Columbus Clippers 6, Memphis Redbirds 5 (F/10)
Box Score · Clippers improve to 47-53
Oscar Gonzalez’s hitting streak may have ended over the weekend, but he bounced right back with a home run in Sunday’s extra-inning win.
Oscar Gonzalez (@OscalluisG) 14-game hitting streak ended yesterday, but he started a new one today with his affiliate leading 23rd HR of the season & 10th with the @CLBClippers.#OurCLE #Futures pic.twitter.com/1Q2ePIqxJe— CLE Futures (@CleFutures) August 29, 2021
Zach Collins had a big day at the plate, going 2-4 with a two-run home run and a stolen base, while Connor Marabell went 2-4 with a double.
In a bullpen game, Anthony Gose pitched two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts and Roger Broom closed out the game in the bottom of the 10th by keeping Memphis off the board despite the inherited runner on second base.
On a much more negative note, former top prospect Nolan Jones, who has been scorching hot the past week, was injured in the 10th inning while sliding into second base.
Oh, man. Looks like Indians prospect Nolan Jones really hurt himself on this slide into 2nd. Trainer is out pic.twitter.com/DJ9wycOzSr— Kyle Reis (@kyler416) August 29, 2021
The extent of the injury is undetermined at this time, but it appears to be a lower leg injury. More updates will come as they are available.
Akron RubberDucks 4, Somerset Patriots 7
Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 61-38
Juan Hillman pitched good enough to win, but Akron was surprisingly hurt by its most reliable bullpen arm in this one as Nick Mikolajchak surrendered four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Dominant all season, Mikolajchak walked a batter and surrendered three home runs while just getting two outs in the eighth inning.
Hillman had been his usual dependable self, allowing three runs (all solo homers) on six hits in 5.0 innings.
Akron scored all four of its runs in the first inning. Steven Kwan went 2-4 with a double, George Valera and Chris Roller both went 2-4 and Will Brennan went 2-5. Bo Naylor went 1-3 with a walk and two runs batted in.
Lake County Captains 2, Great Lakes Loons 10
Box Score · Captains fall to 54-48
A rehabbing Harold Ramirez tried to carry the load, going 3-4 with a home run, but it wasn’t enough for Lake County on Sunday.
Micah Pries was the only other Captain to reach base twice, going 1-3 with a home run and a walk.
Starting pitcher Mason Hickman struck out nine batters and walked none in 5.0 innings, but he allowed seven runs (three earned) on nine hits as well.
Lynchburg Hillcats 15, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 0
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 50-52
Lynchburg took out some frustration on Kannapolis on Sunday.
Starting pitcher Josh Wolf, perhaps angered by his prospect status being nuked in MLBPipeline’s midseason update, had his best performance of the season.
Wolf struck out nine batters in 4.0 scoreless innings, including whiffing six batters in a row at one point. He also walked two and allowed two hits.
Dominant performance by @LynHillcats starter Josh Wolf (@JoshWolf30) today at Kannapolis:— CLE Futures (@CleFutures) August 29, 2021
4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K - 68 pitches - 42 strikes#OurCLE #Futures pic.twitter.com/7mwqHsJFLT
All in all, Lynchburg pitchers combined to strike out 20 batters in the game. Relievers Zach Hart and Alec Wisely struck out four each in their 2.0 innings apiece, then Cade Smith slammed the door by striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Offensively, Alexfri Planez had a monster game, going 3-5 with a home run. Recently promoted 19-year-old international outfield prospect was even better, going 4-4 with FOUR doubles and two walks, perfect in his six plate appearances.
How about a 4-4 day with 4 doubles and 2 walks?— Indians Baseball Insider (@Official_IBI) August 29, 2021
That was Jorge Burgos' day at the plate for @LynHillcats in their big win. pic.twitter.com/iJ91IrQ2I0
Another Cleveland outfield prospect Petey Halpin had a big day, going 2-4 with a double and two walks. Catcher Andres Melendez went 3-5 with a double and a walk while another recently-promoted prospect, Milan Tolentino, went 2-5 with a double and three runs batted in.