Photo: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers


Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 5, Louisville Bats 0
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 9, Altoona Curve 8
High-A – Lansing Lugnuts 4, Lake County Captains 1
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 6, Salem Red Sox 3


Will Benson (Columbus, LF-CF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Benson led off the night at the plate fir the Clippers with a bomb and then proceeded to reach base three more times, all via non-intentional walks, and steal second on one of those occasions. While walks and steals are not the first things you think of in regards to Benson, he already has 12 and 4, respectively, through his first 72 plate appearances of the season.

Tanner Tully (Columbus, SP): W (2-0), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 K, 1 WP – Tully’s major league experience seems to have been beneficial as he was dominant as he returned to Triple-A with his best outing of the season so far.


Anthony Castro (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 BB – Castro started his rehab assignment with a walk, but immediately induced a double play that allowed him to face the minimum in the seventh.


Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Not only did Gonzalez extend his hitting steak to seven games on Thursday, he also made an outfield assist in the fourth, foiling Albert Almora Jr.’s attempt to stretch a single into a double.

Jonathan Engelmann (Columbus, backup CF-LF): 2-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – Engelmann, who entered the game after starting CF Daniel Johnson left in the first with a possible injury, was impressive, to say the least, in his return to Triple-A ball.

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 K – After only one multi-hit game in his first 16, Tolman now has back-to-back two-hit performances.

Alex Young (Columbus, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 4 K – Young has pitched four shutout 9innings in his last two outings.

Jose Tena (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Tena’s sixth-inning triple drove in the first run of a four-run frame that tied the game at seven runs apiece.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB – Rocchio followed with a two-run homer to right to bring the Mallards of Main Street within a run of the once seemingly dominant Curve.

Julian Escobedo (Akron, LF): 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 CS, 1 HBP – Escobedo completed the comeback with a single a few batters later.

George Valera (Akron, RF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – Valera’s seventh-inning single drove in a pair of runs to break the aforementioned tie and score the ultimately game-winning runs.

Marcos Gonzalez (Akron, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Gonzalez followed up his first multi-hit game of the season on Wednesday with his second in as many nights.

Andrew Misiaszek (Akron, RP): W (2-0), 3 H, 2 BB (1 intentional), 4 K – Misiaszek remains unscored upon in 11.2 innings after successfully walking the tightrope in his worst (least good?) outing of the season so far.

Kevin Kelly (Akron, RP): S (2), 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 4 K – Kelly converted his second save of the season in as many opportunities despite allowing his first earned run of the season (11.1 IP).

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Martinez stole his fifth base of the season in the sixth inning en route to scoring the lone Captains run of the game.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, RF): 1-4, 1 RBI – Rodriguez drove in said run a couple of batters later by grounding into a fielder’s choice.

Korey Holland (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 2 2B, 1 K – Holland hit his first two doubles at the High-A level in the most impressive individual performance of a dismal evening for the Eastlake nine..

Aaron Davenport (Lake County, SP): ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 1 BK – Davenport minimized the damage caused by his control struggles to highlight a rough night for the Captains pitching staff.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Greene’s two-out blast in the seventh was his first non-complex homer and the second of his competitive professional career.

Milan Tolentino (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Tolentino continues to rake, improving his slash line to .383/.492/.489 on Thursday.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Burgos has now driven in 13 runs in 15 games in his first full season of non-complex ball.

Will Dion (Lynchburg, SP); ND, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 7 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP – Dion’s second hit batter of the season was a rare lapse of control for a man with a 22:2 K:BB ratio in four starts this season.

Juan Zapata (Lynchburg, RP): W (2-1), 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 8 K – Zapata continued the strikeout parade by equaling his total from his first three outings of the season.

Elvis Jerez (Lynchburg, RP): S (2), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Jerez rebounded from allowing a pair of runs on Sunday by remaining perfect in two save opportunities with this three-up, three-down ninth.

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