Photo: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks


Triple-A – Buffalo Bisons 1, Columbus Clippers 0
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 9, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 6, Peoria Chiefs 4 (11 innings)
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Columbia Fireflies 1


George Valera (Akron, RF): 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 K – While it is only one game, it was good to see Valera, whose hitting streak now stands at seven games – five of them mu;ti-hit – rake in a different ballpark (especially in his home park) against a team other than the Rumble Ponies.  Hopefully, the weather doesn’t sideline Valera for a couple of days just as he is starting to get hot.

Will Brennan (Akron, CF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, , 1 BB – While the MLB.TV stream of yesterday’s game was intended to showcase Valera in terms of Guardians prospects, the expanded audience also got to see what those of us who follow the Guards system regularly already knew – namely, that Will Brennan is good at baseball.  Brennan extended his hitting streak to seven games on a two-run homer in the first that extended his Eastern League-dominating RBI count further to 39.  Look for him to soar up lists all over the prospectverse this summer. Tolentino (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Speaking of players who a lot more people around the country will be taking notice of as this season progresses, Milan Tolentino continues to Milan Tolentino.  Milan’s slash line now stands at .383/.483/.508 after he extended his hit streak to seven games and his on-base streak to eight.


Will Benson (Columbus, CF): 2-4 – Benson was the only Clipper to reach twice in Tuesday night’s pitchers’ duel.

Tobias Myers (Columbus, SP): L (1-5), 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR allowed – Speaking of pitchers, Myers was the tough-luck loser in his second-best start of the season after allowing the game’s only run on a fifth-inning homer.

Yohan Ramirez (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Rairez rebounded from a disastrous Guardians org debut last Friday (three earned runs while getting only one batter out) with this perfect sixth.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – While it is easy to forget it in all of the Valera/Brennan-mania, Tena also has a seven-game hitting streak going.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 2-5, 2 R, 2 K – Nylor also extended his hitting streak, in his case to six games, with a multi-hit matinee.

Jaime Arias (Akron, SP): ND, 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 5 BB, 4 K – Every so often, you see a performance straight out of the Charles Nagy School of Proverbial Tightrope-Walking.  This was one such outing, and an impressive example of one, at that.

Brett Daniels (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K – Daniels was solid in his first game since being demoted from Triple-A Columbus.

Christian Cairo (Lake County, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Cairo’s three-run homer in the first was the highlight of the Eastlake nine’s hot start that was followed by 28 Captains being retired in a row.

Zach Hart (Lake County, RP): H (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K – Hart’s ERA dropped below 1.00 (0.96) with this pair of shutout frames.

Randy Labaut (Lake County, RP): W (4-1), 2.2 IP, 1 BB (intentional), 5 K – Labaut got the Captains out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the ninth after Jordan Jones surrendered the last quarter of the four-run lead the Captains had built up in the top of the first. He pitched a pair of scoreless extra innings to give the Captains time to come back (or benefit from the extra runner rule and a colossal Peoria defensive miscue – you can really look at it either way).

Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, 2B): 1-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SF, 1 SB – Valdes was one of two Hillcats to drive in a run during their seven-run first-inning as well as one of their fifth-inning insurance runs.  Those two RBI bring his season total to 22 in 29 games.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Greene, who reached four times in his third multi-walk game in his last four, was the other mult-RBI Hillcat on Tuesday evening.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI – Burgos extended his on-base streak to seven games with his second multi-hit game in a row.

Luis Durango (Lnchburg, CF): 1-4, 1 SB – Durango becomes the first Hillcat to steal ten bases this season (tied for 17th in the Carolina League).

Will Dion (Lynchburg, SP): W (2-0), 5 IP, 1 BB, 9k ,1 HBP – Dion allowed only two baserunners in five no-hit frames en route to backing up his stellar outing last week (5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K last wednesday in Salem, VA) with an even more dominant effort for his second individual victory in as many starts.

Juan Zapata (Lynchburg, RP): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K – Zapata got over half of his outs via strikeout to continue the punchout-palooza for the ‘Cats.

Davis Sharpe (Lynchburg, RP): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K – Sjarpe struck out three more to bring the Hillcats’ grand total for the evening to 17.

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