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Xzavion Curry and Daniel Espino lead A-ball affiliates to wins

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Cleveland minor league recap for June 17, 2021

Columbus Clippers 10, Toledo Mud Hens 14

Box Score · Clippers fall to 16-21

Scoring 10 runs is supposed to be enough to win a game, but that wasn’t the case for the Clippers on Wednesday afternoon. It was an ugly day for the Columbus pitching staff as journeyman starter Kevin Herget allowed eight runs (six earned) in four innings and every reliever allowed at least two runs except Anthony Gose, who was the only pitcher to keep Toledo off the board.

Offensively, the Clippers were led by Andres Gimenez and Oscar Mercado, who both had two hits, with both hits being a home run and a double.

In his return to Columbus, Owen Miller went 2-for-5. Daniel Johnson went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk, Gabriel Arias went 2-for-3 with a walk, Nolan Jones didn’t have a hit but walked three times and Conner Marabell went 2-for-4.

Akron RubberDucks 0, Bowie BaySox 1

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 21-15

The RubberDucks had more baserunners than Bowie, but they were killed by having two runners caught stealing and grounding into a double play.

Richard Palacios and Oscar Gonzalez both stayed hot, going 2-for-4 with a double apiece, while Tyler Freeman also reached base safely twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Shane McCarthy was the tough-luck loser, allowing one run in three innings. Dakody Clemmer, Jake Miednik, and Juan Mota combined to toss five innings of scoreless relief.

Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan WhiteCaps 2

Box Score · Captains improve to 20-18

Down 2-0, Lake County rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to pull off a comeback victory.

Jose Tena had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double that tied the game. Joe Naranjo only had one hit, but it was a big one, a two-run single to give the Captains the lead.

Bryan Lavastida and Austen Wade both had a single and a walk, with Lavastida stealing his seventh base of the season. Raynel Delgado also had a double.

Xzavion Curry continued to excel on the pitching side of the equation. He had another quality start, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings while striking out six and walking none. One of those runs allowed also, from what I heard, should have been gunned down at the plate but was called safe.

Kevin Kelly struck out the side in the ninth inning to slam the door for his fourth save.

Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Fredericksburg Nationals 3

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 19-17

Alexfri Planez is heating up, and he blasted off for his fourth home run of the season in this game, going 2-for-4 on the day. Let’s just say he liked what he saw when the ball left the bat.

Yordys Valdez went 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, and both Angel Martinez and Yainer Diaz went 2-for-5, with Martinez also hitting a double.

On the pitching side of the equation, Daniel Espino tossed five solid innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out six and walking two.

Liam Jenkins was solid out of the bullpen with two scoreless innings to earn the win, striking out four batters.