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Tanner Bibee (Akron, SP): W (6-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K – Bibee pitched exactly six innings for the seventh straight start, this time rebounding from an unusually mediocre outing to open the Harrisburg series (3 ER allowed). Outside of that anomaly, Tanner has allowed only four earned runs in 36 innings (1.00 ERA) in the six other six-frame efforts. His quick adjustment to the biggest leap within the minors is proving that he was worthy of last season’s fifth-round selection.
Ryan Webb (Lynchburg, SP): ND, 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K – Webb, who had been striking out hitters at a prodigious pace since returning to the mound in June (51 K in 41.2 pre-September IP – 11.14 per 9 IP), got back to 100% this month to post the following combined stat line in his two September starts – 9 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 17 K, 1.11 WHIP, .206 opponents; batting average). Needless to say, it will be exciting to see what Webb can do with a full season in 2023.
Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 0-4, 1 K – Lavastida went hitless for the fifth time in his last six games on day 67 of his rehab assignment.
BEST OF THE REST
Will Brennan (Columbus, LF): 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB – No one, including base umpires, is safe when a hitter is as hot as Brennan, who extended his multi-total base streak t six games (although he couldn’t continue the four-base streak) and stole his 15th Triple-A base (20th overall this season).
Gabriel Arias (Columbus, 3B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 SF – Arias has reached safely in twelve straight, including all nine games he has played this month.
George Valera (Columbus, DH): 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Valera’s pair of RBI brought his season total to 75 (including 59 for the RubberDucks) for the first time in his career (previous career-best was 65 last season).
David Fry (Columbus, C): 2-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – As rare as appearances behind the plate have been for Fry this season (yesterday was his 11th), his stolen base was even more rare (only his second of the season).
Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K – Brooks’ fifth-inning grand slam was the turning point of the game, taking the Clippers from a one-run deficit to a lead they would not relinquish.
Logan Allen (Columbus, SP): W (3-4), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 K, 1 HR allowed – Allen continues to be inconsistent in his early days at the Triple-A level, but the good outings, like Sunday’s, have been spectacular.
Jose Tena (Akron, 2B): 2-5, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB – Tena finished the road portion of the 2022 campaign strong, amassing multiple total bases in fur of the six games last week in Harrisburg,
Angel Martinez (Akron, SS): 2-3, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E – Martinez took an incredible September (.290/.439/.484) to another level with his first home run of the month.
Johnathan Rodriguez (Akron, RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K – Rodriguez has now gone seven games without hitting a single. During this stretch, he has hit three doubles, a triple, and three homers for a .233 batting average and .700 slugging percentage.
Cade Smith (Akron, RP): S (8), 3 IP, 1 H, 5 K – Smith has recorded a save in 24% of his professional appearances after earning his 18th career save in his 75th game.
Jorge Burgos (Lynchburg, RF): 2-4, 1 K – Burgos’ third multi-hit game of the month and his fifth in his last nine provided both of the Hillcats hits in a rough regular season finale.
Braunny Munoz (Lynchburg, RP): 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K – Munoz wrapped up his second non-complex regular season by not allowing an earned run in his last 6.2 innings of the 2022 campaign.
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