Scoreboard: Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 3, Rochester Red Wings 2 (F/10) Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 2 High-A: Great Lakes Loons 14, Lake County Captains 4 Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 12, […]
RHP Cody Morris (Columbus): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 Ks – Morris appeared in Triple-A Columbus for the first time since returning to game action in Arizona. He totaled 48 pitches (32 strikes) and looked strong from the jump by striking out the side in the first. He chipped in two more in the second inning and ended up striking out six of his eight outs achieved. Two runs fell on his ledger after the reliever came in, but look for Morris to be ready to go sooner rather than later.
3B David Fry (Columbus): 2-for-4, RBI – Fry had two of the six hits off Columbus bats in the game, including the two-out walk-off single that ended the extra inning contest. He took the first pitch he saw to the wall in right to score the pinch runner Fermin from second base as the runner placed on base.
C Bo Naylor (Columbus): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBIs – Naylor’s two-run homerun in the fourth inning tied the game up at two and the score would remain that way until the Fry game-winner. It is his sixth homerun for the Clippers and 12th in 2022 (career-best). It was a seven-pitch at-bat for the lefty that resulted in a pair of runs.
LHP Tanner Tully (Columbus): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 4 Ks – The starter’s day might be overlooked since he came out of the bullpen for the rehabbing Morris, but Tully was solid in keeping the game even. He threw five scoreless innings and carried the team into the ninth inning. Tully retired six of the first seven hitters he faced and worked through a pair of baserunners in the eighth. 52 of his 77 pitches went for strikes.
2B Brayan Rocchio (Akron): 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2B, RBI – The RubberDucks were getting no-hit before Rocchio blasted a solo homerun to right in the fourth inning of play. His double in the seventh inning also resulted in a run off of a wild pitch. There was not many scoring opportunities for Akron in this one, but the 21-year-old played a major part in creating runs.
CF Chris Roller (Akron): 1-for-3, R, HR, 2 RBIs – A fairly quiet night turned heroic with one swing of the bat for Roller in the victory over Altoona Wednesday. His two-run homerun in the top of the eighth allowed Akron to get ahead for the first time all night and they would not look back. It is the first time he has gone yard since the end of June.
RHP Cade Smith (Akron): S (1), 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 4 Ks – The 16th round selection in 2017 slammed the door shut on the mound once the RubberDucks had taken the lead. He retired all three hitters in the eighth by strikes (two looking) and induced a groundball double play in the ninth to nab the victory for the road team. It is the second time in 2022 that Smith has fanned four batters in an outing.
CF Petey Halpin (Lake County): 3-for-4, R, 2 2B, SB – Halpin tallied three hits on the night and two of them went for extra bases. He singled in the second inning and laced doubles to right in both the fourth and eighth innings. He now has 18 two-baggers on the season and has four in his last three games. Halpin is carrying his impressive hitting into the month of August thus far and extends his on-base streak to 25 games in a row.
1B Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg): 2-for-4, 2 R, HR, 4 RBIs, SF, BB – Sanquintin drove in a team-high four runs and hit a two-run homerun in the seventh inning to help put the game out of reach for the Hillcats. His line drive homerun to right field allowed two runs to score, as well as a sacrifice fly and RBI single. It is back-to-back games with multiple hits and RBIs for the 20-year-old.
CF Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg): 1-for-2, R, RBI, 4 BBs, SB – Greene reached base five times in the game, four times on balls. He leads the Carolina League by walking 69 times on the season. While on base, he swiped his 26th bag of the season to lead Cleveland Single-A affiliate.
SS Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg): 2-for-4, R, 2 BBs – In the offensive outburst, the lead-off man Valdes reached base in four of his six plate appearances, including two hits and two walks. He did a good job of setting the table for the rest of the offense on Wednesday as he led off the first, third and fourth innings by getting on.
CF Moises Molero (DSL Blue): 1-for-3, 2 R, HR, 2 RBIs, BB – The left-handed swinging lead-off man slugged his first homerun in 2022 to tie the game up at four in the seventh inning of play on Wednesday. His two-run bomb to centerfield was supplemented by a base on balls in the sixth. It is just the fourth extra base hit of the DSL season for the 17-year-old.
SS Jeffrey Mercedes (DSL Blue): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs – The 17-year old Mercedes was the only player with two hits on the day and one of two batters with an extra base hit. His double in the eighth inning drove in the game’s winning run and he had an RBI single earlier in the afternoon. It was Mercedes’ 22nd and 23rd runs batted in this season.
C Victor Izturis (DSL Red): 4-for-4, R, RBI – Izturis was red hot at the dish with four singles in Wednesday’s makeup game. His RBI single in the second gave DSL Red a 5-1 advantage and he came around to score after his lead-off single in the fourth inning. It is the first time he has had three or more hits in a game in 2022 and he has found first base in four consecutive games.
DH Ronald Pena (DSL Red): 2-for-3, 2 R, HR, 3B, 4 RBIs, BB – Pena totaled seven bases in the game and drew a walk to reach base on three different occasions in the blowout win. His three-run homerun in the second inning resulted in the first runs of the game for the red squad and the triple in the bottom of the third secured his fourth RBI of the day. His seven bases and four RBIs are the most in a game for the 17-year-old.
Best of the Rest:
CF Alex Call (Columbus): 1-for-3, BB – Call reached base twice after hitting a single in the second inning and drawing a walk in the fourth. He and David Fry were the only two to do so in the win.
LHP Jaime Arias (Akron): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BBs, 3 Ks – Aside from a couple runs in the third, Arias did a good job at scattering his baserunners throughout his outing. The left-hander finished strong by sitting down the final eight Curve hitters he faced. This is the lengthiest start of the season after making his way into the sixth inning.
RHP Brett Daniels (Akron): W (3-1), H, 0 R, BB, 3 Ks – Daniels got the win out of the Ducks bullpen and worked his way out of a bit of turbulence in the seventh. He struck out three hitters in a row over the sixth and seventh innings and after allowing a two out walk and single, a mound visit settled him in to get the final out of the frame.
1B Joe Naranjo (Lake County): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, BB – Naranjo provided a run via his 13th homerun of the season, but it was far from enough to keep Great Lakes from getting away. It has been a while since we have seen a power surge out of Naranjo and this is as good a time as any to spark the offense.
SS Angel Martinez (Lake County): 2-for-5 – A late single allowed Martinez to join Halpin as the only Captains with multiple hits on the night. He extended his on-base streak to 17 games and has a hit in 11 in a row.
RHP Hugo Villalobos (Lynchburg): W (4-1), 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BBs, 3 Ks – Villalobos followed the opener and did a standup job to not allow Myrtle Beach back into the game. Although the scoreboard ended up lopsided, it was not until late in the game that the Hillcats were clearly on top. He faced three hitters in back-to-back innings in the third and fourth to keep his pitch count low and get deep into the game.
C Joe Donovan (Lynchburg): 2-for-6, 3 R, HR, 2 RBIs – The catcher smashed his fifth homerun of the season in the victory, two of which coming in the last three games. That bomb was a part of a back-to-back with Sanquintin in the seventh inning. He drove in a second run with an RBI single in the eighth.
DH Victor Planchart (Lynchburg): 1-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 2 BBs – Planchart reached base three times and ended up coming around to score on all three instances. He tied Donovan for the most runs scored in the game.
3B Wilfri Peralta (Lynchburg): 2-for-5, 2 RBIs – Peralta drove in two runs while securing a multi-hit game. He is one of just three players on the night to drive in two, the highlight of which coming on a line drive single to center in the fifth. A groundout late in the game would result in a second run crossing the plate for Lynchburg.
RHP Luis Garcia (DSL Blue): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BBs, 2 HBPs 4 Ks – Garcia tossed four strong innings in Wednesday’s makeup game and surrendered one run in the second. It went down as unearned, but was of his doing after an errant pickoff attempt. That and a pair of hit by pitches would not deter him in rolling to four innings without allowing an earned run and four punchouts.
RHP Jose Contreras (DSL Red): W (1-4), 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 0 BBs, 5 Ks – Contreras kept hitters on their toes the entire afternoon and peppered the strike zone. This was by far the best command he has shown this season with his second walk-free appearance of the year and it came in his longest outing. A triple and sac fly in the third was really the only trouble he faced in the game.