Columbus Clippers 9, Indianapolis 4
Box Score · Clippers improve to 27-30
Remember Luis Oviedo?
At one point, he appeared to be one of the more intriguing young arms in the Cleveland system. The Pirates took him in this winter’s Rule 5 Draft, and so despite never playing above A-ball the youngster is battling in Pittsburgh and occasionally Indianapolis (“rehab”) this year.
It isn’t going well.
Last night, Oviedo allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts while failing to escape the second inning. That’s about all Columbus would need to win this one, but I highlight Oviedo’s current situation just to underline the vast difference in how teams manage talent. Pittsburgh put itself in a position where taking a wild flier on a guy who isn’t ready might pay off. It also might not, and we should probably acknowledge that it might destroy this Oviedo’s career.
Trenton Brooks, Yu Chang, and Owen Miller all did work last night.
Nolan Jones baseballed a bit as well; he launched his fifth dinger of the season in the third inning to lead things off. Conner Marabell added two singles and scored once.
On the mound, eternal grinder and cool dude at Speedway Zack Godley held the line for four innings while allowing four runs. Kevin Herget stepped up and pitched the final five in scoreless fashion, striking out five, walking one, and allowing but three hits.
I mean to compliment Godley - dude doesn’t quit. Maybe he should add a forkball for funsies.
Game the First — Akron RubberDucks 2, Altoona Curve 6 (F/7)
Game the Second — Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona Curve 1 (F/7)
The infinite is possible in Akron. The unattainable is unknown in Akron.
Are you Richard Palacios? If so, you went 2-4.
Are you Andruw Monasterio? You are now. Don’t ask. You went 2-4 and drove in a run.
The Juan Hillmans among us went four and third innings while allowing only two runs despite six hits and three walks.
I feel like the box score from here is a little misleading. It is true that Dakody Clemmer didn’t technically earn the runs that scored on his watch; it is also true that the error that saves his ERA happened on the first play of the bottom of the sixth. This feels a bit different than all of the runs happening after a blown third out, doesn’t it?
Stats are misleading, so we should always be teasing apart the threads.
That wraps up Game the First. Game the Second went more swimmingly for the Ducks. Things stayed close until Bo Naylor launched a two-run home run in the sixth to settle the score at 4-1. Will Benson reached and scored in the third after a walk and a Monasterio double.
Thomas Ponticelli pitched six excellent innings for Akron before handing the ball to Nic Enright for the save.
Lake County Captains 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1
Box Score · Captains improve to 32-26
George Valera blasted a two-run shot for his 3rd dinger with the Captains and Jose Tena slapped a double and two singles on the way to victory. Everyone earned a hit but for Bryan Lavastida; he walked and scored, instead. Think smarter?
Tanner Burns led the cavalry charge into the fifth inning and then cut the
lancers bullpen loose. They combined for four and a third innings of relief without allowing a run.
Lynchburg Hillcats 14, Carolina Mudcats 10
It is difficult to recap a game in which each team earned a number of hits exactly equal to their double-digit run totals. Also, eleven runs were scored in the last two innings. Baseball!
We’ll start there — the Hillcats entered the top of the 8th with a 7-6 lead. They added four insurance runs, because why not?
After a quiet bottom half of the eighth, the Hillcats pounced and added three more in the top of the ninth. Try as they might, the Mudcats couldn’t erase a seven-run deficit and were ultimately rooted out of the streambed and eaten alive. Not even cooked.
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