* Game was suspended with two outs in the top of the second inning (Astros at home). No players are listed for this game as nothing notable has occurred so far.
** Game was likely scheduled for seven innings, but no official reason was provided for the shortened contest.
Steven Kwan (Akron, CF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – Kwan was dominant in the month of July, slashing .333/.398/.529 in 21 games with nine extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples, three home runs) and 15 RBI while walking ten times compared to only nine strikeouts. He has yet to relent in August, going a combined 3-for-9 while scoring four runs (two each) in his first two games of the month.
Micah Pries (Lake County, DH): 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Pries extended his High-A career-opening hit streak to seven games in a rare bright spot in a dismal night at the Corner of SOM Center and Vine. During the trot after his deep, DEEP blast, Lake County’s water sprinklers went off on the field.
Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 3-6, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – Gonzalez rebounded nicely from his 0-for-3 start to August on Sunday, to say the least. The trio of threes (hits, runs, RBI) were all Triple-A highs for Oscar.
Jhonkensy Noel (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – Noel is off to a HOT start to his non-complex career. Through 28 games, he is slashing .398/.420/.717 with seven doubles, a triple, nine homers, and 35 RBI. Might we be seeing him in Eastlake before this season is over?
Ryan Lavarnway (Israel, C): FINAL COMPOSITE STATLINE – 7-20, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 14 TB, .350/.700/.350 slash line – With the Israeli nine washing out of the tournament following a 7-6 loss to the Dominican Republic in the first round of the Repechage***, Lavarnway’s Olympics are now complete. All in all, a solid effort from the veteran Columbus backstop.
***For those wondering, “Repechage” is essentially French for “Losers’ Bracket” (doesn’t translate directly, but same meaning).
BEST OF THE REST
Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 2-4, 2 BB, 1 K – Brooks reached base four times on Tuesday night to bring his Triple-A on-base percentage to ,330, the highest it had been since July 13.
Connor Marabell (Columbus, LF): 3-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – Marabell drove in his 28th run of the season in this three-hit effort.
Will Benson (Akron, LF): 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 SB – Benson drove in his 36th run of the season, stole his 12th and 1th bases of the campaign, and topped it all off with a 7-2 fly ball double play to end an increasingly ugly top of the sixth.
Adam Scott (Akron, SP): ND, 5 IP, 2 BB, 5 K – Scott was spectacular in his first scoreless outing of the season.
Micael Ramirez (Lynchburg, DH): 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Not bad for only his second full non-complex game. Everything except the walk is a non-complex first for Micael.
Luis Durango (ACL, CF): 1-5, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – Durango stole his 19th base of the season and was involved in both a double play and a triple play (as a fielder) in last night’s marathon game (5:06 time of game in 110-degree heat at first pitch)..
Richard Paz (ACL, C): 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 PB – Yes, it’s only complex ball. Yes, Arizona’s the biggest launching pad west of Cape Canaveral. Yes, it;s a relatively small sample size. All of that said, batting .457 with a 1.460 OPS through twelve games is nonetheless impressive.
Jose Devers (ACL, backup 3B): 3-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB – Devers, who entered the game in the middle of the fourth as a defensive replacement for starting 3B Jesus Lara (no idea why he was pulled), had the best game of the 21 he has played so far as a professional, setting a new career high in hits and tying his best single-game RBI total of the season.
Jhoan Gomez (DSL Red, 3B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 E – Gomez extended his hitting streak to six games in his first game of August.
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