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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Toledo Mud Hens 9, Columbus Clippers 5
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Reading Fightin Phils 3
High-A – Great Lakes Loons 5, Lake County Captains 3
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Owen Miller (Columbus, SS): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 HBP – Miller continues to dominate in Triple-A. His slash line now stands at .455/.508/.691 with eight extra base hits (5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR) and nine RBI in 14 games. With the Indians returning home to start a series against the Minnesota Twins tonight, there is speculation that his call-up might be imminent.

Andruw Monasterio (Akron, SS): 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K – While Monasterio’s feast-or-famine start to the season has trended towards the latter, the feasts have been absolute banquets. All six of his hits this season have come in two three-hit games (the other was last Friday in Erie). In those games, he is 6-for-9 with three runs, two doubles, 3 RBI, and one strikeout. In his other five appearances, he is 0-for-15 with two runs, one RBI, two walks, six strikeouts, and one sacrifice fly.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lynchburg, SS): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB – Rodriguez came within a homer of the cycle and stole his first base of the season on Thursday night. Hopefully, he can put the three-game, 0-for-11 slump he broke with this effort behind him and continue to rake.

BEST OF THE REST

Ryan Lavarnway (Columbus, C): 2-5 ,1 K – The veteran backstop continues to rake. this two-hit Thursday brings his OPS to 1.034.

Blake Parker (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Parker’s season stat line speaks for itself: 7 GP, 6.2 IP, 2 H, 9:3 K:BB ratio. Hopefully, the rest of his season can be as impressive as his May has been so far.

Angel Lopez Alvarez (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 HBP – POSITION. PLAYER. PITCHING.

Trenton Brooks (Akron, RF) :0-1, 1 4 BB – Brooks equaled his walk total from his first eleven games of the season on a night that saw him ride the plate discipline express all the way to a game-high four total bases.

Alex Royalty (Akron, SP): W (1-0), 6 IP< 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 2 K – Royalty rebounded from allowing three earned runs in five innings last Friday with his longest and best outing of the season and his first individual victory in the high minors.

Aaron Pinto (Akron, RP): S (1), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K – Pinto also threw his longest outing of the season to keep the RubberDucks in the lead after Dakody Clemmer failed to get an out (second rough outing in a row for him after three solid efforts to start the season), converting his first save opportunity of the 2021 campaign.

Will Brennan (Lake County, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – Brenan continues to quietly produce at the plate. He has hits in eleven of the twelve games he has played this season and reached via a walk in the other. The result is a .937 OPS.

Daniel Schneemann (Lake County, DH): 1-4, 1 3B, 1 K – Schneemann has eight total bases in the last 48 hours after averaging only one per game through his first six contests (all six of those coming in a trio of consecutive two-base games).

Gianpaul Gonzalez (Lake County, C): 2-4, 1 R, 2 K – Gonzalez’s first multi-hit performance of the season (to be fair, it was only his third game) was also the Captains’ only one of the night on Thursday.

Victor Nova (Lake County, LF): 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Nova has scored three runs in his last five games despite going hitless during that stretch.

Nate Ocker (Lake County, RP): 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed – Ocker finished the evening on the mound for the Eastlake nine admirably after starter Raymond Burgos struggled in his second start of the season (4 IP, 6 H, 4 R [3 ER], 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 BK). Ocker’s three-earned run season debut seems to have been the outlier as the homer he allowed last night is the only run he has allowed since in nine innings of four-hit baseball with a 12:2 K:BB ratio.

Angel Martinez (Lynchburg , 2B): 2-3, 2 RBI – Martinez drove in the go-ahead, and ultimately winning, run on a single in the fifth and tacked on an insurance run with another in the seventh.

Jordan Jones (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed – Jones rebounded nicely from allowing six runs while not getting out of the first in his last start.

Miguel Vinicio (Lynchburg, RP): W (2-0), 4 IP, perfect, 5 K – Not only did Vinicio post his first scoreless outing of the season, he took it to another level and hurled four perfect frames.

Jerson Ramirez (Lynchburg, RP): S (1), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – A walk on Tuesday is the only blemish on Ramirez’s seven innings of ten-strikeout baseball this season.

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