Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, LF): 4/4, 2 BB, 4 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI – Burgos has only been with the Hillcats for about a week, but he has made quite the impression already. He doubled in his first at bat yesterday, then scored on an Andres Melendez triple. In the third, he added his second double of the day and again scored on a Melendez hit. Continuing a long rally in the fourth, Burgos walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a Milan Tolentino double. Getting back to the doubles, he hit his third in the fifth to score two more runs. Trying to mix things up a bit, Burgos hit a ground rule double in the seventh, but he couldn’t change the script too much, so he scored on another Melendez hit. Just to pile on, Burgos took a walk in the ninth to allow him to reach in all six plate appearances.
Josh Wolf (Lynchburg, SP): 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 R, 9 K – The Lynchburg pitching staff was amazing yesterday, striking out a team record 20 while tossing a shut out against the same team that blew them out on Friday. Wolf got the start and struck out two to work around a single in the first. He then struck out the side in order in the second and added another K and a walk in the third. He struck out three more in the fourth, working around a walk and a single.
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Gavin Collins (Columbus, C): 2/4, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR, SB – Collins broke open the scoring for Columbus yesterday with a two run homer in the second that gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead. He reached again on a fielder’s choice in the fourth, knocking in Andruw Monasterio in the process. Strangely enough, the then stole second for his first steal of 2021. Finally, he singled to lead off the seventh and scored on a Gabriel Arias sac fly.
Connor Marabell (Columbus, LF): 2/3, 2B, R – Marabell first reached with a single in the second, then scored on Collins’ home run. He then doubled in the fourth, pushing Andruw Monasterio to third and eventually allowing him to score.
Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, DH): 1/4, HR – Gonzalez’s only hit came in the fourth and was a lead-off home run that momentarily returned the lead to Columbus. While it wasn’t a hit, Gonzalez would later go on to win the game in extras for the Clippers. With Trenton Brooks starting the inning on second, Nolan Jones walked to put two on. Gonzalez then hit a ground ball to third and was safe on a throwing error. Brooks scored the go ahead run on the play and the Clippers managed to keep the lead.
Steven Kwan (Akron, RF): 2/4, 2B, RBI, R – Kwan doubled home a run in the first to start off a four run frame. He then scored on George Valera’s single for the second run. He then singled to lead off the fifth, but was stranded.
George Valera (Akron, LF): 2/4, RBI, R – Valera knocked in Kwan with a single in the first, then scored the final run of the inning on a single by Bo Naylor. His next hit came as a single in the eighth, but he was out on the double play that followed.
Harold Ramirez (Lake County, DH): 3/4, HR – It was a pretty rough day all around for the Captains with the exception of their DH who is on loan from Cleveland while he recovers from injury. He began the afternoon with a single in the first, then hit another in the third to move Christian Cairo to third, although neither runner scored. He then capped off his game with a home run with two outs in the fifth giving the Captains their second and last run of the game. The only other run was from a Micah Pries homer in the second.
Alexfri Planez (Lynchburg, DH): 3/5, 3 R, 3 RBI, HR – Planez broke open the scoring with a two out, two run home run in the first and the Hillcats wouldn’t stop for the rest of the game. He added a second hit with a single in the fourth, bringing home Korey Holland. His third hit was another single in the fifth and he came home for his second run of the game.
Petey Halpin (Lynchburg, CF): 2/4, 2 BB, 2 R, 2B – Halpin walked to lead off the game, then scored the game’s first run on Planez’s homer. He singled again in the fourth, but was out on the bases on the next play. He did manage to score again in the fifth when he walked and came home on a Burgos double. His last hit of the game was a ground rule double in the eighth.
Andres Melendez (Lynchburg, C): 3/5, 3 RBI, 3B, 2B, BB – In Melendez’s first at bat, he ended the two out rally in the first with an RBI triple. It was a similar situation in his second at bat as he singled home Burgos a second time. He added a walk in the fifth, but was stranded. Getting back to normal, he doubled home Burgos in the seventh.
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