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Jose Fermin (Akron, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI – Fermin is off to a hot start to his Double-A career. In only his second game in the high-minors, he recorded this multi-hit, three-RBI masterpiece. He also has a double in each of his first two games for the RubberDucks. It’s early, but he certainly looks like he belongs at this level right now.
Tanner Tully (Akron, SP): W (1-0), 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed – Tully came within one bad pitch of throwing five scoreless frames in his return to competitive baseball following the lost 2020 season. Hopefully, this is the start of a stellar season for Tanner.
THE BEST OF THE REST
Ernie Clement (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 E – Clement;s two-hit leadoff effort was the offensive highlight of a dismal Thursday for the #ClipShow.
Kyle Nelson (Columbus, RP): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K – Nelson had a solid outing in his Triple-A season debut after returning from the Indians’ taxi squad during the recent road trip. In a sign of how unusual the start to this season has been, this was not his 2021competitive debut as he has already pitched for the Big Club twice this season ( a walk and two strikeouts in a pair of no-hit innings).
Blake Parker (RP, Columbus): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – While it wasn’t an immaculate inning, Parker remains perfect through his first two frames of the 2021 campaign.
Alex Call (Akron, backup CF): 1-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 SB – Call’s leadoff triple in the sixth was his first hot of the season.
Richard Palacios (Akron, DH): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Surprisingly, Palacios was the only RubberDuck other than Fermin to have multiple hits last night.
Trenton Brooks (Akron, 1B): 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 2 HBP – This is one of the most unusual ways I’ve seen a hitter have three productive plate appearances in a game.
Will Benson (Akron, RF): 0-1, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Benson scoring two runs in a game is not surprising. Doing it thanks to plate discipline is.
Mike Rivera (Akron, starting C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Rivera hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the fifth for his first Double-A hit.
Nick Mikolajchak (Akron, RP): 2.2 IP, 5 K – Five of eight outs via strikeout is a good way to start a season.
Brayan Rocchio (Lake County, 3B): 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 S – While Rocchio doubled, his single was the crucial hit as it drove in the go-ahead run to cap a four-run seventh-inning comeback.
Bryan Lavastida (Lake County, DH): 2-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Lavastida tripled his total of times on base this season by reaching four times on Thursday.
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Tena started the scoring in the aforementioned rally with a single.
Jared Janczak (Lake County, RP): W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 Balk – Janczak’s solid late-inning relief in his non-complex debut allowed the Captains’ comeback to hold up. Even the balk had mitigating circumstances attached to it (he got startled by a player yelling that a ball was loose on the warning track).
Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Bartlett was the only Hillcat to score multiple runs on Thursday night. He also has an extra-base hit in each of his first two non-complex games (ninth-round pick in 2019).
Christian Cairo (Lynchburg, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Cairo’s three-run homer in the sixth put the game out of the Nationals’ reach. The 2019 4th-rounder also had the Hillcats’ only stolen base of the night. (For those wondering about the lack of multi-hit performances from this game, the Hillcats scored their eight runs on only five hits, all from different players).
Jordan Jones (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP – The 16th rounder from the 2019 draft was impressive in his non-complex debut.
Randy Labaut (Lynchburg, RP): W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K – Another non-complex debut for a 2019 pick (35th round – Remember the third day of the draft? That was fun – seriously, I lived for that day), another five punchouts.
Andrew Misiaszek (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 5 K – Another five-strikeout effort from a 2019 selection (32nd round), this time in only two innings. In his case, it was a full-season debut, but not a non-complex one as he made nine relief appearances for the 2019 Mahoning Valley Scrappers.