Photo: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats


Triple-A: Game 1 – Buffalo Bisons 4, Columbus Clippers 2; Game 2 – Columbus Clippers 4, Buffalo Bison
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 9, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 7
High-A: Lake County Captains 4, Peoria Chiefs 1
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Columbia Fireflies 2


Tyler Freeman (2B, Columbus): 2-7, HR, 2 RBI, R – Not the prettiest line in a double-header, but Freeman hit his second homer of the season in game two, had an RBI in game one, and his sacrifice bunt in game two set up the walkoff win for the Clippers. A solid night as Freeman works to get his footing in Triple-A.

Bryan Lavastida (C, Columbus): 2-3, SB –  Lavastida started game one of Columbus’ double header and ripped two hits and got a great jump to steal a base and forced an errant throw, allowing him to head to third. It’s been a slow start to the year for Lavastida but he still has plenty of skills and ability. 

Will Brennan (CF, Columbus): 2-7, BB – Brennan collected his first two Triple-A hits and drew a walk, playing both halves of the Clippers’ double-header.

LHP Tanner Tully (SP, Columbus): 5.2IP, 7H, 3ER, 2BB, 4K –  Tully threw well for five innings and then it kind of unraveled in the sixth inning, but a solid outing considering the Clippers ran through five pitchers in game one.

Gavin Collins (C, Columbus): 1-3, HR, RBI – After a 10-minute squirrel delay, yes, a squirrel delay, Collins smacked a solo homer to get the Clippers on the board. Rally squirrel strikes again.

RHP Justin Garza (RP, Columbus): 0.1IP, H,ER, 3BB, K – This was Garza’s first game of the season after an injury delayed his season. He was throwing 95-97, but he didn’t really have much control. Just knocking off some rust.

Brayan Rocchio (SS, Akron): 2-5, 2B, RBI – It’s good to see Rocchio get the bat going with his luck lately. He’s been hit by a pitch in the head and just came back from a stint on the concussion list and he wasn’t hitting a ton before then.

Jose Tena (2B, Akron): 2-5, 2R – That’s five hits in two games for Tena. His OBP is still low thanks to his free swinging ways and the power isn’t there right now, but his average is up to .282.

Julian Escobedo (LF, Akron): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI – Escobedo’s third homer of a year, a two run shot in the sixth, broke open the game for Akron in sixth run inning. He should get plenty of run in the outfield with Brennan up in Columbus and nobody in Lake County pushing down the door.

Jonathan Engelmann (RF, Akron): 2-4, 2B – The same now goes for Engelmann with regards to playing time.

Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 1-3, 2BB, SB – It’s amazing how often Naylor’s lines look exactly like a leadoff hitters line, even if he’s a strange fit. Two walks and a steal, from a catcher. It’s an odd skill set but it works. 

Alexfri Planez (RF, Lake County): 2-5 – It’s not consistent, but Planez is hitting some and showing some promise. He did strikeout in this one and the walks arent there, but they probably never will be. He’s just got to make more contact.

Petey Halpin (CF, Lake County): 1-4, BB – Always good to see Halpin get on base twice in a game any way he can. His numbers aren’t pretty but he’s making progress as a teenager in High-A, a very aggressive assignment.

Christian Cairo (2B, Lake County): 1-4, 2B, RBI – Cairo has two homers this past week and a double, so he’s starting to come along a little more with the bat finally. He was solid last year but this year has dealt with some injuries and playing time issues, so it’s taken some time.

LHP Doug Nikhazy (SP, Lake County): 4.2IP, H, 4BB, 4K – You have to give it to Nikhazy. There are some games where he’s not getting hit. He’s just putting runners on. Here, he walked four more. In 26 innings, he’s allowed 23 hits and 23 walks, but has struck out 39. Not pretty for the WHIP. 

LHP Raymond Burgos (RP, Lake County): IP, 2K, (Hold) – Another solid outing for Burgos as a reliever. 

Jorge Burgos (LF, Lynchburg): 2-4, BB – Not much to write home about offensively for the Hillcats despite the win, but Burgos had two more hits.

Victor Planhart (1B, Lynchburg): 2-4, BB, RBI – Planchart has been playing first base with Will Bartlett on the IL, and he got on base three times here and drove in the game winning run. He’s not a first base type with the bat, but it’s good to see his bat going considering Cleveland’s lack of catching depth.

LHP Rodney Boone (SP, Lynchburg): 7IP, 7H, 2ER, 7K – A career high seven innings for Boone and seven more strikeouts as he continues to rack those up in bunches.

RHP Hugo Villalobos (RP, Lynchburg): 3IP, H, 6K – Villalobos is having a solid year as a long man and is part of Lynchburg’s strikeout binging arms.

RHP Tyler Thornton (RP, Lynchburg): IP, 3ER – Off the IL, Thornton had the best of his brief career – his first time not allowing a run in five outings now. 

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