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Cleveland minor league recap for July 21, 2021

Columbus Clippers 7, Iowa Cubs 15

Box Score · Clippers fall to 28-37

Seven runs were not enough for the Columbus Clippers yesterday, as two five-run innings sank them in their first of four games against the Iowa Cubs.

Every Columbus starter had a hit in the loss, led by Nolan Jones’ 2-for-4 game. One of those hits left the field for his sixth homer of the season.

Connor Marabell, Andrés Giménez, Trenton Brooks, and a rehabbing Jordan Luplow also hit home runs.

Power-hitting Oscar González has yet to hit a home run since his promotion to Triple-A on July 6, but he’s had no problem adjusting to pitching yet. He’s currently riding a five-game hitting streak, including a single he hit last night.

Thirty-one-year-old Zack Godley was the sacrificial lamb for the Clippers’ paper-thin rotation, and he went four innings, allowing five earned runs with three strikeouts.

Akron RubberDucks 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels 9

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 38-27

Tyler Freeman is continuing to make noise with prospect evaluators, and he’s backing it up with his play on the field. The young shortstop went 2-for-3 in Akron’s lost last night and he added his 12th double of the season.

All five of Akron’s runs came in the fourth inning when Tyler Freeman doubled, Steven Kwan singled, and Chris Roller and Jose Fermin added hits of their own later on. At that point, the RubberDucks had a 5-1 lead, but it wouldn’t last.

The Flying Squirrels attacked Akron’s bullpen, tagging Thomas Ponticelli and Nic Enright for a combined five earned runs over the next 3.1 innings.

The bullpen meltdown spoiled a solid outing for starter Juan Hillman, who struck out six over four innings and allowed just one earned run off of two hits.

Lake County Captains 7, Great Lakes Loons 5

Box Score · Captains improve to 37-30

If you are not already aware of George Valera, you should get acquainted quickly. He’s likely to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason, and if he keeps hitting like he is, it might not be long before he’s blasting homers at Progressive Field.

Last night, the 20-year-old hit his seventh dinger of the season — he also added his third triple and seventh stolen base of the season for good measure. Will Brennan and Brayan Rocchio each had multi-hit games as well.

Starting pitcher Kevin Coulter struck out five over his four innings of work. Jared Janczak was given the official win, however, despite allowing two in 2.2 innings and walking five of the 13 batters he faced.

Lynchburg Hillcats 10, Delmarva Shorebirds 3

Box Score · Hillcats improve to 32-33

The Lynchburg Hillcats jumped out to an early lead over the Delmarva Shorebirds, thanks to six runs in the second inning and two more in the third. By the time Delmarva finally scored, it was 9-1 and basically a done deal.

Jhonkensy Noel was the offensive headliner for the Hillcats, as he so often is, going 3-for-5 and belting his sixth home run of the year. Although “belting” doesn’t do justice to what he did to this poor ball:

Christian Cairo added three hits as well, plating two runs and scoring twice in the win.

The Hillcats didn’t even need half of the 10 runs they scored thanks to a fantastic outing Jaime Arias-Bautista, and 2.1 shutdown innings from reliever Andrew Misiaszek, who has now struck out 52 batters in 37.2 innings this season. Arias-Bautista struck out a season-high 10 to earn the win and allowed two earned runs over 5.2 innings.

Cleveland ACL Team 7, ACL Angels 0

Box Score · Cleveland ACL Team improves to 9-6

  • Micah Pries: 3-5, HR
  • Jordan Brown: 2-2, 2 BB, HR
  • Remy Artiles: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 SO
  • Tomas Reyes: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 SO

Cleveland DSL Blue 1, DSL Red Sox 0

Box Score · Cleveland DSL Blue improves to 5-2

  • Erick Caripa: 1-3, HR, BB
  • Reyden Hildago: 1-3, BB
  • Miguel Lopez: 1-4, 2 SO
  • Victor Garcia: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 4 SO

Cleveland DSL Red 11, DSL Rays2 7

Box Score · Cleveland DSL Red improves to 5-2

  • Esteban Gonzalez: 3-4
  • Fran Alduey: 2-5, 2B
  • Junior Caminero: 2-5, 2B
  • Robert Lopez: 2-5
  • Yorman Gomez: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 8 SO