Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 9, Buffalo Bisons 6
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 5, Richmond Flying Squirrels 2
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Cedar Rapids Kernels 4
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 7, Delmarva Shorebirds 3 (10 innings)

HIGHLIGHTS 

George Valera (Columbus, RF): 3-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Valera is beginning to acclimate to Triple-A, as evidenced by his multiple total based in each of his three games so far this week in Buffalo.  This is not surprising as Valera seems destined to not only succeed in Columbus, but eventually excel and earn a spot on the roster at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, 1B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 K – Noel has been on a roll since Sunday’s series finale in Erie, going 8-for-17 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, and six RBI.  Akron is finally seeing the Jhonkensy Noel that fans at lower levels have enjoyed watching the last couple of seasons.

Tanner Bibee (Akron, SP): W (3-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 10 K – Bibee continues to dominate at the Double-A level in his rookie season, with his second ten-strikeout game of the season/his career (and his first as a RubberDuck) bringing his Double-A K:BB ratio to 52:8 (6.50) and his overall number including his time with the Captains to 138:21 (6.57).

REHAB

Cody Morris (Columbus, RP): H (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 WP – After picking up a save in his first scoreless outing of his Columbus rehab stint, he earned a hold in his second.

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 K – Lavastida has scored a run in three of his last four games.

BEST OF THE REST 

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Brennan’s pair of RBI brought his Triple-A tally to an even 50 and his season total (including Double-A Akron) to a whopping 89!

Brayan Rocchio (Columbus, SS): 3-5, 1 R – Rocchio’s three-hit game was his second of the current series (first was on Tuesday).

Nolan Jones (Columbus, DH): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Jones is on a three-game hitting streak with a pair of homers since being optioned from the Big Club.  It would not be surprising to see him back in Cleveland before the season is over.

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, LF): 2-5, 1 RBI – Like Brennan, Arias also reached an RBI milestone yesterday, driving in his 30th of the season.

David Fry (Columbus, C): 3-5, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 K – Fry has mirrored Rocchio with three-hit efforts on Tuesday and Thursday in Buffalo.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Brooks now has a hot on ten of his last twelve games after his second-inning two-run homer.

Tim Herrin (Columbus, RP): 2.1 IP, perfect, 3 K – Herrin has allowed only one earned run over seven innings in his last five outings.

Nic Enright (Columbus, RP): W (4-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K – Enright has been similarly dominant going back to mid-July, allowing only three earned runs in 13.1 frames since July 13.

Jose Tena (Akron, SS): 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Tena’s hitting streak now stands at six games, his second streak of that length this month.

Micah Pries (Akron, LF): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 CS – Pries continues to mash in August, slashing .296/.360/.531 with 15 RBI.

Julian Escobedo (Akron, CF): 1-3, 1 SB – Escobedo stole his 15th base of the season last night.

Mason Hickman (Akron, RP): S (3), 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 K – Despite allowing his first three Double-A hits, Hickman remains unscored upon in 4.1 innings as a RubberDuck.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 3-5, 2 R, 1 RBI – Naranjo reached the 50-RBI mark, equaling his total from his first full season last year with two and a half weeks still left on the 2022 campaign, in this three-hit effort

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI – Planez has amassed twelve total bases over his last four games, going 7-for-17 with two doubles and a homer.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, CF): 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 K – Five of Halpin’s 13 August RBI have come in the last two days.

Connor Kokx (Lake County, LF): 1-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Kokx has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached in twelve straight (both not counting a defensive-only substitute appearance on Wednesday following his sixth-inning RBI triple.

Korey Holland (Lake County, DH): 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B – Holland, who extended his hit streak to five games last evening, has a .929 August OPS.

Tommy Mace (Lake County, SP): W (1-5), 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 2 WP – Mace earned his first professional individual victory on Thursday night.

Matt Turner (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, perfect – Turner rebounded from allowing two runs in a third of a frame on Sunday with this perfect eighth.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, CF): 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB – Fox’s 22nd double of the season was surprisingly the only extra-base hit on a seven-run night for the Hillcats.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, 3B): 4-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Frias tied his season high in hits from April 19 at the Carolina Mudcats and drove in his 42nd and 43 rd runs of his non-complex rookie season on Thursday night.

Cesar Idrogo (Lynchburg, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Idrogo’s organization-best on-base streak reached 22 games on Thursday with this two-hit effort.

Franco Aleman (Lynchburg, RP): W (2-8), 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 1 HBP – Other than one bad outing in Charleston, SC (3 ER in 0.1 IP on August 13), Aleman has been nigh-unstoppable since returning from the Injured List on July 23, allowing only one earned run in 12.1 innings over his seven oher outings during this period.

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