Bryan Lavastida (Columbus, C): 2/4, HR, 3 RBI (Game 1) – Lavastida didn’t get into the action until he singled in the sixth, but he ended up being the big hero of game one. After falling behind 8-4 in the final inning, the Clippers scored two, then had two reach with two outs bringing up Lavastida. He hit his first home run as a Clipper to walk off the game in the most dramatic faction.
Mason Hickman (Lake County, SP): 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 R – Hickman had a good start to his rookie season in back in May, but has fallen off a bit recently. That completely changed last night as he produced his best game of the season. He started off with a walk and wild pitch, but struck out two in a scoreless first. He struck out two more in the second and another in the fourth, not allowing another baserunner until a double followed two more strike outs in the fifth. This would be his only hit allowed although he did walk a batter while adding two more strike outs in the sixth.
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Steven Kwan (Columbus, LF): 3/4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, HR (Both Games) – Kwan singled to lead-off the game for the Clippers, then scored the first run of the game as well, but Columbus was already down three at the time. He then knocked in two in the second with a home run. He reached again with a walk in the fifth, then again in the seventh, this time scoring as part of the Clippers’ big comeback win. In game two, Kwan walked to lead off the game, but was out on the bases. He then singled to put two on in the sixth, but despite the bases eventually being loaded, the Clippers were unable to score in that or any other inning in game two.
Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 3/6, R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, BB (Both Games) – Arias knocked in two with a double in the first, then walked and advanced on a wild pitch in the third. Arias also came up huge in the seventh as it was his double that scored the first two runs of the inning. He then scored on Lavastida’s game winning homer. In game two, Arias singled in the first to put two runners on, but both were stranded.
Victor Nova (Akron, 3B): 2/3, 2B, R – Nova’s first hit was almost a big one as it came with two outs to load the bases in the sixth, but Clark Scolameiro struck out to leave the Ducks down by two. He got involved again in the ninth, leading off the inning with a double and scoring the Ducks second run on a Will Brennan sac fly.
Jake Miednik (Akron, RP): 1.1 IP, H, 2 K, 0 R – It was a rough night all around for the Ducks last night as they had to use six different pitchers to get through the game. Miednik was the best of the six, entering with two outs and two on in the fourth. He did allow a single that tacked one more run onto Thomas Ponticelli’s line, but struck out the next batter to end the inning, then another in a perfect fifth.
Aaron Bracho (Lake County, DH): 1/3, HR – With the game still scoreless in the seventh thanks to Hickman’s performance, Bracho broke the tie with a two out solo home run. Other than this hit, the Captains went 2/31 with 8 strike outs and no walks.
Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, LF): 3/5, 2 R, 3B, RBI – Burgos accidentally knocked in the first run of the game after a three base error and a ground out. He was a bit more active in his second at bat as he tripled, then stole home for the second run of the game. He also stole an RBI from Melendez, who doubled immediately after. He then singled to lead off the eighth and scored on a Milan Tolentino single. He again reached with a single in the ninth, but was out trying to go to third on the following single.
Andres Melendez (Lynchburg, C): 2/2, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 3 BB – Melendez walked in his first at bat, setting the tone for the rest of the game. He hit a double in his next at bat, but got back to walking in the sixth. He walked a third time in the eighth and later scored.
Petey Halpin (Lynchburg, CF): 2/5, RBI, R, BB – Halpin singled to lead off the third and advanced to third, but was stalled there. He walked to lead off the fifth, but again didn’t lead to a run as he was out on the bases. He finally got in on the run scoring action in the eighth when he singled home Melendez.