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Cleveland Guardians minor league recap for Sept. 17, 2021

Columbus Clippers 6, Toledo Mud Hens 5

Box Score · Clippers improve to 54-62

Columbus rallied from a 5-4 deficit thanks to an RBI error off the bat of Gabriel Arias and a clutch go-ahead single by Daniel Johnson. The two prospects logged three hits each, with Arias earning two singles and a double and Johnson logging a single, double, and home run.

Heath Fillmyer cruised through five innings allowing one run off one hit and three walks. Four runs came across on Jordan Stephen’s ledger, though only one of those is earned. Cam Hill, James Karinchak, and Anthony Gose closed the game out.

I will point out that this trio of arms would be a major league quality back end (assuming Karinchak figures out his command issues).

Akron RubberDucks 0, Somerset Patriots 2

Box Score · RubberDucks fall to 71-46

Akron lost a pitching duel last night. Connor Pilkington tossed five excellent innings, striking out nine and allowing two runs. Jake Miednik carved up Somerset hitters for three shutout innings, and Nic Enright struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

Unfortunately, Hayden Wesneski pitched a sensational game. I know he’s not “our guy” but seven shutout innings, eight strikeouts, three hits, and no walks? Yes. I am giving you a Full Throat Shoutout Mr. Wesneski.

Now — never do that to Akron again, buddy.

Lake County Captains 3, Beloit Snappers 8

Box Score · Captains fall to 60-52

I’ve always wanted to steal this, so here goes: Last night the Captains died with their boots.

Three errors turned into four runs and put a rally out of reach. Joe Naranjo, Johnathan Rodriguez, and Raynel Delgado earned the errors. It is worth pointing out that this was Delgado’s 18th error in 98 games. Going strictly by fielding percentages I wonder if he is destined to move to second base. I am not sure if .848 is going to cut it at the hot corner beyond High-A.

Micah Pries doubled and drove in a run. Johnathan Rodriguez drove in two of his own.

Hunter Gaddis suffered.

Erick Mock, splendid member of the Carnegie Cupboard, pitched a scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 10.20.

You read it right. Baseball is hard.

Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Fredericksburg Nationals 5

Box Score · Hillcats fall to 58-59

Alexfri Planez poked three singles and scored a run to lead the Hillcats in the loss. Jorge Burgos and Petey Halpin also earned hits, and Milan Tolentino grounded out for an RBI.

Hitters remained plenty patient and drew five walks but the payoff never quite came.

SP Jordan Jones just got absolutely shelled in three and two-thirds innings. Eight hits, five earned runs, three walks, two strikeouts. The 2019 16th-round pick looked sharp in 14 games last season; in 20 starts at Lynchburg this year he’s remained decently effective despite the emergence of command issues.

Meanwhile, Will Dion has yet to allow a run in his first season of professional baseball. Last night was his first appearance at Lynchburg after promotion from rookie ball. He tossed three scoreless innings.

In twelve total innings this season he has struck out 21, walked five, and allowed one hit.

One.

Keep an eye on Will Dion.


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