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Tyler Freeman (SS, Columbus): 2-for-3, 2 RBIs, BB – Freeman twice on the day delivered RBI singles with two outs in the inning. His two-out base knock capped off a three-run second frame for the Clippers and he knocked in David Fry for an insurance run in the seventh, one that would prove to be the difference-maker in the game. It’s the second time this season that the 23-year-old has had two or more hits on back-to-back days after doubling twice yesterday.

Bo Naylor (C, Akron): 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, SB – Naylor helped to turn this game from a good one offensively, to a great one. The RubberDucks pounded out 13 runs and 18 hits, and the left-handed swinging catcher had three of them. Naylor took the first pitch he saw to right for a single and swiped second base in the first inning as well. After Akron already plated three in the first, his two-run homerun made it a three-run second as well. Once again, it was first pitch swinging. His third hit of the day came in the sixth and he later came around to score on a hit by George Valera.

Jhonkensy Noel (RF, Lake County): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R – Another day, another homerun for Jhonkensy Noel. It is his league-leading 17th of the season, this one a solo shot in the fourth inning of play. An 0-1 mistake pitch up in the zone was sent a long way to left center field. It is his third straight game with a ball over the fence and sixth of the month of June, already more than in the other two months of the season. Along with that, Noel added a double in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate.

Joe Donovan (C, Lynchburg): 1-for-3, 3 RBIs, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SF – Donovan got the offense started with a base hit in the fourth inning to score Richard Paz and tie the game at 1. In the sixth, the Hillcats produced eight runs to blow the game wide open and in the frame, Donovan was the third of three consecutive base on balls to chase the Down East pitcher from the game. A sacrifice fly in the eighth capped a four-run insurance inning for the home squad. From behind the dish, Donovan was successful throwing behind a runner at first base to erase a lead-off walk.


Aaron Civale (RHP, Columbus): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 7 Ks – Civale was in Columbus for his second rehab start on Wednesday and got deeper into the game this time around, going 4.2 innings. After a shaky start for both him and the defense, he settled in nicely to go through innings two through four without a hit. The control was a little off, similar to his appearance in Indianapolis last, but the fact he threw 76 pitches (46 strikes) this time out is promising. On top of that, seven batters went down on strikes and three of them caught looking. We’ll see where he goes from here, but in the coming days, I would expect positive news out of the Cleveland training staff.

James Karinchak (RHP, Columbus): H, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BBs, 2 Ks – Karinchak did not have as much luck in his rehab appearance. The eighth inning started good with a three-pitch strikeout, then a four-pitch K, but from there the wheels nearly fell entirely off the wagon. Two full count walks, followed by a pair of singles brought two home for St. Paul and the righty exited after a third base on balls in the inning. His outings in Indianapolis seemed to get him back on track but hopefully this doesn’t result in a loss of confidence.

Best of the Rest:

David Fry (3B, Akron): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, BB – David Fry joined Freeman as the only two players to reach three times in the game after a pair of hits and a walk. He roped a double to left on the first pitch to make it second and third with nobody out and both he and Nolan Jones came around to score in the second inning. The 26-year-old singled to lead off the seventh and scored as the eventual game-winning run later in the inning.

Joey Cantillo (LHP, Akron): W, 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BBs, 9 Ks – Cantillo seems to be adapting well to Double-A baseball and this start proved no different. His nine K’s is a season-high and he has struck out five or more in eight straight starts, dating back to May 1st. He holds the second-lowest ERA in the Eastern League out of qualified players at 2.25. An error to start the game resulted in two unearned runs in the first to cross, but that did not phase the lefty as the production at the plate probably eased his nerves on the mound.

Micah Pries (DH, Akron): 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBIs, 1 R, SB – The cleanup man in the RubberDucks lineup was very active Wednesday with two hits and a team-high four RBIs. His three-run bomb in the top of the first got the train moving and it barreled down the offensive track the rest of the night. A hit in the top of the fourth brought home the ninth run of the ballgame for Akron.

Jonanthan Englemann (RF, Akron): 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 R – Although his production came late, his six total bases hopefully help to set him up for a productive weekend in Hartford. He doubled in the seventh and hit a solo homerun in the ninth to get the RubberDucks to their 13-3 final score. He also had one of three two-out RBIs in the contest. The right-handed outfielder has five hits in his last three games, including two homeruns and two doubles.

Jordan Jones (RHP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 Ks – Three shutout innings out of the bullpen for Jones kept the Captains in striking distance on Wednesday, but they could not come up with a clutch hit in the 4-2 loss. He allowed two base runners with two outs in his first inning, but got out of it with a 3-0 flyout. The final six batters he faced went down in order. After a red hot start to the season, Jones has settled back into a sweet spot with three consecutive outings without allowing a run.

Josh Wolf (RHP, Lynchburg): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 Ks – In his two starts this season for Lynchburg, Wolf has gone seven innings with four hits and one run. Today was another really solid outing and what stood out in his four innings of work against Beloit was his ability to get out of jams with the double play. He induced two twin killings in each of the first two innings and worked his way around traffic well.

Jake Fox (2B, Lynchburg): 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB – Fox was one of two players to reach base three times and one of two that recorded two hits in the game. He singled in the third on a two-strike count with two away, walked in the eight run sixth, and led off the eighth with a single to right that sparked a four-run inning. Defensively, Fox was a part of two double plays, one coming all by himself to end the first.

Brayan Guedez (2B, DSL Red): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R – The left-handed swinging 17-year-old scored twice for the second straight game and showed off the wheels for his first triple this year.

Pedro Hernandez (LF, DSL Red): 2-for-5 – Another multi-hit day for Hernandez gives him four in his six DSL games. He has an OPS of 1.018.

Jose Gomez (CF, DSL Blue): 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R – Gomez tripled in the second inning and drove in a run with a groundball up the middle in the seventh. He had the team’s only two-out RBI of the game.

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