Photo credit: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 11, Buffalo Bisons 10 (10 innings)
Double-A – Richmond Flying Squirrels 8, Akron Rubberducks 5 (10 innings)
High-A – Lake County Captains 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 5
Single-A – Delmarva Shorebirds 8, Lynchburg Hillcats 7 (11 innings)
Rookie – Arizona Complex League Guardians 6, Arizona Complex League Reds 1
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Royals Glass 6, Dominican Summer League Guardians Blue 3
Rookie – Dominican Summer League Rangers Blue 7, Dominican Summer League Guardians Red 2

HIGHLIGHTS

David Fry (Columbus, 3B-1B): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB – Fry has provided the clippers with some serious pop this season as they chase the Nashville Sounds for the International League West Division championship and a trip to Las Vegas for the Triple-A playoffs.  His 60 RBI are the most by anyone as a Clipper this season and are good for a tie for 19th in the IL.  It will be interesting to see if a major league team in search of an inexpensive run producer takes a flyer on him in the Rule 5 Draft this December.

Doug Nikhazy (Lake County, SP): W (4-4), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 2 E – Nikhazy’s last three starts have been nothing short of stellar.  In 18.2 combined innings, he has allowed only two earned runs on nine hits and eight walks while striking out 26.  Last night was the best of the three as he cut down the walks to two while holding the Kernels scoreless.  While there were a couple points where he struggled, especially on pickoff plays at first, this was an incredible outing by a guy who is starting to dominate the High-A level.

Zach Jacobs (ACL, RP): H (1), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K – Jacobs was impressive in his second professional outing, earning his first pro hold.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, CF): 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Fox was one of two Hillcats to come within a triple of the cycle in his first multi-hit performance in exactly a week.

Adam Tulloch (ACL, RP): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP – Tulloch’s pro debut stint did not go as well.  Hopefully, we will hear  some good news regarding his acclimation during Instructional League.

REHAB

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 1-5, 1 R, 1 hR, 1 RBI, 1 K – Lavastida started the night;s scoring with the only home run of the game.

BEST OF THE REST

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 2-5, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Despite only driving in four runs so far this month as he continues to adjust to Triple-A pitching, Brennan is still ties for 13th in all of MiLB with Rockies Single-A prospect Juan Guerrero at 87 RBI (Mariners A-ball 1B/OF Robert Perez Jr. leads with 99 – all info per FanGraphs dot com’s ever-excellent THE BOARD).

Brayan Rocchio (Columbus, SS): 3-6, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – After an 0-for-3 Triple-A debut on Saturday, Rocchio teed off on the Buffalo pitching staff yesterday.

Nolan Jones (Columbus, DH): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI – Jones only had one hit in his return to Triple-A, but it was a bug one (three-run homer in the fourth to tie the game at 4-4).  Jones is in a weird no-man’s-land developmentally right now.  He’s dominating Triple-A (.937 OPS) but struggling to adjust recently (.167 on all three elements of the slash line in August) on a Big Club that can’t afford developmental hiccups in the midst of a pennant race.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, starting 1B): 2-5, 1 2B, 1 K – Brooks has been hitting the ball hard this month, with five extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple, and two homers) out of twelve total hits giving him a .213 August ISO.

Kevin Kelly (Columbus, RP): 1.1 IP, 1 BB – Kelly has gone 32 days (eleven innings in nine outings) without allowing an earned run.

Andrew Misiaszek (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Misiaszek needed only 13 pitches to strike out the side in order in the seventh.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 2-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3 K – Tena drove in three of the RubberDucks’ five runs to bring his season total to 53.

Angel Martinez (Akron, 2B): 0-3, 2 BB – Martinez’s start to his Double-A career has been a crazy one, with a two-walk game following his two-double debut on Sunday.

Cade Smith (Akron, RP): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 6 K – Smith struck out six of the eight batters he faced to bring his season K:BB ratio to 79:29 (2.72) and K?9 to 14.81 (both numbers combined High-A and Double-A).

Randy Labaut (Akron, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Labaut got a pop out and double play to end an ugly top of the tenth and keep his August ERA unblemished.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Planez’s multi-hit Tuesday was highlighted by his 20th double of the 2022 campaign.

Connor Kokx (Lake County, CF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 SB -Kokx stole both second and third in the sixth inning for his eighth and ninth steals of the season before scoring on a passed ball.

Gabriel Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B): 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB,1 K, 1 SB – Kokx’s steal of third was part of a double steal that saw G-Rod nab his third base of the year at second.

Davis Sharpe (Lake County, RP): H (5), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 K – Sharpe remains unscored upon over his last 9.2 innings (five outings).

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SF – Burgos was the other, with his two RBI bringing his season total to 55.

Yordys Valdes (Lynchburg, SS): 0-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SF – Valdes stayed one ahead of Burgos for the team lead in RBI with his eleventh-inning sacrifice fly.

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 0-3, 2 BB, 1 K – Greene extended his on-base streak to 16 games with a pair of walks last night.

Juan Zapata (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 3 K – Zapata “rebounded” from allowing three runs in last week’s series opener (not a bad outing in it’s own right) with this stellar effort.

Zach Pettway (Lynchburg, RP): 2.2 IP, perfect, 3 K – Pettway mercifully ended a rough bottom of the seventh that was the only reason the game went to extras anyway before finishing regulation innings with  a pair of masterful frames.

Yeury Gervacio (Lynchburg, RP): 0 IP, 1 H – If you;re wondering what this weird line in the boxscore is, he faced one batter and allowed an RBI single that scored an inherited runner for the game-winning run.

Esteban Gonzalez (ACL, RF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 CS, Picked Off 1 time – Gonzalez finished the season with a nine-game hitting streak, the longest active one in the organization.

Juan Benjamin (ACL, 3B): 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB,1 K, 1 SF, 1 CS – Benjamin’s batting average for his stateside debut season finished at exactly .300 (as it did for both his ACL and Lynchburg splits) after this two-hit season finale.

Maick Collado (ACL, 1B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Collado slashed .310/.425/.429 despite struggling down the stretch (.180/.317/.260 in August).

Yorman Gomez (ACL, SP): L W (3-1), 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K – Gomez finished his first American season (assuming he doesn’t make his non complex debut in the next few weeks with a 44:8 K:BB ratio.

Victor Soteldo (ACL, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Soteldo wrapped up the official season in Goodyear with a perfect ninth.

Jose Gomez (DSL Blue, CF): 1-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K – Gomez, who had both RBI in the Guardians Blue;s season finale, finished his rookie season with a .943 OPS.

Brayan Guedez (DSL Blue, SS): 1-5, 1 2B – Guedez responded to the end of his ten-game on-base streak last Thursday with his second double of the month and fifth and final of his rookie season.

Yorfran John (DSL Blue, DH): 3-5, 1 2B, 1 K – John ended his first professional season on a three-game hitting streak that included a pair of three-hit games.

Nomar Velasquez (DSL Blue, 3B): 2-4,  K – Velasquez is hitting .318 this month following his second two-hit game in as many days and his third in his last five games of the season.  Those six hits are the only ones he had in his last nine games (admittedly, one of those was a one-plate appearance day for him) – a pretty severe feast-or-famine stretch to wrap up his 2022 campaign.

David Leon (DSL Blue, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 E – Leon had two multi-hit games out of the three he played in since returning from a two-day (likely injury-related) absence from the playing field.

Samuel Parra (DSL Blue, RF): 2-4, 1 R – Parra ended the season with active six-game hitting and five-game multiple-total base streaks, but couldn’t add a fifth game to his extra-base-hit streak.

Evelio Hernandez (DSL Blue, SP): L (0-2), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR allowed – Hernandez’s rookie ERA ends up at 2.16 (an omen?) after a good season finale effort that wrapped up a stellar August (1.02 ERA, .197 opponents’ batting average, and 18:6 K:BB ratio).

Jaison Chourio (DSL Red, CF): 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB – Chourio, who scored both Guardians red runs on the last day of the season, finished his rookie campaign with 14 steals in 18 attempts.

Richard Polanco (DSL Red, DH): 2-4, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Polanco’s fourth-inning triple resulted in the Red squad’ final RBI of the season (the final run fittingly scored on a wild pitch) on the team’s final extra-base hit of the season.

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