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Cleveland minor league recap for May 15, 2021

Columbus Clippers 10, Omaha Storm Chasers 7

Box Score · Clippers improve to 6-3

The Clippers sailed into the eighth down, 7-3. Scott Moss and Justin Garza navigated five innings while allowing two runs. The going grew choppy when Robert Broom allowed three runs in the sixth, but the well-tested crew at the plate refused to surrender.

The storm broke in the eighth inning. Daniel Johnson homered to bring Columbus within two, then Owen Miller halved the difference with one of his own. Bobby Bradley walked, Gabriel Arias singled, and Bradley Zimmer walked. Ryan Lavarnway strode to the plate, assessed the scene, and made the call.

Sometimes, pitchers get cheeky and try to blow guys away with an 0-2 fastball. The problem for the pitcher in this case: Ryan Lavarnway isn’t a guy at Triple-A. He’s spent a decent amount of time in The Show.

He smoked the god damn thing into the bleachers. Omaha pitcher Collin Snider may wish to further refine his approach.

Further notes: Owen Miller started at third base, went 3-for-4, and drove in a run. He is hitting .500.

This sentence intentionally left to allow the reader time for further reflection upon Owen Miller.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Erie SeaWolves 6

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 6-3

The battle of smooshed-together nicknames went the way of the Wolves Friday night. Alex Royalty tossed five innings of three-hit baseball but two of those hits were dingers. Thomas Ponticelli pitched decently in his three innings of work, but the SeaWolves went 2-for-5 with RISP and left only two runners on base all night. The RubberDucks went 0-for-9 with RISP and stranded seven.

Baseball is much easier when you execute. The good news is that nights like Friday happen to elite teams thirty times a season. Nobody is getting dragged out back.

Lake County Captains 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 7-3

When did this DoubleName trend start in the minors? Did the RubberDucks kick it off?

Regardless, the Captains continue to bash past opponents. Jose Tena led the barrage with a double, a home run, a single, and three two-out RBI amidst four overall. He even helped out on a double play.

The entire offense worked the count and combined for eight walks. Brayan Rocchio, Michael Amditis, and Victor Nova led this charge with three apiece.

Tanner Burns, Kevin Kelly, and Kellen Rholl pitched a 4-3-2; They all allowed a single hit. Burns struck out seven at the front end but did allow a one-on, two-out blast.

Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Fredericksburg Nationals 4

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 8-2

Wait, what?

Who shut out this team? I don’t understand. Who is Shane Drohan? I am seeing that he went to Florida State, was drafted in the fifth round, has a little bit of a walk problem, but other than that he’s a lefty who sits 95 with a decent hook.

Last night, he only walked one guy. The Hillcats managed but two hits off of him. Keep in mind, this is a lineup filled with four-digit OPS lines. Drohan pitched a fine game.

Now that I’m done praising some other team’s prospect: this was a strange game. Sergio Morillo gave up all four runs in the first inning and then never returned. It was a shutout the rest of the way. The Hillcats just never quite figured it out, nor did they catch any breaks.

It happens. They’ll probably score thirty tonight.