Six of the Cleveland Guardians’ seven minor league teams were in action Saturday. The organization’s Arizona Complex League club had its game with the Reds postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Triple-A Columbus clipper
Columbus 3 Rochester 1
Columbus scored his fifth straight win over Rochester on Saturday after the starter was strong Peyton Battenfield Saturday. Battenfield would go seven innings, allowing for just a six-hit run while striking out three batters in the contest. He claimed his seventh win and dropped his ERA to 3.19 this season.
On offensive catcher Bo Naylor led the game with his seventh home run since Columbus and 13th overall for the year. Naylor has now homed three times in his last seven games. He also extended his hitting streak to eight straight games.
Columbus center fielder Oscar market hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, his third since joining the team and his second in his last three games.
Gabriel arias delivered twice and scored a run one night after being hit in the helmet by a pitch and having to be removed from the game. Arias is hitting .429 with two home runs and 5 runs hit in his last seven games.
The Clippers are improving to 61-42 on the season and will look to sweep the series against the Red Wings on Sunday.
- Bo Naylor 1-4 R HR RBI
- Oscar Mercado 1-3 R HR RBI
- Gabriel Arias 2-4 R
- Ernie Clemens 1-3BB
- Peyton Battenfield 7.0(IP) 6H 1R 1ER 2BB 3SO (F)
- Justin Garza 1.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1SO (SV)
Double-A Akron Rubber Ducks
Akron 4 Altoona 1 (Game 1)
Akron would limit Altoona to just a three-hit run in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Altoona. Starter Tanner Burns went five innings to take the win. He would only allow the one run on a solo home run in the fifth inning.
helper Kyle Marman earned his third save of the season by throwing two scoreless innings and defeating two curve-batters.
catcher Bryan directed had two hits in the game, including an RBI double in the fifth inning. It’s been a struggle on the plate for Lavastida this year, but he’s now 7-to-15 in his last four games and has hit .467 in that span.
The win in the first game improved the Ducks record to 53-45 on the season.
- Daniel Schneemann 2-3 R 2RBI SB
- Bryan Level 2-4 2B RBI SB
- Micha Pries 1-3 R 2B
- Jhonkensy Noel 1-3 R
- Jose Tena 1-4 RBI
- George Valera 1-2 2BB
- Tanner Burns 5.0(IP) 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 1SO (F)
- Kyle Marman 2.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO (SV)
Akron 4 Altoona 2 (Game 2)
RubberDucks also produced excellent pitching with a right-handed pitcher in the second game Thomas Ponticelli making a point start by giving the team four innings with a baseball while hitting five curve-batters.
In the two games, the Altoona managed just three runs on hits over 14 innings.
Michael Pries would lead on offensive 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 straight games.
Akron with the doubleheader sweep is now 54-45 a year.
- Micha Pries 2-4 R 2B HR 2RBI
- Jose Tena 2-4R RBI
- Quentin Holmes 1-3 R RBI SB
- George Valera 1-2BB
- Julian Escobedo 1-3R SB
- Thomas Ponticelli 4.0 (IP) 3H 1R 1ER 1BB 5SO
- Eli Lingos 2.0(IP) 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0SO
Captains of High-A Lake County
Lake County 6 Great Lakes 3
Lake County got off to a great start Jack Leftwich on Saturday, who blew out the Loons’ great offensive lineup over six innings and allowed five hits while hitting four to earn the win. Leftwich lowered his ERA to 2.39 on the season.
First baseman on offense Joe NaranjoMore would go home for the third time in his last four games, hitting a big three-run bomb in the first inning. Naranjo now has 15 home runs in the season with the Captains.
Second baseman Angel Martinez would extend his current hitting streak to 13 straight games, with a big game of three hits, including a pair of doubles, reaching base four times. He would also score twice and drive in one run in the competition. Martinez is now batting .290 in the season with .877 OPS as a 20-year-old in high-A ball.
Left Fielder Korea 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 in the season.
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- Angel Martinez 3-4 2R 2(2B) RBI BB
- Joe Naranjo 1-3R 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 excellent start on Saturday by scoring six over five and two thirds allowing for just a deserved run. The six strikeouts give Dion 121 in the season, which is second-highest in the Guardians system, behind only the current Columbus starter Logan Allen.
short stop Yordys Valdes would extend his winning streak to nine straight games with a huge bases-loaded three-run double in an eight-run 6 inning for the Hillcats that broke the game wide.
First Base Player Junior Sanquintine continued his offensive attack against Pelican’s pitcher with two more hits and two more runs reaped, including his third home run of the series, which was absolutely pushed to right field and nearly cleared the Myrtle Beach clubhouse.
Sanquintin is 11-to-22 in the streak with three homers and nine runs hit in the first five games.
The win improved Lynchburg’s record to 49-52 for the year.
- Junior Sanquintin 2-5 R HR 2RBI
- Diane Frias 2-5 RHR 2RBI
- Isaiah Greene 2-4 2R 3B SB
- Yordys Valdes 1-5 R 2B 3RBI
- Richard Paz 2-4 RBI BB
- Lexer Saduy 2-5 R
- Will Dion 5.2(IP) 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 6SO (W)
Dominican Summer League Guard (Blue)
DSL guard (blue) 5 DSL guard (red) 4
The DSL Guardians (Blue) would defeat the DSL Guardians (Red) Club in an inter-organizational game improving to 25-20 a year.
17 year old catcher Joseph Cedeno would rack up a pair of hits, score once and compete in one run. One of the top hitters in the league, Cedeno averages up to .357 with an OPS of .980.
- Cedeno 2-4R 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 Guard (Red)
DSL guard (blue) 5 DSL guard (red) 4
The DSL Guardians (Red) squad falls to 15-31 in the season with the loss. The team scored its four carries with just three hits but drew nine walks in the game.
- Christopher Espinola 1-4 RBI
- Rafael Ramírez 0-2 R 2BB SB
- Richard Polanco 0-2 RBI 2BB
- Lerwin Andrade 1-3 rows
- Felix Polanco 2.0(IP) 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 2SO
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