Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 7, Bowie Baysox 1
High-A: South Bend Cubs 5, Lake County Captains 3
Single-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 0
Rookie League: AC: Dodgers 4, ACL Indians 3

Highlights

Owen Miller (3B, Columbus): 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI – Miller hasn’t quite hit the ground running since coming back to Columbus after his first major league stint, but in this contest, Miller had a vintage Miller night with three hits in the Clippers win.

Kirk McCarty (SP, Columbus): 7IP, 4H, ER, 2BB, 6K – Easily McCarty’s best start this year. He had a start where he threw six shutout innings but he struck out just three. In this contest, seven innings in the win ties a season high and striking out six batters in the process made it even better.

Bryan Lavastida (DH, Lake County): 3-4, 3R, 2B – Lavastida had a stellar June with an .880 OPS and is off to a strong start in July. Lavastida’s stock should be going well up right now with the 22 year old’s bat playing well in High-A and his defense taking steps forward in terms of blocking, framing and game calling, though he was the DH tonight.

Tanner Burns (SP, Lake County): 6.1IP, 4H, 5R (3ER), 2BB, 8K – Burns gave up a few extra base hits in the first inning but finished it with a pair of strikeouts swinging. Seven of his eight strikeouts were of the swinging variety. A walk caused issues for him in the fifth but this was a strong outing for Burns nonetheless.

Luis Durango (CF, ACL Indians): 2-4, HR – The 18 year old outfielder that missed 2019 with Tommy John is known more for his speed but hit his first professional homer in this one.

Best of the rest

Gabriel Arias (SS, Columbus): 2-4, RBI, R – Arias had a strong June and continues to hit the ball well in July. There’s probably no room for him at the Inn in Cleveland, but Arias, while skipping Double-A at age 21, has begun to look the part offensively that Cleveland thought he could when they traded for him from San Diego.

Trenton Brooks (1B, Columbus): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI – Things continue to look good for Trenton Brooks offensively. It’s still hard to fully know what Brooks has going on at the plate, but like we keep saying, it’s hard to ignore what he’s doing.

Daniel Schneemann (SS, Akron): 2-4, 2B, RBI – Schneemann has gotten off to a good start at Akron and has been working to create additional bat speed and it has paid off so far.

Oscar Gonzalez (LF, Akron): 1-5, 2 R, RBI – He. Just. Doesn’t. Stop. Every time I doubt Oscar Gonzalez, he hits. This is now a 16 game hit streak. He’s making me look bad, and I’m OK with it. I guess soon I will have to wonder just how wrong I was about Obi-Gonobi.

Will Benson (RF, Akron): 2-5, 3K -Usually Benson can be it or miss, hot and cold, or whatever analogy you want to use. But tonight he had a pair of singles and three strikeouts. It’s good he can be more than a three true outcomes hitter had three strikeouts in this one.

Mike Rivera (C, Akron): 0-3, BB, RBI – Back in Akron after a short stint in Triple-A, Rivera had a walk off sac fly to lead the RubberDucks to the win.

Jose Fermin (3B, Akron): 1-3, BB, 3B, RBI – Fermin had the game tying RBI triple in this one and shockingly was on base two more times because that’s what Fermin does.

Richie Palacios (2B, Akron); 1-5, 3B, 2 RBI – Tied at 2-2 in the 6th, Palacios tripled in a pair of runs to put Akron ahead 4-2 for a short lived lead. Palacios has seen more time back at second base with Steven Kwan back in the OF.

Jose Tena (SS, Lake County): 3-4 – Just three singles but Tena singled to the opposite field and up the middle as he continues to use the whole field to rack up hits.

Will Brennan (CF, Lake County): 2-5 – Brennan has kind of cooled after a hot start to the season back in May but continues to find ways to keep collecting hits.

Yainer Diaz (DH, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2B – Diaz had the only extra base hit and two hit night for the recently offensively challenged Hillcats.

Jordan Brown (DH, ACL Indians): 1-4, 2 RBI – Brown was drafted as an infielder but has moved to the outfield a bit so far in the ACL season but drove in two runs in the loss.

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