Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 3/5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R – The Captains only big inning of the night was in the first and got going when Tena singled after the first two batters walked. Tena advanced to third on an error and scored on a Victor Nova single to end the scoring. He then homered to lead off the eighth, then doubled with two outs in the ninth, but was unable to score.
Andruw Monasterio (Akron, 2B): 4/4, BB, 3B, 2 R – Monasterio was impossible to get out last night, starting with a single in the second. He advanced on an error, then scored on Bryan Lavastida’s single. He then tripled in the third and singled in the sixth. He walked in the eighth and scored on a Bo Naylor single, then singled one more time in the ninth.
Best of the rest
Konnor Pilkington (Akron, SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K – Pilkington allowed exactly one base runner in each of his five innings, totaling three walks, one single and one home run that lead to the only Reading runs.
Nolan Jones (Columbus, 3B): 2/4, HR – Jones hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth, although it came immediately after the Mud Hens had scored six.
Daniel Johnson (Columbus, CF): 2/3, 2 2B, RBI, 2 BB – Johnson first reached with a walk in the first, then doubled home Alex Call in the fifth. He doubled one more time in the seventh and walked in the ninth.
Brad Peacock (Columbus, SP): 3 IP, H, 0 ER BB, 4 K – Peacock threw a perfect first with two K’s, then had to work around an error in the second and he allowed the run to score after a walk and a hit. That run was unearned and he threw another perfect inning in the third to finish his short outing.
Brauny Munoz (Lynchburg, SP): 6 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K – Munoz walked the first batter of the game, then retired the next nine in a row before another lead-off walk in the fourth. He used a double play to eliminate that runner, then threw a perfect fifth. He began to struggle a bit in the sixth with a single and walk allowed. After a passed ball, an unearned run scored on a ground out giving Del Marva their only run of the game.
Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, 2B): 2/2, 2B, R, BB – Valdes doubled in the third, but was caught out on second on a fly out double play to right. He walked in the fifth and made it to third, but didn’t score. He then singled in the seventh and scored on an Angel Martinez triple.
John Rodriguez (Lynchburg, RF): 2/4, 2B, R – Rodriguez singled in the fourth, then doubled in the sixth following a Jhonkensy Noel home run. He scored on a Gabriel Rodriguez sac fly.
Milan Tolentino (ACL Indians, 2B): 2/4, R, RBI, 2 2B – Tolentino’s first inning double was the first hit for the Indians last night and he advanced on a wild pitch, but was stranded at third. His next double was more impactful as he brought home Luis Durango in the fifth inning for the Indians fourth run of the game.
Alaska Abner (ACL Indians, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K, H – Normally I wouldn’t mention such a short pitching performance, but Abner pitching a perfect inning (the eighth) was notable as he was the first 2021 Indians draft pick (15th round) to make his professional debut. He features a low side arm delivery and was very difficult to square up. The first batter hit it back to Abner and he recorded an easy out followed by another ground out and a K to end the inning.
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