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Tyler Freeman has five hits, Will Benson homers in Akron victory

Cleveland minor league recap for May 16, 2021

Columbus Clippers 2, Omaha Storm Chasers 4

Box Score · Clippers fall to 6-4

One night after hitting five home runs in an incredible comeback victory, the Columbus bats were mostly silent on Saturday.

Only one Clipper had a multi-hit game, and his name shouldn't come as a surprise — Owen Miller, who went 2-for-4 to keep his batting average at an even .500 on the season.

Bradley Zimmer also had a double and two runs batted in while Gabriel Arias and Gavin Collins both reached base safely twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

After struggling his first time toeing the rubber in 2021, Eli Morgan was better, but not by much. Morgan allowed three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two in 4.1 innings to take the loss.

Manuel Alvarez, Danny Young, and DJ Johnson provided three innings of scoreless relief.

Akron RubberDucks 9, Erie SeaWolves 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 7-3

What's the best way to end a three-game losing streak? How about 17 hits? That's what Akron used as the cure on Saturday.

On a night where several RubberDucks had excellent games, no star shone brighter than No. 2 prospect Tyler Freeman, who had one of the best games of his young career. Freeman went 5-for-6 with a double, three runs batted in and a run scored.

Will Benson and Jose Fermin had three-hit games. Benson went 3-for-4, blasting a home run and also walking once.

Fermin went 3-for-5. Bo Naylor and Oscar Gonzalez both had two hits with a double each and Marcos Gonzalez hit a home run too.

Starting pitcher Shane McCarthy was terrific, striking out eight in 4.2 shutout innings on two hits with two walks.

Jake Miednik picked up the win with two stellar shutout innings, striking out five and walking one without giving up a hit. Nick Mikolajchak added a scoreless inning with a pair of strikeouts in relief.

Lake County Captains 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 4

Box Score · Captains fall to 7-4

Lake County actually finished with more runs than hits in this game. While the Captains were lousy offensively, the one bright spot was Brayan Rocchio, who blasted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth inning.

Will Brennan walked twice and stole a base, while Raynel Delgado had the other hit, stealing his sixth base of the season already.

The lack of offense ruined a stellar starting pitching performance from Matt Turner, who tossed 4.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts and two walks while allowing two hits.

The bullpen also disappointed, allowing four runs in the final 4.2 innings of the game.

Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 5

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 8-3

After starting the season by winning their first eight games, the Lynchburg Hillcats have now lost three straight contests.

Lynchburg had nine hits, but none of them were for extra bases. Yainer Diaz led the way, going 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Christian Cairo and Angel Martinez both had a hit and a walk, with Martinez stealing his fourth base of the season. Will Bartlett also walked twice.

In his second start since being acquired in the Francisco Lindor trade, Josh Wolf struggled, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings while striking out two and walking two.

Randy Labaut allowed another run in four solid innings of long relief and Daritzon Feliz tossed a scoreless ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.