Scoreboard Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians 5, Columbus Clippers 3Double-A: Erie SeaWolves 7, Akron RubberDucks 2High-A: Dayton Dragons 10, Lake County Captains 9Low-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Salem Red Sox 5 Highlights Alexfri […]
Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians 5, Columbus Clippers 3
Double-A: Erie SeaWolves 7, Akron RubberDucks 2
High-A: Dayton Dragons 10, Lake County Captains 9
Low-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Salem Red Sox 5
Alexfri Planez (CF, Lynchburg): 2-4, GS, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R – Planez has gotten off to a slow start this season, but he broke out in a major way tonight. After hitting a grand slam over the center field wall in the fourth inning, he hit another home run in the sixth inning to cap off a five RBI evening.
Xzavion Curry (SP, Lynchburg): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO – Curry has arguably been the most impressive pitcher in Cleveland’s system so far this season, and he had another impressive performance tonight. Curry earned the win and threw 64 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
Will Brennan (CF, Lake County): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R – Brennan hit a two-run homer in the third inning to cut the Dragons’ 4-0 lead in half. He later singled in the seventh and drove in another run. Brennan is hitting .321 after an impressive first month of the season.
Tyler Freeman (SS, Akron): 2-5 – Freeman just keeps hitting for the RubberDucks. After tonight he is hitting .372, he as an OPS of .932, and his hitting streak is at nine games.
Oscar Mercado (CF, Columbus): 2-4, HR, 2B – Mercado has been struggling mightily at the plate so far this season. But he opened the Clippers’ series against Indianapolis in a promising way, with a home run in the fifth, followed by a double in the seventh. After barely hitting in a series sweep by the Nashville Sounds, Mercado’s performance was a welcome sight.
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Kevin Herget (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO – Herget gave the Clippers a much needed strong start tonight, going six innings without giving up an earned run (two unearned runs did score due to fielding errors). The Clippers needed this after the team’s pitching staff struggled last week against the Nashville Sounds.
Ernie Clement (LF, Columbus): 1-4 – Clement was out of the lineup for several weeks with an apparent leg injury. He returned to Columbus’ lineup briefly before getting called up to Cleveland as reinforcement during a weekend of doubleheaders. Back in the Clippers’ lineup to open the series in Indianapolis, Clement picked up where he left off with a single to center field in the first inning. Clement did commit a throwing error in left field, but he continues to show his versatility playing in the infield and outfield.
Andres Gimenez (SS, Columbus): 2-4 – Book another multi-hit game for Gimenez, his fifth since joining the Clippers on May 21.
Bobby Bradley (1B, Columbus): 1-4, HR – Bradley followed up Sunday’s game, when he was tossed for mouthing off to the umpire after a strikeout, with his eighth home run of the season.
Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 2-4, 3B – The talented but struggling catcher showed life tonight with a triple to right field in the bottom of the second inning and a single to right in the sixth.
Richie Palacios (DH, Akron): 1-4, R – Palacios doubled on a line drive to center field in the third inning, for his seventh two-bagger of the season. After an injury sidelined him in 2019 and no season in 2020, Palacios is hitting an impressive .288 in his first stint in Double-A.
Alex Call (CF, Akron): 3-4, RBI – The centerfielder is putting together a nice start to the season. He went 3-4 tonight with his seventh double of the season, two singles and a RBI. He is quietly hitting .312 for the RubberDucks.
Quentin Holmes (RF, Lake County): 1-1, R – In his first at-bat since May 6, Holmes singled and scored a run.
Brayan Rocchio (SS, Lake County): 2-5, 2 R, RBI – Rocchio had a RBI double in the seventh inning to close Dayton’s lead over the Captains to 7-6.
Aaron Bracho (2B, Lake County): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – Bracho followed Rocchio’s double with a home run to give the Captains an 8-7 lead. Alas, Bracho’s heroics would not be enough as the Captains would give the game back to the Dragons by giving up a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to lose 10-9 in a close one.
Nathan Ocker (RP, Lake County): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO – Ocker relieved a struggling Hunter Gaddis and pitched 2.2 hitless innings for the Captains and keep them within striking distance of the Dragons.
Cody Farhat (LF, Lynchburg): 1-2, 3B, R, BB – Farhat hit his second triple of the season tonight, on a fly ball to center field.
Yainer Diaz (C, Lynchburg): 2-4, R – The backstop continues his impressive early season at the plate with a two-hit performance, raising his average to .338.
Angel Martinez (2B, Lynchburg): 2-5, HR – The 19-year old infielder had two hits tonight, including his third home run of the season.