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Brayan Rocchio’s late home run heroics lead to Lake County win

Cleveland minor league recap for May 20, 2021

Move over George Valera.

The talented crop of international position players in Cleveland's loaded minor league system has not been shy about breaking some of the unwritten rules of baseball, in particular the rules about celebrating a big moment.

Brayan Rocchio was the latest when stunted on Great Lakes yesterday after hitting a go-ahead home run, and for once, we have the video to prove it.

Columbus Clippers 2, Toledo Mud Hens 8

Box Score · Clippers fall to 7-6

The good news is that Logan Allen pitched six innings for the first time this season, whether at the big-league or minor-league level.

The bad news? He was tattooed for eight earned runs on 11 hits in those six innings while only striking out three and walking two. He also hit three batters with pitches.

Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Clippers offense, while Nolan Jones showed signs of life, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Oscar Mercado also went 1-for-4 with a walk.

In the biggest surprise of the day, Owen Miller went 0-for-4 to go hitless for the first time in 2021.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Reading Fightin’ Phils 8

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 8-5

Akron got on base plenty, but couldn't get the big hit, managing just one extra-base hit on Wednesday.

Alex Call led the way for the RubberDucks offense, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base.

Jose Fermin and Marcos Gonzalez also had multi-hit games. Fermin went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Gonzalez went 2-for-4. Will Benson also reached base safely twice with a pair of walks and a stolen base, as did Tyler Freeman, who went 1-for-4 and was hit by a pitch.

Trenton Brooks had the lone extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk

Starting pitcher Tanner Tully had a rough game, allowing five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four in four innings of work.

Thomas Ponticelli provides two solid innings of scoreless relief.

Lake County Captains 3, Great Lakes Loons 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 10-4

Lake County didn't have many hits on Wednesday, but the Captains only needed two to win the game thanks to some stellar pitching.

Down 2-0, Daniel Schneeman tied the game with a two-run blast to right field in the seventh inning. Schneeman went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and was the lone Captain with a multi-hit game.

Then swag-master Brayan Rocchio put Lake County on top with a massive blast to left field that he celebrated the second the bat hit the ball, and then also the entire trip around the basepaths.

Aaron Bracho reached base safely three times, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base and Jonathan Engelmann was perfect at the plate, going 1-for-1 with three walks.

Starting pitcher Logan T. Allen proved he was human by allowing two runs but he was still excellent, striking out seven and walking none on seven hits over 5.2 innings.

Tim Herrin and Nick Gallagher provided 3.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win and save, respectively.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 10-4

The Lynchburg Hillcats appeared to be on the verge of winning a pitchers’ duel thanks to an incredible performance from Cleveland No. 1 pitching prospect Daniel Espino, who allegedly hit 101 mph in the first inning of his start. Espino mowed Myrtle Beach batters down to the tune of seven strikeouts and two walks in 4.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on just two hits.

Zach Hart was looking great in relief, but the second inning of Daritzon Felix's outing was a disaster, allowing four runs in the top of the month inning, although he left with the bases loaded and all three inherited runners scored.

The Hillcats responded with a run in the bottom of the ninth, but they couldn't complete the comeback.

Micah Pries was the lone Hillcats to reach base safely twice, going 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and Alexfri Planez hit a triple to lead the offense.