Scoreboard

Triple-A: Buffalo Bisons 5, Columbus Clippers 4
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 11, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8 
High-A: Lake County Captains 5, Peoria Chiefs 1 (F/8)
Single-A: Columbus Fireflies 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 1 (F/10)

Highlights

Micah Pries (1B, Akron): 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI – Pries finished a single short of the cycle in this one. He homered in the RubberDucks six run first inning and now has nine hits in his last three games after a slow start. 

Brayan Rocchio (2B, Akron): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB, BB – Rocchio singled in the first and doubled in the eighth. He was starting to hit better before his trip to the concussion IL. He had three hits in Bingham but cooled off. The good news is that his OBP continues to be solid because he’s drawing walks and showing good all around skills.

George Valera (RF, Akron): 2-5, 2R, 2 RBI, SB – Valera has put the Akron offense on his back since the trip to Binghamton, but he contributed to four runs between his two RBI and two runs scored, so everything they’re doing, he’s right in the middle. Even better, he didn’t walk in this game, so he was aggressive with the bat while not striking out.

Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 0-2, 3BB, 2R – When you don’t have a hit, but get on base three times and score twice, you can impact a game in a big way without your bat. Even better, New Hampshire didn’t even bother to attempt a steal off of Naylor.

RHP Jake Miller (SP, Lynchburg): 5IP, 2H, ER, BB, 10K – A career best outing for the 2021 20th round pick. He allowed four runs in 3.2 innings his last outing, so this was a big turnaround.

RHP Jack Leftwich (tandem SP, Lynchburg): 4IP, H, BB, 5K – That’s now seven straight innings for Leftwich without allowing a run over two appearances on just two hits, with seven strikeouts. 

Richie Palacios (LF, Columbus): 1-4, HR, 3 RBI – In the first two games of the series vs. Buffalo, Palacios has been the lone source of offense, driving in three of the four runs in this loss and another hit in a shutout Tuesday. Also of note, Palacios put in two outfield assists, normally not known for his arm. 

Isaiah Greene (DH, Lynchburg: 2-4, 3B, SB – The 20 year old is getting close to carrying a .400 OBP, and is a perfect 7-7 swiping bases. The strikeouts are a little concerning, but Greene needed help with his swing coming out of the draft. Though there’s no denying he has a good idea of the strike zone and has patience.

Daniel Schneeman (3B, Akron): 1-3, R, RBI, BB, 2 SB – Speaking of all around games, Schneeman had a hit, drove in a run without a hit, drew a walk, and he stole two bases. 

Christian Cairo (SS, Lake County): 2-2, R, HR, RBI, BB – What has gotten into Christian Cairo? Two straight days with a homer after having a somewhat injury riddled season and a tough one at the plate when he did play. 

Petey Halpin (CF, Lake County): 2-4, 2B, RBI – After coming out of the game Sunday, and an off day Tuesday after the normal off day Monday, Halpin was back and looked refreshed with two solid hits that he sorely needed.

Notable Performances

RHP Hunter Gaddis (SP, Akron): 4.2IP, 8H,  6ER, BB, 9K – A rare rough start for Gaddis despite still striking out nine in less than five full innings. He gave up a hit and homer to start the game, then a walk and three hits burned him for two more runs in the third. Another hit and a homer to start the fifth inning tagged him for two more runs in a weird outing.

RHP Kevin Kelly (RP, Akron): IP, 2BB, K – A rare outing where Kelly put guys on base, but still didn’t let runs cross the plate. His ERA is now a microscopic 0.38. 

WIll Benson (DH, Columbus): 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB – No strikeouts for Benson and two times on base out of five trips to the plate is a successful night for the Guardians 2016 first rounder.

LHP Adam Scott (SP, Columbus): 4.2IP, 9H, 3ER, 2BB, 5K – It wasn’t Scott’s best outing, but an improvement.

LHP Tim Herrin (RP, Columbus): IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB – Not the best Triple-A debut for Herrin. He gave up two hits, two runs and two walks and took the loss in the seventh inning. Nowhere to go but up in his most recent promotion. 

Jhonkensy Noel (RF, Lake County): 1-4, R, RBI – Noel had a hit and an RBI, but also for the second time played right field.

RHP Aaron Davenport (SP, Lake County): 5IP, 2H, ER, 2BB, 3K – Davenport only threw 57% strikes in this one and didn’t miss many bats, but kept runners off the bases over five innings.

 RHP Trey Benton (RHP, Lynchburg): IP, H, 2K, E, L (1-1) – Benton took his first loss of the year, allowing just a hit in the 10th because of the extra inning runner on second rule, though he did contribute an error to cause the loss. That’s a very interesting night. 

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