Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 4, Louisville Bats 1
Double-A – Harrisburg Senators 10, Akron RubberDucks 5
High-A – South Bend Cubs 9, Lake County Captains 8
Single-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 7, Lynchburg Hillcats 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, 3B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 E – Hopefully, his second post-demotion multi-hit game is a sign that Arias is beginning to recover from whatever has caused him to struggle since being optioned following a brief Independence Day weekend stint with the Big Club.

Konnor Pilkington (Columbus, SP): W (1-0), 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K – Pilkington dominated in his first Triple-A start since June 22.  If he doesn’t get called up again before his next turn in the rotation, he will likely make his first start at Huntington Park since May 15 later this week.

George Valera (Akron, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP – July 2022 was hardly Valera’s best month (He slashed only .206/.282/.365), but he finished it strong with this multi-hit effort that included his second homer of the month.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Halpin has now contributed to the Captains offensive output in some way in each of his last thirty games played after this spectacular day at the plate that increased the number of multi-total base games during his 23-game on-base streak to 16.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Rodriguez’s week in South Bend was incredible , to say the least.  He homered in four of the six games.  Two of those games, including yesterday, were three-hit games, and two others were of the two-hit variety.  The resulting slash line: .407/.429/.852 for the series and .556/.579/1.222 in those four games.

REHAB

Oscar Gonzalez (Akron, DH): 0-5, 2 K – Gonzalez continues to struggle at the plate in his rehab stint, but the fact that he can play a complete game as the DH is a good sign.

BEST OF THE REST

Will Benson (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB (intentional), 1 CS (also charged with being picked off on same play) – Benson lined a single to right on the sixth pitch of the game to extend his hitting streak to 13 games and his productive plate appearance streak to 39!

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, SS): 1-5 – Freeman ends July on a 14-game on-base streak and slashing .293/.371/.359 for the month.

Sandy Leon (Columbus, C): 2-4, 2 RBI – The other half of the Clippers’ scoring on Sunday came from the veteran backstop who has traversed every inch of Interstate 71 this season (For those who don’t know, I-71 starts in Louisville and ends in Cleveland.).

Nic Enright (Columbus, RP): H (2), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Enright has allowed only one earned run in his last five outings (5.2 innings) after this perfect eighth.

Jake Jewell (Columbus, RP): S (3), 1 IP, 2 K, 1 HBP – Jewell went the entire month of July allowing only one earned run (and an unearned one early in the month) in 9.2 innings on four hits, four walks, and two hit batters while striking out nine.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 1-3, 2 BB,1 K – Tena has reached in seven straight, including all six games of last week’s series against Harrisburg, after getting on base thrice yesterday.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, 2B): 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB – Rocchio’s plate discipline has improved greatly in recent weeks, with Brayan posting a 7:7 K:BB ratio with three multi-walk games since the All-Star Break.

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 R 1 2B, 1 K – While there’s no way to know at this moment if it’s the Harrisburg pitching or Noel’s bat starting to come to life, but his double yesterday was his third extra-base hit (two doubles and one homer) of the series.

Micah Pries (Akron, 1B): 2-4, 1 R ,1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB – Pries retook the team lead in steals (now at 14) from OF Julian Escobedo with a pair yesterday.

Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): 1.1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Marman has struck out seven in 4.1 perfect frames in his last four games.

Cade Smith (Akron, RP): 1 IP, perfect. 1 K – While Smith had two bad outings in July (combined five earned runs in 1.2 innings), he was unstoppable in his other appearances last month, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out twelve in 9.1 shutout innings.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 2-6, 1 R, 2 K – Martinez, who is 4-for-13 (.308) since returning from the IL, extended his hitting and on-base streaks to nine and 15 respectively on Sunday.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Last week in South Bend, Naranjo went 11-for-26 (.423) with three doubles.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 1-5, 1 R, 2 K – Planez has started another streak with at least one hit in each game of the recently-completed series.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 BB, 1 E – G-Rod closed out an impressive July (.324/.424/.451) with this multi-hit effort that included his first triple since June 8.

Jack DeGroat (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect – DeGroat was almost literally unhittable in July, allowing only four hits in 6.2 shutout innings.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, CF): 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SB Greene, who leads the Hillcats and is tied for 14th in the Carolina League with 25 stolen bases, has recovered from a mid-July slump with hits in six of his last eight games.

Wilfri Peralta (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Peralta, recently reassigned from Lake County, had the other multi-hit effort as well as the Hillcats’ only extra-base hit of the evening.

Cesar Idrogo (Lynchburg, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 E – Idrogo, who remains hot with a .300/.417/.450 slash line through his first eight competitive games back from injury, drove in Peralta for the team’s only RBI and scored the other run, which resulted from a Shorebird throwing error.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – After allowing a pair of earned runs on July 1, Thornton pitched eight shutout innings in his remaining seven games this month.

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