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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 8, Louisville Bats 7 (10 innings)
Double-A – Altoona Curve 6, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – Lansing Lugnuts 3, Lake County Captains 1
Low-A – Salem Red Sox at Lynchburg Hillcats – RAINED OUT

HIGHLIGHTS

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – While his entire evening was impressive, the obvious highlight came with the Clippers down a pair of runs and down to their last out. Gonzalez made contact with the a 1-1 pitch and sent it screaming into the left field concourse at Huntington Park (which isn’t easy, there’s netting out there – seriously) for a game-tying two-run homer. That blast was his firth homer of the season and increased his RBI total to 15 in 17 games. Fun Fact: His .310 ISO is identical to his batting average.

Bryan Lavastida (Columbus, C): 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Lavastida was unsurprisingly impressive in his 2022 Triple-A debut, given that he had grown used to facing major league pitching the past few weeks. What was surprising is the strangest coincidence I have seen in baseball in quite some time. Lavastida scored his first minor league run of the season in the fourth on a passed ball. Six innings later, his leadoff fly out to right put extra runner Daniel Johnson in position to score on a passed ball in the next at-bat. The catcher responsible for those passed balls? Sandy Leon, who many expected to start the season as the Guardians’ backup backstop instead of Lavastida.

BEST OF THE REST

Daniel Johnson (Columbus, LF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B. 1 K, Picked Off 1 time – The friendly confines of Huntington Park have been extremely kind to Johnson, who has a 1.048 OPS in five games at the corner of Neil and Nationwide, compared to a paltry .343 in road games (his home batting average is better than that [.429]).

David Fry (Columbus, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Fry has posted multiple total bases in consecutive games for the first time this season as he continues to break out of his early-season slump.

George Valera (Akron, RF): 1-3, 1 2B, 2 BB – For eight innings, Valera was the best offensive performer on a rough night for the Mallards of Main Street. In the ninth, however, he trended in the opposite direction of the rest of the lineup and grounded into a fielders’ choice that short-circuited a monumental comeback-in-the-making.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SB – Brennan added a his first stolen base of the campaign to an already impressive April statline.

Hunter Gaddis (Akron, RP): 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 7 K – Gaddis recovered from an ugly outing in Bowie, Md. (5 ER on 3 H and 2 BB in 0.2 IP) to carry more than his share of the piggyback load in a solid outing reminiscent of his season debut. Control seems crucial to his success as his K:BB ratio in the two good outings is a stratospheric 14:1!

Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 2B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB, 1 E – Delgado has now reached base in eight straight games and nine of ten played this season.

Micael Ramirez (Lake County, C): 2-2, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 PB – Ramirez had by far the best night of any Captain, but also allowed the first Lugnut run of the night to score on a passed ball.

Tanner Bibee (Lake County, SP): ND, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP – While Bibee had been walking the proverbial tightrope before leaving the game with an injury, he never fell off of it (NOTE: This statline, as well as Matt turner’s below, differs from the official boxscore because, upon reviewing the play-by-play of the inning [both the official text play-by-play and my scorecard], I determined that the run was an earned run charged to Turner rather than an unearned one charged to Bibee.)

Matt Turner (Lake County, RP): 1 H, 1 R (earned), 3 K, 1WP – Turner was stellar in the fifth and sixth after a tumultuous completion of the fourth frame to keep the Captains in the game.

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