Image: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 7, St. Paul Saints 6 (12 innings)
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 2, Erie Seawolves 0
High-A – Great Lakes Loons 4, Lake County Captains 1
Low-A – Down East Wood Ducks 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 6

HIGHLIGHTS

Tanner Bibee (Lake County, SP): ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 10 K, 1 WP – Bibee is still in search of his first individual victory of a stellar season after a lack of run support cost him the decision in his second outing of qualifying length.  Bibee “rebounded” (if you consider 2 ER in 5 IP something that requires rebounding from) his least good start of the season last Wednesday with a season-high ten strikeouts and no walks in the series-opening matinee.  Through two starts in May, he has exactly equaled his K:BB ratio from three April starts (18:2).  While the season’s second month has seen him allow three earned runs in ten innings (2.70 ERA), it has also seen him improve dramatically in terms of letting runners on base in the first place (0.80 WHIP and .171 opponents AVG, down from 1.11 and .244 respectively in April).  He has also been efficient, averaging only 14.77 pitches per inning and 3.721 per batter.  Also, divide those numbers and you’ll see he;s facing an average of 3.96 batters per inning.  Not bad considering that three is the minimum in that regard.  If he keeps progressing through the minors like this, the question won’t be whether he was worthy of a fifth-round pick, it’ll be how he was even there in the fifth to select.

Anthony Alford (Columbus, CF): 2-6, 3 R, 2 HR,  2 RBI, 1 K – Alford’s start to his tenure in the Guardians organization was a slow one, going 0-for-10 in his first three games, albeit with a pair of walks in his Clippers debut last Wednesday.  He picked up his first Columbus hit in the series finale in Omaha on Sunday.  Hois first home game at Huntington Park, however, saw him belt a pair of homers.  Hopefully, this was the start of a resurgence, or at least a sign that he is capable of productivity on the friendly confines at the Corner of Neal and Nationwide.

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB (1 intentional), 1 SB – Palacios showed no signs of being in a post send-down funk in his first game back with the Clippers after being optioned on Sunday.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 HBP, Picked Off 1 time, 1 E – Freeman hit RBI doubles in back-to-back at-bats in the fifth and seventh to extend his hitting streak to six games.with his first multi-RBI game in eight played since his activation from a season-opening IL stint.

Alex Call (Columbus, DH): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 BI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SF – While his walk-off double was his most important plate appearance of the game, it wouldn;t have happened without his first RBI of the night:  a tenth-inning sac fly that answered the run the Saints scored in the top of the frame.

Robert Broom (Columbus, RP): W (2-0), 1 IP, 1 H – Broom rebounded from a rough trip to Omaha (combined 4 ER on 5 H and 1 BB with no strikeouts in 2.1 IP in two outings) to keep the game tied for the Clippers offense to win it in the bottom of the frame.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 CS – tena was involved in both of the Mallards of Main Street’s runs as he extended his scoring streak to four games.

Ike Freeman (Akron, 2B): 1-2, 2 BB, 1 K – Like Palacios, Freeman also performed well in his first game post-demotion.

George Valera (Akron, RF): 1-2, 2 BB – Valera has reached in each of the seven games he has played in this month after getting on base thrice on Tuesday night.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 BB – Brennan continues to average better than an RBI per game (27 in 25 contests).

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 0-1, 3 BB, 1 K – If you don’t believe that the Guardians’ shift in offensive emphasis to more of a small ball/plate discipline mindset is real, all I can tell you is that Bo Naylor has more walks (19) than strikeouts (17).  If that doesn’t convince you…

Xzavion Curry (Akron, SP): W (1-1), 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – After an uneven April which saw him alternate good and bad outings, Curry has been solid in both of his May starts (combined 1 ER on 4 H and 3 BB with 13 K in 11 IP).

Tim Herrin (Akron, RP): H (2), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Herrin continues to post superhuman strikeout numbers (22 in 15.1 IP – or 12.91 K/9).

Nic Enright (Akron, RP): S (4), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K – The RubberDucks closer also has been keeping up a spectacular punchout pace (12.83 K/9 – 19 in 13.1 IP).

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K – Naranjo was the only Captain to reach base twice on Tuesday.

Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 2B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Delgado’s fifth-inning homer, his first of the season, provided all the scoring the Eastlake nine would get in yesterday’s contest.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B – Frias impressed in a near-carbon copy of his Sunday performance (2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB).  Between those two games, his OPS has risen 59 points from .657 to .716.

Richard Paz (Lynchburg, C): 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 E – Paz has driven in 13 runs in 16 games despite slashing only.226/.339/.302.

Victor Planchart (Lynchburg, DH): 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K – Paz’s fellow Hillcat backstop has only seen limited playing time (ten games), but has thrived at the plate when he has seen the field (.308/.372/.410 slash line).

Franco Aleman (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP – Aleman’s fifth start of the season was his best so far.  Fun Fact:  Aleman is consistent in one facet:  Each of his starts this season has lasted exactly four innings (being part of a piggyback tandem obviously plays a role in this).

Reid Johnston (Lynchburg, RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 2 WP – The back half of said piggyback continued his uneven start to the season as he alternates good and bad outings.

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