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Daniel Espino strikes out career-high 13 batters in Lynchburg loss

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Cleveland minor league recap for July 1, 2021

Columbus Clippers 2, Toledo Mud Hens 5

Box Score · Clippers fall to 23-26

Alex Call was not intimidated in his first taste of Triple-A after earning a promotion. Leading off for the Clippers, Call went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two runs batted in.

No other Clippers had a multi-hit game, but Nolan Jones went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, while Andrés Giménez went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base. Conner Marabell also doubled.

Recently-signed veteran Brad Peacock allowed one run on four hits in 1.2 innings in his Clippers debut. The bullpen was not effective, allowing four more runs to cross the plate over the next 3.1 innings, although DJ Johnson and Danny Young finished strong with three scoreless innings of relief.

Akron RubberDucks 2, Bowie Baysox 0

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 28-21

Facing one of the best offenses in Double-A, Akron brought its A-game on Wednesday. Zach Draper pitched 4.2 shutout innings on five hits while striking out six and walking two.

In his second appearance since being promoted, Nic Enright remained one of the best surprises in the Cleveland organization this year, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings of relief on one hit with five strikeouts and no walks.

Nick Mikolajchak closed things out with two scoreless innings of relief while striking out four to slam the door for his sixth save.

Offensively, Akron scored a run on a solo shot by a rehabbing Franmil Reyes, which is a great sign.

José Fermín went 2-for-3 and Oscar Gonzalez moved his hitting streak to 13 games with a late single.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 8 Game 1
Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 Game 2

Game 1 Box Score · Game 2 Box Score · Hillcats fall to 25-24

Daniel Espino was the story of game one. The top Cleveland pitching prospect whiffed a career-high 13 batters in 5.1 innings but was the victim of some poor luck. Espino allowed seven baserunners with five hits and two walks, and six of them came around to score.

Offensively, Gabriel Rodríguez had a monster game, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double. Angel Martinez also played well, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Johnathan Rodriguez also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, while Ike Freeman went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.

After racking up 12 hits in game one, the Lynchburg offense was shut out on just two hits in game two. Cleveland 2020 third-round pick Petey Halpin went 0-for-4 in his pro debut, but reached on an error and stole third base while leading off. Yainer Diaz also kept his hit streak alive, collecting a single.


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