Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 2, Toledo Mud Hens 1
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 9, Erie SeaWolves 8
High-A: Lake County Captains 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 2 (suspended/T6)
Single-A: Lynchburg Hillcats 9, Fredericksburg Nationals 0
ACL: ACL Reds 9, ACL Guardians 1
ACL Reds 7, ACL Guardians 1
DSL: DSL CLE Blue 2, DSL BOS Red 1
DSL BOS Red 6, DSL CLE Blue 1 F/6
DSL CLE Red 4, DSL Athletics 3

Highlights

Richie Palacios (LF, Columbus): 3-3, HR, RBI – It seems curious that Palacios hasn’t had another run in Cleveland this year. He was solid off the bench, if unspectacular. They never did take advantage of his ability to play second, so he seems relegated to left field now. But he’s still has a nice season in Columbus. But you have to wonder what his future is in Cleveland.

Cody Morris (SP, Columbus): 3.1IP, 2H, ER, BB, 6K, HRA – Morris faced 14 batters and fanned six, keeping up his near 50 K%. He got up to 61 pitches, which is roughly about 10 more than he had been at, so he’s still not really being stretched out a ton, certainly not soon enough to get deep into games. But he hasn’t stopped dominating.

Tanner Tully (RP, Columbus): 5.2IP, 2H, 7K – Every fifth day, Tully takes the ball in Columbus, buts up innings, doesn’t torch the bullpen and keeps games close and well played, which is incredibly valuable and why he was rewarded with a big league opportunity this year.

Jose Tena (SS, Akron): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI – It didn’t start immediately, but Tena’s fifth inning home run sparked yet another Akron comeback where they scored eight of their nine runs from the fifth inning on, starting with Tena’s homer.

Micah Pries (1B, Akron): 1-5, 3 RBI – Not the biggest day for Pries but his seventh inning homer was part of a five run seventh during the comeback, and his 17th homer of the season. 

Julian Escobedo (CF, Akron): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB – Of all the guys in the lineup, it was Escobedo to come through with his two run homer in the eighth inning capped Akron’s comeback. He drove in two runs on Friday as well with a triple, so a nice weekend for Escobedo.

Will Dion (SP, Lynchburg): 7IP, H, 2BB, 7K – Dion now has 134 strikeouts and just 30 walks in 109.2 innings this year in 22 starts. He continues to get the ball every fight day and deliver.

Yordys Valdes (SS, Lynchburg): 3-5, 2B, HR – Valdes might have had the best offensive day of anyone in the system last night. He showed power in this game, though he hasn’t had much this year or month, but he’s hit well in the month of August. 

Austin Aldeano (SP, ACL Guardians): 4IP, 2H, 5K – Aledeano’s first stateside start was a good one. After making the DSL All-Star team, Cleveland brought him to Arizona and it was solid move through one start.

Angel Genao (SS, ACL Guardians): 2-3, RBI, SB – Genao pinch ran for Pastrano in the sixth in the makeup game and collected two hits and a steal of his own, continuing a strong run in the US this year for the international free agent. 

Yorfran John (DSL, CLE Blue): 3-3 – In a rain shortened game, John had three of the DSL Blue’s squad’s three hits. 

Christopher Espinola (RF, DSL CLE Red): 2-2, BB, SB – Espinola’s big season continues with a box score stuffing game.

Notable Performances

Will Brennan (RF, Columbus): 1-4, 2B –  It has been a rough August for Brennan. His July was ‘down’ but his August has been a struggle. It’s a long season and maybe the International League has a report on him, so it’s up to him to adjust back. Still good to see him at least have an impact hit.

Carlos Vargas (RP, Akron): 2IP, 2K – Carlos Vargas the reliever is taking off, he’s pitching every three or four days and his last couple of outings have been dominating. Vargas is unscored upon in his last 10.2 innings, allowing just four hits, walking only three and fanning 11. 

Raynel Delgado (3B, Akron): 2-3, BB – Three times on base for Delgado, all of the solo base variety, but still an important performance given the fact that Brayan Rocchio is in Columbus now and Angel Martinez wasn’t in Akron’s lineup yet.

Mason Hickman (RP, Akron): IP, K, SV – Vargas isn’t the only arm dominating in a newfound relief role. Hickman has now reeled off 15 straight scorless innings over eight outings with just four hits allowed, four walks and 22 strikeouts.

Aaron Bracho (2B, Lake County): 2-2, 2 2B – Cleveland moved up Angel Martinez without replacing him immediately on the Lake County roster, to the dismay of their loyal fans and playoff hopes. So perhaps this leaves at bats open for Bracho to get a last chance to find a way to hit the way everyone thought he could when he was signed. 

Milan Tolentino (3B, Lake County): 1-3, 2B – Tolentino is also going to get regular at bats with Martinez gone as the Captains have just six infielders now, meaning one may likely DH everyday.

Connor Kokx (CF, Lake County): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI – Sticking with the theme of playing time here, with Johnathan Rodriguez moving to Akron and not being replaced, Kokx should also continue to get regular playing time and he’s looked interesting yesterday. 

Rodney Boone (SP, Lake County): 5IP, 4H, 2ER, BB, 5K – The good news for the Captains despite this suspended game, Boone got deep enough into the game although probably would have kept going with his solid outing. 

Isaiah Greene (CF, Lynchburg): 1-3, 3B, 2BB  – Like Petey Halpin and Angel Martinez having strong August’s despite their youth and the long season, Greene is doing the same thing, having a nice July and a sold August (.888 OPS) with 11 RBI now.

Jorge Burgos (RF, Lynchburg): 1-5, 2B, RBI –  June and July was solid for Burgos, though August hasn’t been. But he’s still had a solid year and would have been the only outfielder that might have been a fit to promote to Lake County to take Rodriguez’s spot.

Adam Tulloch (RP, ACL Guardians): 0 outs recorded, 5H, 7R (6ER), BB – Tulloch’s pro debut couldn’t have gone any worse. He faced seven batters, and six reached on a hit or walk, and another on an error. He also issued a balk. So if he has a nice short memory, it can only go up from here and if he goes on to have a good career, it will be a funny footnote to look back on.

Jose Pastrao (SS, ACL Guardians): 1-1, 2BB, SB – He was pinch ran for in the sixth, but Pastrano had a nice game. We’ve been waiting for this highly thought of international signing to start to look the part.

Jose Baez (2B, ACL Guardians): 2-2, BB, SB – Jose Ramirez’s younger brother hasn’t put up tons of big days yet in his young career, but he’s shown a good eye for what that’s worth in the ACL and this was a good one.

Samuel Parra (LF, DSL CLE Blue): 1-3, 2B –  Parra was the only real offensive note in the makeup of the suspended game with the Red Sox squad.

Frederic Garcia (SP, DSL Blue): 2IP, 5K – Garcia was perfect in the two innings before the game was suspended.

Frederic Garcia (SP, DSL Blue): 4IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K – Because of the suspended game, it looked like Garcia pitched two games yesterday, but both were pretty solid.

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