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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Omaha Storm Chasers 4, Columbus Clippers 3
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 9, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1
High-A – Dayton Dragons 2, Lake County Captains 0
Low-A – Fredericksburg Nationals 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 1 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
Low-A – Fredericksburg Nationals 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 5 (Game 2 – 7 innings)

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI – Will Brennan’s season has been marked by consistent production punctuated by some spectacular games.  Sunday in Richmond, Va. was something entirely different, however.  His seven total bases equaled his career high (August 19 of last season vs. the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park – also a single, double, and homer) and the six RBI doubled his previous professional best (nine times – most recently April 15 vs. the Reading Fightin’ Phils – also in Akron).  As good as he was last season, Brennan STILL might be the organization’s breakout player of 2022.

REHAB

Yu Chang (Columbus, 1B): 0-4, 1 K – While the statline is abysmal, the real news here is actually very good as Chang played in a full game (in the field, no less) for the first time in his current rehabilitation stint.

BEST OF THE REST

Will Benson (Columbus, LF):’ 1-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – While not as flashy as his extra-base hits of the preceding two days, yesterday’s single made it three in a row with a hit for Benson.

Tyer Freeman (Columbus, SS): 1-3, 1 RB I, 1 HBP – Freeman now has a five-game hitting streak after going a combined 0-for-9 in his first two competitive games of 2022.

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Gonzalez, who is now slashing .311/.328/.590 with 25 RBI (fourth in the International League), had the Clippers’ only extra-base hit of Sunday’s series finale in Omaha.

Anthony Alford (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB – Alford picked up his first hit in the Guardians organization yesterday.

Alex Call (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Call’s return to the field was a triumphant one as he had a pair of hits in his first game in twelve days.

Thomas Ponticelli (Columbus, RP): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Ponticelli continues to impress in his first Triple-A season.  He has allowed only two earned runs in 15.1 innings (1.17 ERA) and has held opposing hitters to a .200/.328/.220 slash line.  Not bad for one’s first month or so at the highest level of the minor leagues.

Alex Young (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Young’s perfect eighth further improved his already stratospheric K:BB ratio to 21:1!

Julian Escobedo (Akron, LF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – The month of May has been a good one for Escobedo so far.  In seven games (all but one of them multi-total base), he is slashing .345/.379/.538 with five doubles and eight RBI.

George Valera  (Akron, RF): 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Valera rebounded from a pair of hitless games (0-for-7 with 5 K and 2 BB combined) with this solid effort.

Bo Naylor (Akron, DH): 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Bo Naylor’s K:BB ratio his first three professional seasons – 244:101 (2.42).  His K:BB ratio this season – 16:16 (1.00).  In May – 4:8 (0.50).  None of these numbers are typos.

Logan Allen (Akron, SP): W (2-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP – Allen dominated in his first start as the lone Logan Allen in the system.

Kevin Kelly (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 2 H ,1 K – Kelly’s ERA keeps dropping and is now 0.55 (1 ER in 16.1 IP).

Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – Despite some control issues, Marman made it back-to-back scoreless outings after giving up his first run of the season on Tuesday.

Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 2B): 1-2, 1 2B, 1 BB – Delgado continued his May on-base streak, now at four games, but was unable to carry an otherwise anemic Captain offense.

Tommy Mace (Lake County, SP): ND, 4.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K – The hitting may have been anemic, but, for the most part, the Lake County pitching staff was impressive on Sunday.  None more so than Mace, who had his best outing of the season so far (slightly besting an April 16 start against the Dragons in Eastlake, when he went two-thirds of an inning less, struck out one less batter, and walked one more than he did on Sunday).

Matt Turner (Lake County, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K – Turner finished the fifth and pitched a solid sixth to rebound from allowing a pair of runs in his previous outing.

Serafino Brito (Lake County, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP – Despite some control issues, Brito got out of his High-A debut unscathed.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg – Game 1, LF); 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Greene’s fifth-inning solo shot to right-center highlighted a quiet opener of Sunday’s doubleheader for the Hillcats.

Hugo Villalobos (Lynchburg – Game 1, RP): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K – Villalobos extended his scoreless streak to 4.2 innings in three games.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg – Game 2, SS): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Frias equaled his offensive output from his first four games of May combined with this impressive nightcap at the plate.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg – Game 2, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI – Fox’s multi-hit game was his first in exactly two weeks.

Joe Donovan (Lynchburg – Game 2, C): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Donovan’s seven hits this season include five of the extra-base variety (3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR) for a .200 ISO on top of his .175 AVG.

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