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Richard Palacios tallies first 5-hit game as RubberDucks thrash Senators

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Cleveland minor league recap for July 15, 2021

Columbus Clippers 8, St. Paul Saints 9

Box Score · Clippers fall to 27-33

The offense was terrific for Columbus on Wednesday, but the pitching? Not so much.

Gabriel Arias led the way for the Clippers, going 3-5 at the dish including clubbing his seventh home run of the season. He also stole a base.

Tyler Krieger and Yu Chang also homered. It was the second game in a row Chang has hit a home run.

Nolan Jones went 1-4 with a walk, Alex Call went 1-3 and was hit by a pitch and Ryan Lavarnway doubled and walked.

Starting pitcher Kirk McCarty allowed four runs in 4.0 innings on six hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks apiece.

Every reliever gave up at least two runs except a rehabbing Cam Hill, who tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

Akron RubberDucks 11, Harrisburg Senators 2

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 36-24

Several RubberDucks had monster games on Wednesday, but none were better than Richard Palacios, who went 5-5 at the plate with two doubles and a stolen base. He was personally responsible for over half of Akron’s 11 runs, knocking in three and scoring three.

In his first game back from participating in the Futures Game, Bo Naylor went 2-5 and clubbed his third home run of the season.

Jonathan Engelmann went 3-5 with a pair of doubles and Ike Freeman also went 3-5. Andruw Monasterio went 2-5 and Steven Kwan went 1-4 with a walk.

Starting pitcher Cody Morris was terrific, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings on two hits with six strikeouts and no walks. It’s nice to have him back from the injury that cost him his first two months of the season.

Skylar Arias, Kyle Marman and Zach Draper added 4.0 innings of perfect relief with four additional strikeouts, with Arias picking up the win.

Lake County Captains 17, Lansing Lugnuts 10

Box Score · Captains improve to 34-28

It would probably be easier finding out who didn’t have a monster game yesterday for Lake County (Quentin Holmes, who went 1-7), as Lake County scored 17 runs on 19 hits, walked eight times and were hit by seven pitches.

George “bat flip” Valera went 2-7 and smashed an opposite field home run.

Aaron Bracho also clubbed a home run, going 2-4 with a dong and a pair of walks.

Brayan Rocchio reached base a whopping six times in seven plate appearances, going 3-4 with a walk and two hit by pitches. Jose Tena went 3-6 and was hit by a pitch. Victor Nova went 3-6 with a double and a walk. Joe Naranjo, one of the youngest players at High-A, went 3-6 with a double, a triple, a walk and five runs batted in. Clark Scolamiero went 0-2, but walked three times and was hit by a pitch and Joe Donovan went 2-3 and was hit by three pitches (ouch!).

Lost in all the offense was starting pitcher Xzavion Curry, who was fantastic. Curry allowed one run on four hits in 6.0 innings while striking out six and walking one. He’s showing no signs of being intimidated by High-A batters since his promotion a couple weeks ago from Low-A. The bullpen gave up nine runs in three innings, but thankfully they had a 16-run cushion.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Fredericksburg Nationals 6 (F/10)

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 30-30

Angel Martinez continues to raise his stock in the Cleveland system (and in all of minor league baseball). The young shortstop went 4-5 with a stolen base yesterday to pace Lynchburg.

No one else even reached base safely twice, but Wilfri Peralta did blast a three-run home run, and Cody Farhat, Alexfri Planez and Petey Halpin doubled.

The game was tied at 5 heading to extra innings, where Fredericksburg scored one run in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the 10th, Martinez hit a game-tying single with two outs, then Farhat doubled him home for the walk-off win.

Starting pitcher Brauny Munoz pitched his best game of the season, allowing one run on three hits in 5.0 innings while striking out two and walking none. Alex Wisely earned the win, allowing one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts and no walks in 2.0 innings to close out the game.

Cleveland’s ACL and DSL squads all had the day off Wednesday.