Scoreboard

Triple-A – Omaha Stormchasers 4, Columbus Clippers 5
Double-A – Altoona Curve 2, Akron RubberDucks 3 (Game 1)
Double-A – Altoona Curve 0, Akron RubberDucks 2 (Game 2)
High-A – Lansing Lugnuts 5, Lake County Captains 3
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Salem Red Sox 4
ACL – Cubs 5, Indians 4 (Completion of July 16th game)
ACL – Indians 17, Cubs 8 (F/7)
DSL – Athletics 5, Indians Blue 5 (S/5)
DSL – Indians Red 3, Cubs Blue 6 (F/5)

Highlights

Will Benson (Akron, CF): 2/3, 2 HR – Benson lead off game two last night with a solo home run to give Akron the early lead. Luckily for the Ducks offense, they didn’t need anymore than that, but Benson provided more despite that with another solo home run to lead off the sixth. He didn’t play in game one.

Juan Hillman (Akron, SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 6 K – Hillman allowed a double and single to start the game, but quickly settled down after the second baserunner was caught stealing. He didn’t allow a run that inning or any other in his complete game, seven inning shut out. His other hits allowed were a single in the second and a single in the sixth, although the runner in the sixth was eliminated by a double play.

Jhonkensy Noel (Lynchburg, 1B): 4/5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, 2B – Noel was retired in his first at bat, but that injustice would not stand. He doubled in the third, singled and scored in the sixth, singled home a run in the seventh and hit a two run home run in the ninth. He now has 10 home runs and is hitting .400 with the Hillcats in 2021. You can’t stop the Jhonk.

Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 3/4, 3 RBI, HR – The Clippers fell behind 1-0 in the first, but Jones’ two run home run in the first flipped that lead to Columbus. His second hit was a single in the sixth, then he hit an RBI single in the eighth to tie the game.

Best of the rest

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 3/4, 2B, R – Brooks scored the Clippers third run in the second when he doubled and came home on a sac fly. His second hit was a single in the seventh, then he had another in the ninth.

Jordan Stephens (Columbus, RP): 3 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 H – Stephens jumped into the Clippers game in relief immediately after Matt Koch gave up the lead on a walk and two home runs. He walked the first hitter, but used a double play to get though the eighth, then was perfect in the ninth and only walked one batter on the way to three scoreless innings and a win.

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C/DH): 2/6, R, 2B – Lavastida was the only Duck to have hits in both games of the double header, starting with a double in fourth in game one. He scored on a Bo Naylor double, then in game two he singled in the first.

George Valera (Lake County, LF): 1/2, HR, 2 RBI – After two hits for the Captains in the first, Valera’s sac fly brought home Lake County’s first run. He added another run in the sixth on a solo home run. This was his 11th of the season third in his last three games.

Tim Herrin (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Herrin entered the game in the sixth and immediately allowed a single, but used a couple fielder’s choices to keep the Lugnuts from scoring. He then threw a perfect seventh and eighth, striking out four along the way.

Junior Sanquintin (ACL Indians, 1B): 3/6, 3 RBI, SB (Game 2) – Most of the action in the seven run third inning was self induced by the Cubs, but Sanquintin had the big hit, bringing home two with a single. He singled again in the fifth, moved up on a HBP and stole third, but was stranded. Sanquintin then knocked in the final run of the six run seventh with a single, pushing Frias across the plate to move the score to 17-8 despite the Indians and Cubs only playing seven innings.

Dayan Frias (ACL Indians, 2B): 3/5, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2B (Game 2) – Frias had the first hit of the game in the first, then moved up two bases on one wild pitch. He then scored the game’s first run (of many) on a Richard Paz single. He then singled again in the second, but was stranded. His final hit was an RBI double in the seventh and scored shortly after on Sanquintin’s double.

Skeiling Rodriguez (ACL Indians, RF): 2/3, HR, 3 R, 2 BB (Game 2) – Rodriguez reached for the first time in the third and would have had an RBI if not for a wild pitch earlier in the at bat. He eventually scored on a Sanquintin single. He then hit a single in the fourth that advanced Jose Pastrano to third and allowed him to score on the following sac fly. Already up 10-8, Rodriguez hit a home run to lead off the sixth and push the score to 11. He then walked and scored one more time in the seventh to cap off his extremely long night.

Robert Lopez (DSL Red, C): 1/3, 3B, R, RBI – Rain ended the Indians Red v Cubs game early yesterday, but Lopez got his hit in before it did. With a runner on third and two outs in the fifth, Lopez hit a triple to right to score Esteban Gonzalez. Simon Rodriguez followed him with a double for team Red’s third and final run.

Miguel Lopez (DSL Blue, 2B): 1/3, HR – The DSL Blue game was also ended early by rain, but will have to be finished later as it was still tied after five. Lopez homered to lead off the second for Blue’s first run, then the next four hitters walked leading to four more runs.

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