Scoreboard

Triple-A: Toledo Mud Hens 12, Columbus Clippers 5
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 13, Reading Fightin Phils 1
High-A: Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
Single-A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

Highlights

Mike Rivera (C, Akron): 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI – The 25-year old catcher was nearly perfect at the plate today, going 4-5 against Reading, knocking in three runs, and scoring two more. Rivera started his day with a single to left field on a ball deflected by Reading SS Arquimedes Gamboa in the bottom of the second. He singled again on a ground ball to left field in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth inning, Rivera doubled on a line drive to center field, knocking in Oscar Gonzalez to give Akron a 5-1 lead. In the seventh Rivera hit his second double of the afternoon, this time to left field, scoring Gonzalez and Josh Rolette. He put Akron up 9-1 over Reading with his fourth hit of the day and the backstop raised his batting average to .278 on the season.

Trenton Brooks (RF, Akron): 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB – It was an offensive extravaganza for the right fielder, as Brooks hit his third home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning with two men on. His homer gave the RubberDucks an early 3-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Brooks later walked in the bottom of the third, singled on a bunt ground ball in the bottom of the fifth inning, and scored on a Will Benson home run after walking again in the bottom of the eighth.

Will Benson (LF, Akron): 1-4, 3 RBI, 2 R – Benson hit a three-run homer to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving him three on the season and his second of the weekend. Benson scored another run in the sixth and also saved a run with his excellent defense in left field. In the top of the first, Reading’s Matt Vierling doubled to Benson. Reading 3B McCarthy Tatum tried to score from first, but Benson fielded the ball and threw it in in to SS Tyler Freeman, who threw McCarthy out at home plate.

Best of the Rest

Connor Marabell (LF, Columbus): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI – Marabell’s first home run of the season was a two-run shot to right-center field off of RP Beau Burrows in the seventh inning. Marabell also hit a line drive single to left field in the top of the third, giving him a nice multi-hit, multi-RBI day. Had Columbus’ bullpen not imploded late, Marabell would have been in the center of a seventh-inning rally that could have been the difference in what ended up being an unfortunate Clippers’ loss.

Andres Gimenez (SS, Columbus): 2-5, 2B, RBI – Cleveland’s former shortstop is settling in at Triple-A, where he can hopefully sort out some things at the plate. Gimenez provided the Clippers’ first RBI in the top of the fifth, when when he doubled to right field to drive in catcher Ryan Lavarnway. This is was Gimenez’s second multi-hit game in a row since joining the Clippers earlier this week.

Daniel Johnson (CF, Columbus): 1-5, HR – Johnson hit his third home run in as many games, and his fourth on the season.

Nolan Jones (3B, Columbus): 1-3, 2B, R – Jones had at least one hit in every game of this series, and topped the week off with a double and run scored in the seventh inning to finish off the week.

Matt Koch (SP, Columbus): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO – Koch got the start for the Clippers in a bullpen day, and pitched three strong innings only giving up one run.

Justin Garza (RP, Columbus): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO – Garza relieved Koch and pitched three scoreless innings. The 27-year old reliever struck out four and did not give up a walk. He and Koch came up big on a day when the Clippers’ needed to rely on its bullpen.

Tyler Freeman (SS, Akron): 1-4, R, 2 RBI – A night after hitting his first home run of the season, IBI’s #1 prospect hit his fourth double of the season on a line drive to center in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Rivera and Jose Fermin.

Richie Palacios (CF, Akron): 2-5, R – Palacios’ bat continues to heat up as the season kicks into high gear. He had a two-hit day and a run scored while manning center field for the RubberDucks.

Oscar Gonzalez (DH, Akron): 3-5, R – The big DH doubled and scored a run on a three-hit day and a big win over Reading to close the series.

Juan Hillman (SP, Akron): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB 2 SO – Topping off a huge day for the RubberDucks was starting pitcher Hillman, who pitched seven strong innings only giving up one run. Although Hillman walked four batters, he worked out of it and notched the win, throwing 86 pitches over seven innings, 51 for strikes.

Will Brennan (CF, Lake County): 2-5, R – Brennan had a multi-hit day for the Captains and is now batting .353 on the season.

Joe Naranjo (1B, Lake County): 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB – The first baseman had a multi-hit, multi-RBI game in a close win for the Captains over the Loons.

Jose Tena (2B, Lake County): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI – Tena’s fourth home run of the season came in the top of the fourth inning to give the Captains a 2-0 lead behind a strong pitching performance by Mason Hickman.

Mason Hickman (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, another really strong outing for Hickman, who struck out seven over five innings pitched and did not give up a run. The 2020 fifth-round draft pick earned his first win of the season, and his ERA now sits at 1.98 with 20 strikeouts over 13.2 IP after three starts.

Yordys Valdes (SS, Lynchburg): 3-4, R – it has been a slow start to the season for Valdes, a 2019 second-round draft pick out of Cuba, by way of McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida. But Valdes had three hits today and scored a run in the Hillcats’ losing effort against the Pelicans to close the series.

Cody Farhat (LF, Lynchburg): 1-4, RBI – With two outs in the fourth inning, Farhat singled on a line drive to center scoring Will Bartlett and closing Myrtle Beach’s lead to 3-2.

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