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Around the Farm: April 11, 2017 - Mike Clevinger dominates again

Mike Clevinger highlighted the night in the Indians farm system yet again with another great performance. That and all the other notable performances up and down the system as the IBI's Nick Roth takes us 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.

Scoreboard:
R H E R H E
Columbus 2 5 0 Trenton 6 11 1
Indianapolis 0 5 1 Akron 4 8 2
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R H E R H E
Salem 11 16 2 Great Lakes 4 4 1
Lynchburg 5 11 3 Lake County 6 8 5
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The Highlights:

Yonathan Mendoza (3B, Lynchburg): 3-4, R, 3B, 3 RBI. Mendoza had a big game at the plate Tuesday night for the Hillcats in a losing effort. This was his second multi-hit game so far in the early season, and he recorded his first triple of the campaign in the process. He also didn’t have any RBIs in his first three games, but broke through in a big way by plating three runners yesterday. 

Mike Clevinger (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO. Clevinger twirled a gem for the Clippers picking up his first win on the season. Clevinger breezed through seven shutout innings needing only 99 pitches to do so. The electric righty also continued to rack up strikeouts as he now has 17 in two games. A possible key to Clevinger’s early season success is he has commanded the ball well and limited his walk numbers thus far. With the quality of his stuff and with performances like this one, it will be hard to keep Mike Clevinger down in Triple-A for very long.

The Rest:

  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 1-3, R, RBI, BB. Gio Urshela drove in his 5th RBI of the season to help propel the Clippers to a 2-1 victory. Urshela has now hit safely in all five games so far.
  • Eric Stamets (2B, Columbus): 0-3, RBI, SO. Stamets picked up his first RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give the Clippers an early lead. This run proved to be huge in a game that turned out to be a pitcher’s duel.
  • Josh Martin (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, SO, HD. Martin picked up his second hold by pitching a scoreless 8th inning to preserve the Clippers lead. He now has a 4.91 ERA in 3.2 innings of work in 2017.
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, SO, SV. Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning to secure his second save. Johnson needed just six pitches to retire the side.
  • Julian Merryweather (SP, Akron): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO. Merryweather was saddled with a no-decision despite starting the game with five scoreless innings. Merryweather threw 86 pitches in 5 innings of work, and showed good command by striking out eight while walking none. This was a big improvement from his first start when he gave up five runs in two innings.
  • Greg Allen (CF, Akron): 2-4, 2 R, BB, SO, 2 SB. Greg Allen continued his hot start to the year by collecting another pair of hits. Allen also flashed his plus speed in this game by swiping his 2nd & 3rd stolen bags of 2017.
  • Francisco Mejia (C, Akron): 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SO. Mejia continues to rake at the plate as he now has a hit in all five games, and three of which are multi-hit performances. He has also drove in five runs so far in the early going.
  • Mike Papi (RF, Akron): 2-4, RBI, 2 SO. Papi has come out of the gates strong as he now has seven hits in 16 at-bats. Papi’s strikeouts will be something to monitor as the season progress because they have been an area where he has struggled so far in his career.
  • Ka’ai Tom (CF, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, SO. Tom was one of four ‘Cats to record a multi-hit game Monday night. After going hitless in his first three games, Tom now has five hits in his last three contests.
  • Martin Cervenka (DH, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, SO. Cervenka stayed hot at the dish by collecting his third multi-hit game in just four total games played. He is hitting .438 so far this season.
  • Connor Marabell (LF, Lynchburg): 2-4, R, 2 SO, CS. Marabell collected a pair of singles in Lynchburg’s 11 hit performance. Marabell has now hit safely in all but one game in 2017.
  • Matt Esparza (SP, Lynchburg): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. Esparza was saddled with the loss Tuesday night moving his record to 0-2. Esparza was using the groundball to record outs as he had six outs on the ground compared to zero fly-outs. He threw 50 of his 79 pitches for strikes.
  • Kieran Lovegrove (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, 3 H, BB, SO. Lovegrove completed two scoreless innings of relief for the Hillcats bullpen. This was his third appearance of the year, and his first appearance where he went over one inning pitched.
  • Li-Jen Chu (DH, Lake County): 2-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI. Chu crushed his first home run of the season during the first inning of play. Chu performed in the clutch Tuesday as both of his RBIs came with two outs.
  • Logan Ice (C, Lake County): 1-3, R, HR, 3 RBI. Ice had the big blow of the night for the Captains, a three run bomb during the bottom of the fourth inning. This was Ice’s first home run and RBIs of the season.
  • Micah Miniard (SP, Lake County): 4.2 IP, H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO. Miniard danced around a couple errors and five walks, and never surrendered the Captains lead despite getting a no decision. He threw just 51 of his 91 pitches for strikes as pitch efficiency will be something he looks to improve in his next start.
  • Ben Krauth (RP, Lake County): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO. Despite allowing a pair of unearned runs, Krauth didn’t allow an earned run and kept his season ERA at zero. Krauth picked up the win in this game moving his record to 2-0.
  • Henry Martinez (RP, Lake County): 2.0 IP, H, 4 SO, SV. Martinez looked the best of any Captain pitcher Tuesday night. He nailed down a two-inning save for his first of the season, and he threw 23 of his 30 pitches for strikes during that stretch.

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