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Scoreboard

Triple-A: Columbus Clippers 6, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Double-A: Akron RubberDucks 4, Bowie Baysox 3

Highlights

Will Brennan (CF, Columbus): 2-4, HR, RBI – Willie Baseball continues to get it done. He now has 106 RBI on the year, 11 homers and even better in this game, he homered and reached base on an infield single. Really showing off the whole package.

Bo Naylor (C, Columbus): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – With this homer, Naylor now has 19 homers and 20 steals this season. With a couple series left in the year, he has a chance at being a 20/20 catcher, which is pretty rare. Not going into the numbers just yet to see how many minor leaguers have done it, but in the majors, the last catcher (possibly the only) to go 20/20 in a season was Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez.

George Valera (RF, Columbus): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI – Valera has eight homers in 33 games at Triple-A after hitting 15 in 90 at Double-A. 

Nolan Jones (DH, Columbus): 3-4 – Just three singles from Jones. You want power from Jones, but seeing him with three singles isn’t a bad thing. A little more contact from him goes a long way and the power will be there. It’s always good to see he can swing the bat and do well without always needing to hit an extra base hit.

Tanner Bibee (SP, Akron): 6IP, 4H, 3ER, 2BB, 9K – If this was his final start of his debut season, it was as Bibee-esque as ever. In 25 starts, he allowed three earned runs or more just four times (6, 4, 3, 3 and 3). So in 21 starts, he allowed 13 total runs, and then 19 in four starts. He finished with a 2.17 ERA, 167 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings, 0.96 WHIP, .211 BA AVG, and just 27 walks. Hard to have a better debut for that. 

Julian Escobedo (CF, Akron): 2-3, 2B, – Not sure what has gotten into Escobedo lately, but he had homers in back to back games this week and put together this performance. 

Notable Performances

Xzavion Curry (SP, Columbus): 5IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 4K – A nice bounceback night for Curry, who maybe wasn’t his best, but threw more strikes and pitched well. If Cleveland had known it was going to play 24 innings of baseball, perhaps he would have been held back. But alas, Curry threw at 1PM and pitched well. 

Nic Enright (RP, Columbus): 2IP, 4K –  Another great outing from Enright, who has been solid at Triple-A. Maybe he gets a look in 2023 in Cleveland or elsewhere. Won’t be an option for Sunday if Cleveland looks to add an arm to its roster after a 24 inning day.

Robert Broom (RP, Akron): 3IP, BB, 2K –  A huge bullpen effort from Broom who has had his moments this year, just not consistently, and not like anyone through from when he was drafted.

Jose Tena (SS, Akron): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI – Tena found his power stroke with four homers in of his 10 this year coming in September. The average and on-base percentage haven’t been there all year. After last year’s breakout, Tena needs more plate discipline refinement.

Jhonkensy Noel (LF, Akron): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI – A couple of RBI for Noel on one extra base hit, who really has salvaged what could have been a somewhat ugly line in Akron with a huge September, pumping his OPS up to .900, despite the average being down.

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