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Scoreboard

Triple-A – Toledo Mud Hens 4, Columbus Clippers 2

HIGHLIGHTS

Jose Tena (SS): 0-4, 1 BB, 1 K – Turns out that Tena is going to see playing time in Triple-A and this wasn’t merely a Seth Caddell-esque paper move.  While he went hitless in his International League debut, he did reach base once via walk.

Jhonkensy Noel (DH): 1-4, 2 K – The same can be said of Noel, who did get a hit in his first appearance at the Triple-A level.

David Fry (3B): 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 SF – Fry, whose team RBI lead seems unassailable now that Will Brennan has been promoted to Cleveland, drove in his 72nd run of the season for the Clippers’ only RBI of  the night (The other run scored on a double play.).

Oscar Mercado (CF): 0-3, 2 BB –  While his seven-game hitting streak came to an end, Mercado has still reached base in all fifteen games in which he has had a plate appearance this month (made a pinch running-only appearance on the 6th in Louisville), leading to a .380/.475/.480.  Even if he isn’t offered a deal by an MLB organization (he probably will be), he seems certain to attract interest from foreign leagues.

BEST OF THE REST

Nolan Jones (RF): 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K – Jones broke up a no-hitter by Mud Hens starter Daniel Ponce de Leon with a one-out double to left in the fourth.

George Valera (LF): 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K – Valera remains inconsistent as he continues to adjust to Triple-A ball.

Bryan Lavastida (C): 1-4, 1 K, 1 PB – Lavastida has a hit in all three games with multiple plate appearances since returning from an Akron RubberDucks stint that was utterly confusing from a roster status/rules perspective (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m the guy who updates the rosters page here.).

Trenton Brooks (1B): 1-4, 1 R – Brooks has been a consistent contributor to the Clippers; offense recently getting a hit in eight of his last nine games.

Jose Fermin (2B): 2-4 – Fermin’s second multi-hit game of the month was the only one the Clippers would get on the night they were eliminated from postseason contention (By the way, congratulations to the Nashville Sounds and the Milwaukee Brewers organization on the division title!).  

Konnor Pilkington (SP): L (2-5), 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB, 4 K – Pilkington can be forgiven for this rough outing.  Making his actual start for the Clippers is a major break from routine for Konnor, who has not hurled competitively for the Clip Show since August 30 thanks to three straight turns in the rotation seeing him toe the rubber for the Big club.

Carlos Vargas (RP): 0.1 IP, 3 BB, 1 K – Vargas displayed rare control issues (had only walked two in his previous 7,1 innings pitched this month) in a brief appearance on Tuesday.

Nic Enright (RP): 1.1 IP, 1 H – Enright remains unscored upon in his last 6.1 innings after this stellar effort that finally got the Columbus side out of the bottom of the fourth.

Ian Hamilton (RP): 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K – The veteran righty pitched a pair of impressive innings for his best outing in nearly a month.

Nick Mikolajchak (RP): 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – Mikolajchak rebounded from seeing his seven-game (same number of frames) shutout streak end on Tuesday with this perfect eighth.

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