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Oscar Gonzalez and Will Benson shine, but Cleveland full-season affiliates are swept

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Cleveland minor league recap for July 5, 2021

Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 5

Box Score · Clippers fall to 24-29

Columbus looked like it had this game in the bag, but Danny Young allowed two runs as the Mud Hens walked it off in the bottom of the ninth.

Starting pitcher Triston McKenzie pitched well, walking one and striking out seven, while allowing three runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of work.

Offensively, Nolan Jones stayed hot, going 2-4 with a walk, scoring two runs. Jones now has raised his season OPS over .800, almost completely erasing his ugly start to his Triple-A career.

Gavin Collins went 2-3 with a walk, Gabriel Arias went 1-3 with a double, a pair of walks and a stolen base, and Alex Call walked twice.

Akron RubberDucks 4, Bowie Baysox 5

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 31-22

The Oscar Gonzalez show just keeps rolling along. The surging 23-year-old prospect, who saw his 17-game hitting streak come to an end on Saturday, started a new one by going 2-4 with a mammoth 450-foot home run, his 13th of the season.

Gonzalez also walked, which is becoming an increasingly less rare occurrence.

Will Benson had a monster game as well, going 3-4 with a double and a home run. Benson raised his season OPS over .900 with the performance and is really putting it together in his first taste of Double-A.

Richard Palacios also reached base twice, going 1-3 with a walk.

On the pitching side of the equation, Tanner Tully had his best start of the season, allowing one unearned run in 5.0 innings on three hits while striking out seven and walking none.

Unfortunately, the bullpen allowed four runs in the final three innings to give up the lead.

Lake County Captains 0, South Bend Cubs 3

Box Score · Captains fall to 29-25

One mistake costs the Captains a victory on Sunday. Despite outhitting South Bend, one swing gave the Cubs all the runs they would need in a 3-0 victory, hitting a three-run home run in the third inning.

Other than one bad pitch, starting pitcher Mason Hickman was terrific, allowing said three runs in 6.0 innings on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

George Valera was the lone Captain to reach base twice, going 1-3 with a walk.

Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 9

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 26-26

Lynchburg lost a slugfest on Sunday, although it wasn’t due to the effort of Miguel Jerez, who had a monster game, going 3-4 with a double and a home run.

Gabriel Rodriguez also had a strong game, going 2-4 with a double and Johnathan Rodriguez tripled.

Starting pitching prospect Josh Wolf’s inconsistent season continued, as he was rocked for five runs on seven hits in just 2.1 innings. He also walked four and struck out two.