Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 3, Indianapolis Indians 10 (Game 1)
Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 2, Indianapolis Indians 5 (Game 2)
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 8, Akron RubberDucks 2 (Game 1)
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 3, Akron RubberDucks 6 (Game 2)
High-A – Dayton Dragons 4, Lake County Captains 8
Low-A – Salem Red Sox 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Alex Call (Akron, RF): 2/3, 2 HR – The RubberDucks offense was essentially nonexistent in game 1 last night with the exception of Call. He actually started off the scoring for the game with a two out, solo homer in the first, but the SeaWolves quickly recovered with three runs over the next two innings. Call tried his best to make up the difference in the bottom of the fourth with another solo home run to lead off the inning, but that would be all the runs for Akron as they were held to just five hits in the blow out loss.

Tanner Burns (Lake County, SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K – The two Cleveland affiliates who didn’t have to play double headers got really strong starts from their starters and Burns was the better of the two. He struck out two in each of the first, second and third innings and allowed just one base runner on a single during that span. He allowed doubles in the fourth and sixth, but didn’t ever give in despite giving up another single after the double in the sixth.

BEST OF THE REST

Jordan Jones (Lynchburg, SP): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K – To keep things a little different, the Hillcats did not play a double header last night and Jones didn’t give up so many runs in the first couple innings that it ended up being a blow out. In fact, quite to the contrary, after he allowed a walk and two singles for a run in the first, he was completely dominant. He allowed another single in the second, but picked off the runner then was perfect in the third and used two strike outs to recover from another single allowed in the fourth. After another perfect inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases in the sixth on an error and two singles, so after 73 pitches, Jones was pulled for Jaime Arias-Bautista who finished the inning with a K.

Bobby Bradley (Columbus, 1B): 3/3, 1 R, 2B (Game 1), 1/4, HR (Game 2) – Game one for the Clippers was really rough last night as they were stomped 10-3 and had just five hits, but Bradley had three of those hits including a double for the only extra base hit and a run scored. While Alex Call’s two homer effort was the best offensive performance by an Indians prospect in one game yesterday, Bradley’s was the best two game performance as he added a solo home run in the second inning of game two to give the Clippers the early lead.

Oscar Mercado (Columbus, CF): 3/4, HR, 2B – Mercado scored a run on a walk in the first game, but his big offensive contribution came in game two. He doubled in the second, but was stranded, then homered in the fifth to bring the game to 5-2 Indians. This would end up being the final score, but Mercado did add another single to lead off the final inning in a last ditch comeback effort.

Will Brennan (Lake County, CF): 2/4, 3 RBI, 2B – Brennan has been a doubles machine so far this year, coming into this game with ten in addition to a five game hitting streak and seven RBI in his last three games. That hot streak continued last night as he hit another double in the third inning against the Dragons with two runs scoring on the hit as well. He added another single in the eighth to knock in one more in a four run inning for Lake County.

Michael Amditis (Lake County, C): 2/4, HR, 2 RBI – Amditis helped the Captains add on with a solo home run in the seventh to push the score to 4-0 (after Brayan Rocchio’s solo shot the previous inning). The next inning would be the biggest for the Captains all night and was a team effort, but again Amditis was involved. Aaron Bracho started it with a single followed by two more from Jose Tena and Joe Naranjo. After a sac fly and an Austen Wade single, Amditis came through with another RBI on a single, then moved to third on Brennan’s RBI single.

Dalbert Siri (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K – After Matt Koch allowed six runs before recording an out in the fourth, Siri came in for early long relief with a runner on first. He used two ground outs including a double play to end the inning, then came out for the fifth. After a lead-off single, he recorded two fly outs before allowing another single. This time, Connor Marabell was able to nab the original runner heading to third to end the inning.

Skylar Arias (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 K, 0 BB – Much like in Columbus’ game one, Akron had one player provide the majority of the offense and only one effective pitcher with Arias being the only one of three pitchers used in the game to not allow a run. He came in for the sixth already down six and struck out two in a perfect inning. He struck out another to start off the seventh, then allowed a two out single, but the runner was cut down at second by Richie Palacios from left field.

Thomas Ponticelli (Akron, SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – After Akron’s first game pitching problems, Ponticelli’s start in game two was just what they needed. While he allowed two hits in the first and third innings, each time his defense helped him out with a runner caught out at home in the first and a double play in the third. He worked around a double in the fourth as well on his way to five shut out innings.

Oscar Gonzalez (Akron, RF): 2/3, HR – After taking an 0/3 in game one, Gonzalez really turned things around in game two as he was a massive part in the RubberDucks win. He singled in the first to put runners on first and third, but was ultimately stranded. Then, in the third he hit his seventh homer of the season to give the Ducks a two run lead. The Ducks added one more in the next inning off singles from Will Benson and Josh Rolette.

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