Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 2, Toledo Mud Hens 1 (7 ½ innings – RAIN)
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 8, Somerset Patriots 6
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Beloit Snappers 2
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Fredericksburg Nationals 3
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Brewers Gold 6, Arizona Complex League Indians 3
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Indians Blue 5, Dominican Summer League Dodgers Bautista 1 (Suspended Game)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Dodgers Bautista 8, Dominican Summer League Indians Blue 1 (Scheduled Game – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Dodgers Shoemaker 6, Dominican Summer League Indians Red 1 (Suspended Game – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Indians Red 9, Dominican Summer League Dodgers Shoemaker 6 (Scheduled Game – 7 innings)

HIGHLIGHTS

Shane Bieber (Columbus, SP): ND, 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Bieber shone in his first two innings on the mound since (insert date) but struggled in the third before hitting his pitch limit.  While he didn’t look as polished as usual and his fastball topped out in the low 90s, Shane was able to pitch in a competitive game without reinjury, and that is exceedingly good news. 

Jose Fermin (Akron, 2B): 4-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB – While Fermin didn’t quite win Tuesday’s matinee at Canal Park single-handedly, he came close and was certainly indispensable to the much-needed rebound victory for the Mallards of Main Street, whose magic number relative to both the Patriots and Bowie Baysox is now four (need to get one to zero to make the playoffs and both to zero to get home field advantage). Fermin’s six-RBI day brings his season total to 36 in 79 games for Akron (to go along with a pair in four games as a Clipper).

BEST OF THE REST

Will Benson (Columbus, LF): 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Benson’s two-run double in the top of the fourth gave the Clippers all the runs they would get in last night’s game. Thankfully, it was also all the runs they would need.

Cody Morris (Columbus, RP): W (2-1), 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP – The sufficiency of Benson’s double can be attributed in large part to Morris’ solid work following Bieber (although, not immediately as Olympian Anthony Gose got the final out of the third). In seven Triple-A outings (six starts and this post-rehab scheduled start), Morris has allowed only three earned runs in 28.1 innings (0.95 ERA) with a 38:8 K: BB ratio.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB – Brennan provided three of the RubberDucks’ eight runs in this crucial pennant chase contest, including the ultimately game-winning tally, to extend his run-scoring streak to four games. He also reached base safely for the 15th consecutive game.

Christian Cairo (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Since getting the call-up from Low-A Lynchburg late last month, Cairo is slashing .309/.387/.509 in 16 games as a Captain.

Micah Pries (Lake County, LF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Pries’ three-run homer to center in the sixth put the game out of the Snappers’ reach. This victory, combined with results elsewhere, have put the Caps effectively one game out of both the division lead (behind the Great Lakes Loons on a tiebreaker) and playoff position (one game behind the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who they hold the tiebreaker against) with five games to go.

Michael Amditis (Lake County, C): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Amditis has scored five runs in as many games since coming off the IL last Wednesday.

Cade Smith (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Smith hurled a perfect ninth in his High-A debut.

Korey Holland (Lynchburg, DH): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Holland’s ninth-inning RBI single improved his season total to 32 in 65 games.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lynchburg, SS): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 K – Rodriguez’s two-run homer to left in the third drove in what would prove to be the game-winning runs for Gabe-Rod’s 32 and 33rd RBI…

Aaron Davenport (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 3 IP, 1 BB, 4 K – In his first three non-complex starts, Davenport has thrown a complete game’s worth of shutout baseball, allowing only three hits and four walks while striking out 14.

Victor Soteldo (ACL, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Soteldo continued his scoreless September, which now includes 6 innings of two-hit baseball with a 6:1 K:BB ratio.  In his last five appearances, dating back to August 24, he has allowed only one earned run on six hits in nine frames.

Olmandi Diaz (DSL Blue – Suspended Game, RP): W (1-1), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 8 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP – Diaz dominated in an outing that spanned 26 days to pick up his first individual victory as a professional (This isn’t a Bryan De La Cruz’s first major league hit situation, by the way.  The win would’ve been his first if it happened on August 20 or September 14.)

Note: All of the notable offensive performances in DSL Blue’s suspended game came before the suspension. I refer you to my ATF of August 20 to read about them.

Christopher Espinola (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, CF): 2-3 – Espinola continued a stellar September (.409/.435/.500 slash in seven games) with his third multi-hit game in his last four.

Erick Caripa (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, RF): 2-3, 2 2B, 1 K – Caripa also continued an impressive month (.435/.462/.739 in seven games) with his third multi-hit game of the month.  The two doubles give him five extra-base hits (four doubles, one homer) out of ten total September hits.

Junior Caminero (DSL Red – Suspended Game, 3B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Caminero’s sixth-inning solo shot kept the Red squad from getting shut out in the restart of August 20’s suspended contest.

Fran Alduey (DSL Red – Scheduled Game, DH): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Alduey’s two-out solo shot in the third was the first home run of his professional career.

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