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Owen Miller homers for Columbus as potential call-up looms

Cleveland minor league recap for May 21, 2021

Rumors are swirling about who Cleveland will call up today to replace Andrés Giménez on the 26-man roster after Giménez was sent to Triple-A this week.

The most obvious candidate is Owen Miller, who has been one of the hottest hitters in all of minor league baseball since the season started. Miller stayed hot with another strong game on Thursday.

Columbus Clippers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 9

Box Score · Clippers fall to 7-7

Scott Moss cruised through the first two innings, and then this happened.

Hopefully, it isn’t serious, but it’s never good when a pitcher leaves a game due to injury after throwing a pitch. We’ll know more in the next couple of days.

Kyle Dowdy did not perform well in relief. Besides allowing both inherited runners to score, he allowed an additional five runs to score, although none of them were earned, on six hits in just 1.2 innings.

Owen Miller did Owen Miller things, going 2-for-3 with his second home run of the season and a walk, while also being hit by a pitch.

Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to five games. Ryan Lavarnway also continues to hit, as both he and Oscar Mercado went 2-for-5 and Nolan Jones went 1-for-3 with a walk to reach base safely twice, while Daniel Johnson had a double.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Reading Fightin’ Phils 3

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 8-5

Andrew Monasterio had his best game of the young season, going 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in.

Trenton Brooks didn’t have a hit, but he walked a whopping four times, the anti-golden sombrero.

Richard Palacios doubled, walked, and was hit by a pitch to reach base safely three different ways. Alex Call doubled and walked, Jose Fermin had a hit and walked and Will Benson walked and was hit by a pitch.

Starting pitcher Alex Royalty was rock solid, allowing just one run on three hits in six innings while striking out two and walking two.

Aaron Pinto was sensational out of the bullpen, tossing three scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts to earn the save.

Lake County Captains 3, Great Lakes Loons 5

Box Score · Captains fall to 10-5

The Captains offense lacked consistency on Thursday. Will Brennan, Jonathan Englemann, and Gian Gonzalez were the only players to reach base safely twice, as Gonzalez had two hits and Brennan went 1-for-3 with a double while being hit by a pitch, and Engelmann went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Daniel Schneemann added a triple.

Starting pitcher Raymond Burgos had a ho-hum outing, allowing three earned runs on six hits in four innings while striking out three and walking one.

Reliever Nate Ocker was much better, allowing one run in four solid innings of relief with five strikeouts.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 11-4

A combination of great pitching and timely hitting carried Lynchburg to its org-leading 11th win on Thursday.

Gabriel Rodriguez led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a stolen base.

Angel Martinez was 2-for-3 and Christian Cairo also had a triple.

Starting pitcher Nate Jones was terrific, allowing one run on two hits in four innings while striking out four and walking none.

The bullpen also was incredible, as Miguel Vinicio added four perfect innings with five strikeouts and Jerson Ramirez earned the save with a perfect ninth inning.