Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Columbus Clippers 7, Iowa Cubs 5
Double-A – Altoona Curve 13, Akron RubberDucks 7
High-A – Lake County Captains 8, Great Lakes Loons 5 (10 innings)
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Brennan (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SF – Will Brennan continues to do Will Brennan things.  His trio of RBI on Thursday night brought his season total (including Akron) to 98, leapfrogging multiple other players to go from a tie for 12th to a tie for seventh. The next Will Brennan thing is likely to be playing baseball at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, perhaps as early as next spring.

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, DH): 1-1, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SF, 1 HBP – It seems as if Noel is starting to get the hang of this Double-A thing.  His hitting and on-base streaks currently stand at eleven (longest in the org right now) and nineteen (second in the system) games, respectively.  During the latter streak, Noel has improved his slash line from .197/.256/.467 to .232/.321/.486, a pretty impressive increase this deep into the season.

Petey Halpin (Lake County, PR): no plate appearances, 1 R – Halpin scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth on a Reinaldo De Paula after starting the extra frame on second as a pinch runner for DH  Aaron Bracho.  This may have been fixed by the time you read this, but he isn’t even in the boxscore as I’m typing this (hence the discrepancy between adding the runs scored by each Captain and the total at the bottom of the LC box).  Fun Fact:  The other two tenth-inning tallies scored on a subsequent two-run wild pitch by De Paula’s fellow Loons reliever Joan Valdez to complete a three-run inning straight out of the Dominican Summer League.

BEST OF THE REST

Nolan Jones (Columbus, RF): 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K – Jones got his September off to a solid start after barely staying above the Mendoza Line (.206) since being optioned on August 21.

David Fry (Columbus, 3B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Fry, who drove in his 64th run of the season last night, has been a stellar veteran presence on a Clippers team that still has a shot to catch the Nashville Sounds for the division title and a trip to Vegas for the Triple-A playoffs.

Oscar Mercado (Columbus, CF): 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB – Mercado’s multi-hit, multi-RBI effort ended an eight-game streak of one or lease total bases per game, a stretch that clearly did not help his case in what is almost certainly an audition for the rest of MLB and possibly foreign leagues.

Mitchell Tolman (Columbus, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K – Tolman’s pair of doubles brought his season total to 22, setting a new career high (breaking a tie with his twenty-double 2018.2017, and 2019 campaigns) and passing Brennan for the team lead.

Hunter Gaddis (Columbus, SP): W (2-2), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned). 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR allowed – Gaddis’ start on Thursday was his best since his major league debut and was rewarded with his second individual victory as a Clipper.

Nic Enright (Columbus, RP): 0.1 IP, perfect – When Gaddis started to struggle in the sixth, Enrught needed only three pitches to secure the final out of the frame.

Nick Mikolajchak (Columbus, RP): S (5), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Mikolajchak was similarly efficient in earning his fifth Triple-A save, needing only nine pitches.

Chris Roller (Akron, CF): 2-4, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 SB – Roller extended his hit streak to four games with this multi-hit performance.

Angel Martinez (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 E – Martinez has hit the ground running in Double-A, driving in nine runs in his first ten games as a RubberDuck, with six extra-base hits (three doubles, a triple, and two homers) out of ten total resulting in a .924 OPS.

Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): 0.2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Marman, who has allowed only one earned run in 16 innings since the All-Star Break, mercifully ended the bottom of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts.

Milan Tolentino (Lake County, SS): 0-3, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K – Tolentino was the lone Captain to score multiple runs in Thursday night’s extra-innings victory thanks to a season high-tying three walks.

Joe Naranjo (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB (1 intentional), 2 K – Naranjo has at least one hit in six of his last eight games after going hitless in the previous five.

Alexfri Planez (Lake County, RF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Planez rebounded from a 1-for-12 finish to August with this stellar start to September.

Korey Holland (Lake County, LF): 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K – Holland now has a nine-game hitting streak in games with multiple plate appearances.

Tommy Mace (Lake County, SP): ND, 0.1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Mace left the game after striking out the leadoff hitter on six pitches when a recurring blister on one of his right fingers burst open.

Alaska Abney (Lake County, RP): 1.2 IP, perfect, 2 K – Abney, who has allowed only one earned run in 24.2 innings dating back to June 21, continues to dominate Midwest League hitters, holding them to  a .146 batting average in 39 relief appearances in his first full pro season.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SB – Fox stole his 18th base of the season despite going hitless on Thursday.

Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 2 RBI – Burgos has driven in 64 this season following his pair of RBI singles that [proved the go-ahead run (sixth inning) and the first insurance insurance tally (eighth).

Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, 1B): 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Bartlett provided the fifth and final run on his 20th double of the season later in the eighth to cap off his third three-hot game of the season.

Jordan Brown (Lynchburg, LF): 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Brown drove in and scored the tying run in the fifth on his second non-complex homer.  The first run scored a few frames earlier on…you guessed it…a wild pitch.

Reid Johnston (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 6 K, 1 HR allowed – Johnston has hurled two solid starts in a row after an eight-run outing on August 13 in Charleston, SC.

Samuel Vasquez (Lynchburg, RP): H (1), 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Vasquez has allowed only one earned run in eight innings since August 13 after struggling mightily in his first two months of the season (15.43 ERA, 3.17 WHIP, 13:14 K:BB ratio [was 9:13 at the end of July], and .411 opponents’ batting average).

Miguel Vinicio (Lynchburg, RP): S (4), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB – Despite allowing three baserunners, Vinicio didn’t let any of them score and remains perfect in four save opportunities this season.

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