Scoreboard Triple-A: Omaha Storm Chasers 5, Columbus Clippers 4 Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 0, Erie Seawolves 4 High-A: Fort Wayne TinCaps 3, Lake County Captains 5 Low-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Salem […]
Logan T. Allen (Lake County, SP): Stop if you’ve heard this before, but Logan Allen pitched five shut out innings for the Captains. After the second start to begin his career, Allen now has ten scoreless innings and 15 strike outs. He wasn’t quite as efficient last night as in his debut, however, allowing five hits and two walks compared to one and one last time around, but this was still extremely impressive. Since the Captains maintained the lead after the fifth, Allen is now 2-0 in his young career.
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): The Captains offense was very well rounded last night against the TinCaps with five single runs scored in different innings and four different players with the RBI. Tena stuck out, however, as the universal spark plug to get things going. He singled to lead off the game, then stole third and scored on a sac fly. He then hit a solo home run in third off former teammate Matt Waldron. Two innings later, he singled again, moved up on an error by Waldron and scored on a Brayan Lavastida single, giving him three of the five Captains runs scored.
The Entire Lynchburg Hillcats Roster: We can talk about some individual Hillcats later on, but the entire team deserves recognition for their amazing start to the 2021 season. Eight games in, they are 8-0 with 83 runs scored and 17 runs allowed. Hitters have combined for 27 doubles and pitchers have combined for an absolutely ridiculous 92 strike outs.
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Daniel Espino (Lynchburg, SP): It may not be as flashy as consecutive scoreless outings to begin a career, but Espino made huge strides over his last game with a five inning, one run appearance against the Red Sox. This comes after allowing three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings in his 2021 debut. While he did flirt with danger, allowing six hits and two walks, Espino was able to escape major damage with the only run coming on a bases loaded single in the third. He was aided greatly by his five strike outs and a pick off from catcher Andres Melendez in the first.
Bobby Bradley (Columbus, 1B): Bradley hasn’t seen a game in the big leagues since 2019 and many have been calling for his bat in Cleveland this year, but overall he has struggled over his first week in his third season in AAA, batting .087/.222/.217. He came out of that a bit last night against the Storm Chasers, however, with two hits including his second home run of the season (in the third off Scott Blewett). He was also responsible for knocking in three of the four Clippers runs thanks to a first inning sacrifice fly and Ernie Clement scoring on his seventh inning single.
Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, 1B): Jhonkensy Noel only had one hit tonight, so offensive performer of the game for the Hillcats goes to Bartlett, who singled in the fourth as part of the first five batters of the inning reaching during a five run rally and singled and scored a second time in the eighth. Andres Melendez, Alexfri Planez and Gabriel Rodriguez also deserve credit for the three Lynchburg extra base hits.
Tyler Freeman (Akron, SS): It was a rough one last night for the RubberDucks offense, but they did finally manage a base runner thanks to Tyler Freeman’s seventh inning lead off single. He was immediately eliminated from the bases, however, on a Richie Palacios line drive double play. Josh Rolette added a ninth inning single that also didn’t lead to a score.
Akron Bullpen: Despite a rough start to the game from Juan Hillman and no run support, Aaron Pinto, Juan Mota and Jake Miednik combined for 3.2 scoreless innings, two hits, one walk and eight strike outs.