Photo credit: Jaison Chourio/Instagram

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Toledo Mud Hens 9, Columbus Clippers 8 (10 innings)
Double-A – Erie SeaWolves 5, Akron RubberDucks 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 6, Lansing Lugnuts 3
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 3, Salem Red Sox 1
Rookie – Dominican Summer League American League All-Stars 6, Dominican Summer League National League All-Stars 6

DSL ALL-STARS

Jaison Chourio (American League, starting CF): 2-2, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Chourio, who earned his starting spot by slashing .311/.471/.411 with 23 RBI in 25 first half games, didn’t disappoint on the big stage.

Jose Cedeno (American League, backup C): 1-1, 1 R – Cedeno, who posted a whopping 1.045 OPS in 24 first-half contests, singled and later scored in the sixth in his only plate appearance of the ASG.

Austin Aldeano (American League, P): DNP – Aldeano, whose not-exactly-All-Star-caliber numbers are the result of a pair of rough outings on June 30 and July 7 (eight combined earned runs in as many innings), marring an otherwise spectacular season, was selected to the AL All-Star Team, but did not take the mound.

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Benson (Columbus, CF): 3-6,  R, 1 2B, 1 CS – Benson continues to roll through the month of July.  He is now slashing .388/.494/.01 with eleven extra-base hits (six doubles and five homers) out of 26 total hits and ten RBI in 17 games this month.  His recent form has been even hotter with three straight multi-hit games and five of them during his current seven-game hitting streak.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP – Freeman has also been unstoppable as of late.  He currently is in the midst of an eight-game hit streak that includes a trio of three-hit games in the just-concluded three-game post-All-Star Break series on Toledo.  Hopefully, his 2-for-30 slump from early in the month is squarely in the rearview mirror.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, DH): 0-5, 1 K – While an 0-for-whatever performance usually doesn’t merit a highlight, the real story here is Planez’s 26-gme on-base streak that came to an end yesterday.  The most interesting stat about this streak, in my opinion, is that he kept it alive with a walk on two separate occasions.  You may ask:  Isn’t that normal for a streak of this length?  It is, unless you’ve only walked four times all season.

BEST OF THE REST

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-6, 2 K – Palacios has reached in all nine games since his most recent demotion and has a 15-game on-base streak in games with multiple plate appearances that includes major league games.

Will Brennan (Columbus, DH): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF – Brennan drove in his 39th Triple-A run (and 78th overall RBI this season) on a first-inning sac fly that kicked off the Clippers scoring.

Oscar Mercado (Columbus, RF): 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Although a return to the Big Club in this organization seems unlikely, Mercado is doing his best to impress other clubs recently.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B. 2 K – Brooks rebounded from a pair of 0-4 nights with a pair of doubles on Sunday.

George Valera (Akron, LF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K –  Valera had three hits over the last two days and came within a triple of the cycle in that stretch.

Micah Pries (Akron, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Pries also had a stellar weekend, amassing seven total bases over the course of three straight multi-base games.

Raynel Delgado (Akron, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 CS – Delgado’s two-run homer in the second gave the Mallards of Main Street an early lead they couldn’t hold.

Milan Tolentino (Lake County, SS): 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Tolentino made it three multi-hit games in his last five with a crucial go-ahead (and ultimately winning) two-run double in the top of the ninth.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – G-Rod hit .583 (7-for-12) during a dominant weekend in Lansing, Mich.

Doug Nikhazy (Lake County, SP): ND, 3.1 IP, 4 BB, 4 K – Despite some control issues, Nikhazy was impressive, to say the least, in his return to the mound.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HBP – Fox scored a majority of the Hillcats runs and accounted for a third of their times on base as he completed a trio of two-total base games in the truncated All-Star Week series.

Cesar Idrogo (Lynchburg, backup RF): 1-2, 1 2B, 2 RBI – In only his third plate appearance back with the Hillcats after his likely-injury-related start to the season with the Development Group in Goodyear, Idrogo hit a two-run double that broke a 1-1 tie that had stood since the first inning and ultimately proved to be the margin of victory.

Ryan Webb (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP – Last year’s fourth-round pick has allowed only a pair of runs in a complete game’s worth of outs over his last two starts.

Braunny Munoz (Lynchburg, RP): W (2-1), 4 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – Munoz rebounded from a pair of two-run games (5.2 combined innings) with this stellar effort that kept the Hillcats in the game and earned him his second individual victory of the season.

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