Victor Nova (Akron, 3B): 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Nova has been impressive since being called up from High-A Lake County on August 24. In 14 Double-A contests, he is hitting .304. While he hasn’t exhibited much power (three doubles out of 14 total hits), he has proven to be a consistent hitter, as evidenced by his recent seven-game hitting streak.
Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County, 3B): 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Noel continues to be nearly as dominant in High-A as he was in Low-A. Through 18 games as a Captain, he is slashing .347/.397/.681 with ten extra-base hits (three doubles and seven home runs) out of 25 total hits. If the Captains, who are currently one game out of the second spot in the High-A Central playoffs, make the postseason, it will to some degree be on Noel’s proverbial back.
Richard Paz (ACL, C): 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SF – Paz’s OPS continues its upward trajectory into the stratosphere and now stands at 1.121 in 25 games this season (all for the A-Tribe). This offensive explosion improved his power numbers to twelve extra-base hits (five doubles, a triple, and six home runs) and 25 RBI. Much like Noel in Lynchburg earlier this season, Paz is clearly ready for a higher level of competition.
Matt Turner (ACL, Rehab SP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Turner, who made four starts for the Captains earlier this season before landing on the Injured List, was dominant in his rehab stint debut.
THE BEST OF THE REST
Tanner Tully (Columbus, SP): L (0-3), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed – Tully’s solid mound effort was the highlight of Thursday night;s pitchers’ duel for the Clippers.
Will Brennan (Akron, RF): 1-5, 2 RBI, 1 K – With last night’s two RBI, Brennan has reached the 20-RBI mark with two Indians affiliates this season (30 for the Captains and 20 for the RubberDucks) and 50 overall in 93 games played.
Ike Freeman (Akron, 1B): 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Freeman has scored nine runs (out of 24 overall this season) in the first nine days of September.
Marcos Gonzalez (Akron, DH): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Gonzalez’s first multi-double game of the season (and the first of his non-complex career) came at a great time for the RubberDucks, who are trying to secure the Double-A Northeast regular season title. For those wondering, his other two-double game came on August 18, 2018 for the Arizona League Indians 1 at Cubs 2.
Eric Rodriguez (Akron, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 HBP – Another better-than-normal performance at a serendipitous time for the Mallards of Main Street, who are now 3.5 games ahead of the second-place Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees) and four games ahead of third-place Bowie (Orioles).
Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, RF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 E – Rodriguez’s first two High-A homers proved to be timely, especially his three-run shot in the seventh, which provided what ultimately proved to be the game-winning run (Rodriguez himself).
Alexfri Planez (Lynchburg, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Planez’s 16th homer (and 49th RBI) of the season was the lone offensive highlight for the Hillcats on Thursday night.
Jordan Jones (Lynchburg, SP): L (3-9), 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R (both unearned), 4 BB, 6 K – As unlikely as it may seem from the final score, Lynchburg’s night on the mound started with an effort that qualifies as a quality start, which is hard to do in Single-A (largely due to the six innings part).
Luis Durango (ACL, CF): 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Durango is 9-for-19 with a hit in all six of his games played in September. Oh, and he stole his 28th base of the season (in 44 games) last night. Not bad for a guy who’d never played a competitive professional game before this summer.
Emilio Taveras (DSL Blue – Game 1, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – With the Indians’ Blue already up 2-0 on a pair of runs that scored on separate wild pitches earlier in the frame, Taveras doubled in the third inning to double the lead to 4-0.
Angel Contreras (DSL Blue – Game 1, 2B): 1-2, 1 R 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Contreras followed with a two-run homer that gave the Blue side a 66-0 lead and, unfortunately, also concluded the Blue-Tribe’s scoring for the opener.
Jesus Montilla (DSL Blue – Game 2, 3B): 1-1, 4 R, 3 BB – Montilla made the most of his good plate discipline (13:14 K:BB ratio so far in his professional rookie season) in the nightcap.
Christopher Espinola (DSL Blue – Game 2, CF): 3-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 1 BB – In three games with a plate appearance in September, Espinola is 5-for-11 (.455) with a pair of doubles, six RBI, and a walk while not striking out in twelve plate appearances.
Luis Almonte (DSL Blue – Game 2, RP): W (4-0), 3 IP< 1 H, 5 K, 1 HBP – Almonte dominated to close out the blowout and pick up his fourth individual victory on as many decisions this season. Through 23.2 innings in 2021, Almonte’s K:BB ratio is 34:4 with one of the walks being intentional. Also, the hit batter yesterday was his first of the campaign.
Jhoan Gomez (DSL Red, 3B): 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 E – Gomez extended his hitting streak to four games with the Red squad’s best performance of the day.
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