Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 4, Iowa Cubs 3
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 6, Richmond Flying Squirrels 5
High-A – Great Lakes Loons 8, Lake County Captains 5 (11 innings)
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Indians 7, Arizona Complex League White Sox 6 (7 innings – likely due to weather)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Marlins 10, Dominican Summer League Indians Blue 4
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 17, Dominican Summer League Indians Red 10
Adam Scott (Akron, SP): ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 7 K – Scott continues to get closer to 100% and it was evident in his longest and best outing of the season so far.
Jordan Stephens (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Stephens continues to be unstoppable at Huntington Park. The pitching mound at the Corner of Neil and Nationwide is his throne from which unleashes a reign of terror on Triple-A East hitters, who can barely stay over the Mendoza Line against him (.204) and have only managed to cross home plate once in 13.2 innings while striking out 19 times (12.95 K/9). Get him on the road, however, and the story changes completely: Eleven earned runs in only 9.1 innings with a much more pedestrian 9:5 K:BB ratio and hitters teeing off on him at Ted Williams rates (.409). Even if you didn’t know the Clippers were playing in the Arena District this week, you can tell from this statline.
Richie Palacios (Akron, 2B): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB – Palacios extended his hitting streak to four games on Thursday night. The hitting streak has been an especially fruitful time for Richie at the plate. This is his second recent four-game streak (separated by an 0-for-4 July 17 when he was still productive thanks to a sac fly). In these nine games, he is 15-for-33 with five doubles, two homers, eleven RBI, and a 4:6 K:BB ratio. In the language of slash lines, this translates to .455/.525/.788. Yep, I think that counts as a hot bat.
Bryan Lavastida (Lake County, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB (intentional), 2 K , 1 E – Lavastida has reached base in 21 consecutive games and has had a productive plate appearance (including RBI outs) in 27 straight dating back to June 15 vs. West Michigan (Tigers). There’s consistency and then there’s CONSISTENCY.
Cody Farhat (Lake County, LF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – While the results have been uneven as he adjusts to a higher level (1-for-7 in the other two games), this was Farhat’s second big night at the plate in four games since the call-up from Low-A Lynchburg. In these two games, he is 6-for-9 with five runs, two doubles, a homer, and two RBI. While it is both inconsistent and part of a very small sample size, the potential demonstrated by these performances is nonetheless tantalizing.
Micah Pries (ACL, CF): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – While Pries might technically be on the A-Tribe’s active roster (which, by the way, is now unlimited as long as the org stays within the overall 180-man limit), make no mistake: this is a rehab assignment. And it may be one about to end soon as Pries took yet another step in his return to Lynchburg by playing an entire (albeit weather-shortened) game in the outfield. Oh, and his form at the plate wasn’t too bad either.
BEST OF THE REST
Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – Jones has homered in three straight games after only hitting five in his first 63 games of the season.
Owen Miller (Columbus, 2B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Miller has a hit in all three games he has played during the Cubs series after going a combined 0-for-9 in the last two games in St. Paul last weekend.
Wilson Ramos (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 R – The veteran major league backstop had the only multi-hit day for the Clippers.
Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Gonzalez has doubled in both games since being moved back to right field. It would not be surprising if the anxiety of the center field experiment carried over to the plate on Tuesday night.
Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Both of Brooks’ homers in July have come in the last three days.
Robert Broom (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 HBP – Outside of a two-run inning on July 13, Broom has allowed only three hits and a hit batter in five innings in four outings this month.
Will Benson (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Hopefully, Benson can start having nights like this more routinely (currently mired in a 3-for-33 slump).
Andruw Monasterio (Akron, DH): 2-2, 3 R, 2 BB – Monasterio started a new multiple total bases streak after his previous five-game one ground to a halt thanks to a pair of 0-for-4 efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday
Chris Roller (Akron, CF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt – Roller had a highly productive night for the RubberDucks, including an RBI for the second game in a row.
Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SF – Naylor has been driving in runs at a prodigious pace recently (eleven in his last eight games and ten in his five most recent contests).
Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): S (1), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 2 K – It wasn’t pretty, but Marman held on to earn his first Double-A (and second professional) save.
Brayan Rocchio (Lake County, 3B): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF, 1 SB – Rocchio’s stolen base count is up to 14 this season (in 19 attempts in 58 games).
George Valera (Lake County, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Valera extended his on-base streak to seven games.
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 2-5, 1 K – Tena’s multi-hit effort was his fifth in his last ten games.
Nate Ocker (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 6 K, 1 HER allowed – Ocker, like Broom, has had a stellar July outside of one outing (three runs in two frames on July 14). His “good outings” combined stats are two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out 16.
Jerson Ramirez (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K, 1 HBP – Ramirez’s outing was tied for his longest of the season and his career (with a May 27 Hillcats outing at the Delmarva Shorebirds [Orioles]).
Yainer Diaz (Lynchburg, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Diaz’s fourth-inning solo shot increased his season RBI total to 40 in 56 games.
Johnathan Rodriguez (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 R – Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to seven games with the second multi-hit game of the streak.
Miguel Jerez (Lynchburg, PH-backup 1B): 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Jerez’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth gave the Hillcats the lead and ultimately the victory.
Andres Melendez (Lynchburg, C): 2-3, 1 BB – Melendez’s two-hit game broke an eleven-game multi-hit drought during which he was 2-for-33 (.061).
Jordan Jones (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 7 K – Jones rebounded significantly from allowing a combined ten earned runs in 7,1 innings in his last two starts with this stellar effort.
Daritzon Feliz (Lynchburg, RP): W (4-2), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB – Feliz’s outing was his best in nearly two weeks, but control issues continue to be a theme for his July (6:9 K:BB ratio compared to 37:14 in May and June).
Jose Devers (ACL, 3B): 1-5, 2 RBI – Devers’ lone hit was a big one: A two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh (I am lacking details, but it seems this game was scheduled to end early).
Micael Ramirez (ACL, C): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 CS, 1 PB – Ramirez continues to dominate the ACL, slashing .417/.542/.639 in twelve games this season.
Jorge Burgos (ACL, RF): 2-4, 1 HBP – Burgos has been similarly unstoppable, slashing .371/.511/.514 in 13 contests in his stateside debut season.
Skeiling Rodriguez (ACL, DH): 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Sky-Rod drove in a game-tying (505( run in the fifth and scored the winning tally two frames later.
Yeury Gervacio (ACL, RP): 1.2 IP, 3 K, 1 WP – Other than an early wild pitch, Gevacio was flawless in his second stateside appearance.
Steven Perez (ACL, RP): W (2-0), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Perez continues his recent pattern of alternating two-run and scoreless outings.
Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue, LF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Sarita rebounded from his first hitless pro game on Tuesday with his third multi-hit game in his last four. Through five professional games, Erickson is slashing .471/.591/.588 with four walks and no strikeouts.
Adonis Cepeda (DSL Blue, RF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Cepeda had DSL Blue’s only extra-base hit of the day as he continued to alternate hitless and multi-hit games.
Olmandi Diaz (DSL Blue, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 WP – Diaz’s first solid pro outing was a welcome change of pace from an otherwise ugly day on the mound for the Blue team.
Fran Alduey (DSL Red, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K – While Alduey continues to hit and drive in runs, strikeouts are becoming more of a problem (eight in his last three games combined).
Junior Caminero (DSL Red, SS): 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 E – Caminero has reached base multiple times in all six games he has played as a professional.
Robert Lopez (DSL Red, C): 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Lopez has driven in six runs in his first four pro games (a trio of two-RBI games).
Jhoan Gomez (DSL Red, 3B): 2-5, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 E – Gomez had a good day at the plate for the second straight game. Not so much in the field.