previous mode of offense and recorded three straight outs with the bases loaded.
In the Clipper’s defense, the wheels didn’t come off until the seventh inning. Ye Olde Mitch Talbot tossed six innings of three run ball, with two of his earned runs coming home after Neil Ramirez inherited runners. Ramirez looked atrocious; he gave up for hits and two walks for five earned runs. Remember — he also allowed Talbot’s runs to score. Not so good, Al.
If there is anything good to take from this one, it is that Daniel Johnson went 2-4 and is still hitting .309/.375/.456 at Triple-A. Save your “but his splitz” crap—if he is close to replacement level at the plate against lefties I think we’ll all be fine. There’s also, you know, time. He just turned 23.
Akron RubberDucks 8, Hartford Yard Goats 5
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 46-59
- Lose for five innings.
- Suddenly dominate.
And it worked! The RubberDucks trailed 4-0 entering the sixth inning and then never looked back. It all started when Connor Marabell blasted a ball to the opposite field.
Akron Rubberducks OF Connor Marabell showing some pop with a 2 run opposite field HR tonight vs the Yard Goats. The HR was his 8th of the year and helped spark a comeback after being down 4-0 in the 6th inning. Final Ducks 8 Yard Goats 5.@CMarabell2 #Indians pic.twitter.com/pLFYBbgEmj— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) July 27, 2019
The RubberDucks surrendered one more run in the bottom of the frame, but that’s all the Yard Goats would get. Ernie Clement stroked a two-run double in the top of the seventh to put the team within striking distance. Then, in the ninth:
- Trenton Brooks doubled to score Clement.
- Nellie Rodriguez doubled Nolan Jones, Brooks, and Connor Marabell home.
Dalbert Siri pitched an effectively wild ninth inning to close out the game. The real star for Akron on the mound was Jared Robinson, who earned a win after three scoreless innings of relief.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Winston-Salem Dash 7
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 47-54
A big fifth inning by Winston-Salem propelled them to victory after they scored three runs thanks to an error by Mitch Reeves on a play that should have ended the inning. Whoops. It’s entirely possible that this changed the outcome of the game. I can’t harp too much on Reeves (Even if he went to Oviedo High School); he’s having a fantastic year even if his age is a little advanced for the High-A level.
The Hillcats’ bullpen allowed two runs to score after the debacle, and Will Benson and Wilbis Santiago were the only players doing very much at the plate. Benson tripled twice in this game.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, Auburn Doubledays 3
Box Score · Scrappers improve to 21-20
After ten innings of baseball, Mahoning Valley and Auburn remained locked in a 1-1 tie. Brian Eichhorn had led the way for the Scrappers. Since being inserted into the rotation he’s looked like a brand new pitcher and last night continued the trend as he shut the Doubledays out for five innings. The Scrapper’s ‘pen kept things in control until the free baserunner rules kicked in late.
In the 11th, the Doubledays pretty much handed the Scrappers third base at the start of the inning thanks to a wild pitch. Raynel Delgado drove in the run on a sac fly. The Doubledays fired right back by singling home their free runner.
In the 12th, the Scrappers earned two quick outs before Billy Wilson singled Yainer Diaz home from second. Once again, the Doubledays matched the score with a base hit of their own in the bottom half.
The Scrappers finally separated themselves for good thanks to Brayan Rocchio and Diaz. Rocchio plated Korey Holland with a single, and Diaz broke out of a little funk that he’d been in since promotion with an infield single to third. In the bottom half, Jose Oca retired the side in order for the win.
Lake County Captains 6, South Bend Cubs 4
Box Score · Captains improve to 58-44
The Captains jumped out to an early lead and never surrendered it. All three hitters in the first third of the lineup delivered in a big way tonight:
- Quentin Holmes Tripled twice, coming around to score both times.
- Jose Fermin clobbered a two run home run in the first, earned another RBI with a single later in the game, and also walked twice.
- Bo Naylor hit a double and two singles, earned a walk, and drove in two runs.
The rest of the offense reached base a total of three times, but hey—when the top third is hitting that well, they can carry the team.
Alex Royalty absorbed nine hits and a walk in less than five innings, managing to allow only two runs in the process (one earned). Skylar Arias pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless ball, while Jake Miednik allowed a couple of runs while mopping up to earn a save.
DSL Indians 5, DSL Dodgers Shoemaker 4
Box Score · Indians improve to 19-26
This is the weirdest rally that I’ve ever seen.
Trailing by one in the bottom of the 8th, Jesus Lara came to the plate with the bases loaded and two out. Fran Castro of the DSL Dodgers Shoemaker hit him with the first pitch. Skeiling Rodriguez scored.
Angel Martinez came to the plate with the gamed tied. Fran Castro of the DSL Dodgers Shoemaker hit him with the first pitch. Derian Perez scored
Gabriel Rodriguez came to the plate with a one-run lead. Fran Castro of the DSL Dodgers Shoemaker hit him with the first pitch. Moises De La Cruz scored.
I’m not kidding:
It obvious couldn’t have been intentional, because somehow the umpire let Castro throw another pitch that Joseph Paulino popped up. The Dodgers scored two in the top of the ninth but fell short.
The Dodgers also ran absolutely wild in this one; they swiped six bags while being caught three times. How does your arm feel, Victor Planchart?
AZL Indians Red 3, AZL Royals 5
Box Score · Indians fall to 14-17
Andrew Velazquez and Marlin Made did their best to power the Indians to victory, but their combined four hits weren’t enough.
The Indians didn’t play particularly badly on the mound, either. Brauny Munoz pitched five innings in a follower role and allowed only two runs. They Royals just played better baseball, powered by four extra-base hits and many more opportunities with runners in scoring position (14 to the Indians’ 5).
AZL Indians Blue 7, AZL Reds 6
Box Score · Indians improve to 21-10
It’s a good thing that the Indians scored two in the top of the ninth, because they gave them right back and nearly coughed up a fine victory. The Reds had already scored two on a two-out double when Jose Tello reached via HBP and Sebastian Almonte reached by error. Fortunately, Jared Janczak found his...something...and forced Jorge Sequera to ground out and end the game.
Jhonkensy Noel doubled, singled, and drove in two, while Clark Scolamiero walked three times.