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NOTE: The Double-A Akron RubberDucks and High-A Lake County Captains played doubleheaders on Saturday instead of risking light crowds on Easter Sunday.

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 4, Syracuse Mets 3
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 2, Delmarva Shorebirds 1 (10 innings)

HIGHLIGHTS

Luke Maile (Columbus, starting C): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Normally, rehab appearances are their own category here in ATF, but Maile’s second outing of his season-opening rehab stint was by far the best performance of a truncated Easter slate in the Guardians’ farm system. Not only was his sixth-inning solo shot to right the Clippers’ only extra-base hit of the game, but it also represented the eventual game-winning run. In his two rehab appearances so far, Maile is 4-for-5 with today’s homer, 3 RBI, and a walk. While it is only Triple-A, these numbers provide a glimmer of hope for offensive production at a position where the Big Club has sorely lacked it to start the season.

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Palacios has reached safely in seven of the nine games he has played in this season following a Sunday on which he was involved in half of the Clippers’ runs.

Daniel Johnson (Columbus, RF): 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 K – During his current four-game hitting streak, Johnson is 6-for-16 (.375).

Jose Fermin (Columbus, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 K – Fermin has now reached base in ten of the eleven games he has played this season, helped largely by te n walks, which have resulted in a higher isolated plate discipline (.193) than batting average (.188).

Ben Krauth (Columbus, RP): W (1-0), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Krauth remains unscored upon on one hit and one walk in 5.1 innings following a perfect fifth frame on Sunday that earned him his first individual victory of the season.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, CF): 1-2, 3 BB – Greene has walked in exactly a quarter of his plate appearances this season (7 of 28).

Victor Planchart (Lynchburg, C): 1-5, 1 RBI – Planchart’s tenth-inning single drove in 3B Jake Fox, who started the inning at second, for the game-winning run. The RBI was his fourth in only three games played so far this season.

Carson Tucker (Lynchburg, SS): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K – Tucker drove in the Hillcats’ first run in the bottom of the fourth to respond to a Shorebirds tally in the top of the frame.

Jack Leftwich (Lynchburg, RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 5 K – Leftwich dominated his half of the piggyback to continue an impressive official start to his professional career. He has pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only five baserunners (all hits) while striking out eight on 94 total pitches.

Davis Sharpe (Lynchburg, RP): W (1-1), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – It only took Sharpe three competitive outings to earn his first individual victory. He did so on Sunday while nearly striking out the side in order (struck out the first two batters before an inning-ending groundout) in the tenth.

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