Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 8, Iowa Cubs 4
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 13, Altoona Curve 14
High-A – Lake County Captains 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2
Low-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 0, Lynchburg Hillcats 0 PPD (2 IP)
Richie Palacios (Akron, 2B): 4/6, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 SB, RBI – Palacios has been pretty consistent this year with a current 20 game on base streak and five game hitting streak, but this was his best yet. He singled, stole second and scored on an error in the first, then doubled home Tyler Freeman in the second, stole third and scored again on another error. With his third at bat in as many innings, he hit a two out double in the third, but was stranded at second. He didn’t get to bat in the fourth or fifth, but doubled as soon as he returned to the plate in the sixth, then scored again on an Alex Call double.
Xzavion Curry (Lake County, SP): 5 IP, 0 R, 7 K, 2 H, 2 BB – After a great start with the Hillcats, Curry continued his solid rookie season with a five inning shut out in his Captains debut. He worked around doubles in the second and third as well as two walks and two wild pitches, but didn’t allow a run before he was pulled after 91 pitches.
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Daniel Espino (Lynchburg, SP): 2 IP, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB, 2 H – Lynchburg’s game may not have counted last night as they played just two innings, but that shouldn’t discount Espino’s performance over those two innings. He allowed a single in the first, but struck out batters for all three outs to finish the inning clean. He walked one and gave up another single in the second, but used a caught stealing and another strike out to keep the game scoreless. After the Hillcats hit in the bottom half, rain caused a lengthy delay and Espino’s night was over. The game will restart tonight at 5 PM followed by the originally scheduled game.
Quentin Holmes (Lake County, CF): 4/4, 2 RBI – The Captains barely eked out a one run win last night and, in addition to the starting pitcher Curry, they had two hitters to thank. First was Holmes, who singled in the first (but was picked off), third, fifth and seventh. Holmes’ fifth inning single scored Michael Amditits from second to give Lake County a two run lead, although again Holmes was out on the bases. In the seventh, his two out single scored Daniel Schneemann from second with what would ultimately be the game winning run. This time, Holmes advanced to second safely, but was stranded there. Since he only had one hit, I’ll mention the other hitter worth thanking last night as Aaron Bracho’s solo home run in the second gave the Captains their original lead and provided the margin of victory.
Chris Roller (Akron, DH): 3/6, 4 RBI, 2B – Whenever a team scores more than ten runs you’re going to have multiple offensive stars and Roller comes in a distant second to Palacios. He singled in the first for one RBI, then doubled in the second for two more. His third hit was another RBI single in the seventh that scored Oscar Gonzalez, who also had three hits.
Alex Call (Akron, CF): 3/4, 2 BB, 2B, 4 R, RBI – Much like Palacios and Roller, Call had a crazy night for the Ducks on Wednesday. He singled and scored in the first, walked, stole a base and scored in the second, doubled in a run and scored in the sixth, then walked and scored in the seventh. Ultimately, all this wasn’t enough, however, as the Ducks fell 14-13. There is a reason no Akron pitchers are featured today.
Oscar Mercado (Columbus, CF): 2/5, 4 RBI, HR, 2B – After the first two Clippers reached in the third, Mercado came through with a three run homer to give Columbus a lead they would keep throughout the night. His second hit was an eighth inning double that scored Gavin Collins and advanced Connor Marabell, who would later score.
Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 1/4, 3 RBI, HR, BB – Following Mercado’s third inning homer, Ernie Clement doubled and Daniel Johnson singled. Arias followed them with the second three run shot of the inning to push Columbus’ lead to 6-0.
Kirk McCarty (Columbus, SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K – McCarty’s final line doesn’t look great, but his start was. Over the first four innings, he allowed five baserunners but didn’t allow a run. In the fifth, things got messy as he allowed three of the first four hitters to reach before Michael Hermosillo hit a grand slam. That would be the last of the scoring for the Cubs, however, as McCarty pitched a perfect sixth and Robert Broom and Kyle Dowdy finished the game without further damage.