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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Omaha Storm Chasers 4, Columbus Clippers 2
Double-A – Akron RubberDucks 3, Bowie Baysox 0
High-A – Great Lakes Loons 7, Lake County Captains 2 (Great Lakes leads best-of-3 1-0)
Single-A – Fredericksburg Nationals 2, Lynchburg Hillcats 0 (Fredericksburg leads best-of-3 1-0)

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Brennan continues to impress at the Triple-A level, slashing .317/.372/.464 (the .317 average being six points higher than his early season number for Double-A Akron) while driving in 63 of his organization-leading 102 runs.  Speaking of organization-leading, Brennan is the only non-complex player in the system to be batting over .300 for the season (.315).

Jhonkensy Noel (Akron, LF): 1-2, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB – Noel drove in his tenth September run and still has a 1.024 OPS for the month despite a rough final road weekend of the regular season (0-for-7 with a walk and four strikeouts last Saturday and Sunday combined).

Johnathan Rodriguez (Akron, RF): 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI – Johnathan Rodriguez has finally got a chance to full season (i.e. starting in April) in good health and the results have been spectacular:  A .919 High-A OPS that earned him a promotion to Akron, where he has impressed in September (.308/.341/.718 slash with eleven RBI in 39 at-bats) after an understandably slow start after such a massive jump.

Gavin Williams (Akron, SP): ND, 3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP – Despite hitting his pitch count early, Williams was spectacular for the three innings he did pitch, continuing a stellar rookie season which has seen him post a 2.31 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 82:26 K:BB ratio  while holding Eastern League hitters to a .176 batting average since being thrown into the proverbial deep end that is Double-A.

BEST OF THE REST

Bo Naylor (Columbus, C): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 E – Naylor was the only Clipper to both drive in a run and score one himself in the series-opening loss.

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, 1B): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K – Arias, who was playing only his ninth pro game at 1B (all this season), has touched 22 bases (15 official total bases and seven walks) in 42 September plate appearances.

Kevin Kelly (Columbus, RP): 3 IP, perfect, 4 K – Kelly was the star of Tuesday’s bullpen game, something that is certain to become a regular occurrence for the Clip Show given the Big Club’s injury-induced rotation mess.

Micah Pries (Akron, 1B): 1-4, 1 R – Pries has been a consistent contributor to the RubberDuck offense recently, reaching base in 14 of his last 15 games.

Angel Martinez (Akron, 2B): 1-3, 1 K, 1 Sac Bunt, 1 SB – Martinez, who had only three sacrifice bunts 685 plate appearances (1 per 228.33) over his first two professional seasons, has executed five of them in 413 times to the plate this season (1 per 82.6).

Luis Oviedo (Akron, RP): H (4), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K – Oviedo has allowed only one earned run on six hits in 9.1 innings since returning from the IL on August 2.

Kyle Marman (Akron, RP): H (9), 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K – Marman remains unstoppable post-All-Star Break, allowing only one earned run in 20.1 innings (0.44 ERA).

Mason Hickman (Akron, RP): S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB 1 K – Hickman’s transition to the bullpen has gone well, including converting all six save opportunities that he has been presented so far.

Korey Holland (Lake County, DH): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K – Holland’s second-inning RBI led off the postseason scoring for the Eastlake nine.

Milan Tolentino (Lake County, SS): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K – Tolentino’s lone non-strikeout of the night proved, unfortunately, to be the end of the Captains’ early-innings comeback attempt.

Rodney Boone (Lake County, RP): 4 IP, 2 BB, 3 K – Boone’s stellar outing kept the captains in Game 1 through the middle innings after Will Dion’s disastrous start (1.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 K, 1 HR allowed, 21 strikes, 15 balls).

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 2-4 – Frias has two of the Hillcats’ three hits in a disastrous postseason opener.

Jake Fox (Lynchburg, 2B): 1-4, 1 E – Fox had the other.

Trenton Denholm (Lynchburg, SP): L (0-1 in playoffs, 5-6 overall), 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both unearned), 1 BB, 5 K – Denholm was the tough-luck loser in the playoff opener as a pair of unearned runs proved to be the difference.

Zach Pettway (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, perfect, 2 K – Pettway’s perfect postseason debut included his 50th and 51st professional strikeouts.

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