Gabriel Arias (SS, Columbus): 3-4, HR, 3 R, RBI – Arias hit a laser homer to right centerfield and made a spectacular spinning play ranging behind second base. He’s had some offensive struggles lately so it was good to see him get it going.
Connor Marabell (LF, Columbus): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI – Marabell added a blast of his own, his second of the 2021 campaign and has pretty much moved back to the outfield with Trenton Brooks being called up to Columbus after playing some 1B in spring training this year.
Columbus Clippers bullpen – 8IP, 0ER, 2H, BB, 10K – Logan S. Allen returned on Saturday after nursing an elbow injury and only went two innings but the Clippers bullpen was up to the task to pick up the slack. Kyle Dowdy pitched three scoreless innings and earned the win, while Dalbert Siri, Jordan Stephens and Justin Garza followed up with scoreless outings of their own. Garza threw two scoreless frames.
Alex Call (LF/DH Akron): 3-6, HR, 2 RBI, BB – Call homered in Game 1 and had two more hits and another RBI in Game 2 and his OPS is now at .970.
Cody Farhat (RF, Lynchburg): 1-3, HR, RBI – Farhat hit a walkoff homer to end Game 1 with a Hillcats victory.
Best of the rest
Trenton Brooks (1B, Columbus): 2-4, 2 RBI – The promotion to Triple-A hasn’t cooled off Brooks’ torrid 2021 campaign. It’s hard to know what to make of his offensive surge yet, but it’s hard to avoid noticing too.
Nolan Jones (3B, Columbus): 1-3, 2B, BB – Jones has a five game on-base streak going and continues to keep his on-base percentage looking solid in spite of his offensive struggles so far in 2021.
Richie Palacios (2B, Akron): 1-3, 2B, RBI – Palacios drove in his run in the first inning of Game 2 to try to get Game 2 off on the right foot and got on base twice, raising his OBP to .415. His season sure has been something so far after two years away. Look for a feature by our own Caleb Philips on him soon.
Juan Hillman (SP, Akron): 5IP, 7H, 3ER, BB, 2K – Hillman earned the Game 1 win with a solid effort and has had a solid season so far despite not missing many bats.
Tanner Tully (SP, Akron): 5.1IP, 7H, 2ER, BB, 3K – Tully didn’t deserve the Game 2 loss.
Johnathan Engelmann (1B, Akron): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI – Englemann drove in two of Akron’s three runs in the Game 2 loss with his third inning double.
Will Brennan (LF, Lake County): 1-4, 2B, RBI – Brennan continues to be one of the High-A Central’s leaders in doubles as he socked his 13th two-bagger in the second inning of this lopsided loss for Lake County.
Joe Naranjo (1B, Lake County): 2-4, RBI – The youngest played in the High-A Central so far this season has had a tough go of it but came through with a multi hit effort despite the loss.
George Valera (CF, Lake County): 0-2, 2BB, R – Most notable here about Valera is this was his first full game in the field since coming back from his oblique injury and his at bats have been really good. Even without a hit in this one, he was on base twice and scored a run. He has really not shown any rust since coming back after a full month out.
Nate Ocker (RP, Lake County): 2.1IP 3H, BB 4K – Ocker tried to give the Captains offensive time to mount a comeback after starter Rick Mock allowed seven runs to Fort Wayne in 2.2IP.
Sergio Morrillo (SP, Lynchburg): 4.2IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 3K – This was maybe the best outing all year for Morrillo who lowered his ERA to a nice 11.30.
Zach Hart (RP, Lynchburg): 2.1IP, H, 2BB, 2K – Hart pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief to pickup the win thanks to Farhat’s efforts.
Landy Pena (3B, Lynchburg): 2-3, 2B, BB – Pena reached base three times in the Hillcats Game 2 loss.
Jerson Ramirez (RP, Lynchburg): IP. H, K – Another scoreless outing for Ramirez who really needs another challnege up in Lake Countys’s bullpen here soon.
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