Scoreboard

Triple-A – St. Paul Saints 6, Columbus Clippers 7
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 2, Akron RubberDucks 4 (Gm 1)
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 4, Akron RubberDucks 6 (Gm 2)
High-A – Lake County Captains 7, Great Lakes Loons 1
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Salem Red Sox 4

Highlights

Daniel Espino (Lynchburg, SP): 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 8 K – Coming off his second bad start of the season, Espino was back to his elite form last night with five shut out innings against Salem. He walked one, but struck out two to follow in the first, then repeated this precisely in the second. He only struck out one batter in each of the third and fourth innings, but allowed just one more base runner on a double in the fourth. He walked one more in the fifth, but called back to his first two innings with two more K’s to follow to finish up his night.

Xzavion Curry (Lake County, SP): 4 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K – Curry also had a great start for the Captains last night and had plenty of offense to back him up. After the Captains got off to an early 3-0 lead, Curry struck out two in a perfect first to keep things rolling. He allowed individual singles in the second and third, but kept the Loons off the board while Lake County scored four more. He would allow a walk and a double in the fourth, but struck out batters for all three outs including the final two of the inning to maintain the shut out.

Best of the rest

Andres Gimenez (Columbus, DH): 3/4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R – The Clippers eked out a one-run lead last night and Gimenez was instrumental in the victory. He scored their first run of the night in the first after a single, scoring on an Owen Miller hit. One inning later he added another run when he walked and scored on a Daniel Johnson single. Finally hitting with men on, Gimenez came up again in the third and doubled home Trenton Brooks and Connor Marabell to give Columbus a 7-1 lead. The Clippers wouldn’t score again and the lead slowly unraveled, but they managed to hold on to the one-run victory.

Andres Melendes (Lynchburg, C): 2/2, 3 BB, R, 3B – Melendes reached five times last night, starting with a walk in the second that advanced Ike Freeman before he scored the first run of the game. He walked again in the fourth, then tripled and scored in the seventh. He then singled in the eighth and walked in the tenth for a truly impressive on base performance.

Juan Mota (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, S – Taking advantage of the shortened seven inning game due to the double header, the RubberDucks needed just two pitchers to win game one. After Tanner Tully allowed two runs over five innings, Mota came in for the sixth and struck out two in a perfect inning. The Ducks added another run in the bottom half to give Mota a two run lead, but he didn’t need the insurance as he struck out the side for the save in the seventh, getting the last two hitters on seven total pitches. He now has 34 strike outs in 18.2 innings with Akron.

Oscar Gonzalez (Akron, RF): 2/3, 3 RBI, 2B, HR (Game 2) – After taking the first game, Akron quickly fell behind 2-0 in the first, but Will Benson and Richie Palacios doubles lead to an early tie. Gonzalez followed with a double, but the bases had already been emptied. In the fifth, Benson and Palacios stayed on base for Gonzalez who brought them all home with a three-run homer. This shot would make up the difference as the Ducks held on to beat the Wolves 6-4 in seven innings.

Triston McKenzie (Columbus, SP): 4 IP, 1 UE Run, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K – McKenzie has struggled with his command all season and this game was no different, but for the second start in a row for Columbus, he allowed just one run (this time it was unearned) and had a solid outing. He allowed two walks and a single in the first, but didn’t give up a run thanks to a double play and added another walk in a scoreless second. His only run scored in the third thanks to a Nolan Jones error before a single and a double. He allowed his final walk and single in a scoreless fourth before being pulled at 75 pitches.

Alex Call (Akron, RF): 3/3, 2B, R (Game 1) – The Ducks didn’t have a ton of offense in the first game, but Call certainly did his best. He singled in the first to put two on, but was stranded. He singled again in the third and scored the second run of the inning on a Andruw Monasterio single. He then doubled in his third and final at bat to lead off the fifth, but ended up stranded at third.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2/4, 3 RBI, HR – The Clippers got off to a hot start last night, largely due to the big bat of Naranjo. Will Brennan and George Valera reached early, then Naranjo brought them all home with a three run homer. Naranjo’s second hit was an uneventful fifth inning single.

Daniel Schneemann (Lake County, LF): 2/3, 4 RBI, HR, 2 SB, BB – Following Naranjo’s lead, Schneemann walked and stole a base in the second, but was unable to score. In the third, Jose Tena, Valera and Raynel Delgado all reached before Schneemann went deep with the Captains second home run, this one a grand slam. Schneemann’s second hit was a sixth-inning single that he followed with his second steal of the night.

2 Comments »

  1. McKenzie with 4 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings. Not what we were hoping for. His next start will be against the Tigers. The Detroit Tigers.

    Espino and Curry look like the next wave of starters for the Indians along with Hentges and Mejia.

    Alex Call is hitting .329/.926 at AA but he’ll be 27 in September. Is he a prospect? Can he have a Casey Blake type career (late bloomer)?

    • On your second point, they’re essentially the wave after those two but are advancing quickly.
      On the last, the Sox gave up on him years ago, but he has some talent for sure. He still projects as a bench bat or AAAA guy and not really a prospect.

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