Daniel Espino (SP, Lynchburg): 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K – With only one game going on last night, it was a good thing that the Hillcats had one of the best young starters in the Cleveland farm system going. He started off the night a bit sloppy with two singles and a balk in the first, but he managed to escape unscathed, then he allowed a double and a wild pitch in the second, but the results were the same. Andres Melendez helped out Espino with a caught stealing in the third to break up a pair of singles and a walk. Espino worked around two more walks in the fourth using three strike outs to maintain the shut out, then allowed two more base runners in the fifth with a walk and single. This certainly wasn’t the prettiest start, but Espino’s ability to strike out any batter at any time allowed him to keep things scoreless and match Aldo Ramirez who also threw five shut out innings for the Sox.
Randy Labaut (RP, Lynchburg): 3 IP, 1 BB, 1 H, 6 K – Following Espino’s solid performance, Labaut continued on with his rocky shut out ways. He walked two of his first three hitters, but used a K and a pick off to keep the scoreboard empty. He committed an error in his second inning of relief, but used two more K’s to keep it scoreless. Finally, he struck out batters for all three outs in the eighth to skirt around a walk and a single allowed.
Cody Farhat (PH/LF): 1/1, 2B, BB, R – Farhat pinch hit for Korey Holland with one on and one out in the sixth and walked to give the Hillcats their first real offensive threat. While he was stranded that time, he doubled to lead off the ninth, moved up on a ground out and scored the game tying run on John Rodriguez’s single.
Lynchburg Weather: 78°, 70% humidity – The weather might not have been perfect in Virginia last night, but with only a 10% chance of rain, the Hillcats and Red Sox actually got to play.
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John Rodriguez & Yordys Valdes (CF & 3B, Lynchburg): 2/8, 2 Game Tying RBI – Neither Rodriguez nor Valdes had particularly good games until very late. In the ninth, down one run, Farhat doubled and Rodriguez brought him home on a two out, two strike line drive single to right. Down a run again in the 10th, Gabriel Rodriguez bunted Melendez to third after he started on second, then he scored on Valdes two out ground ball single to center.
Indianapolis Weather: 62°, 91% humidity – The Clippers were supposed to play the Indians at 1:35 PM and the game was postponed prior to 9 AM. This was the same storm front that knocked out the rest of the Cleveland affiliates and by 5:00 PM it had almost completely left the Indianapolis area, so had the schedule been flipped and Columbus been scheduled for a night game with Akron and Eastlake scheduled for early starts, it’s possible all three games could have been played instead of all three being postponed. As it stands, the Clippers are slated to take on the Indians in a double header on Friday starting at 5:05 PM.
Akron Weather: 64°, 70% humidity – Akron’s game was scheduled for 6:35 PM and was postponed about an hour before that due to heavy rain. The RubberDucks are still scheduled to play the SeaWolves tonight at 6:35 PM and will attempt to make up this lost game with a double header against Erie on Friday starting at 5:30 PM.
Eastlake Weather: 65°, 78% humidity – Lake County’s game was scheduled for 7:00 PM and was postponed at about 10 AM due to heavy rain. They will (attempt to) play a double header today starting at 5:00 PM.
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