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Around the Farm: April 21, 2017: Colabello's homer not enough for Columbus

Chris Colabello and Tanner Tully both put together highlight reel performances on Friday, but unfortunately they weren't enough to get their teams in the win column. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps their impressive evenings as well as the other notable highlights from the Indians farm system on Friday.

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 3 13 1 Altoona 2 7 0
Buffalo 9 13 0 Akron 3 5 0
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R H E R H E
Potomac 2 3 1 Lake County 2 8 0
Lynchburg 4 5 0 West Michigan 6 8 0
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Highlights

Chris Colabello (Columbus, DH): 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Colabello came back from two straight hitless games with a three-hit performance that included his third home run of the season and second multi-RBI contest as he continues to be a key bat in the Clippers lineup. Unfortunately, the veteran's efforts weren't enough for the Clippers as they fell to the Bisons 9-3 on Friday. While Colabello has only recorded hits in half of his games, five of those seven have been multi-hit performances.

Tanner Tully (Lake County, RP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K. After an ugly outing from Captains starter Juan Hillman, Tully came on and flat-out dominated through the last three innings of Friday's game against West Michigan pitching perfect baseball with six strikeouts. Like Colabello, however, the left-hander's efforts did not result in a win for his team as Lake County fell to the Whitecaps 6-2. The former Buckeye has put together an impressive start to the season, though, allowing only one run on six hits over 12 innings of work without walking a batter and fanning 14.

The Rest

  • Sam Haggerty (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-3, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB. Haggerty has been another one of the unexpected heroes at the plate for Lynchburg to start the season as he is now batting .293 with three doubles, three triples and three RBI's. The 22-year-old has also scored eight runs and stolen five bases in six attempts.
  • Erik Kratz (Columbus, C): 3-4, 1 R. Kratz has only played in eight games so far for the Clippers, but he has made the most of his opportunities by recording a hit in each contest and multiple knocks in five of those games, including his last four straight. Friday was also his second consecutive three-hit performance.
  • Nick Pasquale (Akron, SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, W (1-0). After two previous attempts, Pasquale finally got his first win of 2017 with a solid six-inning effort against the Curve allowing just two runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in a tight 3-2 victory.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. Mendoza had one of only two RBI's for Hillcats hitters on Friday despite Lynchburg's 4-2 win as he continued his early-season hot streak with his third multi-hit effort in 12 games up to this point. The 23-year-old is now batting .293 with two extra-base hits and seven RBI's. He also managed to keep his strikeout-to-walk ratio even at five with one apiece on Friday.
  • Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, DH): 2-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Lake County's offense has pretty much revolved around Chu to start the 2017 campaign as Taiwanese slugger is now batting .378 with his two hits on Friday. The 23-year-old bounced right back from a rare hitless game with that pair of knocks along with both of the Captains' lone runs scored.
  • Billy Strode (Lynchburg, RP): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K. After a bit of a shaky start to the campaign where he gave up runs in two of his first three appearances, Strode has settled in nicely over his last three outings pitching no-hit ball and allowing only two baserunners via walk and hit-by-pitch. Friday's outing was by far his best performance of the young season as the left-hander fanned four while walking one in 1.2 shutout innings.
  • Bobby Bradley (Akron, 1B): 2-2, 1 R, 2 BB. Bradley has shown more of a knack for drawing walks as of late with six free passes versus just one strikeout in his last three games. Thanks to recent patience at the plate, his on-base percentage is now over .400 despite his batting average being only .225.
  • Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, W (2-1). While much of the attention has been focused on Triston McKenzie and Thomas Pannone, Chiang has put together a dominant beginning to the season of his own pitching seven innings in each of his last two starts while allowing three combined runs (none earned) as his ERA is now down to 0.93 through three outings.
  • Matt Whitehouse (Akron, RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, SV (1). Whitehouse gutted out the final two innings for Akron to preserve a 3-2 victory as he earned his first save of the season. It was also just the left-hander's second scoreless outing since joining the Double-A ranks as he allowed just one hit and struck out three in two shutout innings.
  • Richie Shaffer (Columbus, LF): 2-5, 1 2B, 2 K. Shaffer continues to impress at the plate for Columbus as his average remains steadily around the .300 mark while his two home runs and nine RBI's are among the top marks on the team. His multi-hit effort on Friday was his first in nearly 10 days and his fourth such performance of the season.
  • Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B): 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SB. One truth is growing more and more evident as time goes on: Tyler Krieger can hit. After batting .299 in 128 games between Lake County and Lynchburg last season, the 23-year-old infielder has carried that over to the Double-A level and then some as he is now batting .429 with a homer, five doubles and five RBI's in nine games. Additionally, the California native now has three stolen bases without being caught in Akron.
  • Logan Ice (Lake County, C): 2-4, 2 K. So far, Ice has managed to put things together much better at the plate than last season at Mahoning Valley where he batted just .198 in 39 games. Through 11 games at Lake County, the 21-year-old catcher is only one off his home run total from last season and just two off last season's RBI total. His two-hit night on Friday was his second of 2017.
  • Joseph Colon (Columbus, RP): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 3 K. Since allowing a run in his first appearance of the season, Colon has pitched nothing but shutout ball in his last six subsequent appearances allowing just four hits without walking a batter and striking out six. His three strikeouts on Friday also marked the most he's racked up in a single outing in his seven games so far.
  • Erik Gonzalez (Columbus, SS): 2-5, 2 K. Gonzalez extended his hit streak to five games on Friday as he has now recorded a hit in 12 of his 14 games for Columbus up to this point. After not making the Indians roster out of spring training, the 25-year-old has batted a solid .276 with three homers and five RBI's for the Clippers in hopes of working his way back up to the majors.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at jdungan@indiansbaseballinsider.com or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.


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