Angel Martinez (2B, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI – Martinez cranked his second homer of the season to lead off the win for the Hillcats and then doubled to lead off the eighth which led to another run. The 19 year old switch hitting shortstop is off to a terrific start to his season, hitting over .300 with an OPS of over 1.000 with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts.
Micah Pries (DH, Lynchburg): 2-4, 3B, RBI – Pries singled and tripled, tripling in Martinez and singled in another run. The 23 year old outfielder’s on-base percentage is nearing .400, however, Pries pulled up lame after his eighth inning triple and left with what looked an awful lot like a hamstring injury. Pries didn’t play in 2019 due to an injury and has been the DH six times this season. Hopefully it’s nothing serious because the Hillcats are already missing Jhonkensey Noel (hand) and can’t afford to lose Pries too.
Jerson Ramirez (RP, Lynchburg): 3IP, BB, 3 K – The save isn’t always a reliable context stat, but Ramirez earned his third save of the season by pitching with a three run lead, but also throwing three innings. He’s had other mulit-inning saves this year, but this was the most innings he’s thrown in a single game. He still hasn’t allowed a run all year.
Tyler Freeman (DH/3B, Akron): 3-8, 2 SB – Freeman played both ends of Akron’s double-header and collected three hits and stole a base in each game. He remains red-hot and is hitting .374 with a .958 OPS and he’s 3-4 on steals.
Best of the rest
Alex Call (CF, Akron): 3-6, HR, 2 RBI, BB, R – Call started in centerfield in each game and came up with enough offense to support his team, even though they didn’t win. Call is an older prospect and hasn’t ever really put up huge numbers but he’s off to a good start this season and he’s in the lineup every single day.
Dakody Clemmer (RP, Akron): 2.1 IP, BB, 4 K – Akron’s bullpen blew the game in the final inning both times in their double-header on Thursday, but that wasn’t the fault of Clemmer. He’s now struck out 19 in in 10.1 innings and has held hitters to a .108 average.
Erick Mock (SP, Akron): 3.2 IP, 3H, 1ER, 2BB, 7 K – Mock was moved up from Lynchburg to Akron for pitching depth and to start this double-header and with Tanner Tully going up to Columbus to fill another spot with a void due to injury. Mock pitched pretty well given the assignement.
Ernie Clement (2B, Columbus): 2-2, 2B, – Clement missed about two weeks with a leg injury and got right back on the saddle with two hits in his return. However, he was pulled mid-game.
Kyle Dowdy (RP, Columbus): 3.2IP, H, BB, 6K – Dowdy retired 10 of 11 batters in relief of a shaky opener start from Manuel Alvarez, who was taking Eli Morgan’s start because he’s making the start today for Cleveland. Dowdy’s relief wasn’t much help as the rest of the bullpen behind him couldn’t hold up his outstanding work.
Gianpaul Gonzalez (C, Lake County): 1-2, 2BB, RBI, SB – Gonzalez hasn’t been known best for his bat anyway, but he got on base three times in this one and even stole a base. He’s done a good job helping fill in while Bryan Lavastida recovers from a wrist sprain.
Brayan Rocchio (SS, Lake County): 1-4, BB, SB – There wasn’t much to look at offensively for the Captains in his one but Rocchio drove in the other Captains run and stole a base while getting on base twice in the process.
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