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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 9, Iowa Cubs 3
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Binghamton Rumble Ponies 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 11, Salem Red Sox 4

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Brennan’s two-run double in the fifth was not only crucial to the RubberDucks’ victory, it also was his eleventh of the season, good for a tie for second in the Eastern League and further extended his massive lead in the EL’s RBI race (his 34 being ten ahead of New Hampshire fisher Cats SS Orelvis Martinez following the matinee games on Tuesday).  If you’re in Northeast Ohio, get to Canal Park soon to see this guy before he’s playing in Columbus.

Xzavion Curry (Akron, SP): W (2-1), 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 earned), 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 Pickoff  – Xzavion Curry’s May has been mind-blowingly incredible.  In three starts, he has allowed only two earned runs in 16.2 innings (1.08 ERA) while holding opposing batters to a .172 batting average with a 0.84 WHIP (even after allowing six hits yesterday).  Then there’s the 23:4 K:BB ratio.  The seeds of such a stretch were evident based on his good outings in April and now that he’s avoiding the four-plus run games, his numbers are starting to reflect his potential more accurately.

Andrew Misiaszek (Akron, RP): H (4), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Speaking of crazy numbers, Misiazek has been posting them all season:  0.46 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 34:6 K:BB ratio, .169 opponents AVG.  These numbers don;’ speak for themselves.  They SCREAM.

Tim Herrin (Akron, RP): S (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 5 K – Herrin, who is unscored upon in seven combined innings in his last three outings, picked up his first Double-A save with a two-inning effort that gave him his tenth non-complex save in as many opportunities.  He got five of his six outs via strikeout to bring the grand total of punchouts for the Mallards of Main Street on Tuesday afternoon to 19!

Tanner Bibee (Lake County, SP): ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR allowed – Bibee isn’t just surviving being assigned to High-A for his rookie season, he is THRIVING in the Midwest League.  In six starts, he has allowed only four earned runs in 27.2 innings (1.30 ERA) while holding opposing hitters to a .202 average and striking out 45 of them while only walking six.  Bibee’s name is one you should expect to hear a lot of in the coming years.

BEST OF THE REST

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – As consistent as Freeman has been at the plate since his injury-delayed start to the season, he has taken it to another level in his last two games (combined 4-for-7, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB).

Bryan Lavastida (Columbus, C): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K – Lavastida’s two-run homer in the fourth not only started the evening’s scoring, but also doubled his Triple-A season totals in both home runs and RBI.

Oscar Gonzalez (Columbus, RF): 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B – there is hot, there is HOT, and then there is Oscar Gonzalez, whose hitting streak reached double digits on Tuesday night.

Bobby Bradley (Columbus, 1B): 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Bradley doubled twice on Tuesday after going 0-for-14 in his first four post-demotion games.

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, 2B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – It may be spring rather than the autumn, but Tolman has been raking in May.  He has a .378/.417/.644 slash line for the month with three doubles, three homers, and nine RBI in 45 at-bats.

Kirk McCarty (Columbus, RP): H (1), 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Mccarty’s triple-A season ERA slipped below 1.00 (0.96) with these two nearly perfect frames last night.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Naylor sent the first pitch of the game over the center field fence for his second homer of the 2022 campaign.

George Valera (Akron, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B –  Valera followed with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 0-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Rocchio’s three walk bring hos season total to 14, just slightly over one every other game (.538 BB/game), far higher than his .287 BB/game from his first three professional seasons.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB – Naranjo reached the 20-RBI mark with his sixth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the top of the ninth that ended  all doubt regarding who would be the victor in Tuesday night’s series opener.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, 2B): 2-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB – Martinez’s fourth (multi-plate appearance) perfect night at the plate brought his season slash line to .305/.412/.463 and his slash for the month to .382/.462/.618.

Zach Hart (Lake County, RP): W (2-1), 2 IP, perfect, 6 K – Hart struck out the side in order twice in a row in his first outing in 24 days following a likely paper move to the ACL Guardians.

Randy Labaut (Lake  County, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K – Labaut also struck out the side, albeit not in order, in the ninth to end the game.

Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, SS): 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – Valdes has hit five hits over a two-game span for the second time in a week.  During the six-game stretch bookended by these offensive outbursts, his season slash line has improved from .214/.318/.268 to .288/.376/.350, a 140-point improvement in OPS!

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SF – Burgos’ three-RBI Tuesday puts him one away from tying his career high of 23 RBI in 2021 (split between the Hillcats and the Arizona Complex League).  Burgos’ 22 RBI this season have come in 30 games while last season’s total came in a total of 54 contests.

Milan Tolentino (Lynchburg, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB – Tolentino seems to be reclaiming some of the plate discipline he displayed in late April, hopefully the multi-hit games from that point in the season follow soon.

Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF – Bartlett has reached base safely in his last seven games with multiple plate appearances.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, CF): 3-5 1 R, 1 RBI – Greene Has already equaled his ten runs scored and five driven in from 56 April at-bats in his first 40 of May.

Rodney Boone (Lynchburg, SP): W (2-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP- Boone’s professional career is off to a prolific start.  Through his first seven starts, he is averaging less than two earned runs allowed (1.71 ERA), less than eight baserunners allowed (0.85 WHIP), and nearly 13 strikeouts (12.79 K/9) per nine innings.  Yeah, he’s good.

Davis Sharpe (Lynchburg, RP): H (2), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 HBP – Sharpe is another 2021 draftee shining in his first professional season.  His statline from his first 10 pro outings (17 innings) includes a 1.06 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, .140 opponents batting average, and 25:3 K:BB ratio.  It looks like the Cleveland Pitching Machine has no plans to slow down any time soon.

Trey Benton (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Eleven innings.  No runs.  Need i say more?  Actually, I do need to say more, because he is holding opposing hitters to an .030 batting average (only 1 hit in 33 at-bats against).

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