Ike Freeman (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Freeman ‘s night would be impressive under any circumstances. Two-homer games are rare enough, even more so those where both dingers are of the multi-run variety. Freeman took it to yet another level, however, by doing it from the nine hole. Not a bad way to get one’s first hits of the season.
Logan T. Allen (Akron, SP): W (1-1), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 8 K – Another start, another good outing for Allen, who gets the individual victory this time. Due to striking out one less guy while issuing a pair of walks again, his K:BB ratio actually dipped slightly to 17:4. You know you’re good when a 8 K, 2 BB statline can lower your ratio.
Joe Naranjo (Lake County – Game 1, 1B): 1-3, 1 K – Naranjo singled in the first to extend his season-opening on-base streak to five games. This, however, was but a prelude to…
Joe Naranjo (Lake County – Game 2, 1B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 K – While Naranjo has been consistent to start the season, he was spectacular in Thursday’s nightcap. His two home runs, including a fourth-inning grand slam, provided exactly half of the Captains’ scoring their Game 2 blowout victory.
BEST OF THE REST
Alex Call (Columbus, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B – After going 0-for-9 in Allentown, Call has compiled seven total bases in his two games played at home this week. Also, given the final score, it is somewhat surprising that Call was the only Clipper other Freeman to have a multi-hit game.
Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, SS): 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Tolman has reached base in five of the seven games he has played in so far this season. Each of those games has included at least one walk, leading to a stellar 5:8 K:BB ratio and .222 isolated plate discipline.
Mike Rivera (Columbus, C): 1-3, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SF – An all-around solid evening at the plate for the Columbus backstop.
Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E – Tena doubled his season hit total in his first multi-hit game of the new campaign.
Julian Escobedo (Akron, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – Escobedo also had his most productive night of the season so far, reaching base three times to equal his total from his first five games of the season.
Brayan Rocchio (Akron, 2B): 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Rocchio’s solo shot to to right center in the third was the RubberDucks’ only extra-base hit of the game.
Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 2-4, 1 RBI – Brennan’s hitting streak now stands at five games after yet another notable night at the plate.
Bo Naylor (Akron, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – Naylor also extended a hitting streak on Thursday, in his case to four games.
Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County – Game 1, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Noel’s Game 1 was a bit of a mixed bag. His two-run homer to right in the sixth drove in the Captains’ only runs in the opener of yesterday’s doubleheader. On the other hand, he committed both of the game’s fielding miscues, one of which resulted in the second Dragons run.
Aaron Davenport (Lake County – Game 1, SP): L(0-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP – Control issues (and Noel’s aforementioned error) plagued Davenport’s season debut, but he finished strong to limit the damage.
Petey Halpin (Lake County – Game 2, CF): 3-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – After going 0-for-8 in his last two games, Halpin doubled his season hit total in a single seven-inning game.
Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County – Game 2, DH): 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – An effort that would’ve likely been filed under “Highlights” on any other night improves Rodriguez’s slash line to .583/.583/.833 in four games.
Raynel Delgado (Lake County – Game 2, 3B): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 E – Delgado rounded out the trio of three-hit efforts in the second game with a stellar performance at the bottom of the lineup.
Lenny Torres (Lake County – Game 2, SP): ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed, WP, 1 HBP – Despite some control issues, a solid 2022 competitive debut for Torres.
Jordan Jones (Lake County – Game 2, RP): W (1-0), 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – – Jones picks up his first individual victory of the season with a perfect 6th and 7th, inlcuding three strikeouts in his last four batters faced.
Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – Fox has reached safely in five of his six games this season following his first non-complex multi-hit game.
Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Frias has been feast-or-famine at the plate early in his first non-complex season, alternating hitless and two-hit games in his last four played (not including a late-game pinch-running appearance on Sunday in Salem, Va,).
Victor Planchart (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K – Planchart has not played much this season, but has made the most of the at-bats he; gotten.Through two games, he is 3-for-9 with a double and three RBI.
Rodney Boone (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP – While he didn’t pitch long enough to earn the individual victory, as is usual this early in the Single-A season, his solid start did lay the groundwork for the Hillcats’ first win of the season.
Elvis Jerez (Lynchburg, RP): S (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 6 K – Jerez finished the job by striking out the side twice, once in order.
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