Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 7, St. Paul Saints 4
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Erie Seawolves 4 (12 innings)
High-A – Lake County Captains 2, Great Lakes Loons 1
Low-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Down East Wood Ducks 3

HIGHLIGHTS

Joey Cantillo (Akron, SP): ND, 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 8 K – As impressive as this outing was, it could’ve been even better.  All that stood between him and four perfect frames was a two-batter stretch in the third.  The culprit seemed to be a minute change in his delivery mechanics (from where I was sitting, the motion looked to tense and compact).  A mound visit from pitching coach Owen Dew straightened him out, however, and normal service resumed afterward.  Cantillo’s scoreless May continues and now stands at 13 innings in three starts.

Manuel Alvarez (Akron, RP):  1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed – While this outing continued Alvarez’s pattern of alternating good and bad outings, it is notable because he got all four of his out via strikeout, bring the Mallards of Main Street’s total into double digits before the game was half over.

Andrew Misiaszek (Akron, RP): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K – After bringing the top of the sixth in for a rough landing, including allowing both inherited runners to score, he hurled two solid frames of his own, adding three punchouts to the ‘Ducks already prolific total in the process.

Kevin Kelly (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP – Kelly carried the game from regulation into extra innings with a pair of scoreless innings that extended his shutout streak to seven innings in four games dating back to April 30.  Oh, and he struck out three more guys.

Kyle Marman (Akron RP): 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 3 K – While not a spectacular outing, it was good enough to keep the RubberDucks in the game and ears, you read that right, the RubberDuck pitching staff struck out 21 Seawolves on Thursday night.  Yes, it was in twelve innings, but that’s still impressive.

Milan Tolentino (Lynchburg, DH): 4-4, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 1 CS – The superlative performances were not limited to the Canal Park mound last night.  Tolentino continues to make the case for a promotion to the Corner of SOM Center and Vine with performances like this one.  While his slash line is “only” .410/.505/.494 after a recent five-game 3-for-16 slump, but now that he’s out of said funk, his OPS should be back over 1.000 in no time flat.

Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, 2B): 3-5, 1 R, 5 RBI, 1 K – Valdes nearly doubled his season total with a carer-high five RBI (besting a three-RBI game for the then-AZL Indians on July 24, 2019 against Padres 1).

REHAB

Yu Chang (Columbus, DH): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Chang’s lack of production against Triple-A pitching does raise some concerns regarding how quickly he is recovering.

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Columbus, 2B): 3-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 E – Yesterday was a bit of a wash for Palacios in terms of run production.  He was involved in the scoring of three runs, but his fifth-inning error led to three unearned Saints runs scoring,.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HBP – Freeman extended his hit streak to eight games on Thursday afternoon.

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to six games as his OPS improved to .910.

Alex Call (Columbus, LF): 3-4, 1 R – While the Clippers didn’t need twelfth-inning heroics from Call on Thursday, he had another impressive offensive performance.  In this series, he is 6-for-14 (.429) with three RBI, two of them game-winning.

Tobias Myers (Columbus, SP): W (1-3), 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R (all unearned), 2 BB, 2 K – Myers rebounded from his worst start of the season (5 ER on 6 H and 4 BB in 3.1 IP last Friday) with his best outing of the campaign to earn his first individual victory in the Guardians org.  It would’ve been a scoreless effort, too, if not for the aforementioned Palacios error.

Eli Lingos (Columbus, RP): H (2), 2 IP, perfect – Lingos also rebounded from a disastrous previous outing (3 ER – 75% of his season total! – in 2.1 IP on Sunday) with this pair of perfect frames.

Thomas Ponticelli (Columbus, RP): S (1), 0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Ponticelli picked up his first Triple-A save (and first at any level since a trio for the 2019 Captains) on eight pitches after Nick Mikolajchak struggled to start the inning.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 2-6, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Tena’s evening was the game in a microcosm.  Tena entered the eighth inning hitless and proceeded to drive in a pair of runs on the same number of singles, including the walk-off RBI in the bottom of the 12th.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-5, 1 RBI – Just when it looked like Brennan would have a rare nonproductive night at the plate, Will Brennan returned to Will Brennan things and drove in Tena (the extra runner) to answer the Seawolves’ tally from the top of the eleventh and send the game to the ultimately deciding frame.

Micah Pries (Akron, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Before any of the aforementioned extra-inning heroics could occur, the game first needed to reach extras.  Pries saw to that with a one-out solo shot off the batter’s eye in dead center in the bottom of the ninth.

Jonathan Engelmann (Akron, LF): 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 E – Before all of this, Engelmann led off the sixth with a home run that not only started the RubberDucks scoring, but also broke up Seawolves starter Austin Bergner’s perfect game.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Martinez’s eight-inning double resulted in his sixth RBI of the season and the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning run.

Michael Amditiis (Lake County, starting C): 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Amditis started the scoring in the second, also with a double, driving in his first run of the season in the process and bringing his non-complex total to five RBI in 45 games (all of both with the Captains).

Mason Hickman (Lake County, SP): ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K – While Hickman’s best and longest outing of the season so far was good enough to deserve the individual victory, it still wasn’t long enough to be eligible for it.

Alaska Abney (Lake County, RP): W (1-1), 1.2 IP, 2 K, 1 HBP – The decision instead went to Abney, who earned his first win as a pro with his best outing of the season.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, CF): 2-4, 3 R, 1 K, 1 HBP – Burgos scored all three times he reached base as he extended his on-base streak to seven games.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – During his current four-game hitting streak, Greene is 5-for-12 with five runs scored and three driven in.  Four walks, yesterday’s triple, and a homer bring his slash line for this stretch to .417/.563/.833.

Brauny Munoz (Lynchburg, RP): W (1-0), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Munoz rebounded from allowing four earned runs in as many innings last Thursday with this stellar outing.

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