Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 4, Nashville Sounds 6
Double-A – Bowie Baysox 5, Akron RubberDucks 6
DSL – Athletics 8, Indians Blue 9: Completion of August 6
DSL – Athletics 8, Indians Blue 2 (F/7)
DSL – Indians Red 7, Cubs Blue 8

Highlights

Konnor Pilkington (Akron, SP): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K – Pilkington walked the first batter of the game, but things quickly turned around with two strike outs. He struck out two more in the second, three more in the third and allowed his next base runner as another walk in the fourth. This time he used a double play to end the inning. In his fifth and final inning, he quickly retired two before two walks and a single loaded the bases. Ike Freeman then committed an error leading to two unearned runs before Pilkington struck out his ninth batter to end the inning. He was unable to earn the win as Akron didn’t score until the eighth.

George Valera (Akron, LF/RF): 2/4, 2B, R, BB – Valera’s first hit was a sixth inning double that didn’t lead to a run. He then singled to load the bases in the eighth and scored on a Tena single. In the ninth, he was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out and the bases tied. Bo Naylor then knocked home Brayan Rocchio to win the game and the series. This come from behind, walk-off win allowed Akron to take home the AA Northeast championship.

Best of the rest

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 3/4, R, BB – Lavastida singled in the fourth, but was stranded. He singled again in the sixth and was stranded at third this time. His final hit came in the eighth when he singled and scored on a Jon Engelmann fielder’s choice. In the ninth he was intentionally walked, leading to the game winning hit.

Jose Tena (Akron, 3B): 2/4, 2 RBI – Tena doubled to lead off the fifth, but was stranded. He then singled home two runs with two outs in the eighth and advanced to second on an error.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 2/5, HR – Brennan singled to lead off the game, but was out on the bases on the next ball in play. He next reached at the most pivotal time, tying the game with a solo home run to lead off the ninth.

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 2/4 – Arias singled for the first time in the third, but was out on a double play. He singled again int he eighth, but was stranded.

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1/4, HR – Gonzalez went deep in the first right after a wild pitch allowed a run to score, giving the Clipper an early two run lead.

Maikol Flores (DSL Red, LF): 1/3, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB – Flores tripled home two runs in the fifth for the first two runs of the game for team Red. He then scored on a ground out. He then walked in the ninth and scored on a Samuel Parra double. Incredibly, he also hit into two unassisted double plays.

Juan Benjamin (DSL Blue, SS): 2/4, 2 R, RBI, BB – Benjamin singled in the first for the first Blue hit of the game. He added an RBI walk in the second and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. He singled one more time in the ninth and ended up scoring the game winning run on a run off wild pitch.

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