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Around The Farm: April 8, 2017 - Lonnie Chisenhall dominates in second rehab outing

The main story of Saturday in the Indians minor league system was Lonnie Chisenhall's dominant rehab performance for the Columbus Clippers. There were, however, other notable efforts in the organization, especially from the Clippers and Lynchburg Hillcats. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney for a recap of all these performances as he takes you Around The Farm...

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.

Columbus 9 16 2 Bowie 4 14 0
Louisville 8 13 1 Akron 1 5 0
Myrtle Beach 1 5 2 Dayton 7 12 1
Lynchburg 6 8 1 Lake County 3 8 2

Lonnie Chisenhall (Columbus, starting RF) - 4-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 SB - Chisenhall followed up a 1-for-4 rehab debut on Friday with this offensive gem. Between playing back-to-back days and performing this well in his second game, Lonnie Baseball should be back in the Indians lineup very soon. He appears to be not only healthy, but also in mid-season form. Given the Tribe's offensive struggles in Phoenix this weekend, he can't come back soon enough.


  • Ronny Rodriguez (Columbus, 2B) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - While the focus was clearly on Chisenhall's rehab assignment yesterday, there were many other notable offensive performances from the Clippers.  Ronny-Rod made it two multi-hit games in as many appearances this season on Saturday night and hit his first home run of the season, a two-out solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • Chris Colabello (Columbus, 1B) - 3-6, 1 R - Colabello increased his batting average to .400 in two games with this three-hit effort.
  • Bradley Zimmer (Columbus, CF) - 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K - Zimmer had two extra-base hits and scored twice as he extended his season-opening hit streak to three games and drove in his first two runs of the season.
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, starting C) - 2-5, 1 RBI - Kratz's two-hit evening proved to be important as he drove in one the eight runs that allowed the Clippers to extend the game into extra innings and his second hit led to the eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth, scored by pinch-runner Richie Shaffer.
  • Joe Colon (Columbus, CP) - S (1), 1 IP, 1 H - Colon rebounded nicely from allowing a run on two hits on Opening Day by picking up the save on Saturday with the evening's best outing by a Clipper pitcher.
  • Greg Allen (Akron, CF) - 2-3, 1 2B, 1 K, 1 HBP - Allen had the lone multi-hit effort for the RubberDucks on Saturday afternoon as the Mallards of Main Street continue to struggle in their opening series.  Maybe the Ducks' bats aren't finished thawing from Thursday night's frigid opener.
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (Akron, SS) - 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Chang continues to be the RubberDucks' best power hitter as his solo homer to lead off the bottom of the fifth was wholly responsible for the Ducks' scoring yesterday.
  • Michael Peoples (Akron, SP) - L (0-1), 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 4 K - Peoples' solid effort wasn't enough to overcome a lack of run support.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, CF) - 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 CS, Picked Off 1 time - Calica combined a good eye at the plate with an ugly game on the basepaths on Saturday.
  • Martin Cervenka (Lynchburg, C) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI - The Czech backstop's 2017 regular season got off to a good start on Saturday night with this multi-hit effort.
  • Connor Marabell (Lynchburg, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI - Marabell extended his hitting streak to three games with his first multi-hit performance and also drove in his first run of 2017.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, 1B) - 1-4, 1 3B, 2 RBI - Loopstok drove in two runs and hit a triple in his 2017 debut.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 2B) - 2-3 - Mendoza follows up a season debut in which he scored without getting a hit with a multi-hit night on which he didn't score.
  • Triston McKenzie (Lynchburg, SP) - W (1-0), 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - McKenzie's first start of 2017, as well as his Advanced Single-A debut, was a great one that was one bad pitch away from being a masterpiece.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH) - 2-4,1 K - Chu has hit safely in all three games the Captains have played in this year and had the only multi-hit effort in the Eastlake nine's home opener on Saturday.
  • Logan Ice (Lake County, C) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB - Ice scored both times he reached base in yesterday's opener to account for two-thirds of the Lake County runs.
  • Jorma Rodriguez (Lake County, 2B) - 1-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 Sac Fly - Jorma-Rod didn't score on Saturday, but he drove in two of the three Captains runs.
  • Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP) - L (0-1), 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 BB, 5 K - Aiken's first start for a full-season affiliate was a mixed bag, to put it charitably.  Keep in mind, however, that he is not only adjusting to the higher level of competition, but also to the colder weather, which he is likely pitching in for the first time, all while pitching in a meaningful game this early in the year for the first time in a couple of years.  That's a lot to adapt to in one fell swoop.

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