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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


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.


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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