Scoreboard

Triple-A – Nashville Sounds 6, Columbus Clippers 4
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 6, Erie SeaWolves 0
High-A – Dayton Dragons 4, Lake County Captains 1
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Carolina Mudcats 2
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Indians 4, Arizona Complex League Dodgers 0
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Indians Blue at Dominican Summer League Royals Blue (RAINED OUT)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Indians Red 9, Dominican Summer League Royals White 0

HIGHLIGHTS

Andres Gimenez (Columbus, SS): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Gimenez’s second three-hit game in as many nights came with a pair of doubles, his first extra-base hits in six days.

Nolan Jones (Columbus, RF): 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Jones, who played his 19th game of the season in RF (compared to 44 at 3B), drove in half of the Clipper runs for his second multi-RBI game in his last four (3 RBI on Sunday vs. the Iowa Cubs).

Will Benson (Akron, CF): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 K – Normally, a golden sombrero doesn’t merit ATF inclusion, but it does when the guy had five plate appearances and the other one was a solo home run than resulted in his 34th RBI of the season.

Andruw Monasterio (Akron, SS-3B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – The good news for Erie SeaWolves fans/Tigers prospect aficionados:  The Erie staff held the RubberDucks to six hits.  The bad news (good for Indians/’Ducks fans):  Five of them were home runs.Monasterio’s third-inning solo shot increased his RBI total to 37 for the season.  The other three home-run hitters and their new Double-A RBI totals:  LF Steven Kwan (16), 1B Jonathan Englemann (12), and C Mike Rivera (15).

OLYMPICS

Ryan Lavarnway (Israel, C): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – The Clipper backstop was the offensive hero of Israel’s Olympic baseball debut, a 6-5 ten-inning loss to South Korea (also , the strangest boxscore formatting I’ve ever seen).

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Akron, DH): 0-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 HBP – Palacios scored the only non-HR run of the game and got his Double-A stolen base total up to ten in last pre call-up game before heading to Nashville to join the Clippers (likely later today).

Tanner Tully (Akron, SP): W (5-3), 6 IP, 7 H, 6 K, 1 WP – Tully shut the SeaWolf offense down for two-thirds of the game to continue a July during which he has allowed only three earned runs in 27 innings (1.00 ERA) and struck out 32 compared to only three walks.

Angel Martinez (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Martinez has been on a hot streak his last three games, going 6-for-12 with two doubles and a triple.

Yainer Diaz (Lynchburg, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Diaz’s two-run double in the third continued a four-game RBI streak (and three game multi-RBI streak) during which he has driven in ten runs.  It also brought his season total to 50 RBI.

Jhonkensy Noel (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K – Noel singled later in the frame to drive in the go-ahead and eventual winning run.  He is also on an RBI streak (four in three games) and has driven in eleven in his last nine games when an earlier three-game streak (seven RBI) is factored in.

Micael Ramirez (ACL, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Ramirez has played 16 games this season and still has his season-opening on-base streak intact.  He has also swung a hot bat in recent games, extending a streak of two-hit games to five on Thursday.  During this streak he is 10-for-23 (.435) with four doubles.

Skeiling Rodriguez (ACL, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Sky-Rod equaled his number of base hits from his first eight games of the season (and bettered it when you account for a triple being better than a double) in last night’s game.

Elmson Candelario (ACL, SP): W (1-0), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – Candelario not only pitched long enough to be eligible for the individual victory as a starter, hard enough to do in complex ball, but he did so in 106 degree heat.  Unfortunately, we cannot tell how efficient he was in achieving this as pitch counts are not publicly tracked in the complex leagues.

Jhoan Gomez (DSL Red, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 K  – Gomez has followed up an 0-for-4 start to his professional career with a four-game hit streak during which he is 7-for-16 with a pair of triples.

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