Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 2, Rochester Red Wings 0
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Altoona Curve 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 4, Great Lakes Loons 3
Single-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5, Lynchburg Hillcats 4
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Brewers Gold 7, Arizona Complex League Guardians 6
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 1, Dominican Summer League Astros Orange 1 (TOP 7 – SUSPENDED – RAIN)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 4, Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 2 (6 INNINGS – RAIN)

HIGHLIGHTS

Xzavion Curry (Columbus, SP): W (2-1), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K – After a rough July spent adjusting to the greater talent, and most importantly, experience level of Triple-A, fans in Columbus got to see the Xzavion Curry that has wowed fans in Virginia and Northeast Ohio.  Everyone who had seen pitch at the lower levels knew he had this gear in his proverbial transmission, the only question was when he was going to shift into it.  That question has now been answered.

Tanner Bibee (Akron, SP): ND, 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 2 HR allowed – Unlinke Curry, Bibee has seemingly had little trouble making the jump to a significantly tougher level.  While a pair of solo shots, as they did in his first two-run Double-A game, led to his worst statline as a RubberDuck so far, his overall performance on the mound in the month since his July 2 callup suggests that he will be fine in the  Eastern League.  That is, of course, if he can stay on his feet.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E – It can be argued that Rodriguez single-handedly won the series opener for the Captains.  His seventh-inning single re-tied the game after the Loons had taken the lead in the top half of the inning.  Then, two innings later, he sent the third pitch of the half-frame over the left field wall at Classic Park for a walk-off homer.

REHAB

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 3-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 1 SB, Picked Off 1 time – Lavastida exceeded his entire output of hits from last week in one perfect evening at the plate,  Hopefully, this is a sign that he is now fully recovered from his injury or close to it.

Christian Cairo (ACL, starting SS): 0-2, 1 BB – Cairo ended a 52-day absence from competitive baseball as he began his rehab assignment in Goodyear.

BEST OF THE REST

Alex Call (Columbus, LF): 0-2, 1 RBI, 2 HBP – Entering the 2022 campaign, Call had been hit by 28 pitches in 1,890 professional plate appearances (1.48% plunk rate).  In 2022, he has been hit eleven times in 297 PA (313 if you count his 16 trips to the plate for the Big Club) for a 3.70% plunk rate (3.51% if you count his MLB PAs).  His first of two HBPs last night was notable not only because it put him in double digits for a season for the first time in his career, but it also came with the bases loaded to score starting 3B Tyler Freeman – who had reached earlier in the first inning on a K-WP – for the only run the Clippers would need in an epic pitchers’ duel that only took 2:22 to play.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 SF – Brooks followed with a sac fly to score SS Gabriel Arias for an insurance run.  Seriously, this sounds like an inning straight out of the DSL, but this was in the International League.

Tyler Freeman (Columbus, 3B): 1-3, 1 R ,1 K – Getting back to Freeman:  while he reached on the aforementioned K-WP, he did legitimately extend his on-base streak to 15 games three frames later with a two-out, bases-loading single.

Justin Garza (Columbus, RP): S (4), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Graza has been as hot as a firework since his perfect inning on Independence Day.  In nine outings, he has allowed only one earned run n five hits and a walk while striking out eight in 11.2 frames and improving his ERA and WHIP from 6.17 and 1.80, respectively, to 3.47 and 1.16.

Micah Pries (Akron, LF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB – Pries hit his 15th homer of the season on the same night he stole his 15th base.  His two RBI brought his 2022 total to 53.  All of these numbers either lead or co-lead the RubberDucks in their respective categories as well as being in the top 20 of the entire Eastern League.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Planez kicked off the scoring for the Eastlake nine with his 14th homer of the season, driving in his 43rd RBI of the 2022 campaign.

Jonathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K – J-Rod made it back-to-back jacks with his 16th of the year (team-leading 45 RBI, tied for 19th in the Midwest League).

Alaska Abney (Lake County, RP): W (6-2), 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – Abney struck out the side, albeit not in order, to extend his streak of outings without allowing an earned run to eleven (1 innings).

Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg, 1B): 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E – Sanquintin rebounded from the end of his eleven-game on-base streak on Sunday with a two-run homer that accounted food half of the Hillcats scoring on Tuesday.

Cesar Idogo (Lynchburg, RF): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Idrogo has reached base in all seven games in which he has had multiple plate appearances this season.

Juan Benjamin (Lynchburg, 2B): 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K – Benjamin reached via walk in his non-complex debut.

Reid Johnston (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 7 K, 1  HBP, 1 HR allowed – Johnston continues to exhibit spectacular control, with his K:BB ratio now standing at 91:17.

Esteban Gonzalez (ACL, RF): 3-5, 1 2B,1 K – Gonzalez is off to a hot start to August, going 5-for-10 with a double, homer, and four RBI in the month’s first two games.

Jose Pastrano (ACL, Backup SS): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Pastrano’s three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth may not have been enough to win the game for the A-Guards, but it was still noteworthy as it was his first professional homer.

Maick Collado (ACL, 3B): 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K – Collado has still reached base in every game he’s played in this season, a total which now stands at 23.

Simon Rodriguez (ACL, CF): 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 outfield assist – Rodriguez had the best night of his stateside rookie season on Tuesday.

Angel Contreras (ACL, 1B): 0-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 HBP – If you thought Alex call’s HBP numbers were high, take a look at Contreras’.  He has been hit 14 times in 71 plate appearances in 2022 (19.72% plunk rate!) and 29 times in 175 professional PAs (16.57% plunk rate) when his 2021 rookie season in the DSL is added to the mix.

Victor Soteldo (ACL, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K – Soteldo still hasn;t allowed an earned run since June 18 (13 innings pitched in nine games since).

Evelio Hernandez (DSL Blue, SP): ND, 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB. 1 K – Hernandez, who had been pulled from the game before the point of suspension, dominated in the longest and best of his seven professional starts so far.

Victor Izturis (DSL Red, C): 1-3, 2 RBI – Izturis’ 21st and 22nd RBI of the season were the difference in the Guardians Red’s thunderstorm-shortened victory.

Ronald Pena (DSL Red, RF): 1-1, 2 R, 1 3B, 2 BB – Pena now has back-to-back two-run games after scoring two total in the previous 14 games, including a five-game run drought at the start of the stretch and a six-game one immediately prior to these last two games.

Richard Polanco (DSL Red, 2B): 1-2, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS – Polanco makes it seven one-hit games in a row.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES IN SUSPENDED GAME

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue, 2B): 2-3, 1 R. 1 SB, 1 CS – Velasquez had one of two multi-hit days for the Guardians Blue before the suspension and scored the team’s only run so far (To the surprise of absolutely no one who follows the dSL closely, there was no RBI as he scored on a balk.).

Samuel Parra (DSL Blue, RF): 2-3, 1 K – Parra had the other two-hit Tuesday.

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