Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 15, Toledo Mud Hens 11
Double-A – Richmond Flying Squirrels 8, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – West Michigan Whitecaps 16, Lake County Captains 8
Low-A – Carolina Mudcats 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 2 – SUSPENDED BY RAIN – TOP 8

HIGHLIGHTS

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, 2B): 3-4, 4 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – As impressive as Tolman was in the regular season;s spring months (over .900 OPS in both April and May), his start to June has been stratospheric: 5-9, 4 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 TB, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K through the first two days of the month.  While his arrival to the org was largely unheralded, I can guarantee you everyone is paying attention now.

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Fry, whose season statline has been on a consistently upward trajectory since getting above the Mendoza Line on May 1, took it to another level with this multi-homer night on Tuesday.  Yes, it was at Huntington Park, but these numbers are a great night regardless of the dimensions of the park they’re put up at.

Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County, RF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SF, 1 E – Noel’s five total bases in this offensive outburst represented his first multi-base game since accumulating six on May 21.  Nights like this make it abundantly clear that the potential for greatness is there, now he needs to prove that he can supplement it with being very good more consistently.

BEST OF THE REST

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI., 2 BB, 1 K – You know it;s a crazy night when a three-RBI effort is under “Best of the Rest”, but here we are.  Also of note:  Tyler’s three-run homer in the second brought his season total to 20.

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – After a rough Triple-A debut, Will Brennan got back to doing Will Brennan things and now has a six-game hitting streak.  Oh, and, yeah, that;s a second three-RBI game in “Best of the Rest”.

Bobby Bradley (Columbus, DH): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Even Bradley, who has struggled in 2022, got in on the three-RBI action last night to make it three 3-RBI games that failed to qualify for Highlights in what will likely end up as a serious contender for the craziest game of the year in the organization.

Ian Gibaut (Columbus, RP): W (2-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Gibaut remains unscored upon in 5.2 innings since returning from the IL.  While we’ll never know for certain, it does raise the question of how much of his early-season struggles were injury-related.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 0-2, 3 BB, 1 SB – Despite going hitless, Naylor reached base more times than any other RubberDucks on Thursday evening.

Jonathan Engelmann (Akron, LF): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Engelmann’s two-run double in the seventh was the highlight of a dismal showing for the RubberDuck offense in front of a national MLB.TV audience.

Kevin Coulter (Akron, RP): 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 K – Coulter’s scoreless innings-eating was the best performance of a night when even starter Joey Cantillo looked mortal.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 CS – Halpin responded to the end of his nine-game hitting streak on Wednesday with this two-hit effort.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-5, 2 R 1 3B – Naranjo’s multi-hit night included his third triple of the 2022 campaign.

Reid Johnston (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 WP – While the hitting performances from the Hillcats’ suspended contest are partial and thus listed below in a separate section, there are a couple of completed pitching efforts that are worth noting.  Johnston was solid in his second-longest, and arguably best – especially if you balance longevity and numbers in your assessment – outing of his professional rookie season.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): 0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – When Johnston was unable to complete the fifth, his fellow 2021 draft pick Thprnton came in and got the strikeout.

NOTABLE PARTIAL PERFORMANCES FROM SUSPENDED GAME

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 K – Greene is tied for fourth in the Carolina league with five triples after his sixth-inning three-bagger.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 1-3 ,1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI – Fox came to the plate next and drove in Greene with his first professional triple.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, CF): 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Burgos, who was the only Hillcat with multiple hits prior to the suspension of play, now has 25 RBI on the season.

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