Photo credit: Gary Streiffer/Courtesy Lynchburg Hillcats

Scoreboard

Triple-A – Omaha Storm Chasers 13, Columbus Clippers 6
Double-A – Bowie Baysox 10, Akron RubberDucks 1
High-A – Lake County Captains 2, Great Lakes Loons 0 (Best-of-3 tied 1-1)
Single-A – Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Fredericksburg Nationals 2 (Best-of-3 tied 1-1)

HIGHLIGHTS

Will Brennan (Columbus, CF): 2-5, 2 RBI, 1 E – Brennan just keeps driving in runs.  Even on a night when he didn’t get any extra-base hits, he still drove in a pair.  As impressive as his gaudy season total of 104 RBI is, his 65 Columbus RBI are even more spectacular as they put him within two of David Fry’s team lead, despite Fry’s nearly-two month head start in compiling Triple-A numbers.

Will Bartlett (Lynchburg, 1B): 1-2, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB – Will Bartlett’s bases-clearing double in the first was literally the most important swing of the Hillcats’ season so far.  Not only was it the team’s lone extra-base hit of a night when plate discipline was more important than hitting (Lynchburg walked eight times compared to only three hits), but the three runs proved to be the exact margin of victory in a Game 2 win that extended the Hillcats’ season and forced a decisive Game 3 tonight.

REHAB

Aaron Civale (Columbus, SP): 2.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (all earned), 5 K, 2 HR allowed – Breathe.  Remember this is just a rehab start.  Breathe.

BEST OF THE REST

Nolan Jones (Columbus, DH): 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K – Jones, like Brennan, had an impressive night without any XBH as his recent 0-for-16 mini-slump seems to be in his proverbial rearview mirror.

Trenton Brooks (Columbus, 1B): 1-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K – Brooks drove in the Clippers’ other two runs (his 43rd and 44th RBI of the season) on a line-drive double to center in the fourth inning.

Oscar Mercado (Columbus, LF): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Mercado’s late-season audition for the rest of baseball continues to go well as he is slashing .333/.417/433 in September.

Gabriel Arias (Columbus, SS): 2-4, 1 R, 1 K – Arias, who is still on the 40-man, has also had a solid September, slashing .300/.396/.425.

Nick Mikolajchak (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB,2 K, 1 WP – Not Mikolajchak’s best, but the best the Clippers got last night.

Seth Caddell (Columbus, RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all earned), 2 BB – Caddell made his Triple-A debut on August 28 in Buffalo as a pinch hitter.  Last night, he made his Huntington Park debut as a POSITION. PLAYER. PITCHING.

Julian Escobedo (Akron, CF): 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Escobedo’s third-inning solo shot provided all the scoring for the RubberDucks in a blowout that drove the Mallards of Main Street to the brink of elimination.

Bryan Lavastida (Akron, C): 2-4, 1 BB, 1 SB – While Lavastida is no longer listed as a rehab player (there’s no way a stint is lasting nearly 70 days), he stays in ATF with a solid Thursday night.

Cade Smith (Akron, RP): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 4 K – Smith finished a rough night on the mound for the Rubber Ducks on a positive note.

Micael Ramirez (Lake County, C): 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 K – Ramirez’s multi-hit Game 2 included an eighth-inning insurance RBI.

Yordys Valdes (Lake County, 2B): 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Valdes drove in the first run of the game on a fourth-inning double.

Connor Kokx (Lake County, LF): 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB- Kokx not only scored both runs, but also had a stellar night in the field.

Tommy Mace (Lake County, SP): W (1-0 in the playoffs, 2-5 overall), 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K – Mace came up clutch with his best outing of his rookie season to keep the Captains’ season alive.

Alaska Abney (Lake County, RP): H, 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K – Abney has allowed only two earned runs over his 30.2 frames (0.59 ERA), including two shutout frames in the postseason.

Raymond Burgos (Lake County, RP): S (1 in playoffs, 2 overall), 2 IP, 1 HBP, 2 K – Burgos came within one bad pitch of two perfect frames in his second professional save.

Dayan Frias (Lynchburg, SS): 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB,1 K – Frias continued a strong postseason (.929 OPS through the first two games),  by reaching base twice on Thursday night.

Juan Zapata (Lynchburg, SP): W (1-0 in playoffs, 4-6 overall), 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 4 K – Zapata improved over his two regular season September starts to turn in an outing that was good enough to continue the Hillcats season.

Yeury Gervacio (Lynchburg, RP): H, 1 IP, 1 WP – Gervacio entered in the sixth after Zapata walked the leadoff hitter and set down the next three in order.

Franco Aleman (Lynchburg, RP): H, 2 IP, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP – Despite some control issues, Aleman got five of his six outs via strikeout.

Tyler Thornton (Lynchburg, RP): S (1 in playoffs, 3 overall), 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – Thornton remains perfect in three professional save opportunities following an impressive postseason debut.

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