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Will Benson (Columbus, RF): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB – Benson eclipsed the 40-RBI mark for the season (now has 41) on the day he also stole his 16th base of the 2022 campaign (in 18 attempts). Between this game and a stellar Wednesday night , Will amassed twelve total bases while being involved in four runs (three RBI and one non-homer run scored) in less than 20 hours of real time. That’s a pretty good day of work for Mr, Benson.
Peyton Battenfield (Columbus, SP): W (6-5), 8 IP, 3 H, 6 K, – While his line of work (starting pitching) obviously means he didn’t play in both games, Battenfield’s matinee dominance was impressive enough to also be a good day’s work in and of itself, especially in the bandbox that is Huntington Park. Hopefully, this is the start of a turnaround for him and his recent slump (nine earned runs in 17.2 innings over his [previous three starts) is behind him.
Jonathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K – After seeing his 15-game hitting streak end in the series opener on Tuesday, J-Rod started another one with a pair of hits including the biggest single swing of the swing of the game: a two-out homer in the seventh that turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead and ultimately a win.
Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K – Rodriguez wasn’t the only Guardians prospect to hit a crucial three-run homer late in his team’s game last night. Frias, who is not known for his power – this was only his sixth career homer in 157 games, came through in the clutch and got past the 30-RBI mark for the first time in his career (this is his first full season playing official games).
BEST OF THE REST
Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 Hr, 2 RBI, 1 K – Palacios kept his post-demotion hitting streak going with a sixth-inning solo shot. He also has a ten-game on-base streak in games with multiple plate appearances that includes six games with the Big Club.
Trenton Brooks (Columbus, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB – While his extra-base hit streak came to an end, Brooks continued his overall hitting streak with a leadoff single in the seventh.
Alex Young (Columbus, RP): 1 IP 1 H, 1 K – Young closed out the blowout victory with this scoreless ninth.
Julian Escobedo (Akron – Game 1, LF): 1-2, 1 CS, 1 outfield assist – Escobedo’s third-inning single was all that kept the RubberDucks from being no-hit in the opener of yesterday’s doubleheader.
Chris Roller (Akron – Game 1, CF): 0-2, 1 K – While Escobedo was thrown out trying to steal 2nd, the Baysox did face one above the minimum as Roller reached on a fielding error by Bowie 2B Connor Norby and advanced to third on Escobedo’s single.
Tanner Bibee (Akron – Game 1, SP): L (0-1), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed – While not quite to the level of his shutout Double-A debut, Bibee’s sophomore effort as a RubberDuck was nonetheless impressive, marred only by a pair of Norby solo shots. This is why the W-L record is such an inaccurate way to measure a pitcher. He didn’t lose the game, the lineup did.
Brayan Rocchio (Akron – Game 2, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 E – While the Mallards of Main Street were not as impotent at the plate in the nightcap as they were in game 1, they still failed to muster anything of note after Rocchio’s solo homer to right center in the game’s second plate appearance.
Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 0-2, 1 BB,1 K – Despite his hitting streak ending at 22 games, he managed a rare walk to extend his on-base streak to 23 games.
Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 2-4, 1 SB – Halpin has a productive plate appearance in each of his last 21 games after breaking out of his 0-for-5 mini-slump with this multi-hit effort.
Aaron Davenport (Lake County, SP): ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP – Davenport dominated after a rough first inning, needing only 66 pitches to complete the following five frames. A pickoff in the second seemed to be a psychological turning point as he seemed more comfortable on the mound after that and needed no more than 13 pitches to wrap up any of his last four innings of the evening.
Raymond Burgos (Lake County, RP): W (4-2), 2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Burgos has allowed only one earned run in 5.2 innings this month after pitching a perfect seventh and eighth last night.
Trey Benton (Lake County, RP): S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Benton equaled his save total from early in the season with his fourth High-A save in one less opportunity than he needed in Single-A (five compared to six).
Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 K, 1 SB – Burgos has reached in five straight after this multi-hit performance.
Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): W (3-0), 1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Thornton has been nearly perfect in his last three outings/innings, allowing only one baserunner (via walk) while striking out two.
Angel Mendoza (ACL, LF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – Mendoza doubled and drove in a run to highlight a thankfully rain-shortened night for the ACL offense. Not in the same plate appearance, mind you, he drove in the run by getting plunked with the bases loaded.
Wardquelin Vasquez (ACL, SP): ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 BB, 8 K – It wasn’t all bad news for the A-Guards as Vasquez was masterful in one of his best starts of the season.
Jose Cedeno (DSL Blue, C): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB – Cedeno still hasn’t failed to reach base in a professional game after extending his career-opening streak to 21 games by reaching thrice yesterday.
Alberto Mendez (DSL Blue, 3B): 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – Mendez also reached base three times yesterday to extend a spectacular career-opening on-base streak, in his case to twenty games.
Carlos Gutierrez (DSL Blue, RF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Gutierrez has driven in exactly one run in every other game this month.
Oscar Cedeno (DSL Blue, 1B): 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB,1 K – Cedeno has multiple total bases in each game of his four-game hit streak.
Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – Chourio, one of only five Guardians Red starters to finish the game, was the team’s clear star of the game. Like Cedeno, he has a four-game hitting streak with multiple total bases in each game.
Yanki Jean-Baptiste (DSL Red, starting 2B): 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – Jean-Baptiste showed no signs of rust in his first game since June 27, extending his hitting streak to six games and his on-base streak to 13 (out of 14 games played as a professional).
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