Photo Credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Scoreboard

Triple-A: Indianapolis Indians 12, Columbus Clippers 7
Double-A: Somerset Patriots 6, Akron RubberDucks 0
High-A: Lake County Captains 4, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 0
Single-A: Fredericksburg Nationals 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 1
Arizona Complex League: ACL Reds 7, ACL Guardians 3
Dominican Summer League: DSL Cleveland Blue 9, DSL Cleveland Red 4

Highlights

Will Brennan (LF, Columbus): 4-4, 2 RBI, BB – Brennan’s breakout continues as he was on base all five times and drove in runs with singles. After a slow few days early in Columbus, Brennan is hot once again and making contact with everything.

Nolan Jones (RF, Columbus): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI – Jones has been a very different hitter since making his 2022 debut as an outfielder and is hot right away. This is a great sign for the former first rounder. 

LHP Doug Nikhazy (SP, Lake County): 6.2IP, H, BB, 10K – By far the most impressive start of Nikhazy’s career in both innings, strikeouts and sheer dominance. He threw 68% strikes and hit 95 a few times.

Alexfri Planez (RF, Lake County): 2-4, HR, 4 RBI – Alexfri Planez hit his second grand slam of the week in the Captains Saturday night shutout, accounting for all their runs. He also added a single and a steal, his first of the season. 

RHP Jack Leftwich (SP, Lynchburg): 6IP, H, 8K – Leftwich didn’t follow up his previous gem with another one, but this start was another fantastic one. He was up to 97 and had the slider working even flashing a few average changeups. 

Erickson Sarita (LF, DSL Blue): 3-5, 3 RBI, BB – The 19 year old outfielder had a lot of RBI chances on Saturday as hitters that hit in front of him drew a total of 11 walks. Sarita responded with three hits and three RBI and even drew a walk of his own for good measure.

Christopher Espinola (CF, DSL Red): 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB – Espinola drew two walks of his own for the Red side and provided most of their offense. 

Notable Performances

Alex Call (DH, Columbus): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI 2BB – A solid day for Call hitting another homer and walking twice as the DH. He’s never going to get his shot here, but Call is deserving of a big league chance soon.

Mitchell Tolman (SS, Columbus): 1-4, HR, RBI – Tolman hit a homer with two outs in the second for his seventh dinger of the season.

RHP Tobias Myers (SP, Columbus): 2.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 2BB, K – Myers had turned in a few good starts before this but this was another clunker in what has been a tough first season in the Cleveland org.

Will Benson (CF, Columbus): 1-4, 2 R, BB, SB – Even with just one hit, Benson scored twice thanks to a walk and stole a base, showing he can contribute in a number of ways.

Julian Escobedo (CF, Akron): 2-4 – The only Akron hitter who had two hits in the shutout was Escobedo.

Micah Pries (1B, Akron): 1-4, 2B – Pries continues to hit well and had the only extra base hit in this one for Akron.

RHP Tanner Burns (SP, Akron): 2.2IP, 2H, 2ER, 3K – Burns didn’t walk anyone, which is good, but it was a short outing as he continues to come back from elbow soreness. He was better in his first game back last week.

RHP Luis Oviedo (RP, Akron): 3.2IP, 4H, 4ER, 2BB, 2K – It has been tough sledding lately for Oviedo since he was designated for assignment. He was looking good in a short relief role but since Cleveland has tried to stretch him back out into a piggyback starter, things have not gone well.

Angel Martinez (SS, Lake County): 1-3, BB – Martinez earned some leadoff duties for the Captains and got on base twice, scoring once on Planez’s grand slam. The numbers are solid but it seems like he’s really good for a few weeks then cools off.

Jake Fox (CF, Lynchburg): 0-3, 2BB – Not much to write about offensively for any of the Hillcats Saturday but Fox drew a few more walks at the top of the order, which he is very good at.

Dayan Frias (3B, Lynchburg): 1-3, RBI, BB – Frias drove in the Hillcats only run and also drew a walk to get on base twice in an otherwise quite offensive game.

Juan Benjamin (3B, ACL Guardians): 2-4, RBI, BB – The 19 year old switch hitter drove in his fifth run of the season already in four games.

RHP Tommy Ventimiglia (SP, ACL Guardians): 1.2IP, 0H, 4R (3ER) 6BB, 4K – Ventimiglia didn’t allow a hit, just the six walks that cost him big time and an error he made.

Jose Pastrano (2B, ACL Guardians): 1-4, 2 RBI – We’ve been eagerly awaiting to see Pastrano’s bat and he drove in two runs with his hit on Saturday. 

Jose Gomez (RF, DSL Blue): 1-3, 2R, RBI, 3BB – The 17 year old  was one of three players who drew multiple walks in the battle of the Guardians DSL squad.

Alberto Mendez (2B, DSL Blue): 1-3, 2R, 2B, 3BB – Mendez also drew multiple walks but also added a double in the win for the blue side.

Jose Cedeno (C, DSL Blue): 2-2 RBI, 4BB – Cedeno now has six walks in four games in the DSL so far this summer.

RHP Austin Aldeano (SP, DSL Blue: 4IP, 3H, 2BB, 4K – Through two starts, Aldeano has been pretty impressive as far as DSL numbers go. 

Yanki Jean-Baptiste (DH, DSL Red): 1-4, 2B, R, BB – One of the Guardians bigger international signings the past few years added another XBH to his nice line this summer, giving him two homers and two doubles, most of his hits have been of the XBH variety.

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