Photo credit: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Iowa Cubs 4, Columbus Clippers 0
Double-A – Altoona Curve 7, Akron RubberDucks 5
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Great Lakes Loons 1
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 4, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 1

HIGHLIGHTS

Jack Leftwich (Lake County, SP):  W (4-0), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 9 K, 1 HBP – Leftwich rebounded from allowing five earned runs in 3.2 innings last Wednesday, with this stellar start, his third with one earned run or less allowed this month.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, 3B): 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Despite a hitless Sunday, Frias has amassed twelve total bases over his last five games, going 11-for-23 (.478) over that stretch.

Trenton Denholm (Lynchburg,, SP): W (5-4), 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 8 K, 1 HBP – Denholm utterly dominated the Cannon Ballers lineup in his longest and best start since his return from the IL on August 3.

REHAB

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Lavastida’s third double of his rehab stint in Akron highlighted his performance on Tuesday in Altoona.  By the way, this minor league rehab assignment seems to have no time limit.  As you read this on Wednesday, dawn will have broken on day 56 of this stint.

BEST OF THE REST

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 2-2, 2 BB – Brooks highlighted a rough night for the Clippers from the ninth spot in the lineup, reaching all four times he came to the plate to extend his on-base streak to a Clippers-best eleven.

Ernie Clement (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 1 2B – Clement had the other multi-hit effort (including the team’s only extra-base hit of the series opener) for his second in as many games.

Kirk McCarty (Columbus, RP): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed – McCarty came within one bad pitch of hurling four innings of one-hit shutout baseball as he continues to make his case for a return to the Big Club (2.53 ERA, 1 .22 WHIP, and .167 opponents’ batting average in 10.2 Triple-A innings since his August 5 option).

Micah Pries (Akron, DH): 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB – Pries was stellar in the series opener, posting the RubberDucks’ only two-hit effort of the game and accounting for two-thirds of the RBI for the Mallards of Main Street (one run each scored on a wild pitch and an error).

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Noel’s one-hit night stood above the others in that it extended his on-base streak to 17 games.

Luis Oviedo (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K – Oviedo has been stellar since returning from the 7-day IL a week-and-a-half ago, allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out six in 4.2 frames in three outings.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Naranjo continued a hot August (.876 OPS including a .500 SLG) with his fourth multi-hit effort in his last six games played, this one including his 17th homer of the season.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 0-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SF – Planez drove in his 58th run of the season on a sixth-inning sac fly.

Connor Kokx (Lake County, LF-CF): 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS – Kokx, who is slashing .316/.412/.544 this month, was the only Captains to reach base thrice last night.

Davis Sharpe (Lake County, RP): H (6), 1 iP, perfect – Sharpe has not allowed a run in his last seven outings (12.2 innings).

Isaiah Greene (Lynchburg, LF): 1-4, 2 K – Greene extended his on-base streak to an organization-leading 21 games with a third-inning single.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Burgos continues to rake with his fifth multi-total base effort of the month, including two seven-base and one five-base effort. Unsurprisingly, his August OPS is .852.

Joe Lampe (Lynchburg, CF): 1-4, 1 RBI, 2 K – Lampe’s pro debut was highlighted by an RBI single on the first professional pitch he faced.

Sergio Morillo (Lynchburg, RP): H (1), 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K – Morillo continues to whiff batters at a prodigious rate this month, posting an 18:6 K:BB ratio in August.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): S (2), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Thornton displayed the key attribute of a successful closer – namely, a short memory – in rebounding from a three-run blown save his last time out on the mound with this perfect frame.

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