Triple-A – Gwinnett Stripers 1, Columbus Clippers 0
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 11, Richmond Flying Squirrels 7
High-A – Lake County Captains 9, Dayton Dragons 8
Low-A – Salem Red Sox 13, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Indians 13, Arizona Complex League Dodgers 5
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Marlins 9, Dominican Summer League Indians Blue 6 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Indians Blue 10, Dominican Summer League Marlins 1 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 7, Dominican Summer League Indians Red 1 (7 innings – SCHEDULED)


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.


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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