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Highlights

Nolan Jones (RF, Columbus – G2): 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBIs – The left-handed swinging Jones launched his seventh homerun in the minors this season in the fourth inning of the scheduled game. He drove in two runs on his long fly to centerfield and broke out of an extra base hit slump he has been on. His last hit resulting in two or more bases came on September 1st.

Gavin Collins (DH, Columbus – G2): 2-for-3, RBI – Collins was the only man in the Clipper lineup to record two base hits and he drove in a run as well. The California native hit a line drive up the middle for an RBI single to make it a three-run fourth inning for Columbus and followed that up with a hit in the top of the ninth. Both base knocks came with two outs.

Carlos Vargas (RHP, Columbus – G2): 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BBs – Vargas secured five outs from the bullpen Wednesday in the seventh and eighth innings. He entered with runners on first and second with one out and induced a groundball double play to get out of the RISP situation. He surrendered a two-out single in the next frame, but kept Toledo off the board. The 22-year-old has been lights out since joining the Clippers with a 1.17 ERA and 0.91 WHIP.

Connor Kokx (LF, Lake County): 2-for-2, 2 R, 3B, 2B, BB, HBP – Kokx reached base on all four plate appearances in the Midwest League winner-take-all game. His biggest hit of the night came on a leadoff triple to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth that put him in position to score on a sacrifice fly. He also drew a walk in the first, doubled in the third and was plunked in the fifth. He wraps up the postseason with nine hits, including four consecutive two-hit games.

Joe Naranjo (1B, Lake County): 2-for-3, R, RBI, HBP – The lead-off man Naranjo was on three times Wednesday night against the Cubs. He started the game by getting hit by a pitch and scored Amditis in the third with an RBI single. He scored on a wild pitch later in the frame. He added a single to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning as well. Naranjo, like Kokx, had multiple hits in all three games in the championship series.

Jordan Jones (RHP, Lake County): 3.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BBs, K – Jones was effective out of the bullpen to keep South Bend in check offensively and give Lake County a chance to recover from their early deficit. The righty tossed three scoreless innings for the Captains and retired the first five batters he faced on just nine pitches. His only strikeout came on his final hitter of the game. In total, he threw 28 pitches, 20 for strikes. Jones threw five shutout innings this postseason for Lake County with two saves.

Best of the Rest

Gavin Collins (PH-C, Columbus – G1): 1-for-1, BB – In the continuation game Wednesday afternoon, Collins entered as a pinch hitter for Bo Naylor and came through by reaching base twice in the 13 inning loss. He singled to move Rocchio over to third in the 11th inning, resulting in a run later on, and drew a walk in the 13th.

Jose Fermin (PH-3B, Columbus – G1): 0-for-1, SF, RBI – Fermin scored the go-ahead run in the 11th thanks to the inherited runner rule with a one-out sacrifice fly. He did a job after entering the game for Gabriel Arias, who was called up to the big league club earlier in the day.

Oscar Mercado (CF, Columbus – G2): 1-for-3, BB – Mercado reached base twice in game two, one hit and one walk. He singled to lead off the top of the fifth inning and drew a base on balls in the seventh.

Zach Hart (RHP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BBs, 2 Ks – Hart worked a scoreless eighth and ninth as he and Jones combined for four shutout frames. A two-out hit in the eighth and single followed by a caught stealing in the ninth were the only two to reach while Hart was on the bump. He retired two on strikes in the final inning.

Milan Tolentino (SS, Lake County): 1-for-4, RBI – The 20-year-old Tolentino delivered a two-out RBI single to cap a three-run third inning for the Captains.

Mike Amditis (C, Lake County): 1-for-4, R, 2B – An Amditis lead-off double to center in the third resulted in a run scored on the following batter. Naranjo drove in the Captain catcher with a single up the gut.

Yordys Valdes (2B, Lake County): 1-for-4, 2B – Valdes led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, but the offense was unable to bring him around to score. He was one of three Lake County batters with an extra base hit.

Alexfri Planez (RF, Lake County): 0-for-3, RBI, SF – Planez hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning in an effort to produce a comeback for the Cleveland affiliate.

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