Six of the seven Cleveland Guardians minor league teams were in action on Saturday. The organization’s Arizona Complex League club has postponed its game against the Reds due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Triple-A Columbus Clippers
Columbus 3 Rochester 1
Columbus picked up its fifth straight win over Rochester on Saturday after a strong outing from the start Peyton Battenfield Saturday. Battenfield would go seven innings allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three batters in the contest. He picked up his seventh win and lowered his ERA to 3.19 on the season.
On offense catcher Beau Naylor led off the game with his seventh home run since he was in Columbus and 13th overall on the year. Naylor has now played three times in his last seven games. He also extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games.
Center home Columbus Oscar market hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third since joining the team and second in his last three games.
Gabriel Arias he gave up two hits and scored a run one night after being hit in the helmet by a pitch and had to be removed from the game. Arias is hitting .429 with a pair of home runs and five runs scored in his last seven games.
The Clippers improve to 61-42 on the season and will look to sweep the series against the Red Wings Sunday.
- Bo Naylor 1-4 R HR RBI
- Oscar Mercado 1-3 R HR RBI
- Gavriel Arias 2-4 P
- Ernie Clement 1-3 BB
- Peyton Battenfield 7.0(IP) 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 3SO (W)
- Justin Garza 1.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO (SV)
Double-A Akron RubberDucks
Akron 4 Altoona 1 (Game 1)
Akron would limit Altoona to just one run on three hits in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Altoona. Starter Tanner Burns he went five innings to get the win. He would allow just one run on a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Reliever Kyle Marman earned his third save of the season, throwing two scoreless innings, hitting a pair of Curve batters.
Collector Directed by Brian had two hits in the game including an RBI double in the fifth inning. For Lavastida, he’s been tough at the plate this year, but he’s now 7-for-15 over his last four games, hitting .467 over that span.
The game one win improved the Ducks’ record to 53-45 on the season.
- Daniel Schneemann 2-3 R 2RBI SB
- Bryan Stage 2-4 2B RBI SB
- Micah Pries 1-3 R 2B
- Jonkensy Noel 1-3 R
- Jose Tena 1-4 RBI
- Giorgos Valera 1-2 2BB
- Tanner Burns 5.0(IP) 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO (W)
- Kyle Marman 2.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO (SV)
Akron 4 Altoona 2 (Game 2)
The RubberDucks had excellent pitching in the second game with right-handed pitchers as well Thomas Ponticelli Making a spot start giving the team four innings of a baseball while striking out five Curve batters.
In the two games Altoona managed just three runs on hits over 14 innings.
Micah Pries he would lead the offense in driving in two runs, including a solo home run in the fifth inning. For Pries it was his team leading 16th long ball of the season. He also extended his on-base streak to 14 consecutive games.
Akron with the doubleheader sweep is now 54-45 on the year.
- Micah Pries 2-4 R 2B HR 2RBI
- Jose Tena 2-4 RBI
- Quentin Holmes 1-3 RBI SB
- George Valera 1-2 BB
- Julian Escobedo 1-3 R SB
- Thomas Ponticelli 4.0 (IP) 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 5SO
- Eli Lingos 2.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO
High-A Lake County Captains
Lake County 6 Great Lakes 3
Lake County got off to a terrible start Jack Leftwich on Saturday, who dismantled the Loons’ formidable offensive lineup over six innings, allowing five hits while striking out four to earn the win. Leftwich lowered his ERA to 2.39 on the season.
First baseman in attack Joe Naranjo More he would homer for the third time in his last four games by hitting a big three-run bomb in the first inning. Naranjo now has 15 home runs on the season with the Captains.
Second baseman Angel Martinez would extend his current hitting streak to 13 consecutive games with a big game reaching base four times with three hits, including a pair of doubles. He would also score twice and drive in a run in the game. Martinez is now hitting .290 on the season with an .877 OPS as a 20-year-old in High-A ball.
Left field Corey Holland extended his hitting streak to nine straight games with a solo home run in the sixth inning. The home run for Holland was his sixth of the year.
The Captains improve to 54-45 on the season.
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- Angel Martinez 3-4 2R 2(2B) RBI BB
- Joe Naranjo 1-3 R HR 3RBI 2BB
- Korey Holland 1-4 R HR RBI
- Milan Tolentino 2-4 R BB SB
- Connor Kokx 2-3 R BB
- Jack Leftwich 6.0(IP) 5H 0R 0ER 0BB 4SO (W)
Low-A Lynchburg Hillcats
Lynchburg 10 Myrtle Beach 3
Hillcats starter Will Dion gave the team another great start on Saturday, going six for five and going two-thirds while allowing just one earned run. The six hits give Dion 121 on the season, which is the second most in the Guardians system behind current standout Columbus Logan Allen.
Short stop Yordis Valdes would extend his hitting streak to nine straight games with a huge bases-loaded three-run double in an eight-run sixth inning for the game-opening Hillcats.
First baseman Junior Sanquintin continued his onslaught against Pelicans pitchers with two more hits and two more runs, including his third home run of the series that absolutely smashed into right field nearly clearing the Myrtle Beach clubhouse.
Sanquintin is 11-for-22 in the series with three home runs and nine runs in the first five games.
The win improved Lynchburg’s record to 49-52 on the year.
- Junior Sanquintin 2-5 R HR 2RBI
- Diane Frias 2-5 R HR 2RBI
- Isaiah Greene 2-4 2R 3B SB
- Yordys Valdes 1-5 R 2B 3RBI
- Richard Paz 2-4 R RBI BB
- Lexer Saduy 2-5 R
- Will Dion 5.2(IP) 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 6SO (W)
Dominican Summer League Guardians (Blue)
DSL Guardians (Blue) 5 DSL Guardians (Red) 4
The DSL Guardians (Blue) will take down the DSL Guardians (Red) in an inter-organizational game improving to 25-20 on the year.
17 year old kid Joseph Cedeno he would collect a pair of hits scoring once and driving in a run in the contest. Cedeno, who has been one of the top hitters in the league, is hitting .357 with an OPS of .980.
- Cedeno 2-4 R RBI
- Molero 1-2 2RBI BB
- Velasquez 2-3 RBI SB
- Parra 2-3 2R 2B
- Gutierrez 1-2 R 2B RBI
- Zapata 2.0(IP) 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO
Dominican Summer League Guardians (Red)
DSL Guardians (Blue) 5 DSL Guardians (Red) 4
The DSL Guardians (Red) fall to 15-31 on the season with the loss. The team scored its four runs on just three hits, but issued nine walks in the game.
- Christopher Espinola 1-4 RBI
- Rafael Ramirez 0-2 R 2BB SB
- Richard Polanco 0-2 RBI 2BB
- Lerwin Andrade 1-3 R
- Felix Polanco 2.0(IP) 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO
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