Photo: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Scoreboard

Triple-A: Louisville Bats 4, Columbus Clippers 3
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 3, Altoona Curve 2
High-A: Game 1 – Lake County Captains 3, Lansing Lugnuts 0; Game 2 – Lansing Lugnuts 8, Lake County Captains 0
Low-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Salem Red Sox 4

Highlights

Gavin Williams (SP, Lake County): 6IP, H, BB, HBP, 5K – Williams was overpowering with his fastball. He didn’t miss tons of bats with it, but the Lugnuts hitters were late on it and made a lot of bad contact. He was fastball heavy, but it was working. 

Jake Miller (SP, Lynchburg): 4IP, H, 2BB, 9K – A dominant performance for Miller. The best of his young career so far. He got up to 95 and really turned it on after a rough first start. In his three starts after his debut, Mailler has gone 12 innings, allowing seven hits, two runs, six walks and struck out 18 strikeouts. Pretty impressive. 

Will Benson (DH, Columbus): 2-3, 2BB, R – When Will Benson was drafted, it’s hard to say anyone imagined him being a leadoff hitter. But really, the way he works deeps counts, draws walks, and has power, when he gets to it through contact, plus his speed, it’s an interesting profile. He was on base here four out of five times in the game. He’s going to strikeout in bunches (he didn’t tonight, however), but he clearly can get on base when he’s not hitting for power. The skills to fill a major league role are more than there.

Kirk McCarty (piggyback SP, Columbus): 5.1IP, 5H, ER, BB, 3K – Fresh off his major league debut, McCarty piggybacked Tobias Myers and McCarty did what he does best – doesn’t miss bats, but finds a way to give quality innings almost each time out and take the ball every fifth (or sixth) day. Another solid line for McCarty.

Jose Tena (SS, Akron): 2-4, 3B, R – After a slow start, Tena is starting to heat up at the end of April. He’s 5-12 over the last three games, a double, two triples and an RBI. He’s raised his average about 30 points in the last three contests.

Tanner Burns (SP, Akron): 5IP, 4H, ER, BB, 6K – Burns had a solid night throwing strikes (53 of 79) and has only allowed two or less runs in all of his starts so far this year.  

Milan Tolentino (SS, Lynchburg): 1-2, 3BB, 3R, SB – A solid day of work for Tolentino, who continues to have a really impressive offensive April and has been Lynchburg’s best hitter. 

Best of the rest

Gabriel Arias (SS, Columbus): 1-4, HR, 3 RBI – Arias hasn’t hit a ton back in Columbus. He was off to a good start earlier in the month. Since his ML debut he hasn’t hit much. This was just one hit, but hopefully this gets him going again. 

David Fry (1B, Columbus): 2-4, 2B –  The batting average is still low, but Fry is starting to hit a little more. He’s certainly showing extra-base power, just not consistently yet. We still haven’t seen him catch much, which might be telling.

Brayan Rocchio (2B, Akron): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB – Rocchio is starting to come around after a slow start, too. He’s not heating up as fast as Tena, but he does have two homers in his last three games. 

Jhonkensy Noel (DH, Lake County): 1-6, HR – Noel clobbered a homer but struck out twice in Lake County’s double-header. 

Kevin Kelly (RP, Akron): IP, 2H – No strikeouts tonight, but Kelly continues to be dominant regardless. Sometimes it is hard to know how he’s doing it and if it will continue, but the results are hard to ignore.

Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 1-4, SB – It was just one hit, but Naylor now has six steals this year in six chances. Also notable that he returned to action last night for the first time since Tuesday with a sore left arm. He had a hit and steal last night and a hit and steal tonight. It’s progress.

Marcos Gonzalez (1B, Akron): 1-4, HR, RBI – It hasn’t been much of a sample size, but Gonzalez has hit well in April in limited action. He was a highly paid international prospect at one time, so we shouldn’t write him off yet.

Petey Halpin (CF, Lake County): 1-4, BB, SB – Halpin broke up the no hitter in game two and reached on a catchers interference. He also reached on an error in game one, so he managed to get on base four times through two games.

Jorge Burgos (DH, Lynchburg): 2-4, BB, RBI, 2R – Burgos has started to hit as of late as well. Not for power, but he’s getting on base and making an impact.

Jake Fox (2B, Lynchburg): 1-3, RBI, 2BB – Fox has walked six times in the last two games. He had six games in April with two or more walks. The 19 year old has 23 walks and 15 strikeouts so far. No power to speak of, but clearly he has a good understanding of the strike zone and is discsiplined. He was also back at second after playing some centerfield recently.

Luis Durango Jr. (CF, Lynchburg): 2-5, R, RBI, SB – Durango has had a hard time finding hits so far, even with his speed, so this was a good game to see from him.

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