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Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 4, St. Paul Saints 3
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 4, Akron RubberDucks 3
High-A: Lake County Captains 5, Beloit Sky Carp 3
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Down East Wood Ducks 2
Arizona Rookie League: ACL Reds 8, ACL Guardians 4
Dominican Rookie League: DSL CLE Blue 10, DSL HOU Blue 6
Dominican Rookie League: DSL HOU Orange 15, DSL CLE Red 13

Highlights

Tyler Freeman (2B, Columbus): 3-5 – Freeman has a six game on-base streak going as his bat and OBP continue to soar in the month of June. He’s been on base 14 times in the five games of the St. Paul series so far. He also turned in a Web Gem in this one.

Nolan Jones (RF, Columbus): 2-3, 2B, BB, 2R  – It continues to be great to see Jones get off to a running start despite his injured list stay to being the 2022 season. 

Eric Rodriguez (C, Akron): 2-3, HR, RBI – Rodriguez’s first homer of the season put Akron up 1-0. 

Jhonkensy Noel (RF, Lake County): 1-4, HR, RBI – Noel blasted his Midwest League leading 18th homer of the year, just missing the scoreboard at Classic Park with a majestic blast.

Alexfri Planez (DH, Lake County): 1-4, HR, RBI – Five of Planez’s six homers have come in the month of June, three of them against Beloit in this series.

Petey Halpin (CF, Lake County): 2-4, RBI – Another solid day at the plate for Petey Halpin, knocking in an insurance run for the Captains in the eighth inning. Halpin has two hits in three of his last five games played. 

RHP David Sharpe (RP, Lake County): 3IP, 2H, 5K – Sharpe was sharp giving the Captains three innings out of the bullpen, looking dominant against a solid Beloit lineup. 

Johnathan Rodriguez (LF, Lake County): 2-4, 2B – He struck out twice and the bat hasn’t been good this year for Rodriguez the way it was in 2021, but he hit the ball well in this game.

Will Barlett (1B, Lynchburg): 2-4, 2B, R, RBI – Bartlett has been pretty solid this year. The bat looks like it’s starting to come around as expected. He’ll still need to cut down the swing and miss, but somehow he needs to get to Lake County this year.

RHP Trenton Denholm (SP, Lynchburg): 7IP, 8H, 2ER, 4K – Denholm has also been inconsistent this year but has flashes where he has outings like this. He also picked off two runners. 

Angel Genao (2B-SS, ACL Guardians): 1-3, HR, R, RBI, BB – Genao has kept his on-base streak for 2022 alive at all seven games this season and hit his first homer of the season. He has really looked good early this year stateside. 

Jeffrey Mercedes (3B, DSL Blue): 3-4, 3R, 2B, RBI – In seven games, the 17 year old has three doubles and a homer so far. 

RHP Miguel Cordones (RP, DSL Blue): 3IP, 2H, 5K – The 6’6 22 year old right hander has eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings this year. 

Jaison Chourio (CF, DSL Red): 2-4, 3B, 2R, RBI, 2BB – Chourio has met and exceeded every expectation in his first few games in the DSL so far, he has 10 walks and just six strikeouts and keeps hitting everything in sight. 

Yanki Jean-Baptiste (3B, DSL Red): 2-4, 2R, 3B, HR 2 RBI, 2BB –  Hard to have a bigger day than this. It was his first triple and third homer. He hasn’t hit a ton so far, but he’s walked and it looks like the hits are starting to come. 

Emilio Tarvares (C, DSL Red): 1-2, 2R, HR, 2 RBI – The 19 year old catcher came on as a replacement and hit his first homer of 2022. 

Rehab

RHP James Karinchak (RP, Columbus): 1.1IP, 3K – This looked more like the Karinchak of old. He faced four batters, threw 10 of 13 pitches for strikes and struck out three of the four he faced. 

Franmil Reyes (DH, Columbus): 1-5, RBI, RBI, 2K – Reyes has been hitting the ball on his rehab stint, which is a welcomed site for Cleveland. He did strike out twice in this one but gave the Clippers they game winning hit.

Notable Performances

Raynel Delgado (3B, Akron): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – His first Double-A homer gave Akron a temporary 3-2 lead in the fourth inning. He’s acclimated himself decently so far in Double-A.

RHP Tanner Burns (SP, Akron): 2.2IP, 4H, 2ER, BB, 3K – Pitch count continues to be a problem for Burns. He ran up 52 pitches by the third inning. He’s still coming back from an injury but his high pitch counts even in 2021 got him knocked out of games early despite not giving up tons of runs. That probably says a lot about how cautious the Guardians are approaching his development.

RHP Luis Oviedo (SP, Akron): 3.2IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 4K – This wasn’t a terrible outing for Oviedo, but he was much more effective as a one-inning reliever than Cleveland’s recent inclination to make him a starter again. 

LHP Doug Nikhazy (SP, Lake County): 5IP, 3H, 2ER, 4BB, 2HBP, 5K – Nikhazy had another eventful night, all over the place with his control again, but he was effective. He couldn’t followup his career best outing from last week, so he remains inconsistent right now wit the talent to clearly do what he did last week (6.1IP, 10K).

Luis Durango Jr. (RF, Lynchburg): 2-4, R- Durango returned to the top of the Hillcats lineup and got on base twice and scoring once. He also threw out a runner, picking up an outfield assist.

Dayan Frias (2B, Lynchburg): 2-4, RBI – It feels like Frias has been pretty quiet lately but this was good to see from him.

RHP Tommy Ventimiglia (SP, ACL Guardians): 0.2IP, 3ER, 4BB, K – Ventimiglia didn’t allow a hit but the four walks were part of three runs he allowed that forced him out before the end of the first inning. 

RHP Jack DeGroat (RP, ACL Guardians): IP, 2K – DeGroat was drafted in 2018 but has never pitched due to injuries and the pandemic, but in four games, he’s pitched six innings and struck out eight without allowing a run. 

Robert Lopez (C, ACL Guardians): 0-3, 2BB – Lopez hasn’t really hit well yet but the two walks are a solid day for him. 

Nelson Aranguren (1B, DSL Blue): 2-4 – The catcher/first basement has 10 hits in seven games so far this year.

Jose Cedeno (C, DSL Blue): 1-6, 2R, HR, 2 RBI – Cedeno hit his first career homer and now has 12 RBI so far in seven games.

Ronald Pena (RF, DSL Red): 2-5, R, RBI, BB –  As of today, Pena’s MiLB page doesn’t have his height or weight listed. It says he’s 17 and he is 10-25 this year.

Emerson Purroy (LF, DSL Red): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI – The switch hitting outfielder has an .850 OPS this year so far. 

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