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Around The Farm: April 10, 2017 - Clippers pitching staff combines to throw a gems

Chris Narveson and three Clippers relievers combined for an excellent night on the mound in Indianapolis on a night which also saw Jason Kipnis return to second base in Akron. Read about all of these performances and more as the IBI's Arthur Kinney 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.

11 innings R H E R H E
Columbus 1 6 0 Trenton 3 6 1
Indianapolis 0 4 2 Akron 7 10 0
Salem 6 12 0 Great Lakes 6 9 0
Lynchburg 0 5 2 Lake County 2 10 0

Chris Narveson (Columbus, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K - Narveson's Indians organization debut was an impressive one, and it needed to be, given the lack of run support he received.  Chris looked like a major league veteran, which he is, facing a Triple-A lineup.  While he may not be the first option if/when the Tribe needs to call up a starter, he will at least be in the conversation if he keeps pitching like this.

Kyle Crockett (Columbus, RP) - 1.2 IP, perfect, 1 K - Crockett was the first of three Clipper relievers to combine for five perfect innings of relief to keep the Clips in the game until they could eke out a run in the eleventh inning.  Crockett's season has gotten off to a strong start as he has allowed only one earned run on one hit in 4.1 IP (three appearances).

Nick Goody (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, perfect, 4 K - Goody struck out the last batter in the eight inning and the side in order in the ninth to send the game into extra innings and extend his season-opening shutout streak to 4.2 IP in three games.

Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP) - W (2-0), 2 IP, perfect, 4 K - Olson struck out four of the batters he faced in extra innings to earn his second win in three relief outings.  His season has been a textbook case of "feast or famine".  He has two wins in which he has combined for four perfect innings while striking out seven with a two-run, two-hit, 0.1 IP disaster in between.

Jason Kipnis (Akron, starting 2B) - 0-3, 3 K - Kipnis' return to the field was a successful one as he looked like the Jason Kipnis we all know and love in terms of his defense.  His offense was another story, however.  While it was clear that he was comfortable at the plate and not holding anything back for fear of re-aggravating the injury, it was equally clear that he is still working on his swing.  While this effort marked a significant step in his progress towards returning to the Big Club, it was likely far from the final one.


  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF-1B) - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K - Shaffer had the lone two-hit effort on Monday night for the Clippers and drove in their only run as the Clippers won a pitchers' duel.
  • Greg Allen (Akron, CF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB - Allen continued a strong start to his season with a two-hit effort that nearly wasn't.  His first hit was a gutsy two-out bunt single that extended the bottom of the second inning.  It was initially scored a hit but then inexplicably changed to an error.  Thankfully, the scoring change was reversed following the game.  Allen also stole the first of what will certainly be many bases in 2017.
  • Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 PB - Mejia extended his season-opening hitting streak to four games with his second two-hit effort of the season.  He is now batting .429/.438/.714 with four doubles and 3 RBI.
  • Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K - Bradley continued to struggle at the plate (now batting .188), but his lone hit of the game was a solo home run in the third inning, which was his first extra-base hit of the season and the RubberDucks' only home run of the game.
  • Yu Chang (Akron, SS) - 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB - Chang recoverdc from a hitless effort on Sunday by scoring two runs and stealing his first base if the season on Monday.
  • Tyler Krieger (Akron, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K - Krieger followed up a two-hit season debut on Sunday with another two-hit effort on Monday night in Akron.  He may have not played in the RubberDucks' first three games, but he will be hard to keep out of the lineup if he keeps hitting like this.
  • Mike Papi (Akron ,RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K - Papi is off to a blistering start with a .417/.556/.417 slash line and 1:5 K:BB ratio.  While he obviously won't keep up these numbers all season, the fact that he is capable of putting up such gaudy numbers for a short period of time is still a good sign.
  • Luis Lugo (Akron, SP) - W (1-0), 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Lugo pitched five solid innings followed by a sixth inning in which something appeared to be wrong with his delivery.  Hopefully, it was just fatigue from pitching longer than he did in his spring training outings and not due to an injury.
  • D.J. Brown (Akron, RP) - S (1), 3.1 IP, 2 H,1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K - Brown rebounded from a disastrous season debut on Opening Day (3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER) to pick up his first save of the campaign.
  • Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, 1B) - 2-3, 1 CS - Loopstok's multi-hit effort was the lone notable offensive performance of an ugly evening for the Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field.
  • Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP) - L (0-1), 5.1 IP, 7 H 3 R (2 earned), 2 BB (1 intentional), 5 K, 1 HBP - While Chiang's first start of the season was not a great one, the loss was due more to poor relief pitching and a complete lack of run support.
  • Argenis Angulo (Lynchburg, RP) - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K- Angulo was the lone exception to the aforementioned bullpen difficulties.
  • Jorma Rodriguez (Lake County, 3B) - 2-4, 1 R - Rodriguez extended his season-opening hitting streak to four games and increased his slash line to .429/.400/.500 with this two-hit effort.
  • Conner Capel (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K - Capel extended his hitting streak to three games with his first multi-hit game of the 2017 campaign as he also drove in his first run of the season on a seventh-inning home run.
  • Jose Medina (Lake County, RF) - 2-4, 2 2B - Medina's two doubles on Monday night were his first hits of the season following three hitless games.
  • Tanner Tully (Lake County, RP) - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R (earned), 7 K, 1 HR allowed - Tully's spectacular long relief outing was not enough to overcome Juan Hillman's disastrous start (3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R [all earned], 4 BB, 6 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 WP)  and a lack of run support.

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