Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 5, Toledo Mud Hens 4 (12 innings)
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 4, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3
High-A – Lake County Captains 9, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
Single-A – Carolina Mudcats 6, Lynchburg Hillcats 3

HIGHLIGHTS

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 3-5, 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – Rarely does a single game improve a player’s batting average by 15 points and OPS by 80.  But then again, it’s rare that a hitter posts a ten-total base game.  Even for a hitter as improved as Martinez has been so far this season (Even before yesterday, he was slashing .264/.381/.387, compared to .241/.319/.382 last season.), such a spectacular stat line is a definite outlier.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K – Planez extended his hitting streak to five games, all of them multi-total base, with a pair of extra-base hots, including a fifth-inning grand slam that put the game out of he Whitecaps’ reach and gave him the game-high in RBI with a single swing of the bat.  Unsurprisingly, his June slash line is a stratospheric .438/.438/.813.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, 2B): 3-5, 1 RBI – Speaking of spectacular recent RBI production, Freeman re-tied the game in the bottom of the tenth (after another Thompson RBI) with his fifth RBI of a three-game RBI streak.  Tyler has driven in a run in seven of his last eight games played and has three RBI streaks of three or more games in his injury-delayed season, including a six-game one from May 6-12.

BEST OF THE REST

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Fry continued to rake on Sunday as he extended his hitting streak to six games  with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that kicked off the day’s scoring.  In four games with a plate appearance in the month of June, Fry is slashing .333/.368/.889 – the .556 ISO being largely a result of half of his six hits being homers (the rest coming from a double).

Bobby Bradley (Columbus, starting DH): 2-4, 1 2B,1 RBI, 1 K – After the aforementioned lead proved to be short-lived due to a Trayce Thompson three-run homer a half-inning later, Bradley started the Clippers on the road back with an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.  Bradley is another player seemingly turning it around as he is on a nine-game on-base streak and has driven in seven runs in 23 June plate appearances (including three sac flies on Friday).  While it is likely too late to salvage his tenure in Cleveland, might another org take notice?

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF – Speaking of sacrifice flies, Tolman tied the game up, and ultimately sent it to extras, on one a couple of plate appearances later.  The crucial RBI was his third in his last four games.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt – Finally, in the bottom of the twelfth, Brooks singled to drive in the game-winning run.  The hit not only won the game for the Clippers, but also extended his hitting and on-base streaks to six and seven games, respectively. When their number nine hitter is this consistent, it’s no surprise that the Clippers are 12 games over .500 and in serious contention for the lone playoff spot out of the International League’s West Division.

Alex Call (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 HBP – While he didn’t drive in any runs on Sunday, Call scored two of them to wrap up a stellar series against the Mud Hens.  He played and reached base in all six games (extending his on-base streak to seven games), going 7-for-20 (including three doubles) while scoring seven runs and driving in four (including one on a sac fly).  He also walked and struck out four times each and stole a base.  He also got hit by three separate pitches from the Toledo staff.

Tobias Myers (Columbus, SP): ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB,1 K – Not to be lost in the late-game offensive excitement is the stellar pitching that marked the game’s early stages.  After struggling early in the season (21 earned runs on 31 hits in his first seven starts), Myers has improved significantly, only allowing one run on 13 hits in his last three starts, including nine shutout frames over his last two games.

Nick Mikolajchak (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Mikolajchak’s perfect seventh was his sixth straight outing in which he has pitched exactly one scoreless frame.

Anthony Castro (Columbus, RP): 1.2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Castro came in after Justin Garza allowed the aforementioned three-run homer and struck out two consecutive batters to get the Clippers out of the eighth with no further damage before hurling a perfect ninth to send the game to extras.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SB – Naylor’s improved plate discipline was on full display Sunday at Canal Park as he walked twice to equal his 2021 total of 37 walks, in a season when he played in 87 games, in only his 41st contest of the 2022 campaign.  He needs only seven more free passes to best his career-high 43 bases on balls in 107 games for the 2019 Lake County Captains.  Also, Naylor’s stolen base total is now in double digits, equaling his career-high of ten from last season.

George Valera (Akron, LF): 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Valera started his day at the plate with his tenth double of the season, which drove in half of the RubberDucks’ runs in yesterday’s narrow victory.  His double-digits in doubles is, like Naylor’s walk numbers, reflective of the organization;s change in emphasis re: offensive instruction.  Not only is ten already a new career-high in doubles, it is very close to his pre-2022 career total of 13.  This shift away from a more “home run-or-nothing” approach to power swings has allowed to post a nearly identical slugging percentage to last season (.500 compared to .505 in 2021) while improving his batting average 23 points (from ,260 to .283).

Jared Janczak (Akron, RP): W (2-0), 1.1 IP, 3 K, 1 HBP – Janczak, who has recorded eight strikeouts out of 19 total outs this season, struck out a season-high three in his third multi-strikeout effort.

Nic Enright (Akron, RP): S (10), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Enright’s ten saves this season represent two-thirds of his career professional total.

Raynel Delgado (Lake County, 3B): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB – Delgado reached thrice on Sunday to extend his on-base streak to seven games.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, DH): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – Gabe-Rod has been feast-or-famine lately, with either multiple total bases or none in each of his last eight games.

Micael Ramirez (Lake County, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Ramirez broke a seven-game 0-for-21 hitting drought with this multi-hit afternoon.

Tommy Mace (Lake County, SP): ND, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 4 BB, 1 K. 1 WP – Mace was solid in his first inning back from the 7-day IL before his control completely left him in the second.

Raymond Burgos (Lake County, RP): W (2-1). 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Burgos got Akil Baddoo to fly out to right to end the second without any further damage before pitching a perfect third.  Burgos has not allowed a run in his last four outings (5.1 combined innings).

Lenny Torres (Lake County, RP): H (1), 4 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – While he only earned a hold for his efforts, it was Torres who did the heavy lifting of keeping the Whitecaps off the scoreboard with the starter not making it out of the second frame.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, CF): 1-3, 1 BB – Fox reached twice to extend his on-base streak to twelve games.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Burgos’ 27 RBI lead the Hillcats and are good for a tie for tenth in the Carolina League.

Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 K – Valdes remained one behind Valdes with his 26th run batted in of the season (T-15th in the Carolina League and tied for second on the team with Milan Tolentino).

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, 3B): 1-4, 1 K – Frias, who is reaching the time of one’s first non-complex season where he hits a new high in competitive games played in a season (reached that milestone on Saturday), is showing no signs of fatigue, starting June with a scorching-hot .385/.500/.692 slash.

Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Before going on the Injured List, Bartlett had reached safely in eight straight games with multiple plate appearances.  On Sunday, he picked up right where he left off and made it nine.

Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K,1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Congratulations to Sanquintin on his first non-complex home run!  Oh, and on the subject of complex ball, Happy Complex Leagues Opening Day to everyone!

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