Photo credit: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats

Scoreboard

Triple-A – St. Paul Saints 5, Columbus Clippers 1
Double-A – Bowie Baysox 6, Akron RubberDucks 4
High-A – Lake County Captains 3, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Charleston RiverDogs 2 (11 INNINGS)
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Guardians 5, Arizona Complex League Brewers Blue 0
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 7, Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 4 (completion of game suspended on August 5)
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Red Sox Blue 8, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 4 (Scheduled Game – 7 INNINGS)
Rookie -Dominican Summer League Red Sox Red 3, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 1

NOTE: The performances listed from the completed DSL Blue game focus on the two-and-a-half innings played yesterday.  For performances from the first six-and-a-half frames, I refer you to Tyler Stotsky’s ATF from last Friday’s games

HIGHLIGHTS

Jack Leftwich (Lake County, SP): ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 3 K – Despite an entirely uncharacteristic two walks in the first inning, Leftwich dominated  on Friday night in Eastlake, resuming normal service after a rough late July when the Midwest League had adjusted to him and he allowed seven earned runs in eight innings over two starts.  Keep in mind he is doing all of this in his first competitive professional season after being drafted in the seventh round (with the seemingly-prophetic 216th overall pick) last year.  Look for him on the mound at the corner of State and Main next April, possibly even on Opening Day.

Elvis Jerez (Lake County, RP): S (first in High-A, 10th overall this season), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Jerez, who had never pitched in a High-a game before, came into one of the highest-leverage situations possible and picked up the save, the twelfth of his pro career in 13 attempts.  There seems to be no question that he has the mental fortitude to be a great closer.

Angel Martinez (Lake County, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Martinez extended his on-base streak to 22 games, including all seven games he has played in this month, during which he is slashing .367/.406/.467.

Junior Sanquintin (Lynchburg, DH): 2-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K – Sanquintin was the textbook definition of feast-or-famine last night, he recorded a hat trick, striking out in three of his five plate appearances.  His other two PAs, however, were crucial to the Hillcats’ victory, as he drove in the two runs that even allowed the game to get to extra innings on a pair of solo shots in the second and seventh frames.

BEST OF THE REST

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 1-4, 1 2B – Arias has a hit in every game of this series, including a sixth-inning double to center last night.

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, 2B): 1-3,  R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Tolman singlehandedly produced the Clippers’ lone run of the game on the night’s other extra-base hit, an eighth inning solo shot.

George Valera (Columbus, RF): 1-4, 2 K – Valera’s first Triple-A hit, a ninth-inning single, was the only other highlight of a rough night for the Clip Show.

Brayan Rocchio (Akron, SS): 1-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 E – After a rough series in Altoona (4-for-23 – .174), Rocchio has reached safely in all four games so far against the Baysox with multiple total bases on three of the four.  Last night was his individual high point of the weeknight portion of the series as Brayan was involved in three of the RubberDucks’ four runs.

Micah Pries (Akron, LF): 1-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Pries has driven in 59 runs this season, including at least one in four of his last six games played.

Cade Smith (Akron, RP): 2.1 IP, 1 BB,1 K, 1 HBP – Smith started a new shutout streak after seeing a seven-game, 9.1-inning one end last Sunday in Altoona. (Yes, this was his first appearance of this series.)

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Naranjo hit his eleventh double of the season in a two-hot effort that continued his pattern of alternating one and two-hit games this series.

Johnathan Rodriguez (Lake County, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB – Rodriguez started the Captains scoring with his 19th homer of the season in the sixth.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): -4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 Outfield assist – Planez had the other RBI for the Eastlake nine, driving in an insurance run on a ground rule double to right-center (the go-ahead run scored earlier in the eighth on an error).

Christian Cairo (Lake County, 2B): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K – Cairo hit his second and third doubles of the season and nearly doubled his season extra-base hit total in his return from the IL.

Mason Hickman (Lake County. RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K – Hickman picked up where Leftwich left off (pun semi-intended) to extend his shutout streak to twelve innings in six outings (pun also semi-intended).

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, CF): 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB – Green e had a big eleventh inning, driving in extra runner Yordys Valdes for the go-ahead run, stealing second for his team-leading (and tenth in the Carolina League) 31st nabbed base of the season, and being doubled in by 1B Will Bartlett for an insurance run.

Trenton Denholm (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Denholm makes it a second scoreless outing in a row as he continues to build up his pitch count following his return from the IL.

Zach Pettway (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K – Pettway has allowed only one earned run in nine innings since his own return from the Injured List.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): W (4-0), 2 IP, 2 K, 1 HBP – Thornton rebounded from allowing his first run since July 1 last Saturday with this stellar effort to stay perfect in four career decisions.

Esteban Gonzalez (ACL, LF): 2-5,  RBI, 1 K – Not only has Gonzalez reached base in all seven games he has played in August, he has reached multiple times in each of those games for a .429/.500/.607 slash line.  Even in Arizona rookie ball, that’s impressive.

Angel Genao (ACL, SS): 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Genao was the only A-Guard to both score and drive in a run last night (To be fair, Gonzalez and Genao had the only two RBI of the game – two others scored on wild pitches and the first tally scored when Genao scored while 1b Maick Collado was getting caught stealing.)

Maick Collado (ACL, 1B): 2-4, 1 CS – Speaking of Collado, he had the team’s third and final two-hit effort of the contest.

Mike Garcia (ACL, SP): ND, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB – Garcia rebounded from allowing six earned runs in 3.1 innings last Friday with his best outing of the 2022 campaign.

Josh Wolf (ACL, RP): W (1-0 in ACL, 1-2 overall), 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K – Wolf, who had been on the Hillcats’ Temporarily Inactive list since Independence Day, unsurprisingly excelled against Rookie ball compression.

Jhon Vergara (ACL, RP): H (3), 1 IP, 1 BB,1 K, 1 BK – Vergara was also dominant in his first mound appearance in an official game in exactly a month.

Victor Soteldo (ACL, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – While the Guardians’ three-run top of the ninth took away his chance for saves in back-to-back outings, Soteldo nonetheless shut down the Brewers Blue in order to complete the shutout victory.

Jesus Montilla (DSL Blue – Completed Game, 3B): 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Montilla doubled to left to score CF Carlos Gutierrez and C Nelson Aranguren for the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning runs.  He would later score an insurance on a dropped catch on a force out attempt at the plate.

Julio Zapata (DSL Blue – Completed Game, RP): W (2-0), 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – Zapata was nearly perfect in two crucial frames following the comeback.  Zapata is unscored upon in his last 12.2 innings, last allowing a run on July 4.

Jose Ramirez (DSL Blue – Completed Game, RP): S (2), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K- The Other J-Ram walked the proverbial tightrope to throw a shutout ninth for the save despite the inning starting with two straight errors (neither by Ramirez).

Yorfran John (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, SS): 2-4, 1 K – John was impressive in his first game in eleven days, recording his second career multi-hit night.

Jose Cedeno (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Cedeno rebounded with a hit and a run after failing to reach base in a multi-plate appearance game for the first time in his rookie season on Thursday.

Alberto Mendez (DSL Blue – Scheduled Game, 3B): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB – Mendez reached thrice (including a homer) to get his OPS back over .800 (from .793 to.829).

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 1-3, 1 2B,2 BB, 1 K – Chourio was back in the lineup after 10 days of being out of it and got right back to it. He has now reached multiple times in each of his last five games played.

Christopher Espinola (DSL Red, RF): 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 HBP, 2 SB – Espinola hit his first triple since a three-game triple streak from June 17-23.

Yefri Rivera (DSL Red, 3B): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SB – Rivera drove in the lone Guardians Red run on a second-inning 4-3 groundout.

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