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Meanwhile, the Clippers just absolutely mashed.

Columbus Clippers 15, Toledo Mud Hens 7

Box Score · Clippers cruise to 76-54

Four members of the Clippers homered and Yu Chang did it twice in a smackdown against the Mud Hens. Chang and Connor Marabell had three hits. Meanwhile, Ka’ai Tom continued to do Ka’ai Tom stuff by going 2-5 with a walk, stolen base, and one of the aforementioned dingers.

Jake Bauers doubled, Daniel Johnson doubled, the Clippers doubled the Mud Hens’ score. Good times.

Jordan Stephens and Jared Robinson weren’t sharp on the mound but rode the offensive wave to glory. Dan Otero pitched a scoreless frame and Kyle Nelson allowed one hit—a solo shot—in two innings, striking out five.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3 (F/10)

Box Score · RubberDucks swim to 58-72

Well this is familiar.

After defeating the Flying Squirrels in ten innings Thursday night, the Rubber Ducks just decided it would be fun to do the exact same thing last night.

The teams battled back and forth throughout the game, with Akron taking a lead that they surrendered in the top of the ninth. Despite giving up that lead, Argenis Argulo retired the side in order in the top of the tenth. This allowed Trenton Brooks to double home Nolan Jones to lead off the bottom half and win the game.

It still feels weird to write about a lead-off RBI double.

Adam Scott pitch well, going five innings and allowing two runs while striking out eight. The real star on the mound might have been Robert Broom, who pitched three perfect innings in relief.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mudcats 7

Box Score · Hillcats sent to Pappy’s farm upstate, record now 58-67

The Mudcats made it into the Hillcats’ bullpen and that was pretty much the end of the game. Brock Hartson battled into the sixth inning having allowed a single run, but he loaded the bases with two outs. Manuel Alvarez replaced him and allowed a two-run double to tie up the game.

Alvarez hit a batter, walked another, and allowed a run in the seventh before Dakody Clemmer came in to give up three more (two “earned” by Alvarez, though one of these was a wild pitch and so I’m unsure of the scoring accuracy here).

Anyway, Connor Smith had a hit and two walks, while Stephen Kwan earned two hits of his own. The Hillcats as a whole went 1-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine total runners.

Lake County Captains 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 3

Box Score · Captains drift into shoals, drown to 69-60

After getting blown out last night, the Captains switch things up and blew the game themselves. The bullpen safeguarded Matt Turner’s five innings of one-run baseball until the top of the ninth, when Jake Miednik came back out for a two-inning save.

With two out and a runner on first, Miednik gave up a single, a walk, and then a two-run double to surrender the lead. The Captains went down in order in their half of the frame.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, Williamsport Crosscutters 4

Box Score · Scrappers improve to 70-59

An explosive eighth inning carried the scrappers to victory.

To start with, Julian Escobedo grounded out and Brayan Rocchio struck out. However, Rocchio motored to first on a passed ball, then advanced to second when George Valera walked. Lavastida doubled Rocchio in, and Valera scored when Yainer Diaz grounded out. Lavastida came home after a Jonathan Rodriguez triple, and the Scrappers took the lead when Rodriguez came home on a fielding error.

If a team gives you five outs you might as well take advantage of it, right?

AZL Indians Red 7, AZL Indians Blue 2

Box Score · Indians Red advances to 26-28, Indians Blue falls to 34-20

More Red vs. Blue action. In this Big Team Battle, Red prevailed thanks to eight shutout innings from starter Brauny Munoz and follower Kevin Coulter. By the time Blue scored two in the bottom of the ninth Red had also added five more insurance runs in the eighth and their half of the ninth. Joe Naranjo and Zach Weatherford led the way, with 2 RBI each. They notched three and two hits, respectively. That’s a really weird way to phrase all of that, but I’m hitting recap fatigue and getting jittery from coffee so it stays.

Indians Red also stole four bases, getting caught but once. For Indians Blue, Aaron Bracho drew a walk. Meanwhile, despite allowing four stolen bases, Jose Colina continued to absolute destroy the baseball. He notched two hits, an RBI, and is hitting .485 in his last ten games and .429 for the last 30 days.

The DSL Indians game was postponed.