Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 5, Syracuse Mets 0
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Reading Fightin’ Phils 4
High-A – Lake County Captains 5, Dayton Dragons 1
Low-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

HIGHLIGHTS

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 K – Arias’ quest o prove he deserves a call-up to Cleveland continued unabated Tuesday night in the home opener at the corner of Neil and Nationwide. in fact, he took it to another level with his first multiple extra-base hit game of the season. If you haven’t seen Arias play in the minor leagues and want o be able to say you did, I’d suggest heading to Huntington Park this week.

Peyton Battenfield (Columbus, SP): W (1-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K – Battenfield rebounded from an iffy season debut with this dominant performance. Control has been a highlight of his season thus far, as evidenced by his 8:1 K:BB ratio.

Hunter Gaddis (Akron, SP): W (1-0), 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K – It wasn’t just Battenfield dominating opposing hitters on home opening day in the Guardians organization as Gaddis looked unstoppable in his Double-A debut.

Tanner Bibee (Lake County, SP): ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 8 K – As impressive as Battenfield and Gaddis were, Bibee had the best outing of any Guardians organization starter last night. His efficiency, highlighted by a pair of close brushes with immaculate innings, was such that he hit his inning limit before his pitch count (only threw 46 in the game) and had to complete his outing in the bullpen. I was at this game and was in awe of how automatic he was on the mound.

REHAB

Josh Naylor (Columbus, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Another solid statline for Naylor in what is likely the penultimate game of his rehab assignment. but the real story is him playing first base. Maybe a preview of coming attractions…say, Friday in Downtown Cleveland?

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K – Palacios equaled his run total from his first four games of the season by scoring twice last night, including in the first inning after leading off the Clippers’ evening at he plate with a triple.

Daniel Johnson (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – After going 1-for-12 in Allentown to open the season, Johnson seems to have found the friendly confines of Huntington Park much more to his liking.

Alex Call (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K – Call homered on a liner to left in his first plate appearance of the season at Huntington Park after going 0-for-9 on the season-opening road trip.

Enyel De Los Santos (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 3 K – De Los Santos struck out the side in order to end the game and remain unscored upon in a pair of one-inning outings this season.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Brennan has a three-game hitting steak after an 0-for-4 Opening Day, mirroring the consistency that marked his 2021 campaign, especially in High-A Lake County.

George Valera (Akron, DH); 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Valera tripled in the bottom of the first for his first hit of the season.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 1-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Naylor came to the plate next and made it back-to-back triples.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Naranjo reached base three times and drove in multiple runs to highlight a late game offensive outburst by the Captains in what looked to be an Opening Day pitchers” duel in the early innings.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – J-Rod reached base multiple time for the second time in three games played so far this season. Not surprisingly, his OPS is a stratospheric 1.255.

Aaron Bracho (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Bracho also has a four-digit OPS (exactly 1.000) following this two-hit home opener.

Jaime Arias (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Arias set down all six Dragons he faced in his second High-A outing and first at Classic Park.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 2-5, 1 K – Frias’ multi-hit effort was his first in a non-complex game.

Richard Paz (Lynchburg, C): 1-3, 1 R 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Paz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second for the second non-complex hit of his career

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 K – Greene extended his non-complex career-opening on-base streak to three games by reaching three times on Tuesday.

Yeury Gervacio (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 4 K – Gervacio was perfect in his first outing of his first full non-complex season.

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