Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 3, St, Paul Saints 0
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 9, Akron RubberDucks 7
High-A – Lake County Captains 7, Great Lakes Loons 1
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Salem Red Sox 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Roberto Perez (Columbus, starting C): 0-3, 1 K – While not as fruitful as his two-walk rehab debut on Wednesday, the successful completion of a second straight three-plate appearance night, along with a combined full game behind the plate (four innings on Wednesday, five last night) – which, let’s face it, is the real hard part of playing catcher – makes this outing an unqualified success.

Franmil Reyes (Columbus, starting DH): 1-3, 1 RBI – Reyes’ second rehab outing of the series was a success from both a rehabilitation and Clippers team success standpoint. His first-inning fly ball single to right scored SS (and early-season Cleveland teammate) Andres Gimenez for the only run the #ClipShow would need on a dominant night by the Columbus bullpen, which we now turn to…

Ben Krauth (Columbus, SP); ND, 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – The bullpen games that have become an every game occurrence in Cleveland due to the Indians’ literal lack of a starting rotation have made the trip down I-71 to the Corner of Neil and Nationwide. Also, much like many of it’s Northeastern Ohio counterparts, this game turned out far better than one would expect from a bullpen day. In this case, really, really good. Krauth started the mound dominance with three near-perfect frames in his fourth career start in 125 appearances (The other three came in 2017 – two for Lake County and one for Lynchburg).

Dalbert Siri (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 WP – Despite allowing the Saints’ only hit of the game, Siri was nonetheless stellar in his pair of innings on the Huntington Park mound. His performance not only helped the Clippers eat much-needed innings effectively, but also got him out of a personal slump that had seen him allows six earned runs in four innings in his last two outings combined.

Anthony Gose (Columbus, RP): W (3-0), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Gose extended his scoreless (and hitless) streak to five innings in four games with an outing of Olympic (pun intended) proportions that rightly earned him the scorer’s decision of an individual victory.

Logan T. Allen (Lake County, SP): W (4-0), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP – Allen was utterly dominant on Thursday in Midland, Michigan in an outing that improved his K:BB ratio to 58:12 and his K/9 to 11.51. Fun Fact: Allen has recorded 42.6% of his outs this season via strikeout.

Jordan Stephens (Columbus, RP): S (2), 2 IP, perfect, 4 K – Stephens topped Gose by a strikeout to close out the game for his second of both the month and his career.

Will Benson (Akron, DH): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF, 1 HBP – Benson drove in five runs, his most since driving in a career-high eight in his famous four-home run night for the Captains in 2019, in another offensive explosion that saw him involved in six of the RubberDucks’ seven runs. This continues a recent hot streak for Will which has seen him compile eleven total bases in his last three games.

Bryan Lavastida (Lake County, DH): 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 CS – Lavastida played a large role in the Captains’ win last night in his best game at the plate as a professional. Bryan set career highs in runs scored, home runs, and total bases while tying his career high in hits (and setting season and full-season ball highs in said category). He also continued a four-game RBI streak with his stellar night at the dish.

Hosea Nelson (Lynchburg, LF): 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI – Lavastida was not alone in having an unexpectedly big RBI night on Thursday. Nelson more than doubled his season total (now stands at five) by driving in three of thee Hillcats’ five runs last night. And not just any three runs, but the three runs that gave them back the lead in the seventh. He accomplished this feat on a bases-loaded double, his fifth extra-base hit of the campaign (all doubles).

BEST OF THE REST

Daniel Johnson (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Johnson’s solo shot gave the Clippers the first of two fourth-inning insurance runs and extended his on-base streak to ten games (hitting streak now stands at six).

Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 1-3 1 2B, 1 RBI – The final run of the game came two plate appearances later, when Jones’ 15th double of the 2021 campaign (and tenth of June) drove in 2B Owen Miller.

Alex Call (Akron, RF): 1-5 – Call picks up another hit to continue an incredible June during which he has slashed .361/.442/.583 with seven doubles, three homers, and eleven RBI in 20 games.

Oscar Gonzalez (Akron, LF): 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B – Gonzalez’s on-base streak reached double digits with this three-hit evening. Like many other hitters in the system, Gonzalez has been en fuego in June, posting a .998 OPS so far this month.

Angel Lopez (Akron, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Any post-demotion funk Lopez May have been in on Wednesday, he clearly snapped out of it on Thursday with this multi-hit game.

Dakody Clemmer (Akron, RP): 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HBP – Despite a rough fifth inning, Clemmer pitched a solid outing that kept the game close enough for the ‘Ducks offense to stage an (ultimately unsuccessful) comeback.

Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS – Delgado has reached base safely in seven straight games following this multi-hit effort.

Quentin Holmes (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS – Holmes’ OPS continues to march towards 1.000 as it now stands at .982 (.447/.535).

Nate Ocker (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1 HR allowed – Ocker was still impressive despite seeing his shutout streak end at seven games (14.2 innings).

Kevin Kelly (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 HBP – While he did issue his third free pass of the season via his first plunking of the 2021 campaign (and his career), Kelly’s K:BB ratio remains at 32:2! Yes, you read that right. Fun Fact: Kelly has walked only four professional batters in 40.1 innings over two seasons.

Yainer Diaz (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 1 R, 1 K – Diaz extended his hitting streak to eight games with this fourth multi-hit game in a row and sixth in his last seven.

Ike Freeman (Lynchburg, 1B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 E – Freeman has started his 2021 season with a three-game hitting streak.

Cody Farhat (Lynchburg, CF): 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB – Farhat has reached safely in ten straight games, including an eight-game hitting streak. Fun fact: Farhat has extended his hitting streak with exactly one hit in each of his last six games.

Alexfri Planez (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 K, 1 CS – After seeing a a nine-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday, Planez rebounded with his fourth multi-hit game in his last five.

Cade Smith (Lynchburg, RP): W (1-1), 3 IP, perfect, 3 K – Smith hurled three perfect innings to earn his first professional individual victory.

Jerson Ramirez (Lynchburg, RP): S (6), 1 IP, 3 K, 1 HBP – Ramirez came within a hit batter of a perfect ninth for the second time in four games, with those two efforts bookending his only two blown saves of the season.

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