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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 8, Iowa Cubs 5
Double-A – Altoona Curve 7, Akron RubberDucks 6
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
Low-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 3-5, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI – This is more like what has been expected from Jones, who has tumbled down some prospect lists that have had in-season updates, including Baseball America’s. While this offensive explosion didn’t singlehandedly get him over the Mendoza Line (still hitting only .194), it hopefully represents the start of him finding his groove at the Triple-A level.

George Valera (Lake County, starting LF): 2-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Valera hit the ground running in his first game in 27 following a return from the 7-Day Injured List. Before leaving the game early (almost certainly scheduled in order to ease him back into competitive play), he got hits in both of his plate appearances, including a fifth-inning bomb to center field. The Hype surrounding Valera is very much being backed up by real world production. As long as he can stay healthy…

Brayan Rocchio (Lake County, 2B): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Rocchio dominated TinCap (Padres) pitching on Tuesday night in Fort Wayne. This multi-extra-base hit performance was his second in a row and of the season and extended his on-base streak to nine games. In June, Brayan is slashing .360/.407/.750 with four doubles, two homers, and four RBI in 25 at-bats in six games.

BEST OF THE REST

Oscar Mercado (Columbus, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB – Mercado’s two0-run double in the sixth gave the Clippers the lead for good.

Ernie Clement (Columbus, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 1 SB – Clement has reached base in 14 of 16 games played this season.

Connor Marabell (Columbus, 1B): 3-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 HBP – Marabell has been hot recently, going 5-for-7 in his last two game.

Heath Fillmyer (Columbus, RP): W ((1-1), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – As disastrous as Fillmyer’s Indians org debut was (5 ER on 7 H [including 2 HR] and 2 BB in 3 IP on Friday), his sophomore outing was that dominant.

Justin Garza (Columbus, RP): S (1), 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K – Garza walked the proverbial tightrope to convert his first Triple-A save opportunity (also his first above Single-A).

Tyler Freeman (Akron, SS): 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Through his first 25 games of the season, Freeman is slashing .343/.402/.461 (OPS rounds up to .853) with 14 RBI.

Alex Call (Akron, RF): 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Call continues to rake, with this multi-hit, multi-RBI effort improving his slash line to .319/.379/.527 with 18 RBI, Oh, and five stolen bases in six attempts.

Chris Roller (Akron, LF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – After a rough May (5-for-31 [.161] – all singles, 16 K with no walks), Roller had vastly improved in May, with multiple total bases in three of his four games played this month.

Will Benson (Akron, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – Benson continues to hit the ball hard, but not often. Last night’s triple brings his extra-base hit to single ratio to 9:5. Not surprisingly, his .253 isolated power dwarfs his .187 batting average (His .197 isolated plate discipline is also higher. While he strikes out a lot, he also walks a lot [34:22 K:BB ratio]).

Bryan Lavastida (Lake County, C): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – Lavastida’s three-run homer in the fifth helped propel him to a season-best game that nearly doubled his total bases in 2021 (from 7 to 12).

Daniel Schneemann (Lake County, backup LF): 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Schneemann picked up where Valera left off for his fifth multi-hit game of the season.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County 1B): 3-5, 1 K – Nartqanjo joined in on the offense-fest with a season high three hits to continue a hot streak that has seen him go 6-for-11 in his last three games played.

Nate Ocker (Lake County, RP): H (3), 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K – Ocker extended his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings in four games (including all three of his June outings).

Kevin Kelly (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K – Kelly rebounded from allowing three earned runs in 1,1 innings on Friday with this stellar effort.

Yainer Diaz (Lynchburg, DH): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Diaz was easily the star of the Hillcats offense on Tuesday night.

Alexfri Planez (Lynchburg, CF): 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Planez was pretty much the rest of the Lynchburg offense.

Randy Labaut (Lynchburg, SP): L (2-1), 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed – The fact that this was Labaut’s worst start of the season is a testament to how good he has been this season.

Juan Zapata (Lynchburg, RP): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K – Zapata followed up his stellar season debut in High-A with another solid effort in the lower rung of Single-A ball.

Trey Benton (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Benton has not allowed a run in his last four outings (3.2 innings pitched).

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