Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 4, 0maha Stormchasers 14
Double-A – Harrisburg Senators 2, Akron RubberDucks 1 (F/10)
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Dayton Dragons 3
Low-A – Salem Red Sox 11, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

Highlights

Konnor Pilkington (Akron, RP): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K – While he didn’t make the start, Pilkington did have the longest outing of the Ducks crew yesterday. He entered in the fourth into a hitless, scoreless game and kept that up with a perfect inning to start. He allowed a single in the fifth, but faced the minimum as the runner was caught stealing. He walked one and threw a wild pitch in the sixth, but again kept Harrisburg scoreless. He allowed a lead off double in the seventh, but retired his final six batters faced in order to end his five innings of relief.

Petey Halpin (Lynchburg, CF): 2/5, 2B, 3B, RBI – Halpin hit a double to lead off the game for the Hillcats, but was stranded. The second time he reached was a bit more significant as he tripled home Andres Melendez in the fifth. This tied the game at the time, but he was stranded again and the Red Sox would go on to score eight more unanswered runs to win the game.

Best of the rest

Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County, DH): 2/5, HR, 2 RBI, SB – All of Noel’s action yesterday came in the Captains big second inning. He started things off with a solo home run to lead off the inning, then came up a second time with runners on first and second. Facing a different pitcher this time around, he singled home one run, then stole second, his first successful steal with the Captains and third of 2021. He now has 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 49 games this year between Arizona, Lynchburg and Lake County.

Julian Escobedo (Lake County, CF): 2/4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB – Escobedo also had his first action in the second when he came to the plate following an error that loaded the bases. He doubled in two of those runners, then scored on Joe Naranjo’s single. He walked as the first of three consecutive walks in the fifth, but was stranded on third. He singled to reach one more time in the ninth and advance a runner, but neither were able to score.

Jerson Ramirez (Lake County, RP): 2.2 IP, 0 BB, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K – While he wasn’t perfect initially upon promotion to high A, Ramirez has been nearly perfect over his last three appearances, allowing one walk and one hit with no runs over 4.1 innings. Yesterday, he joined the game in relief of Tim Herrin with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh. He struck out the first batter, then got an infield pop to end the inning. He then struck out one in a perfect eighth and two in the ninth after hitting a batter.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 1/4, RBI, SB – The Akron offense had a rough go of it yesterday, scoring just one over the first nine innings, allowing Harrisburg to push the game to extras with a run of their own in the ninth. Rocchio was responsible for that one run scored by Akron when he singled home Ike Freeman in the eighth. He then stole second, but was stranded.

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1/2, HR, BB – The Storm Chasers jumped out to a quick seven run lead in the second, so it was a long climb for the Clippers from the start. Gonzalez did his part in improving the situation with a solo home run to lead off the fourth and bring the game within five runs. He walked the following inning.

Gavin Collins (Columbus, C): 1/2, HR – After Gonzalez hit a solo shot to lead off the fourth, Collins copied him with one to start off the fifth. The only problem with this is that Omaha had scored two more in the bottom of the fourth.

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