Friday evolved into an eventful night all over the farm system. Espino and Logan T. Allen earn the largest shout-outs, but pitchers excelled at every level last night. This does not mean that every pitcher was good (Brad Peacock will help if we do not already know this) but let us go ahead and break open the minor league fun box.
Columbus Clippers 5, Nashville Sounds 10
Box Score · Clippers fall to 32-42
Brad Peacock pitched two-thirds of an inning. He gave up seven runs.
As I wrote that sentence, our publishing platform crashed because it detected an error. Look, systemconfig, I just tell the people what happened. I can’t fix the past. At least he struck a guy out?
I’m not kidding, it just crashed again. We’re just gonna move on.
[flourish, trumpeted fanfare]
Pushed into a long relief outing, Kyle Dowdy spun four-and-a-third marvelous innings to keep things somewhat close for the Clippers. He allowed one run on one hit thanks to a solo shot. He is putting together a nice season and appears to be improved from his brief stint with the 2019 Rangers.
Gabriel Arias and Wilson Ramos provided the firepower for the five runs; they batted in three and two, respectively. Both homered. Arias now has nine home runs with the Clippers this year. Trenton Brooks walked three times, as well.
Akron RubberDucks 7, Erie Seawolves 4
Box Score · RubberDucks improve to 46-28
Logan Allen #1 continues to dazzle in Akron. He did not earn a win after tossing five innings on one-run baseball. He’s from Altamonte Springs, which is mostly known for a building that will never be finished. Also, you will die at the intersection of 17-92 and 436. It is Florida law.
Anyway, Logan Allen is fantastic. I am not sure that he is ready for a promotion since his BABIP is floating in the .230 range and his hits and HR/9 have floated up slightly. He is an exciting arm but there is truly no rush if we’re being honest - I don’t think this team is going to play October baseball in 2021.
He deserves a Pub Sub either way.
#Indians 22yr old LHP Logan Allen was outstanding tonight for Akron vs Erie only allowing one hit a solo HR while striking out five.— Indians Prospective (@indiansPro) July 31, 2021
Line - 5.0(IP) 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 5SO (72 Pitches 48 Strikes)@_Logan2Allen @AkronRubberDuck #OurCLE pic.twitter.com/0bMAoOIBiI
Get this man a hometown sandwich, stat.
[more trumpeted fanfare, chicken tenders rain from the sky]
Rick Ponticelli came in after Allen to allow three runs in four innings and earn the win. Baseball!
A big shout-out goes to Marcos Gonzalez for his 3-3 night at the plate. He doubled in a run and also scored. Andruw Monasterio and Daniel Schneeman also earned two hits, while Beauregard Von Naylor tallied a hit, walk, and run.
Lake County Captains 8, Dayton Dragons 5
Box Score · Captains improve to 40-36
Daniel Espino pitched four innings and struck out twelve hitters. Yes, twelve. Shall we math?
Indians prospect Daniel Espino recorded 12 outs tonight — all strikeouts pic.twitter.com/qZj08KtHHw— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) July 31, 2021
Nope, referring to a tweet was way easier. Yes, Espino recorded all twelve outs by strikeout. He also allowed three runs but one of those came in the fifth inning after he was pulled, and as per Michael Schur’s guidelines I believe that this should only count as a 1⁄4 of a run under the circumstance. Again, I do not make the rules and we are probably all better off for it.
Who cares — he recorded every out via strikeout. I choose to celebrate this instead.
Tim Herrin and Jerson Ramirez finished up a 4-3-2 pitching rotation with no earned runs. Two scored on Herrin’s watch, but both were unearned. One was technically Espino’s but an error later in the inning caused the other run to also be unearned.
Someone will have to pay for all of these unearned runs eventually. I hope we’re tracking invoices.
Micah Pries is not, as he is too busy destroying anything and everything that comes near the strike zone. He drove in four runs last night and owns an OPS with four digits. George Valera tripled, then walked and scored twice each; Cody Farhat went deep; and Jose Tena tossed two walks onto the pile as well.
Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mudcats 4
Box Score · Hillcats fall to 39-36
Lynchburg carried a two-hit shutout on the backs of Lenny Torres and Zach Hart. They pitched five and three innings each. Torres allowed two hits and a walk; Hart allowed just one walk.
Then, Serafino Brito entered the game for his first appearance at Lynchburg after promotion. How did it go?
[trumpeted fanfare; trumpeter is fired for poor comedic timing]
I don’t think it’s such a bad thing to immediately face your worst nightmare on a new team. It is also worth remembering that Brito is returning from injury and has generally out-performed his pedigree as a 28th-round pick out of Rutgers.
A tough night to blow a save and even tougher to do it with such dramatic flair, but I hope he isn’t too hard on himself. He could use some Ted Lasso lovin’ right about now.
Meanwhile, singles and steals powered the Lynchburg offense. While no Hillcat mashed an extra-base hit, they did combine for five steals on the night. Christian Cairo stole three, one for each time he reached base. I am wondering if the team just had an excellent read on the opposing pitchers; Cairo now has eleven steals on the year. Reasons don’t matter a ton to me here because aggression on the base paths is fun therefore owes us no explanation. Fly, Christian. Fly.
[ethereal guitar] If you’re offering me groundouts and bunts, then I’ve already paid. [/ethereal guitar]