Cleveland Indians designated hitter/outfielder Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 with a run scored in his first rehab start with the Lake County Captains on Monday.
Swisher served as the DH and leadoff man for the Captains, who beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-3 in 10 innings. Yu-Cheng Chang went 3-for-4 with a run batted in, and Bobby Bradley hit a walk-off single for the Captains.
Lake County’s starting pitcher, LHP Justus Sheffield, gave up one run on six hits, a walk, and three wild pitches in 4.2 innings. He struck out six batters and got a no-decision.
Swisher is scheduled to play outfield for the Captains on Tuesday. He is the son of former big-league catcher Steve Swisher, who managed the Midwest League’s Waterloo Indians in 1985 and 1986. (Hat tip to KGYM Radio’s Todd Brommelkamp for pointing out Nick Swisher served as Waterloo’s bat boy back then!)
The 1986 Waterloo Indians won the Midwest League championship title, sweeping the Peoria Chiefs in three games. The Waterloo offense was led by outfielder Luis Medina, who was named the MWL Most Valuable Player and co-Prospect of the Year after batting .317 with 35 HR and 110 RBI in 136 games; he went on to play 51 MLB games for Cleveland.
In other Midwest League game action Monday night:
Peoria Chiefs 6, Burlington Bees 3
Oscar Mercado, Alex DeLeon and Luis Cruz each drove in a pair of runs for the Chiefs as Peoria won its seventh consecutive road game for the first time since 2006. The Chiefs are 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Peoria’s starting pitcher, RHP Matt Pearce, got the win after giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked none. He hasn’t issued a base on balls since June 8 (38 1/3 innings ag0).
Wade Wass went 2-for-3 with a solo homer for the Bees.
Dayton Dragons 1, Fort Wayne TinCaps 0
Gavin LaValley’s 6th-inning RBI was enough for a Dayton win, as Dragons pitchers stifled the TinCaps offense.
Dragons starter Tyler Mahle improved to 10-5 after limiting the TinCaps to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He struck out nine batters.
TinCaps starter Thomas Dorminy took the hard-luck loss after giving up one run on two hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out five batters.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3, Kane County Cougars 2
The Cougars have been on a tear in the second half, but the Timber Rattlers survived a two-run rally in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat them.
Wisconsin’s offense was led by Carlos Leal, who went 3-for-4 with a solo homer.
Read about the four Midwest League games that were played Monday afternoon, including the Clinton LumberKings’ 11th consecutive loss, here.