Scoreboard

Triple-A – St. Paul Saints 11, Columbus Clippers 10
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 4, Hartford Yard Goats 3
High-A – Beloit Sky Carp 7, Lake County Captains 3
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Down East Wood Ducks 3

NOTE: As they are every Sunday, all the complex teams were off.

HIGHLIGHTS

Nolan Jones (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K – Jones’ hot start to his season continues unabated.  After starting the 2022 campaign on the IL, he has reached base in nine of eleven games played, including eight with at least one hit.  He is slashing .317/.440/.415 with nine runs driven in.  In other words, Nolan Jones is back to doing Nolan Jones things.  No need to worry about any ill effects from his lengthy absence

Jonathan Engelmann (Akron, RF) 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – While a guy hitting below the Mendoza Line doesn’t seem like an obvious candidate to carry a team to a crucial late-first half victory, keep in mind that 15 of Engelmann’s 24 hits this season between Akron and Triple-A Columbus this season have been of the multi-hit variety (leading to a .206 ISO on a .183 AVG).  So, while he’s not someone who’s going to make ATF often, he’s always a candidate for the Highlights section when he does.

REHAB

Franmil Reyes (Columbus, DH): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 CS – Reyes’ statline through five rehab appearances for the Clippers: .429/.409/.762 with a double, two homers, four runs scored, six driven in, and 16 total bases.  He’s able to DH entire games with no difficulty, including two five-at-bat games in as many days.  He looks to be ready for major league DH duty and his return to the Big Club should be soon.

Carlos Vargas (Akron, RP): W (1-0), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 WP – After 1,020 days without toeing the rubber in a competitive game, Vargas took the mound for the Akron RubberDucks to pitch the fourth inning of yesterday’s series and roadtrip finale in Hartford.  Just like he did on that early September day in Niles three years ago (yes, he’s been out so long that the last team he pitched for and the team he pitched against – the West Virginia Black Bears – are no longer affiliated). He picked up the individual victory (on top of the massive W that just making it back out there already was).  By the way, the reason this is a Major League Rehab, and thus not happening in Arizona, despite him being a minor leaguer, is that any 60-day IL assignments of a player on the 40-man must be to the major league list.

BEST OF THE REST

Alex Call (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 E – Call’s grand slam capped a six-run bottom of the seventh that got the Clippers back into the game late.  It also increased his June RBI total to 14, half of his season total of 28.

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Fry’s second-inning solo shot (his 11th of the season) broke a tie for the Clippers home run lead with Will Benson and extended his team RBI lead over Oscar Gonzalez to nine (42 to 33).

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, SS): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 Sac Bunt – Speaking of the team RBI list, Tolman became the only current Clipper other than Fry (with Gonzalez up in Cleveland) to have driven in 30 runs this season with his fifth-inning home run.  Fun Fact: Gonzalez hit his first major league home run as I was typing this.

Nick Mikolajchak (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – Mikolajchak continues to dominate at the Triple-A level.  He has allowed only two runs in 20.2 innings in 21 outings this season.  Outside of trading him sometime before the Rule 5, I’m not sure how they don’t put him on the 40-man this offseason.

Daniel Schneeman (Akron, 2B): 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 K – Continuing the trend of unexpected guys making a major impact for the Mallards of Main Street, Schneemann started the scoring in the second with an RBI groundout and helped turn a pair of double plays.

Raynel Delgado (Akron, 3B): 2-4, 1 K – Delgado continued his Double-A career-opening five-game hitting streak on Sunday with his first multi-hit game at the level, bringing his RubberDuck batting average to exactly .300.

Gavin Williams (Akron, P); ND, 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 6 K – Speaking of newcomers to Double-A (and professional baseball, for that matter), Williams was not as dominant in his sophomore RubberDuck start as he was in his Double-A debut (1 ER on 1 H and 3 BB in 5.2 IP last Sunday at Somerset), he walked the proverbial tightrope expertly, thanks in large part to his six strikeouts, which bring him to eleven total in 8.2 innings for Akron.  Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even a professional this time last year.

Jerson Ramirez (Akron, RP): S (3), 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 K – Ramirez pitched twice in this series.  Both were save opportunities.  He converted both.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Martinez extended his on-base streak to eight games and his productive plate appearance streak to fifteen contests with his eighth-inning home run.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 3-5, 1 K – Naranjo’s three-hit effort was his first multi-hit game since June 2.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B): 2-3, 1 BB – G-Rod continues his streak of multiple hits on every Sunday of June.  He also has multiple total bases on four straight Sundays, a hit on six straight Sundays, and a seven-game Sunday hitting streak over eight Sundays (did not play on May 8 in Dayton).

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Halpin stole his team-leading eleventh base (good for T-17th in the MWL) in the fifth inning.

Milan Tolentino (Lake County, 2B): 1-4 ,1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Tolentino wrapped up his first High-A series with his first multi-RBI game at the level, both coming off his first extra-base hit as a Captain – an eighth-inning double.

Randy Labaut (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K – Labaut was highly effective in the middle innings after starter Tommy Mace only lasted three frames, extending his streak of not allowing an earned run to 22 innings (ten games stretching back to May 17).

Trey Benton (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Benton has allowed only four baserunners (two hits and two walks) in 5.1 innings in his first five High-A appearances.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI – Burgos’ 13th double of the season (tying Will Bartlett for the team lead and sixth in the Carolina League) cleared the fully-loaded basepaths in the bottom of the eighth and gave the Hillcats their first lead of the game and he only one they would need.  The three RBI brought his total to a team-high 36, tied for ninth in the CL.

Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg, DH): 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K – Sanquintin rebounded from his second two-game hit drought of the season (debuted on June 1) by driving in the Hillcats’ first run of the game on a fourth-inning single,  This run proved critical as it meant that Burgos’ double was go-ahead, not game-tying.

Reid Johnston (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K – Johnston continued his June tightrope act (only six earned runs from 29 baserunners allowed – 23 hits and six walks) on Sunday, allowing only one run despite allowing eight men on base.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): S (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – Thornton struck out the side, albeit not in order, to convert his first professional save opportunity and remain unscored upon in 5.1 innings this month.

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