Scoreboard

Triple-A – Toledo Mud Hens 8, Columbus Clippers 2
Double-A – Reading Fightin Phils 8, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – Lake County Captains 3, Great Lakes Loons 2
Low-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Daniel Schneemann (Lake County, LF): 2-4, HR, – Shortstop Brayan Rocchio hit the game winning homer for the Captains tonight, but Schneemann’s dinger tied the game in a close one with the Dodgers’ High-A affiliate Great Lakes Loons. The Captains were down 2-0 in the seventh inning, and had trouble getting much going offensively all night. Schneemann erased the lead with a two-run homer to right field off of Loons reliever Jeff Belge. Schneemann was the only Captain with multiple hits on the night, accounting for two of the team’s six hits. The left fielder is now hitting .269/.296/.423 on the season.

BEST OF THE REST

Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 1-2, 2 BB – Jones has notched hits in back-to-back games, which is a good sign for IBI’s #2 prospect. Jones has had a rough introduction to Triple-A pitching to start the season, and stringing some good AB’s together could be just what the young third baseman needs to break out of the slump. Just as encouraging, Jones drew two walks on the evening and did not strike out.

Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, DH): 2-3, R – Zimmer had a double tonight to go along with a single and a run scored. After a slow start to the season, the outfielder has brought his batting average above the Mendoza Line and has a four-game hitting streak going.

Bobby Bradley (Columbus, 1B): 1-3, RBI – Bradley, also off to a slow start, had another hit tonight and a RBI in the team’s losing effort. Unlike Zimmer he has yet to bring his .188 BA above the Mendoza Line, but he is headed in the right direction and batted in his thirteenth run of the season.

Logan Allen (Columbus, SP): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO – Unfortunately, log this as “worst” of the rest, but it is important to note that Allen had his third bad start in a row for Columbus. This time he gave up eight earned runs over five innings pitched. One has to wonder if Allen’s struggles are physical, mental, or a little bit of both at this point.

Tyler Freeman (Akron, 3B): 1-4 – Manning the hot corner tonight, IBI’s #1 prospect notched another hit, and his batting average sits at .348 on the season.

Alex Call (Akron, LF): 2-4, 2 R – Call was one of three RubberDucks to have a multi-hit game, and Call also scored two runs in the team’s losing effort.

Jose Fermin (Akron, SS): 2-3, RBI, BB – The shortstop logged a multi-hit game and was responsible for the first run of the game when he hit a line drive to left field to score teammate Trenton Brooks.

Marcos Gonzalez (Akron, 2B): 2-4, RBI – Gonzalez also had two hits tonight, a single to center field in the fourth, and another single to center in the sixth to score teammate Will Benson.

Logan T. Allen (Lake County, SP): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO – In his third start of the season, Allen was not as dominant as in his first two starts, but he still looked sharp over 5.2 IP. Allen threw his slider for strikes and whiffed seven Loons batters while not walking anyone. His offense could not muster any run support until the seventh inning, but Allen pitched well enough to give his team a chance for the win.

Aaron Bracho (Lake County, 2B): 1-2, 2 BB – Bracho was 1-2 with a single, and also drew two walks without recording a strikeout. In the fifth, he worked a nine-pitch AB before taking first base on balls, showing good patience at the plate while trying to spark something for the Lake County offense.

Bryan Rocchio (Lake County, SS): 1-5, HR, R, RBI – Rocchio was hitless on the night until the top of the ninth, when he hit a home run to left field off of Loons reliever Braidyn Fink, to secure the win 3-2 for the Captains.

Tim Herrin (Lake County, RP): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO – Herrin got the win in relief of Allen, coming on in the sixth inning to pitch 2.1 solid innings of relief.

Daniel Espino (Lynchburg, SP): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO – Espino pitched four innings of no-hit ball, until he seemed to run out of gas in the fifth. He gave up two singles to start the inning and then threw a wild pitch resulting in the first run of the game. After that Espino gave up a walk to load the bases, but managed to get a strikeout and shallow pop-up to left before the call to the bullpen. He threw 74 pitches total, 46 for strikes.

Zach Hart (Lynchburg, RP): 2.1 IP, H, 6 SO – Hart has been a relief ace for the Hillcats this year and has 15 strikeouts in 12.1 innings and has yet to allow a run.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lynchburg, RF): 1-4 – Rodriguez notched one of Lynchburg’s three hits on a night when Myrtle Beach’s pitching mostly stifled the Hillcats.

Alexfrei Planez (Lynchburg, CF): 1-4, R – Planez hit a triple to left field in the bottom of the ninth and then scored on a wild pitch. Alas, it was not enough to spark a comeback for the Hillcats.

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