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Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 10, St. Paul Saints 1
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 1 Hartford Yard Goats 0
High-A – Beloit Sky Carp 3, Lake County Captains 1 (10 innings)
Single-A – Down East Wood Ducks 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 2
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Guardians 5, Arizona Complex League Brewers Gold 3
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 6, Dominican Summer League Astros Orange 0 (SUSPENDED – 4TH INNING – LIGHTNING)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Astros Blue 5, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 1 (ENDED ONE OUT INTO TOP OF 9TH – LIKELY DUE TO WEATHER)


Logan Allen (Akron, SP): W (4-3), 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 11 K – A week ago, Allen allowed three earned runs in six innings against the Somerset Patriots.  Not a terrible outing, but one that raised concerns about him reverting to his late May form (15 earned runs in as many innings over three starts).  He put at least some, and probably most, of those fears to rest with this dominant night on the mound in Hartford.  While the hiccups make it clear that he needs more time at the corner of State and Main before getting the callup to the state’s capital, such a callup is a question of when rather than if.

Mason Hickman (Lake County, SP): ND, 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP – Allen wasn’t the only starter in the org to post a spectacular statline on Thursday night.  His elite control in last night’s contest helped propel his K:BB  ratio further into otherworldly territory (specifically 50:17 in 35 innings in seven starts and three relief outings – two, really, as his season debut was a bizarre chain of events that saw him not throw a pitch).


Franmil Reyes (Columbus, DH): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SF – Reyes came within a triple of the cycle in a stellar afternoon that likely points to Reyes being ready to return to the Big Club soon.

Gabriel Arias (ACL, starting SS): 0-2, 2 K – Not the greatest start to Arias’ rehab stint, but at least he has begun the journey.


Will Benson (Columbus, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 SF – Benson’s season-high three RBI bring him to 25 on the season.

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Speaking of RBI, Brennan has driven in 55 runs in as many games this season (39 in 36 for Double-A Akron and 16 in 19 for the Clippers).  His combined total puts him in the top five of all minor leaguers.

Nolan Jones (Columbus, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB – Jones may have started his season late due to injury, but he needed very little time to get hot at the plate.  Eight games in, he is slashing .303/.410/.394 with eight RBI and a seven-game on-base streak.

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI – While he didn’t make it three multi-hit games in as many played this series, Fry did extend his hitting and scoring streaks to four games.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 0-2, 2 R, 3 BB – Freeman also failed to make it three multi-hit games in as many days, but did walk a season-high three times in his second multi-walk game of the season, exactly two weeks after his first.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Brooks contributed to the offensive onslaught with his first multi-hit, multi-run game of the 2022 season.

Peyton Battenfield (Columbus, SP): W (4-4), 7 IP, 5 H 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – While win-loss record is nowhere near as useful of a statistic as it was in the days when starters regularly finished the game, Battenfield’s is a perfect representation of a season which has seen him usually gravitate to the spectacular or the spectacularly awful.  Thankfully, yesterday was the former.

Justin Garza (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – After a rough start to his injury-delayed season, Garza has thrown a trifecta of perfect frames in the past six days (NOTE:  Tuesday’s inning of work was spread across the fifth and sixth).

George Valera (Akron, CF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 Hr,1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Valera extended his on-base streak to seven games with a sixth-inning solo shot that represented the entirety of the game’s scoring.

Bo Naylor (Akron, C): 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 CS – While not as spectacular as Valera’s blast, Naylor’s fourth-inning double was his eleventh of the season and extended his extra-base hit streak to three games (He hit a homer in each of the series’ first two games.).

Jerson Ramirez (Akron, RP): S (2), 1.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Ramirez has allowed only one earned run in 7.2 innings in June.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 2-3, 1 3B, 1 BB, 1 K – Halpin’s second two-hit game in the last five days stood in stark contrast to the general malaise that fell over most of the Eastlake nine’s bats last night.  Oh, and his defense was excellent, too.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 1 K, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Martinez’s struggles on the basepaths last night were not isolated.  In April, he was successful in all five stolen base attempts.  In May and June, he has attempted five steals, but only completed two.

Randy Labaut (Lake County, RP): 2 IP, 3 K – The leadoff batter in the eighth reaching on catcher’s interference was all that stood between Labaut and a pair of perfect frames.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Burgos, who had an outfield assist on a play at third (from right field!), retook the team RBI lead, driving in his 33rd of the season, breaking a tie with IF Yordys Valdes, who did not play last night.

Jordan Brown (Lynchburg, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Brown, who spent the spring in Extended Spring Training, picked up his first competitive hits of the season in the Hillcats’ only multi-hit effort of the evening.

Will Dion (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 7 IP< 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K – No gaudy numbers here, just a solid performance that was wasted by a lack of run support and Damon Casetta-Stubbs showing why he was demoted from High-A Lake County.

Wuilfredo Antunez (ACL, CF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 CS – While Antunez’s entire night at the plate, as well as his outfield assist, were impressive, the real highlight of both his evening and the entire game was his three-run homer in the seventh that proved to be the difference for the ACL Guards.

Marlin Made (ACL, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Made tripled his season RBI total by driving in the other two runs.  He also extended his season-opening on-base streak to six games and his hit streak to five.  Not bad for a guy who missed two full seasons of competitive play (was unrostered all of 2021).

Wardquelin Vasquez (ACL, SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 1 BK, 1 HBP – On one hand, Vasquez has control issues.  On the other hand, he didn’t let them translate into runs.

Evelio Hernandez (DSL Blue, SP): ND, 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – Hernandez hurled three stellar innings in his professional debut.  This effort is listed here as he was pulled for the fourth inning in favor of righty Miguel Cordones, who didn’t get to throw an official pitch before the lightning struck.

Rodarni Salvador (DSL Red, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 WP – An impressive pro debut for Salvador in an otherwise unremarkable game for the Guardians Red.


Jeffrey Mercedes (DSL Blue, SS): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 SB, 1 E – The “SB” on that statline should probably read “SP” as Mercedes got the scoring started with a steal of home on a double steal in the second (DH Reyden Hidalgo stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw by the Astros Orange catcher).

Alberto Mendez (DSL Blue, 3B): 1-2,2 RBI, 1 BB – Mendez wrapped up the scoring in the four-run second with a two-run single.  Note that all of these runs were scored before the Guardians Blue recorded an out in that inning.

Gueile Borrome (DSL Blue, PH-backup 2B): 1-1, 2 RBI – Borrome came in to pinch hit for starting 2B Nomar Velasquez (reason for his departure from the game unknown) in the top of the 4th and scored the Guardians Blue’s fifth and sixth runs of the morning.

David Leon (DSL Blue, C): 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Not only did Leon, the only man on either team with multiple hits at time of suspension (heck, he was outhitting the entire Astros Orange lineup) drive in the other run in the second, but he also scored twice himself, once on each two-RBI hit.

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