Imge: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains
Xzavion Curry (SP, Akron): 5 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 8 K – Curry made the start for Akron and went three perfect innings to start, striking out a pair in the first and the third. He allowed two to reach in the fourth, but didn’t give up any runs. He did allow one to score on a solo home run in the fifth, but left with the game tied at the end of that inning.
Jose Fermin (SS, Columbus): 1/4, R, 4 RBI, HR While it wasn’t a sustained effort throughout the night, Fermin provided nearly all the offense the Clippers needed in one at bat. Coming to the plate in the second with the bases loaded after a walk, Fermin hit a grand slam for his fifth homer of the year. The Clippers tacked on one more after that in the inning, then wouldn’t score again throughout the night.
Tanner Bibee (SP, Lake County): 5iP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 8K – One of the runs that came as part of a double probably should’ve been an error on left fielder Johnathan Rodriguez sliding and missing a catch right through his glove. other than that, Bibee was dominant showing a strong three pitch mix and was up to 97.
Best of the Rest
Tanner Tully (SP, Columbus): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Tully wasn’t amazing last night, but made a strong start that allowed the Clippers to squeak one out. He hit a batter and allowed a single in the first, gave up another single and walk in the second then gave up individual hits in the third and fifth, but never allowed a run to score. IN the sixth, he gave up a double and single to start the inning, then allowed the lone run to score on a sac fly.
Will Brennan (CF, Akron): 3/4, R, 2B, 2 RBI – After flying out in the first, Brennan was perfect for the rest of the night. He doubled in a run in the fourth to give the Ducks the lead, but was out trying to score on the next play. He then singled home a run in the sixth and stole second. He singled one more time in the ninth and later on scored.
George Valera (RF, Akron): 1/3, 2 R, BB, 2B – Valera walked and scored the game’s first run in the fourth prior to Brennan’s double. He doubled himself in the sixth, and again scored thanks to Brennan.
Angel Martinez (2B, Lake County) Game 1: 3/3, R, 2 RBI, 2B, BB – Martinez walked in the second to reach for the first time, but was thrown out going to third on a fly ball. He then singled in the fourth, but was out on the bases again, this time at second when Christian Cairo grounded into a fielder’s choice. He finally got into the action in the fifth when he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He doubled to scored two, then scored himself on the ensuing single. The Captains scored six in all that inning, but it wouldn’t be enough due to a faulty bullpen.
Christian Cairo (SS, Lake County) Game 1: 1/3, R, 2 RBI, BB – Cairo followed Martinez’s second inning walk with one of his own, but was stranded. He copied Martinez again in the fifth when he hit a two run single following Martinez’s double. Given the situation of a tie game in a double header, Cairo started at second in the eighth, advanced on a wild pitch and scored the go ahead run on a ground out.
Joe Naranjo (1B, Lake County) Game 2: 1/3, HR – Naranjo lead off the game with a strike out, but hit a home run in the third for the Captains’ only run in game two. They went on to lose 5-1.
Milan Tolentino (SS, Lynchburg): 2/4, 2B – Tolentino singled in the fourth, but was out on a double play. He then doubled in the sixth, but was stranded. His dad, Jose, who is the Angels spanish broadcaster and also played professionally 15 years was in town and made the call of the double.
Luis Durango (CF, Lynchburg): 3/3, R, SB – Durango first reached on a bunt single in the third, then advanced on an error and scored on Isaiah Greene’s triple. He singled again and stole a base in the fifth and a third time in the eighth, but was caught stealing this time.
Davis Sharpe (RP, Lynchburg): 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Sharpe came into a tied game in the seventh and believe it or not, was pretty sharp! He struck out two, working around two singles. In the eighth, he struck out two more, again working around two base runners. Interestingly, the one that was his fault was thrown out at second trying to turn a single into a double while the one who reached via error ended up advancing on a balk.
Luis Oviedo (RP, Akron): IP, H, 2K – Oviedo made his return appearance in the Cleveland system after being claimed on waivers after the Pirates designated him for assignment last week. The former international signing by Cleveland worked some deep counts, gave up a hit, got tagged with an unnecessary error but ultimately struck out two in his return performance.
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