Cleveland minor league affiliates continue to succeed as Akron, Lake County, and Lynchburg all won on Thursday. Every full-season affiliate has a winning record and two are still undefeated.
Columbus Clippers 0, Louisville Bats 9
In his first start since being demoted from the MLB starting rotation, Logan Allen did not perform well. Allen was tattooed for a whopping seven earned runs on six hits with two walks while striking out one in just 1.1 innings. That’s not how you regain your confidence.
Offensively, the Clippers were shut out on just three hits, although two of those hits belonged to Ernie Clement, who hit a double.
The bullpen pitched well, as Kyle Nelson, Kyle Dowdy, Blake Parker, and even position player Angel Lopez-Alvarez combined for 5.1 scoreless innings of relief
Lopez-Alvarez picking up a strikeout as a position player was the lone highlight of this one.
Welp, might as well embrace it...— Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers) May 7, 2021
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New Clippers catcher Angel Lopez makes his Triple-A debut. Probably not the way he expected it, though. @Cut4 pic.twitter.com/1S7UDTl9tX
Akron RubberDucks 9, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2
Jose Fermin continued his strong start to the 2021 season, leading the Rubberducks with three runs batted in, going 2-for-4 with a double. Richard Palacios had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Akron Rubberducks (2B) Richie Palacios with his 1st double of the season. Palacios had two more hits tonight & is now 4-11 (.364 AVG) to start the year.@elite_rich_1 @BallengeeGroup @AkronRubberDuck #Indians #OurCLE pic.twitter.com/hx65BUN1jK— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) May 7, 2021
Mike Rivera went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run. Will Benson reached base three times on two walks and a catcher’s interference, stealing a base and scoring two runs.
Of concern, Steven Kwan went 1-for-1 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored but left the game with an injury after “feeling something” sliding into third on his steal. He’s apparently getting an MRI today. His replacement Alex Call had a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
Tanner Tully was excellent, allowing one run while spreading out five hits in 5.0 innings while striking out five and walking one.
Surging bullpen prospect Nick Mikolajchak dominated, tossing 2.2 perfect innings with five strikeouts in his 2021 debut.
Lake County Captains 7, Lansing Lugnuts 6
Box Score · Captains improve to 2-1
Down 5-2, Lake County showed its resilience by taking the lead with four runs in the seventh inning. Jose Tena, Victor Nova, and Brayan Rocchio all had RBI singles in the rally.
Rocchio finished 2-for-5 with a double, Tena was 3-for-5 with a double and Bryan Lavastida went 2-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base. Raynel Delgado also reached base safely three times, going 1-for-3 with a walk, hit-by-pitch, and a stolen base.
Nate Ocker, subbing in for Alex Royalty on only a few hours’ notice as the starting pitcher, allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings. He walked four and struck out three. Jared Janczak earned the win by allowing one run on four hits in 3.2 innings of long relief.
Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Fredericksburg Nationals 2
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 3-0
After scoring a combined 35 runs in their first two games, Lynchburg had an “off day” by only scoring eight runs on Thursday.
The Hillcats did their damage on just five hits. No one had a multi-hit game, but Will Bartlett had a double and two runs scored while 2019 fourth-round pick Christian Cairo blasted the first home run of his career, a three-run shot in the sixth inning.
Lynchburg Hillcats 19yr old (INF) Christian Cairo unloads on a 3-0 fastball for his 1st HR of 2021! The 3 run HR was also the 1st professional HR for the 2019 4th Round Pick.@chriatiancairo2 @LynHillcats #Indians #OurCLE pic.twitter.com/QQTNAxu056— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) May 7, 2021
Cairo also had a walk and a stolen base. Micah Pries also reached base twice, going 1-3 with a walk. Johnathan Rodriguez was hit by a pitch and also walked.
Jordan Jones, a 2019 16th-round pick, allowed just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings while striking out five and walking two. Randy Labaut earned the win with five strikeouts in 3.0 innings of one-run, one-hit pitching, and Andrew Misiaszek struck out another five batters in 2.0 stellar no-hit innings to slam the door.