Columbus Clippers 6, Gwinnett Stripers 10
The Columbus Clippers suffered a small setback on their journey to the Governor’s Cup last night. Outside of a tumultuous start from Shao-Ching Chiang, however, the Clippers played a solid game. Chiang got roughed up for 5 H, 8 ER and 2 BB in 2.0 IP. ERAs of 36 don’t tend to lead to great results.
At the plate, Ka’ai Tom and Ernie Clement led the way with two hits apiece. Mark Mathias added a double, and Bobby Bradley hit a ball so hard that the announcer couldn’t even make a proper home run call.
The Clippers play again tonight and advance to the finals with a win.
Lake County Captains 0, Great Lakes Loons 5
The great adventure comes to a close.
The three-hit shutout contrasts with an otherwise exciting season of Captains baseball. They battled to a 74-64 record. Second baseman Jose Fermin finished third in the race for the batting title of the Midwest League, hitting .293. Other standout hitters include Tyler Freeman and Daniel Schneeman. Freeman played well enough throughout the year to earn a promotion to High-A ball, while Schneeman stayed the entire season and slashed .287/.366/.374. Other standouts include Bo Naylor, who skipped the NYP League entirely and eventually excelled with a .243/.313/.421 slash at catcher. Will Benson socked opposing pitchers before his promotion to Lynchburg.
Some sadder stories from the season: Quentin Holmes continues to search for any kind of professional baseball success, and Brady Aiken pitched 0.2 innings before disappearing from the face of the Earth.
Eli Lingos started his season pitching for the Captains and earned a late promotion to Double-A Akron. Ethan Hankins came up to take his place around the same time. Meanwhile, Luis Oviedo failed to deliver on the promise of his spectacular 2018; he alternated dominant starts with absolute shellings before sinking to a 5.38 ERA and missing the last part of the season due to injury.