Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Louisville Bats 6, Columbus Clippers 3
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 8, Harrisburg Senators 7
High-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 9, Lynchburg Hillcats 7
Single-A – South Bend Cubs 8, Lake County Captains 4
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Athletics 5, Arizona Complex League Guardians 4 (10 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 9, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 1 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 6, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 3 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 14, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 0

HIGHLIGHTS

George Valera (Akron, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI – Valera has been back to playing Valera-like baseball recently.  After a seven game stretch during which he managed on a combined three total bases (one single in each of three games), he has amassed at least three in each of his last three games.  During this stretch, he is 5-for-12 with both of his July doubles and his lone home run of the month so far, resulting in five RBI.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 2 R – The only thing hotter than July itself this month has been Rocchio, who extended his hitting streak to seven games with his fourth multi-total base game of the streak.  In July, he is slashing .388/.446/.657 with three doubles, five homers, and twelve RBI in 67 at-bats (74 plate appearances – including getting plunked thrice) in 17 games.

Will Dion (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 9 K – Dion continues to exhibit elite control with this nine-strikeout effort.  While his April 22:2 K:BB ratio was clearly unsustainable, his current 107:25 number is still exceedingly impressive.  He is yet to have a sub-22 strikeout or double-digit-walk month this season.

REHAB

Oscar Gonzalez (Akron, starting RF): 0-2,  1 R, 1 BB – Gonzalez played six innings in the field in his return to competitive baseball following a 26-day absence.

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, 1 SF – Lavastida led off the scoring with a first-inning RBI double and kicked off the seventh-inning comeback with a sac fly.

BEST OF THE REST

Will Benson (Columbus, 1B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K – Benson not only extended his hitting streak to eight games, but also made it 34 in a row with a productive plate appearance, in his first game at a defensive position outside the outfield.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, 2B): 0-3, 2 BB – While his hitting streak ended at eight games, Freeman did manage to extend his on-base streak.

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 0-3, 2 BB – Palacios is yet to fail to reach base in a game during his current Clippers stint.

Will Brennan (Columbus, RF): 1-5, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Brennan reached double digits in steals after extending his hitting streak to six games.

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – Arias picked up the hat trick, but the one time he did connect…

Bo Naylor (Columbus, C): 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B,1 BB, 1 K – Naylor’s plate discipline has improved markedly this season, likely due in large part to the shift in offensive coaching emphasis in the organization, improving his K:BB ratio to 1.13 from 2.42 over his first three professional seasons.

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 2-3, 1 3B, 1 RBI,1 HBP – Fry had the Clippers’ lone multi-hit night in Tuesday’s series opener.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 2-5, 1 R, 1 K – Tena continues to progress out of his post-All-Star Break mini-slump with his first multi-hit game since the Sunday of the Draft.

Julian Escobedo (Akron, backup RF): 1-1, 1 R – Escobedo scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh after replacing Gonzalez in the field in the top half of the inning.

Chris Roller (Akron, LF): 1-4, 1 R,1 3B – Roller’s one-out triple in the eight proved to be crucial…

Daniel Schneemann (Akron, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – …since Schneemann singled him in on the next plate appearance.

Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – After a pair of multi-run frames for the Senators, Marman came in and hurled a perfect sixth – his second unblemished outing in a row – to keep the RubberDucks within striking distance.

Cade Smith (Akron, RP): W (1-1), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Smith extended his shutout streak to 4.1 innings in three games en route to this first Double-A individual victory.

Robert Broom (Akron, RP): S (2), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Boom continues to make a case for a return trip down 271 to Columbus with his second save in as many post-All-Star Break outings.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – The next on-base streak begins…

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Speaking of on-base streaks, Halpin’s now stands at 19 games, including his current six-game hitting streak and an earlier nine-game one.  When a June 23 sac fly is factored in, he has a productive plate appearance in 26 straight.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Everyone’s focused on the J-Rod in Seattle, but the Guardians have their own J-Rod , and his bat has been lighting Eastlake up like Vegas this summer.  After his eleventh multi-total base game of the month, he is slashing .364/.417/.764 in July.  It hasn’t just been this month, though:  He is slugging .504 with  a .230 ISO for the season.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B): 2-3, 1 RBI,1 BB. 1 K – Like Halpin, G-Rod extended his hit streak to six games on Tuesday evening.

Brian Eichhorn (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Eichhorn remains unscored upon in 2.1 High-A innings following this perfect fifth frame.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 0-4, 2 R, 2 BB , 2 K, 1 SB – Fox has scored twice in three of his last four games.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, CF): 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E – Burgos’ two-run homer in the first increased his season RBI total to 49 in 82 games.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, DH): 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 2 SB – Greene now has 22 stolen bases on 24 attempts this season after nabbing a pair on Tuesday night.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 3-5, 2 RBI – Frias bested his combined post-All-Star Break hit total (2-for-10) with this three-hit effort.

Marlin Made (Lynchburg, LF): 2-5, 1 R – Made picked up his first two non-complex hits and scored his first Single-A run last night.

Maick Collado (ACL, 3B-1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Collado is now slashing .406/.506/.565 for the season and .462/.580/.718 in July after extending his season-opening on-base streak to 19 games and his hitting streak – which encompasses the entire month of July – to eleven games.

Angel Contreras (ACL, starting 1B): 0-2, 1 K, 2 HBP – Contreras was plunked twice last night to increase his season hit by pitch total to ten in 18 games.  This is an even faster pace than his 15 plunkings in 30 DSL games last season.  While many often make light of a player’s penchant for getting plunked, the hitting coaches really do need to talk with Contreras about what he’s doing in the box to get hit THIS much before it leads to him getting injured.

Julio Zapata (DSL Blue – Game 1, RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP – Zapata has thrown 5.2 shutout innings in his last three outings and has only allowed one earned run in 7.2 frames this month after posting the lone noteworthy performance of yesterday’s opener.

Moises Molero (DSL Blue – Game 2, DH): 3-3, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Molero’s first three-hit game since his professional debut on Opening Day and first career four-total base game was not enough to carry the Guardians Blue to a nightcap victory.

Luis Flores (DSL Blue – Game 2, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Flores pitched a pair of perfect frames in his longest outing of the season/his career.

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 0-2, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Chourio went hitless for the third straight game (not counting the All-Star Game), but did reach twice via walk and stole his tenth base of the season.

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