Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 1, Indianapolis Indians 0
Double-A – Altoona Curve 12, Akron RubberDucks 9
High-A – Lake County Captains 12, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
Low-A – Carolina Mudcats 3, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Indians 8, Arizona Complex League Brewers Blue 7
Brad Peacock (Columbus, SP); 3 IP, perfect, 2 K – Peacock was utterly dominant in his second outing of the season, needing only 31 pitches to dispatch the entire Indianapolis starting lineup in order. Given the Big Club’s continuing pitching woes, it seems more a matter of when than if Brad will get his shot to fill one of the holes in the Cleveland nine’s rotation.
Kyle Dowdy (Columbus, RP): W (3-2), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Dowdy was similarly spectacular in keeping the game scoreless in the late innings to give the Clippers a chance to walk the game off. Kyle finished his well-deserved relief win by striking out the last two Indianapolis batters of the game.
Will Benson (Akron, LF): 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Nights like this make it clear how Benson has a .938 OPS. He came within a triple of hitting for the cycle for the second straight game in a near carbon copy of his Independence Day performance against Bowie (Orioles) – the only difference being that he drove in two runs instead of only one, as he did on Sunday. While he has been feast or famine (his last eight games have all been multi-hit or hitless), the feasts have been far more common (five multi-hit games during that stretch, including the last four in a row).
Steven Kwan (Akron, RF): 3-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Kwan was even more impressive, coming within a double of the cycle and driving in three runs. this was his first multi-hit game in ten played this season. This is surprising considering his .893 OPS (a product of greater consistency and plate discipline than Benson).
Will Brennan (Lake County, LF): 4-6, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 K, 2 SB – Other than hitting a homer or driving in a run, Brennan did it all on Tuesday night in Fort Wayne. When a guy hits his 18th double of the season on the same night he steals his eight and ninth bases of the campaign, that’s a sign of all-around offensive excellence. I am running out of ways to describe how this guy plays, so I’ll leave it at this: Will Brennan continues to do Will Brennan things.
Victor Nova (Lake County, DH): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, , 5 RBI, 1 BB – While this offensive explosion only got Nova to the Mendoza Line, it is still notable for two reasons: First, the sheer impressiveness of the night in its own right. Second, it is his second multi-hit game of the first week of July, so maybe this is a sign of an upward trend in his stats.
BEST OF THE REST
Connor Marabell (Columbus, LF): 2-4 – Marabell’s multi-hit effort was his second of the month.
Yu Chang (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – Chang immediately began to make his case for a return to Cleveland in his first game for the Clippers since his demotion, including scoring the only run of the game, driven in by…
Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 2-4, 1 RBI – Brooks drove in Chang on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Clippers victory in a pitchers’ duel at the corner of Neil and Nationwide.
Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 0-2, 1 BB – While he went hitless in his Triple-A debut, he did reach base via an eighth-inning walk.
Cam Hill (Columbus, RP): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Hill rebounded from allowing a pair of earned runs on Saturday while getting only one Mud Hen out with this solid outing.
Dalbert Siri (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Siri has allowed only one earned run in 4.1 innings in his last three games.
Ben Krauth (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 K – Krauth remains unscored upon in 6.2 innings this season.
Andruw Monasterio (Akron, 3B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – Monasterio ended June on a high note with a 16-game on-base streak and four-game hit streak, including a pair of multi-hit games to end the month. He started July on a much lower note, going 1-for-7 in the four July games against Bowie (while still scoring three runs during said stretch). Needless to say, he broke out of that slump last night.
Mike Rivera (Akron,C): 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – Rivera’s season RBI total hit double digits (now at 11) with his two-run single in the sixth.
Brayan Rocchio (Lake County, 2B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E – Rocchio had a stellar night at the plate on the same evening he stole his eleventh base of the season.
Bryan Lavastida (Lake County, starting C): 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 SB – Lavastida had a great night at the plate before being inexplicably pinch-hit for in the ninth.
Nate Ocker (Lake County, RP): W (3-0), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K – Ocker is unscored upon in 4.2 innings in two outings this month.
Kevin Kelly (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Kelly’s perfect ninth also kept his July ERA at 0.00 through two outings (2.2 innings).
Angel Martinez (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 2 2B – Nearly half of Martinez’s hits this season are of the extra-base variety ( (23 of 49 – 14 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR).
Miguel Jerez (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 3 K – When you’re slashing .308/.400/.769, even your hat trick nights include a big hit.
Jaime Arias-Bautista (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed – Arias-Bautista rebounded from a three-run June finale (nightcap of the June 30 doubleheader versus the Delmarva Shorebirds [Orioles]) to start July with this gem.
Julian Escobedo (ACL, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Escobedo’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at seven runs apiece.
Junior Sanquintin (ACL, 1B): 1-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Sanquintin’s first-inning double drove in the Indians’ first two runs and was the Goodyear nine’s only extra-base hit of the game.
Richard Paz (ACL, starting C): 1-1, 3 BB – Paz reached base all four times last night following an 0-for-4 season debut.
Micael Ramirez (ACL, backup C): 0-0, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Ramirez’s sixth RBI in five games this season came on a one-out walkoff walk in the bottom of the ninth.
Diarlin Jimenez (ACL, RP): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HR allowed – Jimenez has allowed only one earned run in each of his two competitive outings so far this season (5.2 innings combined).
Daniel Figueroa (ACL, RP): 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 E – Figueroa doubled both his season strikeout and walk totals on a 111-degree night in Goodyear.
Hugo Villalobos (ACL, RP): W (1-0), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Villalobos’ individual victory was his first one stateside.