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Mason Hickman’s five no-hit innings leads Lake County to victory

Cleveland minor league recap for May 17, 2021

Columbus Clippers 3, Omaha Storm Chasers 8

Box Score · Clippers fall to 6-5

Bobby Bradley and Ryan Lavarnway both hit their Cleveland affiliate-leading fourth home runs of the season to stake the Clippers to an early lead, but the offense dried up after the third inning and the bullpen couldn’t keep Omaha’s offense at bay.

Daniel Johnson walked twice and Owen Miller had a rare off night by not having a multi-hit game, but he did still have a double in a 1-for-4 effort.

Starting pitcher Kirk McCarty missed a quality start by one out, allowing three runs on five hits in 5.2 innings while striking out four and walking one.

Kyle Dowdy took the loss by allowing two runs in 0.2 innings and Dalbert Siri put the game out of reach by allowing an additional three runs in 0.2 innings.

Akron RubberDucks 6, Erie SeaWolves 7

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 7-4

Akron fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, but the RubberDucks battled back to tie the game, although they came up one run short of winning.

The big hits were done by both Gonzalezes on the roster as Marcos Gonzalez blasted his second home run in as many days, going 2-for-4 and also hitting a double.

Oscar Gonzalez only had one hit, but he made it count, a three-run blast, which also was his Cleveland affiliate-leading fourth home run of the season.

Will Benson continued his recent hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a triple, while Richie Palacios went 2-for-5, and Trenton Brooks went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Starting pitcher Eli Lingos had a rough night, only getting one out while giving up four runs on three hits with three walks.

Francisco Perez continues to stand out in long relief, striking out four batters in 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Perhaps he’ll be earning a spot in the starting rotation soon?

Lake County Captains 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 0

Box Score · Captains improve to 8-4

Mason Hickman and Fort Wayne’s Ethan Elliott had one hell of a pitcher’s duel on Sunday. Elliott struck out 13 batters in six shutout, one-hit innings, while Hickman was nearly immaculate, tossing five no-hit shutout innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

The Lake County bullpen couldn’t keep the no-hitter intact, but they did keep the shutout going as both Nate Ocker and Tim Herrin pitched two scoreless one-hit innings apiece.

The Captains finally broke the scoreless tie in the seventh inning, with Aaron Bracho collecting the decisive hit, a two-run double.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Salem Red Sox 1

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 9-3

Lynchburg used its strong pitching staff to end its three-game losing streak.

Lenny Torres had a solid outing, allowing one run on four hits in three innings while striking out two, much improved from his season debut when he struggled with command.

Eric Mock and Jaime Arias-Bautista were nearly perfect in relief of Torres, allowing just one walk in a combined six no-hit scoreless innings.

Offensively, Yainer Diaz raked, going 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. Johnathan Rodriguez reached base safely twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk while both Johnkensy Noel and Micah Pries doubled.