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Tim Herrin (LHP, Columbus): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 5 Ks – The southpaw Herrin entered the game in the third inning and induced a groundout and fanned a batter to get out of the inning, but not before seven total runs went on the starter Battenfield’s ledger. From there, Herrin worked around an error in the fourth and a pair of hits in the fifth, but one man was thrown out by catcher Bo Naylor trying to swipe second. In total, he threw 48 pitches, 30 for strikes. The former Indiana University Hoosier has now kept opponents off the scoreboard in six of his last eight appearances.

Adam Scott (LHP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 5 Ks – Another left-handed pitcher tossed a zero for the Clippers in Adam Scott. He threw the eighth and ninth innings and retired five of the eight bitters he faced on strikes. Scott entered and disposed of five straight Storm Chasers before running into a little bit of trouble with a single followed by a walk. Just as he had done all outing, he got the final batter on strikes to keep the zero. Four of his five Ks were swinging, the last one being the outlier. In less innings than Herrin, Scott is now scoreless in five of his last six appearances.

Carlos Vargas (RHP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 2 Ks – Vargas tossed a scoreless seventh inning that included a pair of strikeouts and a groundout to the shortstop Brayan Rocchio. Vargas tossed nine strikes on his 13 pitches.

Oscar Mercado (CF, Columbus): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI – On a day where no one reached base twice for the offense, Mercado had the biggest Columbus hit of the day – a two-out double that scored a run. Mercado did his damage in the second inning, but that was the only extra base hit for the Clippers. The 27-year-old is batting .308 in the month of September.

Raynel Delgado (DH, Akron): 2-for-3, R, 2B, HR, RBI, BB – Delgado was a bright spot offensively for the RubberDucks with a pair of extra base hits and he reached a third time on a walk. It was in the fourth inning when he hit a line drive homerun to right field to keep Akron within a run at 3-2. Splits for Delgado indicate that the fourth inning is his best as far as batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.579) and OPS (1.312). He led off the seventh inning with a double, but ended up thrown out at the plate and drew a base on balls in the ninth.

Jose Tena (SS, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI – The 21-year-old middle infielder Tena led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo homerun to center field, matching the bomb by Bowie in the top of the inning. He deposited the 2-2 pitch off the batters eye for his 11th homerun of 2022. Tena has been an ironman in Akron this season, and will be credited with his 500th at-bat this year in his next game, a team-high.

Johnathan Rodriguez (LF, Akron): 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI – Rodriguez was also the beneficiary of a solo homerun to give the RubberDucks three runs on the day, all on homeruns. The long ball by Rodriguez came in the bottom of the sixth inning, a high fly to right center field. It is his fourth homerun since joining the RubberDucks roster and his 25th dinger of the season. He sits second to teammate Jhonkensy Noel in homeruns in the organization in 2022.

Best of the Rest

George Valera (LF, Columbus): 1-for-4, R – The left-handed swinging 21-year-old notched a single to lead off the bottom of the second inning on a line drive to left. He was on-base and come around to score the team’s only run on Mercado’s RBI double.

Jhonkensy Noel (RF, Akron): 1-for-3, 2B, BB – Noel and Delgado were the only Akron players to reach base twice on the night as he hit a double and walked once. The two-bagger came in the bottom of the first on a live drive to left field.

Brett Daniels (RHP, Akron): 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BBs, 4 Ks – Baysox hitters saw a ton of pitches from Daniels, but none of them were able to get solid contact for a hit. He walked three, but struck out four in 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball.

Randy Labaut (LHP, Akron): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, HBP, 2 Ks – Labaut struck out two batters out of the three he faced, with one man reaching after getting plunked.

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