Triple-A – Toledo Mudhens 14, Columbus Clippers 10
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 0, Bowie Baysox 1
High-A – West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Lake County Captains 4
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 8, Fredricksburg Nationals 3
Oscar Mercado (Columbus, CF): 2/4, 3 R, 2B, HR, BB – The Clippers played early on Wednesday and had a wild one with 24 total runs scored. Five Clippers had two hits, but Mercado was the top of the group with a home run and three runs scored. His first was in the first when he doubled and scored on a wild pitch to lead off the game. He next reached via walk in the seventh and scored on Daniel Johnson’s double, then capped off the game with a homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth to bring the score within five.
Alexfri Planez (Lynchburg, CF): 2/4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR – Down one in the seventh, the Hillcats mounted a major comeback that scored six runs over two innings and largely featured Planez. Cody Farhat walked to start the inning and Planez immediately brought him home with a two run homer. After batting around in the inning, Planez singled with one out to start the eighth and was followed by singles from Yordys Valdes and Angel Martinez. Planez scored on the Martinez single, then Valdes came home on a sac fly.
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Andres Gimenez (Columbus, SS): 2/5, 2 R, HR – Of the Clippers five hitters who hit safely twice, Gimenez had the other night worth mentioning. He didn’t reach until the seventh when his single loaded the bases prior to Johnson’s 2 RBI double. He then scored on a sac fly for his first run. Back up in the ninth, Gimenez followed up Mercado’s homer with a back-to-back shot that brought the Clippers to within four.
Oscar Gonzalez/Richie Palacios (Akron, RF/2B): 2/4, 2B – Akron was held scoreless last night, losing to Bowie 1-0, but both Gonzalez and Palacios had identical lines of 2 for 4 with a double. The hits were a single for Gonzalez in the second, Palacios in the third then a double for Gonzalez in the fourth and Palacios in the fifth. The rest of the line-up accounted for two singles.
Dakody Clemmer (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB – While Shane McCarthy didn’t have a poor start, allowing one run in three innings, he was pulled early for Clemmer. Jumping into action in the fourth, Clemmer struck out two in his first inning, then two more to start his second, giving him four in a row. While he then allowed two singles, he struck out a batter to end the frame with the Ducks still down 1-0. Clemmer now has 28 strike outs in 15 innings this year.
Juan Mota (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K – Jake Miednik pitched an uneventful, scoreless sixth following Clemmer before being replaced by Mota. He had a very similar appearance to Clemmer, walking his first batter faced before striking out the side. Back for the eighth, he allowed a double, but struck out two around an intentional walk to keep Bowie off the board. Mota now has 25 strike outs in 14.2 innings.
Xzavion Curry (Lake County, SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 6 K – Curry has had an amazing start to his professional career and that continued last night despite playing just his second game in high A. He did allow earned runs in a game for just the second time ever, but otherwise was similarly as impressive as his other outings. He gave up his first run in the second after a single and a double, but struck out two to end the frame. He went on to allow a single in the third, a solo home run in the fifth and a single in the sixth before inducing a double play and ending his night with two runs over six innings. Luckily for Curry, the Captains came back late and saved him from taking a loss.
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 2/4, RBI, R, 2B – The Captains really bided their time last night, waiting until the eighth to score the first time. This rally started with Raynel Delgado hitting a double and was continued with an Austen Wade walk and Daniel Schneemann RBI single. Tena then came through with his second hit of the game, the only Captains hitter to hit safely twice. This double scored one after which both he and Schneemann scored on a Joe Naranjo single that broke the tie and gave the Captains a 4-2 lead.
Liam Jenkins (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K, BB – Following a rather pedestrian start by Daniel Espino, Jenkins put out the fires and helped the Hillcats last until their comeback. Down one in the sixth, Jenkins struck out all three batters faced in his first inning, then added one more K in the seventh to end another scoreless inning. With four runs in the top of the seventh, the Lynchburg offense matched Jenkins’ performance.