photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 3, Rochester Red Wings 1
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 1 (Game 1); Akron RubberDucks 4, Altoona Curve 2 (Game 2)
High-A: Lake County Captains 6, Grea Lakes Loons 3
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 10, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3
ACL: Postponed – COVID reasons

Highlights

Gabriel Arias (SS, Columbus:) 2-4 – Two singles for Arias, which isn’t a huge game but considering he got hit in the head the other day and he’s had a very unfortunate season health wise, this was good to see.

Bo Naylor (C, Columbus): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – Naylor hit his 13th homer of the year in the first inning for the Clippers out of the leadoff spot.

Peyton Battenfield (SP, Columbus): 7IP, 6H, ER, 2BB, 3K – Still not a ton of K’s for Battenfield, but he’s been a true workhouse in terms of innings and he lowered his ERA to 3.19.

Bryan Lavastida (C, Columbus): 2-4, 2B, SB – Lavastida has been starting to hit the ball a little better and more consistently finally.

Tanner Burns (SP, Akron): 5IP, 3H, ER, BB, K – Burns came off the IL to make this start and hasn’t missed a lot of bats this year too with various injuries but he’s been solid a lot like Battenfield.

Micah Pries (DH, Akron): Game 2 – 2-4, 2B, HR – Pries had kind of cooled off since his torrid end of June/early July but he’s had good moments where the power and production is there sometimes.

Angel Martinez (2B, Lake County): 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB – Good to see Martinez continue his strong season. Cleveland has been careful about his load management and his shoulder recently given that his 2021 second half was tough due to maybe wearing down in his first full season, but he’s been strong throughout mostly when he’s played.

Joe Naranjo (1B, Lake County): 1-3, 3 RBI, 2BB – Naranjo has been hot this home stand with extra base hits. This looks like his early season barrage where he hit homers and walked a lot. So just as he was cold-ish coming into this season, he’s really hit for power again. 

Jack Leftwich (SP, Lake County): 6IP,  5H, 4K – Have been very impressed by Leftwich’s control this year. Given his delivery and past pedigree, I thought there would be more walks but he’s missed bats at a good rate and isn’t walking many. There’s a lot to like here.

Yordys Valdes (SS, Lynchburg): 1-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 3K – Valdes shockingly struck out three times but managed to double in some runs. 

Dayan Frias (3B, Lynchburg): 2-5, HR, 2 RBI – Frias has had a bit of a power surge lately. It’s kind of surprising how low the average has been this year but he’s gotten on base just fine. Less power was expected but not less hit tool. 

Isaiah Greene (CF, Lynhchburg): 2-4,  3B, SB – No surprise Greene showed off his wheels with a triple and a steal.

Junior Sanquintin (1B, Lynchburg): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI – Sanquintin continues to show some power and keeps himself on an intruiging list of corner infielders. 

WIll Dion (SP, Lynchburg): 5.2IP, 5H, 2R (ER), 2BB, 6K – The Hillcats needed a strong pitching performance and got one from Dion, who continues to be remarkably good and consistent. 

Notable Performances

Ian Hamilton (RP, Columbus): IP – Hamilton did not throw away his first shot in relief with the Columbus, pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

Kyle Marman (RP, Akron): 2IP, BB, 2K – Marman has had some solid outings lately. The ERA is high but the stuff is good when he locates like this. 

Daniel Schneeman (3B, Akron); 2-3, 2 RBI – Schneeman hasn’t had the same offensive performance he did a year ago before his injury but he’s been solid in giving Akron some production.

Thomas Ponticelli (SP, Akron Game 2): 4IP, 3H, ER, BB, 5K – Though he’s not really stretched out as a starter, Ponticelli gave Akron four really good innings in the double header game two stepping into Joey Cantillo’s spot.

Carlos Vargas (RP, Akron): 0.2IP – Vargas was perfect in relief. Noting this because while it : wasnt a big outing, he’s still coming back on starters rest at times but pitching relievers innings. He’s coming back from TJ so he’ll be limited but would be interesting if they’re bringing him back as a reliever. They still do have a lot of time with him.

Milan Tolentino (SS, Lake County): 2-4, SB – Tolentino has hit a little better after a slow start and he’s been excellent at shortstop defensively as well. He and Martinez make a fun pair.

Connor Kokx (CF, Lake County): 2-4, SB – Expected to see more out of Kokx this year but he’s still getting on base plenty and had two outfield assist the other night on this home stand. Still plenty of interesting tools here.

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