Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 6, Louisville Bats 0 (5 innings – RAIN)
Double-A – Harrisburg Senators 6, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – Lake County Captains 4, South Bend Cubs 2 (10 innings)
Single-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Lynchburg Hillcats 5
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Athletics 5, Arizona Complex League Guardians 1
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 12, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 1 (7 innings plus one batter – RAIN)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Astros Blue 7, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 4

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Benson (Columbus, CF): 1-2, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Benson leads the International League with his .955 OPS after driving in 2B-SS Mitchell Tolman for his 45th RBI of the season on a triple in the fourth – the Clippers’ lone extra-base hit of the game.

Will Brennan (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Speaking of RBI, Brennan drove in his 80th of the season (between Akron and Columbus), which puts him fourth in all of the minors.  Like the other Will B. on the Clippers roster, it will be interesting to see where he is come August 3.  Wherever they end up, the one thing we know is they will get a chance at the Show and will likely succeed once they get there.

Bo Naylor (Columbus, DH): 1-3, 2 RBI, 1 SB – It appears that Naylor has adapted to Triple-A quite quickly, as evidenced by his .373/.515/.706 July slash line.  Those last two numbers on the slash line are the result of a 13:12 K:BB ratio while hitting nine extra-base hits (four doubles, two triples, and three homers) and driving in eleven so far this month.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, RF): 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – J-Rod did a little bit of everything in Thursday night’s extra-inning victory   The six total bases gave him his seventh game with five or more bases this month, his fourth multi-base game in a row, and his sixth multi-base game in his last seven.  Not surprisingly, this results in some astronomical numbers.  In July, he is slashing .388/.438/.821 with 15 extra-base hits (eight doubles and seven home runs) out of 26 hits overall, and twenty RBI in only 67 at-bats.  He’s on a roll so big, it’s an entire loaf.

BEST OF THE REST

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, 3B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Freeman has reached safely in eleven straight games, including multiple times in each of his last six.

Richie Palacios (Columbus, LF): 1-2, 2 R 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 SB – Palacios is slashing .318/.423/.545 with eight RBI and six stolen bases (in as many attempts)since his most recent option to Columbus. 

Tanner Tully (Columbus, SP): W (6-3), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 K – Tully’s recent form has been uneven, but when he’s good, he’s unstoppable.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Tena has reached in nine straight and is slashing .375/.451/.639 with 13 RBI this month.

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, 1B): 1-4,1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Noel’s third–inning blast that nearly landed on State Street was his ninth Double-A homer in only 77 at-bats at the level, resulting in a .376 ISO with the RubberDucks.  His contact could improve, however, as being barely clear of the Mendoza Line has limited his slugging percentage to .584.  For those wondering, yes, the majority of his Akron hits are home runs (9 of 16)

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-5, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 E – Naranjo’s multi-hit night, the only by a Captain other than Rodriguez, was his second in the first three games of this series.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI,1 BB,1 K – Planez has picked up right where he left off after seeing his on-base streak end recently.  Not only has he started another on-base streak, but also a hitting streak, both of which now stand at three games.  The result of this is a .304/.360/.565 July slash.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 1-5, 1 2B – Halpin needed the extra frame to extend his hitting streak to eight games as he did so with a tenth-inning double, which also gave him his seventh multi-total base game of the streak and third in row.  He also extended his on-base streak to 21 games and his productive plate appearance streak to 28.

Raymond Burgos (Lake County, RP): W (5-2), 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP – As impressive as the Captains’ tenth-inning comeback was, it wouldn’t have happened without this impressive relief effort from Burgos, who has not allowed an earned run in his last eight innings (four outings).

Victor Planchart (Lynchburg, C): 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Planchart tied his career high for hits in a game while setting a new domestic high in hits that included his first non-complex homer.

Cesar Idrogo (Lynchburg, RF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Idrogo is showing no signs of rust in his return to competitive baseball, slashing .364/.417/.636 in his first five games back.

Miguel Vinicio (Lynchburg, RP): 2.1 IP< 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K – Vinicio is unscored upon in his last three outings (6.2 innings).

Elvis Jerez (Lynchurg, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 2 K, 1 HBP – Jerez has allowed three unearned runs this season, two of them in his last three games.

Darlin Noboa (ACL, RP): 2 IP, perfect, 1 K – Noboa’s pair of perfect frames were the highlight of an utterly forgettable night for the A-Guards.

Erickson Sarita (DSL Blue, LF): 2-2 – Sarita has reached in nine straight after the only multi-hit performance of the day for the Guardians Blue.

Oscar Cedeno (DSL Blue, 1B): 1-3, 1 R, 1 K – Cedeno scored the Blue squad’s only run of the day in the fifth after reaching on the tam;s only other hit.

Jeffrey Mercedes (DSL Blue, backup SS): 0-1, 1 RBI – Mercedes drove in Cedeno on a 4-3 groundout after entering the game to start the inning as a defensive replacement for starter Yorfran John.  His 18 RBI are good for a tie of the team lead with C Jose Cedeno…and a tie for 94th in the DSL.

Jose Ramirez (DSL Blue, RP): 2 IP, 1 K, 1 HBP – Ramirez, whose near-perfect fourth and fifth highlighted an otherwise rough day on the mound for the Blue staff, has allowed only one unearned run on one hit – both in his previous outing last Friday – in seven innings over his last five outings.

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Chourio broke out of a three-game 0-for-10 slump with his first non-ASG hit in nine days.

Pedro Hernandez (DSL Red, DH): 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Hernandez’s season and career RBI totals reached double digits on his fourth-inning RBI single.

Yefri Rivera (DSL Red, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Rivera is slashing .342/.405/.395 in July, thanks in large part to a ten-game hitting streak that dates back to July 2.

Richard Polanco (DSL Red, 1B): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Polanco doubled to wrap up the scoring in the fourth (the only inning the Guardians Red would score in) by driving in Hernandez and Rivera for half of the team’s runs.

Diovel Mariano (DSL Red, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – While his three bad outings have been really bad (combined seven earned runs in six innings), he has not allowed only one other earned run in eleven innings over the course of his other nine appearances.

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