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Tyler Freeman excelling at Double-A, Lynchburg is lone winner in rough day for Cleveland affiliates

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Cleveland minor league recap for May 28, 2021

It was a rough day for Cleveland affiliates as they went 1-4 overall, but thankfully, Lynchburg was the bright spot, as it has been most of the season.

Columbus Clippers 0, Nashville Sound 11

Box Score · Clippers fall to 8-12

Struggling due to most of its starting rotation having been promoted to Cleveland or injured, Columbus lost its fourth game in a row Thursday.

Ernie Clement played for the first time since May 13, going 2-2 with a double, but he left the game with an injury again.

Daniel Johnson also played well, going 2-4 with a double, while Nolan Jones went 1-3 with a double and a walk and Andres Gimenez went 1-3 with a walk. Gimenez has responded well since his demotion from the MLB club.

Of the six pitchers who appeared in the bullpen game for Columbus, Kyle Dowdy was the most impressive, tossing 3.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts, one walk and one hit allowed.

Danny Young was tattooed for six earned runs in his one inning of work, and Zach Draper gave up an additional three earned runs in his one inning. Catcher Angel Lopez Alvarez added a scoreless ninth inning.

Akron RubberDucks 2, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 3 (Game 1)
Akron RubberDucks 7, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 8 (Game 2)

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 14-7

In game one, Akron received a solid 4.2 innings from starting pitcher Shane McCarthy, who allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking one.

The RubberDucks were paced offensively by Alex Call, who went 2-3 with a home run and Andruw Monasterio, who went 2-3 with a double. Richard Palacios also had a double and Tyler Freeman singled and stole a base.

The game went into extra innings tied 2-2, and Nick Mikolajchak struggled for the first time, allowing the inherited runner to score on a pair of hits while only getting one out in the walk-off loss.

Akron had no business losing game two. The RubberDucks jumped all over Binghamton’s starting pitcher for five runs in the first two innings, tacking on an additional two runs on his relief to hold a commanding 7-1 lead after three innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold it.

Eric Mock jumped two levels from Low-A Lynchburg to make a spot start and he was solid, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out a whopping seven batters and walking two in 3.2 innings.

Unfortunately, Andrew Misiaszek was not as impressive in his similar jump from Lynchburg, allowing four runs on five hits in 1.1 innings. Skylar Arias gave up an additional two runs to tie the game at seven and Alex Wisely allowed the walk-off in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Offensively, Freeman was terrific again, going 2-4 with a stolen base, raising his season batting average to a ridiculous .375.

Jose Fermin went 1-2 with a double and a walk. Palacios went 1-3 with a walk and Monasterio had a two-run double.

Lake County Captains 3, West Michigan White Caps 4

Box Score · Captains fall to 11-10

Lake County’s offense continues to struggle a bit as the Captains lost their third straight game, and sixth of their last seven.

The Captains only had three hits, with Aaron Bracho having a double and Gian Gonzalez going 1-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base. Brayan Rocchio also reached base safely twice, going 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Starting pitcher Raymond Burgos struggled, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits in just 2.2 innings while striking out one and walking one. The bullpen was effective at least, as Kevin Coulter, Nick Gallagher and Nic Enright allowed just one earned run the rest of the way with six strikeouts and one walk.

Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 2

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 14-7

The lone bright spot of the day was Lynchburg, and keying the excitement was young shortstop prospect Angel Martinez, who went 2-5 with a double and a home run, which was his second leadoff home runs in as many days.

Micah Pries also had a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a triple, although in another case of potentially bad injury news, he was removed from the game following his triple.

Cody Farhat went 2-3 with a triple and a hit by pitch and Yainer Diaz continues to get on base, going 1-3 with a walk.

Starting pitcher Sergio Morillo was ineffective, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks while striking out five in just 1.2 innings, but he had huge support from the bullpen.

Miguel Vinicio followed Morillo with 4.1 innings of shutout long relief, striking out four and walking two while allowing three hits to earn the win.

Jerson Ramirez was nearly perfect in his 3.0 innings, allowing just one walk and striking out three to pick up the multi-inning save.