Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 8, Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 3, Harrisburg Senators 1
High-A: Dayton Dragons 6, Lake County Captains 3
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Delmarva Shorebirds 4
Rookie Arizona Complex League: ACL Guardians 11, ACL White Sox 7
Dominican Summer League: DSL Guardians Blue 5, DSL Red Sox Red 3
Dominican Summer League: DSL Royals Glass 7, DSL Guardians Red 6 (10 innings)

Highlights

Will Brennan (CF, Columbus): 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3K – The three strikeouts are actually a surprise here, not the two hits and an opposite-field homer. Believe it or not, Brennan is hitting better in Triple-A than Double-A, up to .343/.424/.480 in 25 games.

Tyler Freeman (2B, Columbus): 2-5, R, HR, 2 RBI – This was Freeman’s fourth homer of the season in just 45 games played. He hit three homers in 123 games in 2019, which was his previous career high. He’s also 10 walks away from a career high as well. So he’s going to smash his previous career high in homers and walks, literally two areas that he’s never showed much propensity for. He’s maintaining his bat to ball skills and is hitting .313 in June. Stock back up on your shares of Tyler Freeman if you foolishly gave any up.

George Valera (LF, Akron): 2-4, HR, RBI – This dinger was an absolute blast. He’s starting to get more time in LF, which might coincide with Jhonkensy Noel’s arrival tomorrow in Akron. Valera is slashing .360/.456/.653 this month with five homers now.

Yordys Valdes (2B, Lynchburg): 1-4, 3R, BB, 5 SB – Yes, that is FIVE stolen bases for Valdes who was only on base twice. He stole second in the first, second and third in the sixth, second and third in the eighth. He only had four steals on the season coming into the game and the Hillcats stole eight bases total (Luis Durango Jr. 2 and Isaiah Greene).

Rehab

Sergio Morillo (ACL, SP): ND, 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – While the ACL White Sox lineup was a step down from the Delmarva Shorebirds he faced in his last outing 377 day earlier, Morillo hardly looked like someone who had missed over a year of competitive baseball.

Notable Performances

Alex Call (RF, Columbus): 2-5, 2B, 2R, 2BB – Call does a lot of things pretty well but nothing great. He’ll be 28 by seasons end and Cleveland just doesn’t have room to give him a chance in 2022. If this was 2020 or 2021, he might have had a chance. Amazing how fast that’s changed. They really ought to find an org that is in their position they were in the last two years with the OF, because he deserves a shot. It just can’t come here, unfortunately.

Bobby Bradley (DH, Columbus): 1-4, HR – Three homers in two days for Bradley as he finally looks to be regaining his power stroke. Like Call, his next chance probably needs to come somewhere else.

Bo Naylor (C, Columbus): 1-4, RBI, 2K – It’s been a tough settling in period for Bo Naylor at Triple-A and this was actually his first hit and RBI. Luckily it has only been three games for the younger Naylor in the Guardians org.

LHP Kirk McCarty (SP, Columbus): 4IP, 4H, 2K – Another solid outing for McCarty where Cleveland keeps capping his outings at around 60 pitches.

LHP Andrew Misiaszek (RP Columbus): IP, H, 2K – Misiaszek rebounded from a rough second outing where he gave up two runs in one inning to post another scoreless outing.

Micah Pries (1B, Akron): 2-4 –  Pries keeps up his hot June and his OPS is suddenly almost to .800 (.799) after a slow start. 

Julian Escobedo (RF, Akron): 1-1, 2BB, SB – Escobedo reached base three times and stole a base, which is really how he needs to play his game. He and Chris Roller may be vying for at bats in CF now with Noel’s arrival and Valera taking up the corners when they don’t DH.

RHP Xzavion Curry (SP, Akron): 6.2IP, 6H, R (0 ER), 2BB, 4K – He didn’t miss bats like Gaddis or Allen, but this was a solid outing for Curry. He does have 80 strikeouts in 69 innings still.

Connor Kokx (LF, Lake County): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI – The Captains offense was literally just Kokx in this loss. 

Alexfri Planez (RF, Lake County): 1-4 – No extra base hit? Still Planez managed to get a hit to keep his hitting streak alive and running it up to nine. He still has just one walk all year.

Petey Halpin (CF, Lake County): 1-2, R, BB – Halpin got on base with a hit and a walk, and also threw a runner out. The numbers don’t look great, but at some point Halpin looks like he will settle in and put up better numbers because he can impact the game in many ways and can get on base. Someone brought up a Myles Straw comp for him the other day, and it actually made some sense.

Junior Sanquintin (DH, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI  -Sanquintin hasn’t been able to hit much since coming to the first full season level of his career but his lone hit in this one did plate two for the Hillcats.

WIll Bartlett (1B, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI – Bartlett follows Sanquintin with a two RBI knock of his own. With Noel going to Akron, you’d like to see Barlett get a shot in Lake County but with Joe Naranjo still there, Bartlett has nowhere else to play. 

RHP Brian Eichorn (RP, Lake County): 1.1IP, 2H, ER, BB, K – After the pandemic and tommy john surgery, this was Eichorn’s first ever full season level appearance, last pitching outside of Arizona in Mahoning Valley in 2019.

Wuilfredo Antunez (ACL, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Antunez not only extended his season-opening on-base streak to ten games, he’s reached base multiple times in each one of those games.

Lexer Saduy (ACL, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Saduy was involved in four of the Guardians’ eleven runs as he got his batting average back over .306.

Simon Rodriguez (ACL, RF): 2-4, 3 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Rodriguez’s first official stateside homer highlighted this s[pectacular night at the plate.

Marlin Made (ACL, PH-backup DH): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Made hit a two-run inside-the-park home run in his second plate appearance after replacing starting DH Jose Pastrano (no word on why Pastrano left the game).

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue, SS): 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 HBP, 2 SB – After starting his professional career 0-for-10 in his first four games, Velasquez has improved significantly in his three subsequent contests, going 4-for-11 with three RBI.

Jose Gomez (DSL Blue, starting RF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 3B, 2 K – The Triple Machine hit multiple three-baggers for the first time in his professional career yesterday.  I call him the Triples Machine because six of his 17 pro hits are of the three-base variety.  Yes, you read that correctly – 6 of 17!  In case you’re wondering, his ISO is .361.

Jose Cedeno (DSL Blue, C): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP – Cedeno extended his on-base streak to ten games to start his career and improved his OPS another twelve points to 1.045.

Oscar Cedeno (DSL Blue, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 BB – The other Cedeno’s second-inning triple was his first extra-base hit of the season.  Fun Fact:  he has walked exactly once in each of the four games he has played this season.

Austin Aldeano (DSL Blue, SP): W (2-0), 5 I, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K , 1 HBP – In four starts this season, Aldeano has allowed only one earned run while striking out 16 in eighteen innings.  He has allowed twelve hits, but half of those were in the one outing when he allowed a run (last Friday against the Astros Orange).  It will be interesting to see if he gets the call stateside midseason in order to challenge him with a level of competition closer to his abilities.

Pedro Hernandez (DSL Red, SS): 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 E – Despite only his third hitless game of the season, Hernandez scored twice thanks to solid plate discipline.

Yanki Jean-Baptiste (DSL Red, DH): 2-5, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Jean-Baptiste’s triple gets his slugging percentage back over .600 after it briefly dropped into the .500s.

Richard Polanco (DSL Red, 1B): 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Polanco set a new season high in hits i n his third multi-hit game in his last four.

Jose Contreras (DSL Red, SP): ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 6 K, 1 WP – After allowing three earned runs in each of his first three starts, Contreras made it through four full frames for the first time this season with this gem on Friday.

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