Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

Scoreboard

Triple-A – St. Paul Saints 8, Columbus Clippers 7
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Hartford Yard Goats 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 9, Beloit Sky Carp 4
Single-A – Down East Wood Ducks 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 4
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Guardians 10, Arizona Complex League Brewers Blue 3
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 1, Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 0 (SUSPENDED – 5TH INNING – RAIN)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 6, Dominican Summer League Royals Stewart 1 (SUSPENDED – 4TH INNING – RAIN)

HIGHLIGHTS

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 1 SB – Freeman was far and away the best offensive performer for the Clippers on Tuesday night as his two doubles gave him his third game with three or more total bases this month.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Yes, Naylor had only one hit last night, but it was a big one.  His three-run homer with the Mallards of Main Street down to their last two outs gave the RubberDucks a 5-2 lead and, a half-inning later, the win.

Julian Escobedo (Akron, CF): 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI – The aforementioned comeback was kicked off by Escobedo, who drove in Double-A newcomer Raynel Delgado with his second double of the night to tie up the game at two runs apiece.

Jhonkensy Noel (Lake County, RF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – Noel extended his lead in the Midwest League home run race with his fourth-inning solo shot (16th of the season, three ahead of a tie for second as I type this prior to the rest of the MWL playing night games) to highlight an impressive day at the plate in Tuesday’s series-opening matinee.  It was his other two RBI that were more notable, however, as his two-run single in the middle of a crucial six-run fifth inning provided the tying runs for the Eastlake nine.  For those wondering, those three RBI put Noel’s total at 38, good for second in the MWL, but well adrift of Cedar Rapids 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand’’s 51.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, DH): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – About that fifth frame…The three runs that would give the Captains a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the afternoon came on one swing of Planez’s bat.  The blast to center. Planz’s third of the season, put Lake County up 7-4 and increased Alexfri’s RBI total to 15 in 25 games.

REHAB

Franmil Reyes (Columbus, starting DH): 1-4 – The Franimal’s long road back to the batter’s box at Progressive Field began last night at Huntington Park.

Jack DeGroat (ACL, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP – DeGroat, who spent the entirety of his first four pro seasons on various Injured Lists (currently on the captains 7-day), was solid in the third outing of his career-opening rehab assignment.

BEST OF THE REST

Nolan Jones (Columbus, RF): 1-5, 1 R, 3 K – Jones started the second series of his return from the Injured List by extending his on-base streak to five games (out of six played this season).

George Valera (Akron, RF): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Valera picked up where he left off in Somerset, NJ as he started the Hartford series with his second straight multi-hit game. Oh, and an outfield assist.

Raynel Delgado (Akron, 3B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Delgado reached base twice and, as previously referenced in this column, scored the tying run.  Not a bad debut at the hardest level of the minors to adjust to.

Hunter Gaddis (Akron, SP): ND, 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed – While Gaddis’ longest start of the season to date (and his career) was not his best, he deserves significant credit for keeping the ‘Ducks in the game with a solid effort.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Naranjo hit the 30 RBI mark for the season by driving in the first run of the aforementioned fifth on a bases-loaded walk.

Micael Ramirez (Lake County, C): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B – Ramirez’s three hots are a season and non-complex high for his career and the most in one game for him since hitting four last July 10 for the ACL Indians against the Reds at the Redlegs’ complex.

Davis Sharpe (Lake County, RP): W (1-1), 2.1 IP, 1 H, 4 K – Sharpie struck out half the batters he faced to rebound from allowing a pair of earned runs in 2.2 innings last Thursday.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 K – Frias extended both his hit and RBI streaks to three games in the opener of the Hillcats; home series against the Wood Ducks.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Burgos’ fourth-inning double was the only Hillcat extra-base hit of the night and gave him a double and RBI for the second straight game.  He also, like Valera, had an outfield assist.

Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg, DH): 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K – Sanquintin’s recent resurgence continued last night as he extended his hitting streak to five games and his on-base streak to nine (including eight with a hit).

Hugo Villalobos (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K – Villalobos has been solid since the Memorial Day weekend, allowing only one earned run in 9.2 innings (four outings).

Robert Lopez (ACL, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – Lopez’s doubles and three RBI got the zero off of those columns on his stateside statline.

Frederic Garcia (DSL Blue, SP): 3.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP – While the Guardians Blue’s contest is not yet completed, Garcia’s participation in it is.  Despite some control issues, Garcia struck out more guys than he let on base and proved particularly adept at missing bats as only five of the 13 hitters he faced made contact.  Such an impressive start to the season is especially important for a 21-year-old DSLer like Garcia.

Javier Tovar (DSL Red, SP): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 5 K – While he accomplished it with better control and more hits allowed, a very similar outing to Garcia’s for the second-year DSL hurler.

NOTABLE PARTIAL PERFORMANCES IN SUSPENDED GAMES

Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue, LF): 1-2, 1 RBI – Sarita’s second-inning single drove in the game’s only run prior to its suspension.

Miguel Lopez (DSL Red, LF): 1-1, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Lopez’s two-run double capped the scoring in a four-run second for the Guardians Red.

1 Comment »

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.