Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 5, Bowie Baysox 1 – Game 1 of Double-A Northeast Championship


Peyton Battenfield (SP, Akron): 7IP, H, ER, HR, 10K – Battenfield allowed a leadoff homer to Bowie to start the game, putting Akron down 1-0. After that the only runner that reached was on a throwing error. He completely dominated Bowie’s lineup to give Akron the win.

Bryan Lavastida (C, Akron): 1-3, HR, 2 RBi, BB – I’ve never thought of Lavastida as a three-true-outcome hitter. But he struck out, worked a walk and hit the two run homer that put Akron ahead. He also caught the runner stealing that was on base due to an error to keep Battenfield facing one over the minimum.

George Valera (RF, Akron): 2-4, 2 RBI, K – In the seventh Valera put the game on ice with a two run single, though he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Angel Mendoza (DSL Red, DH): 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF – Mendoza continued to dominate on Tuesday with his fifth multi-total base game in his last six.  In those six games, he is 10-for-20 (.500) with six runs scored, five driven in, three doubles, a triple, and his first five professional RBI.

Best of the rest

Jonathan Engelmann (1B, Akron): 1-3, HR, RBI, K – Before Valera had a chance to put the game on ice, Engelmann extended the lead with a mile long homer.

Jose Fermin (3B, Akron): 3-5, 2 R – They were just three singles but Fermin scored two times and his bat has been as hot as it’s ever been these last three weeks.

Brayan Rocchio (SS, Akron): 2-4, R – Rocchio’s bat also remains reliable as ever.

Nick Mikolajchak (RP, Akron): 2IP, BB, 2K – It was a rocky end of the season for Mikolajchak but this was a needed and welcomed sight for Mikolajchak himself and Akron.

Angel Genao (DSL Blue, SS): 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB – Genao stole his 14th and 15th bases on the season as he continued his solid September plate discipline (9:14 K:BB ratio) with a three-walk day.

Jesus Montilla (DSL Blue, 3B): 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB,1 K, 1 SB,1 E – Montilla’s September has been one big ten-game on-base streak (.333/.524/.333 slash line).

Alan Romero (DSL Blue, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Romero, who is now slashing .349/.383/.581 in 14 games this season, had the Indians Blue’s only multi-hit game and extra-base hit of Tuesday’s game.  Imagine how good this guy could be with regular playing time (To be fair, he has been playing more recently as of late, but I’m referring to the kind of playing time a catcher usually needs to reach non-complex ball to get.).

Junior Caminero (DSL Red, 1B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Caminero crossed the 30 RBI threshold yesterday and now has 31 in 38 games in his rookie season.

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