Columbus: Off, International League All-Star break
Akron scored three runs in the second inning thanks to a 2-run single from Adam Abraham, who was in turn knocked in by Davis Stoneburner. Abraham filled in the rest of Akron's offensive output with a solo homerun in the 4th, his 9th of the season, to give Akron a 4-0 lead. Paulo Espino started for Akron, pitching into the 6th and allowing two runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Oddly, this is the sixth start in Espino's last seven in which he has allowed exactly two runs. Tyler Sturdevant, in his sixth appearance since re-joining Akron, was a little shaky, allowing Espino's second run to score while walking two batters, but was backed up ably by Loek Van Mil and Preston Guilment for the the game's final three innings. Van Mil remains an interesting, and thus far successful, reclamation project for the organizational pitching staff, with more than a K per IP and only 9 BBs and 1 HR allowed in 31+ innings since joining Akron.
Carolina lost a pitcher's duel, giving up two runs to Potomac in the bottom of the 6th. The Mudcats' lone run came on a Bo Greenwell rbi-double in the 3rd, plating Dwight Childs. Greenwell has been solid in his 16 games since coming off the DL this year, posting a .321/.406/.500 line, with five doubles, a triple and a HR. Although this is already Greenwell's sixth year in the organization, he is just 23 years old. Matt Packer, making his first rehab appearance in Carolina, started for the Mudcats, pitched a perfect three innings with three Ks. 2011 12th round pick, Grant Sides, struck out the side in the 9th inning, lowering his ERA to 1.08 and giving him 46 Ks in 42 innings split between Lake County and Carolina.
After giving up a 3-run lead in the bottom of the 9th, Francisco Lindor scored the go-ahead and game-winning run in the 11th on a Bryson Myles sac fly. Lindor and teammate Luigi Rodriguez each reached base three times in six appearances, with two walks apiece, a single for Lindor and a solo-HR (#6) for Rodriguez. Joseph Colon stared, going six innings while allowing two runs and striking out six, lowering his season ERA to 3.01. This is the fourth time in his last five starts that Colon has struck out six batters.
The Scrappers bullpen (Robbie Aviles and Louis Head) allowed five runs in the last three innings, spoiling Jake Sisco's best professional start to date (six innings, four hits, one walk, four Ks). 2012 first-round pick, Tyler Naquin, went 2-5 with his second triple of the season.
The Indians pitchers, including starter Dillon Howard (3.2 IP, 4R, 1BB, 3K), were roughed up early and often. Eric Haase went 1-3 with a double.