Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2 (Game 1)
Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 4, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (Game 2)
Double-A: Reading Fightin Phils 7, Akron RubberDucks 4 (Game 1)
High-A: West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Lake County Captains 0 (Game 1)
High-A: Lake County Captains 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 3 (Game 2)
Low-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Delmarva Shorebirds 1
Arizona Rookie League: Cleveland ACL 7, Cincinnatti ACL 5
Dominican Rookie League: Blue 6, Red 0

Highlights

Daniel Espino (SP, Lake County): 5IP, H, ER, BB, 11K, HR – Espino allowed one hit, a homer, and then walked another. Then he proceeded to strike out 11 of the 15 batters he retired in this outing. Business as usual, which is pretty impressive. Amazingly, he took the ‘L’.

Cody Morris (SP, Columbus): 4IP, 2BB, 5K – Morris fired four perfect innings in game one of the Clippers doubleheader, topping out at 98. Cleveland is clearly being careful with his innings here because he came into the season late after an injury, but it wouldn’t be a major shock to see him in Cleveland sometime this year.

Julian Escobedo (DH, Lake County): 3-7, 2 2B, RBI – For the second straight day, Lake County won a game on a walk-off. Escobedo delivered in game two with a walk-off double.

Oscar Gonzalez (RF, Columbus): 2-3, HR, RBI – Gonzalez has had a bit of a slower start in Columbus but he’s adjusted better as of late, quicker than he did when he made the jump to Akron a few years ago.

Steven Kwan (CF/LF, Akron): 2-5, HR – Kwan hit his sixth home run of the year, after coming into the season with just three career homers in two years.

Victor Planchart (C, ACL Cleveland): 1-4, HR, Planchart hit a walk-off two run homer in the10th to bring this one home.

Best of the rest

Hunter Gaddis (SP, Lake County): 6IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, 7K – Occasionally, Gaddis will follow up a good start with a rough one, but the Georgia native has put up back to back solid starts here.

Jorge Burgos (DH, ACL): 2-3, 2BB – THe 19-year-old left handed hitting outfielder was on base five times and has an OBP of nearly .500 now.

Alexfri Planez (CF, Lynchburg): 1-3, HR – Planez can’t seem to find a ton of consistency, but the power shows and when he hits homers, they’re fun and exciting ones.

Raynel Delgado (3B/2B, Lake County): 2-7, 2B, HR, RBI – Delgado has taken some good swings and hit the ball hard lately, and he’s starting to show more flashes of a solid hitter Cleveland liked in the draft.

Tanner Tully (SP, Akron): 6IP, 3H, BB – A solid if not spectacular outing in game two that allowed the RubberDucks to walk away with a split and a 1-0 win.

Richie Palacios (2B/CF, Columbus): 2-5, 2 2B – Palacios led off and played center in game one and played second in game two and came through with doubles in both.

Juan Zapata (SP, Lynchburg): 6IP, 4H, ER, 3BB, K – Nice solid outing for Zapata and his sinking fastball that induced 10 groundballs.

Nick Mikolajchak (RP, Akron: 1IP, H, 2BB – Mikolajchak was able to nail down the one-run game with a pair of strikeouts for his seventh save.

Cade Smith (RP, Lynchburg): 3IP, H,4 K – Excellent effort for the undrafted free agent in 2020 with a three inning, old school save.

Peyton Battenfield (SP, Akron): 4IP, 3H, 2ER, BB, 3K – Cleveland only had Battenfield throw 59 pitches in this one. He didn’t miss as many bats as his debut but was still solid regardless.

Johnathan Rodriguez (RF, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2B – Rodriguez pushed his OPS over .800 with this multi-hit effort.

Tyler Krieger (2B, Columbus): 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI – Once a promising middle infield prospect who had labrum surgery, Krieger is likely playing for his next team right now for next year. His double was the difference-maker in game 1.

Ryan Lavarnway (DH, Columbus): 1-2, HR, RBI, BB – Back from the Olympics, Lavarnway is back in the lineup working between Gavin Collins and Mike Rivera for reps.

Heath Fillmyer (SP, Columbus): 6IP, 4H, ER, BB, 8K – A season-high in strikeouts for Fillmyer for a solid effort in game two.

Marcos Gonzalez (1B, Akron): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI – The 2016 international signee has gotten lost in the shuffle with injuries but after two years off for the most part, Gonzalez has had a solid season with over an .750 OPS.

Bryan Lavastida (C/DH, Akron): 1-5, 2 BB – Three times on base for the backstop who is getting acclimated with Double-A quite well.

Miguel Lopez (3B, Blue): 1-4, 2B – THe 16-year-old switch hitter doubles and drove in a run.

Manuel Mejias (C, Blue): 2-4 – The second multi hit gqme of the 17 year old switch hitters career.

Erik Caripa (RF, Blue): 2-4, 2 RBI – Two hits and a pair of RBI for the 18 year old.

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