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Cleveland minor league recap for July 16, 2021

Columbus Clippers 5, St. Paul Saints 3

Box Score · Clippers fall to 28-34

Every single Columbus starter earned a hit but homers by Ryan Lavarnway and Connor Carabell did the damage in last night’s game. Owen Miller and Wilson Ramos each earned two hits and an RBI apiece.

Logan Allen The Elder tossed five solid innings, allowing three runs and striking out the same. Kevin Herget — who has tasted Triple-A every year since 2016 without yet punching a ticket to The Show — pitched like an Ace for the final four innings. He struck out seven and allowed one hit. Since joining Cleveland’s system his strikeouts are up and he is inducing weaker contact than in previous years. Players also consistently spray the ball all over the field against him with a slight preference toward the opposite field. It is intriguing,

Also, he was a late-round college pitcher when drafted and he still doesn’t walk many people. We shall see.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Harrisburg Senators 10

Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 37-25

Every RubberDucks pitcher had a tough night on the mound so I won’t hammer them. Suffice it to say that Adam Scott and Zach Draper needed a combined 89 pitches to complete four and one-third innings, and things got slightly less bad from there, though not quite better. This will happen from time to time.

Richard Palacios played left field because he is athletic and coordinated enough to do so and positional flexibility is the new market inefficiency. He committed an error, to which I say, “Great — I hope they look at the film and talk about it. He’s got a lot of time to make more mistakes and continue to learn.”

This also happened because Tyler Freeman, Andruw Monasterio, and Daniel Schneemann are all having excellent seasons, or are Tyler Freeman (He may start to have excellent one soon now that he is healthy). There is limited space on the dirt right now.

Akron is where my focus is going to be the rest of the season because win or lose this is a fascinating roster.

Lake County Captains 13, Lansing Lugnuts 9

Box Score · Captains improve to 35-29

Whoever put on the Rally Cap last night is on-call for the rest of the season, okay?

Lake County trailed 7-1 entering the top of the seventh inning. In the final three innings, they scored six, two, and four runs, respectively.

Frequent readers and listeners will not be surprised to hear that Bryan Lavastida went 1-3 with two walks. They might not know as much about Cody Farhat, who made his debut at Lake County last night after earning a promotion. He celebrated by going 3-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Nice.

Tanner Burns continues to be effective; three runs in three innings is tough but when it happens due to three hits and two walks there is some luck at play.

Jared Janczak is the pitcher who really went through it last night — he retired only two batters but allowed two hits, two walks, and one run... along with three unearned runs due to infield errors.

But hey! They rallied and won! Fundamentals can another few hours.

Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Fredericksburg Nationals 2

Box Score · Hillcats thirty-one to 31-31

Yainer Diaz is, like, the third or fourth-best catcher in the system right now and he is hitting .320/.363/.803 in his first year of full-season Single-A. He would be promoted right now if playing time could be had further up the ladder. Alas.

Last night he singled in two and scored to provide three insurance runs in the seventh inning. Thanks, Yainer: Thainer.

Anyway, the rest of the roster scattered hits around effectively enough to provide the other three courtesy of RBI from Christian Cairo, Yordys Valdez, and Johnathan Rodriguez.

Lenny Torres continued his journey back into the belly of the baseball beast after injuries plagued him and plague...plagued us all? This is his first season of ball since 2018 and so far I am not at all discouraged by what he has shown. Some guys just don’t come back at all after three years off; some of them do but never quite reappear. We shall see. As of now the BABIP against him appears high, but he is not allowing dingers. He just needs to get his walks under control.

So do I, but that’s between me and the dog.

Have you ever held an opponent’s wife’s hand in a jar of acid at a party?