Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 2-5, 1 R – Rocchio extended his hit streak to nine games and his on-base streak to 18 with the only multi-hit performance for the RubberDucks on a night that the Patriots caught them in the standings to create a tie atop the Circuit Formerly Known as the Eastern League. Rocchio has been stellar in September, slashing .339/.397/.548 with 10 runs scored and eleven driven in in 14 games).
Christian Cairo (Lake County, 3B): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, Picked Off 1 time – While his two-run homer in the sixth to give the Captains back the lead for good after giving it up in the top half of the frame is clearly the highlight of Cairo’s night (and the night in general), this was a consistently solid outing from start to finish, combining power, plate discipline, and defense.
Jose Tena (Lake County, SS): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 HR – Tena played a crucial role in a crucial victory for the Captains, who held serve in the hotly-contested High-A Central playoff race. Not only did Jose provide three of the Caps’ five extra-base hits, he did so at important points in the ballgame, driving in the initial go-ahead run in the fourth and homering to provide an insurance tally in the eighth.
BEST OF THE REST
Andruw Monasterio (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Monasterio continued his strong start to his Triple-A career with the Clippers’ only multi-hit effort of Thursday night’s contest.(.316/.407/.481 with 18 runs scored and ten doubles in 24 games).
Bryan Lavastida (Akron, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Lavastida continues to churn out the RBI with his 17th in 26 Double-A games (51st in 81 games at all levels this season).
Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County, DH): 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – While not the usual level of spectacular we’ve come to expect of Noel, the improved plate discipline is something that hopefully becomes a regular feature of his game.
Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 2B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Delgado has homered in back-to-back games to break a 21-game homer drought.
Cade Smith (Lake County, RP): S (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Smith is clearly not fazed by the higher level of competition.
Jake Fox (ACL, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SB – Fox continues to show why he was not only taken in the third round, but also paid nearly a quarter million dollars over slot.
Dayan Frias (ACL, SS): 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E – Frias continues to dominate in his stateside debut season, slashing .324/.420/..527 with 23 RBI in 40 games in the Valley of the Sun.
Angel Genao (DSL Blue, SS): 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB – Like much of September, Genao’s bat remained cold (.161 AVG), but he made the most of good plate discipline (ten walks in 42 plate appearances and .220 isolated plate discipline) and speed (seven steals).
Jesus Montilla (DSL Blue, 2B): 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB – Montilla must like Thursdays. Seven of his eight runs this month have come on them (three yesterday and four last Thursday against the Marlins).
Lexer Saduy (DSL Blue, CF): 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Saduy hit his fifth career pro double in the top of the first. No one else on either team would get an extra-base hit the rest of the game.
Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue, starting DH): 1-1, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Sarita drove in a pair on a third-inning single in his lone official at-bat of the game before being pinch hit for by Manuel Mejias in the fifth. Now word on whether they were just getting Mejias some plate appearances or if Sarita was injured.
Erik Caripa (DSL Blue, RF): 1-4, 3 RBI, 2 K – While the Indians Blue trailed early, Caripa’s two-run single in the third gave them a 5-4 lead from which they never looked back.
Alan Romero (DSL Blue, C): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K – Romero, being a rookie ball catcher, doesn’t play much. But when he does, he is spectacular, slashing .333/.375/.500 in twelve career games (all this season) with an active career-opening eleven-game on-base streak (did not come to the plate on Tuesday at the Dodgers Bautista).
Fran Alduey (DSL Red, starting SS): 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E – Alduey extended his hit streak to three games and stole his eleventh base of the season in a solid offensive effort, but also committed his 13th error of the campaign on a dropped foul ball. Again, this is the DSL, so no info on the reason he didn’t play the entire game.
Jhoan Gomez (DSL Red, DH): 1-3, 1 r, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Gomez hit his first professional homer in the fourth inning.
Samuel Parra (DSL Red, LF): 2-3 – From the odd stats department: Parra has one two-hit game each in August and September…and no other hits since July 30 (0-for-33 in eleven other games)!
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