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Zach Plesac hits mid-90s in rehab start with Akron

Cleveland minor league recap for June 30, 2021

Columbus Clippers 3, Toledo Mud Hens 7

Box Score · Clippers fall to 23-25

Despite the loss, things could have got a lot worse for Triston McKenzie. He still stuck out five of the 18 batters he faced and threw 70 pitches before being pulled to allow Cam Hill to start the fifth. He finished with three earned runs off two homers, but only one walk.

Unfortunately, Hill suffered a similar fate in his outing — he allowed three runs in just 0.2 innings with no strikeouts and a pair of walks. One more run from Dalbert Siri later and the Clippers were in a deep hole by the middle innings.

Nolan Jones provided the offense a boost in the top of the sixth with a two-RBI triple, but it was too little too late.

Andrés Giménez had the only multi-hit day, adding his first Triple-A triple. Owen Miller went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He’s had a hit in five of his last six games.

Akron RubberDucks 1, Bowie Baysox 6 (F/7)

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 27-21

The Akron RubberDucks struggled to get this game even played with the rain threatening and pushing the start time back to 9 p.m. ET. They eventually got going, but the offense didn’t.

The good news is that Zach Plesac made a rehab start: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 32 P. Obviously not an ideal line, but as long as he was able to remove his jersey without injury after the game it’s a win in my book. He was also hitting 96 mph consistently.

(As an aside, these may be the least-tight pants I’ve ever seen Plesac wear. Thus concludes my #analysis of his rehab outing in Akron)

The bottom of Akron’s order provided the only firepower on the evening as Andruw Monasterio and José Fermín added two hits apiece from the seventh and eighth spots in the order, respectively. Oscar Gonzalez — who is starting to turn heads with his .972 OPS and improved plate discipline — added his 11th double of the season.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 13

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 25-22

This one was over before the middle of the first.

Starting pitcher Brauny Munoz allowed a whopping seven earned runs and only recorded two outs before being pulled for Alex Wisely, who didn’t fare much better in the first inning. He allowed three earned runs before finally getting the final out and settling down to pitch a clean three innings after. But by that time, Lynchburg was already down, 10-0, and they sleepwalked through the rest of the game.

Reliever Andrew Misiaszek added two more strikeouts. His 12.97 K/9 is third among Cleveland minor-leaguers with at least 10 innings pitched this season.

The Hillcats offense struck out a combined 14 times, including four from Alexfri Planez and three from Korey Holland.

The Lake County Captains game was rained out and will be made up at a later date.