SCOREBOARD Triple-A – Omaha Storm Chasers 7, Columbus Clippers 10 Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 4High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2 Low-A – Salem […]
Triple-A – Omaha Storm Chasers 7, Columbus Clippers 10
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 6, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 2
Low-A – Salem Red Sox 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 0
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 3-5, 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR – There was a clear MVP of the Indians farm system last night and that man was Jose Tena. He started the night with a third inning home run that gave the Captains the early one run lead, then hit an RBI double in the fifth that almost scored two (Brayan Rocchio was out at the plate). The Captains had a solid lead heading into the eighth, but it wasn’t enough for Tena. This time he made sure Rocchio was safe at home by hitting his second homer of the night and third of the season.
BEST OF THE REST
Zach Hart (Lynchburg, RP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 R – You can’t get a save in a loss or when you enter in the second inning of a ballgame, but Hart deserved credit for saving this one for the Hillcats. Sergio Morillo allowed four runs on 38 pitches in the first inning and things looked out of control. Lynchburg went to Hart for the second, though, and he kept things even for five full innings. In his first inning, he allowed a single, but the runner was caught stealing. He pitched a perfect third and fourth before allowing two base runners in the fifth that were stranded with a strike out of Matthew Lugo. He finished his outing with a perfect sixth, but it wasn’t enough as the Hillcats weren’t able to score and lost their second in a row after winning their first eight.
Kevin Kelly (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 3 K – Tanner Burns had a roughish start, allowing two runs in four innings, but Kelly came in for relief and held the TinCaps off long enough to Tena to retake the lead for Lake County. He allowed a single in his first inning of relief, but immediately retired the batter on a double play. He followed that with two perfect innings to earn the win. Kellen Rholl finished the game from there on out with two scoreless innings, although he wasn’t quite as impressive as Kelly.
Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, DH): 2-3 – The Hillcats have been scoring at such an incredible rate that it had to stop at some point and it came to a screeching halt on Thursday that lasted through Friday. That being said, Will Bartlett did lead the offense into battle with two singles, although he was picked off after his first inning single and out at second after he reached in the seventh.
Bobby Bradley (Columbus, 1B): 1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB – Bobby Bradley continues to get back to normal as he hit his third home run of the season last night to score Owen Miller. He scored again in the eighth on a Ryan Lavernway grand slam.
Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI – Very literally the next pitch after Bradley’s two run shot, Arias went back to back with a jack of his own. It was his second home run of the season. In the eighth, he singled to move Bradley from first to third, then scored along with Bobby Bradley and Bradley Zimmer on the salami.
Owen Miller (Columbus, 3B): 3-4, 2 R, HR, RBI – Miller continues to impress for Columbus as he got this one started in the third with a lead-off single before scoring on Bradley’s home run. He added a home run of his own in the seventh to go back to back with Daniel Johnson.
Justin Garza (Columbus, RP): 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K – Much like in the Indians other affiliated games on Friday night, the Clippers got down early when Scott Moss allowed two runs in two innings. Just like with Lake County and Lynchburg, it was long relief to the rescue as Garza went three scoreless, allowing the Clippers time to regroup. They did take the lead while Garza was in the game, but Robert Broom allowed a homer to tie things up again, so Garza was not eligible for the win.
Andrew Monasterio (Akron, 3B): 3-4, 2B, 2 R – Akron gave up the lead in the first and consistently fought back, but lost a close one to Erie. Monasterio did all he could to keep them in it, starting with a double in the fifth that lead to the game tying run, then adding a single in the seventh and another in the ninth. Just as in the fifth, it was Tyler Freeman who knocked in Monasterio in the ninth.
Tyler Freeman (Akron, SS): 1-4, 2 RBI, 2B, BB – Monasterio, Freeman and Richie Palacios (who went deep with a solo home run) provided all the extra base hits for the Rubberducks last night with Freeman leading the way with two RBI. His second was the more impressive of the two as he came to the plate in the ninth with two outs, Monasterio on first and the Ducks down three. He took an 0-2 pitch to left for an RBI double, but was himself stranded on second to end the game when Palacios grounded out.