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Cody Morris dazzles in Triple-A debut, George Valera homers again

Cleveland Guardians minor league recap for Aug. 9, 2021

Columbus Clippers 4, Omaha Storm Chasers 0

Box Score · Clippers improve to 37-45

The story of this game was the Triple-A debut of Cody Morris, who was sensational. Morris, missed the first half of the year due to injury, tossed 4.0 shutout innings on one hit while striking out eight and walking just one.

Logan S. Allen followed Morris with the best pitching performance he's had all season as well, throwing 5.0 shutout innings on three hits with six strikeouts to pick up the win.

Offensively, Oscar Gonzalez and Alex Call both went 2-4 with a double. Daniel Johnson also homered.

Akron RubberDucks 8, Altoona Curve 9 F/10)

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 51-32

A furious eighth inning rally by Akron tied the game, but the RubberDucks fell short in extra innings on Sunday.

Akron was led offensively by Steven Kwan, who went 3-4 with a double and a walk. Bryan Lavastida remains scorching at the plate, going 3-5 with a double and Bo Naylor went 2-5 with a double.

The big hit in the eighth inning was a 3-run double by Will Benson.

Starting pitcher Adam Scott was terrific, striking out 10 batters in just 4.2 innings pitched. Reliever Manuel Alvarez struggled, allowing four runs in just 0.1 inning pitched.

Lake County Captains 4, Lansing Lugnuts 12

Box Score · Captains fall to 44-40

The good news is George Valera homered. The bad news is Lake County’s pitching was awful both starting and out of the bullpen.

Valera went 1-4 with a two-run blast and a walk. His OPS has risen to .932 on the season.

Micah Pries also homered, going 2-5 with a solo shot and a stolen base.

Jose Tena went 2-5 with a double and Raynel Delgado went 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

Starting pitcher Mason Hickman was tagged for five runs on five hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out seven and walked three. The bullpen gave up an additional seven runs over the final four innings.

Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Salem Red Sox 5

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 42-41

Trailing 4-1, Lynchburg rallied to tie the game with three runs in the top of the eighth inning, but the bullpen allowed one more run to cross the board.

Korey Holland went 2-for-4 and Miguel Cairo had a pair of walks as the only other Hillcat to reach base twice.

Starting pitcher Josh Wolf allowed one run on two hits in 2.0 innings while striking out three and walking none. Zach Hart gave up an additional two runs in 4.0 innings of long relief while striking out four

All short season teams had the day off.