Columbus Clippers 3, Nashville Sounds 4
Box Score · Clippers fall to 31-40
The Columbus Clippers fell to Nashville’s only professional baseball team thanks to a bullpen collapse in the seventh inning. That collapse came courtesy of Scott Moss, who allowed three earned runs in 1.2 innings. It was Moss’s first game action since he was sidelined on June 11 with a neck injury.
Eli Morgan held the Sounds to one run over five innings with six strikeouts and three walks. He probably won’t be in Triple-A long, but is just visiting while the major-league team has a bunch of off days and didn’t need all five starting pitchers.
Gabriel Arias led the way offensively with three hits, but Oscar González wasn’t far behind, going 2-for-4 and hitting his second Triple-A home run.
Akron RubberDucks 5, Erie SeaWolves 3
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 44-27
The most noteworthy thing from the Akron RubberDucks’ 5-3 win over the Erie SeaWolves was that Tyler Freeman was a late scratch. This time of year, that can mean any number of things, but most likely the ‘Ducks were just being cautious with Freeman, who recently returned from a shoulder injury.
As for the game itself, Steven Kwan and Richie Palacios led with two hits apiece in the win. Those two, along with Will Benson, each hit homers as well. Benson’s in particular was an absolute bomb and propelled him to double-digit homers.
Bo Naylor was hitless but drew two walks in his four plate appearances.
Cody Morris provided an excellent 3.2 innings of work, with six strikeouts and three walks. He hasn’t worked deep into games, but he’s had no problem racking up strikeouts. In his four Double-A starts this season, he has a 34.4% strikeout rate and he may be working in a new pitch.
Looks like a new pitch for Cody Morris..— Indians Baseball Insider (@Official_IBI) July 28, 2021
He gets Spencer Torkelson swinging on what looks like an 84 mph slider, and then Dillon Dingler with a 90 cutter upstairs.
A few pitchers in CLE's org have been working on a slider-cutter combo. pic.twitter.com/i9dXrqSoqV
Lake County Captains 7, Dayton Dragons 4
Box Score · Captains improve to 39-34
Sound the panic alarm: George Valera went hitless. OK, it’s not actually anything to panic about, but it’s not often the young outfielder goes hitless or doesn’t do something noteworthy. Last night was one such game as he drew a walk and struck out in a quiet night for Lake County Captains.
Joe Naranjo led with two hits and had the only Captains homer on in the win. Brayan Rocchio and Raynel Delgado each had doubles.
Kevin Coulter held the Dragons to one run over five innings, his only blemish being a home run being a solo home run in the first.
Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Carolina Mudcats 8
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 37-35
The Lynchburg Hillcats went big in their 11-8 win over the Carolina Mudcats. They finished with 11 hits, eight of which went for extra bases.
Jhonkensy Noel continues to obliterate baseballs, and now he has his first triple of the season to go along with eight home runs and an absurd .365/.392/.698 against unsuspecting Low-A pitchers.
Yainer Diaz and Angel Martinez each had three hits on the day, as the former added his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning and the latter finished just shy of a cycle.
As a team, the Hillcats left just two runners on base and were 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Not to be outdone by all the offense, Jaime Arias-Bautista fanned nine batters in his five innings of work. The 22-year-old has struck out 19 batters over his last two starts (10.2 innings).
ACL Guardians 7, ACL Brewers Blue 5
Box Score · ACL Guardians improve to 13-6
- Jeferson Quero: 3-4, HR
- Jheremy Vargas: 2-4, BB, 2 SO
- Erys Bautista: 2-5, SO
- Samuel Dario: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
- Junior Montero: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 SO
DSL Guardians Blue 6, DSL Dodgers Bautista 2
Box Score · DSL Guardians Blue improve to 8-3
- Javier Armas: 2-3, HR
- Derlin Figueroa: 1-4, SO
- Bladimir De La Rosa: 1-4
- Dailoui Abad: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
- Fran Castro: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
DSL Guardians Red 7, DSL Dodgers Shoemaker 11
Box Score · DSL Guardians Red fall to 5-6
- Fran Alduey: 1-5, BB, 3 SO
- Esteban Gonzalez: 2-4, BB
- Maikol Flores: 2-5, SO
- Oscar Cedeno: 2-5, SO
- Yorman Gomez: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
- Adauri Vicente: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO