Triple-A: Nashville Sounds 13, Columbus Clippers 9
High-A: West Michigan White Caps 2, Lake County Captains 1
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 0, Delmarva Shorebirds 4
Tanner Burns (SP, Lake County): 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Cleveland starters had a rough night from the bottom to the top of the system last night, but Tanner Burns was the exception. He was perfect through the first three with one strike out before a Victor Nova error gave the White Caps their first runner to lead off the fourth. Dillon Dingler followed with a Dillon dinger, but after a single, Burns finished the inning without further damage. He allowed a hit and a walk in the fifth, but kept West Michigan off the board and allowed just one earned run on the night. Burns has now allowed eight earned runs in 15.2 innings across four starts with three walks and 20 strike outs.
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The Clippers 3rd inning: 6 BB, 9 R, 2 2B, SB – Kirk McCarty had a great start to the 2021 season, but things didn’t go so well tonight as he allowed four home runs in the first three innings including back to back jacks in the third. Despite being down 7-0, the Clippers offense didn’t get up and some chaos ensued. Things started when Oscar Mercado reached on an error, then Ryan Lavarnway walked and the first run scored on a Connor Marabell double. Daniel Johnson, Ernie Clement, Bobby Bradley amd Gabriel Arias then walked to score three and keep the bases loaded. Nolan Jones brought home two more with a double, then Mercado walked to reload the bases and Lavarnway brought home another with a single. Jones and Mercado then scored on a fielder’s choice and error off the bat of Marabell to bring the tally to nine.
Jose Tena (SS, Lake County): 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB – Tena continued to show his power last night with his fourth double of 2021 to go with his four homers. This hit was the only run scoring hit for the Captains all night as they lost 2-1 and he added his fourth walk of the season as well.
Nolan Jones (RF, Columbus): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R – Jones has played mostly at third this season, but made the start in right for the fourth time in 2021 (and in his career) last night. His positive notes from the game come from his offense, however, as he was instrumental in that third inning mentioned earlier as he knocked in two with a double, then scored. He added a single in the eighth as well.
Kevin Kelly (RP, Lake County): 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K – After Burns had a solid start, Jared Janczak threw a scoreless inning to keep the Captains in it, but he was outdone by Kelly. He threw a perfect seventh with two strike outs to start the inning before a ground out ended it then allowed one single in the eighth. Kelly has now allowed 11 hits and three runs in 12 innings of relief in 2021 while striking out 15.
The Bad, the Worse & the Ugly: I try to keep things positive, but in the vein of reporting what actually happened, things weren’t great for Cleveland pitchers last night. McCarty had the roughest go of it with eight runs allowed (seven earned) in five innings, but his replacement, Robert Broom, wasn’t much better giving up three more in the next two innings. While Dalbert Siri looked good in his first inning for Columbus, he allowed a homer in the ninth as well to give up two runs in 1.2 innings. For the Hillcats, Jordan Jones allowed two runs in a short three inning start and was “relieved” by Randy Labaut who gave up two more runs in his two innings. In just these two games (Columbus and Lynchburg) Indians pitchers gave up seven home runs, 18 hits, 17 runs and eight walks. The Hillcats were saved from further embarrassment by inclement weather that caused a delay after the sixth.