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Around The Farm: April 22, 2017 - Mike Clevinger is on fire in Columbus

While Mike Clevinger suffered his first individual loss of the season on Saturday, the "L" was hardly a reflection of how well he pitched as he continued his spectacular early season form. Read about his start and all of the other notable performances yesterday in the Indians farm system as the IBI's Arthur Kinney 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 0 6 1 Altoona 2 9 0
Buffalo 5 8 0 Akron 3 8 1
BOX BOX
Postponed - Rain R H E R H E
Potomac Lake County 2 5 0
Lynchburg West Michigan 3 11 1
BOX

HIGHLIGHTS

Mike Clevinger (Columbus, SP) - L (2-1), 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 2 K - While this was Clevinger's least good outing of his four starts this season, it was by no means a bad one and Clevinger's loss is one more fairly ascribed to the anemic offense. Sure, he allowed 8 baserunners and didn't get through 5 innings, but he battled and held the opposition to 1 run, which makes the start impressive how he escaped damage and toughed it out. Clevinger's pitching thus far this season, however, has been anything but anemic. He has allowed only two earned runs in 23.2 innings pitched in four starts (0.76 ERA).  His K:BB ratio is also incredible at 27:8 and he has held opposing batters to a .175 batting average. Clevinger is quickly putting his name at the top of the list of Clippers pitchers to be called up when the Indians need a starting pitching option.

THE REST

  • Columbus Clippers offense - 6-33, 1 2B, 5 BB, 14 K, 1 SB - No individual performances stood out from the Columbus lineup's abysmal Saturday performance, which wasted a largely solid day from the Clippers pitching staff.
  • Tyler Olson (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (all earned), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP - Olson's season has been mostly a solid one so far, but when he implodes, he goes thermonuclear (his other bad outing came on April 8 in Louisvillle, when he allowed 2 ER on 2 H while only getting one batter out).
  • Shawn Armstrong (Columbus, RP) - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP - Armstrong kept things from getting worse as he made it two strong outings in as many Triple-A appearances this season (unscored upon in 2.1 IP).
  • Carlos Frias (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - Frias continues to pitch well following a difficult start to the season which saw him have two bad nights on the mound in his first three games pitched.
  • Tyler Krieger (Akron, 2B) - 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 K - Despite the hat trick, Krieger continued a solid season thus far on Saturday. He extended his hitting streak to six games, a stretch during which he is batting .407 (11-for-27). In ten games this season, Tyler is batting .400/.442/.625 with seven extra-base hits (6 2B, 1 HR) and five RBI.
  • Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 1-5 - Mejia has had an incredible start to the season, recording at least one hit in each of the 13 games he has played this year, including seven doubles, en route to a .356/.404/.511 slash line with seven RBI. Mejia seems completely unfazed by the transition to Double-A ball. Maybe he sees playing time behind the Huntington Park plate before the season is over?
  • Mike Papi (Akron, RF) - 2-5, 1 R - Papi ended a two-game hitless streak on Saturday with a two-hit performance in which he scored the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh.
  • Joe Sever (Akron, 1B) - 2-5, 1 RBI, 1 K - Sever's second multi-hit game of the season included an eleventh-inning game-winning RBI single.
  • Luis Lugo (Akron, SP) - ND, 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR allowed - Lugo follows up a pair of two-run starts with his best effort of the season so far, but is unable to earn his second individual win of 2017.
  • Cameron Hill (Akron, RP) - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Hill has allowed only one earned run in 6.1 IP in his last three outings after starting the season by allowing three ER in only 3.2 IP in his first two games.
  • Neil Holland (Akron, RP) - 2 IP, perfect, 2 K - Holland's Akron debut is a perfect one following a spectacular start to his 2017 campaign with Advanced Single-A Lynchburg, which saw him allow only one earned run in 4.1 IP in four appearances.
  • Robbie Aviles (Akron, RP) - W (1-0), 1 IP, 2 H - Aviles' back-to-back ugly outings earlier in the month appear to have been a fluke that Robbie has put in his rear view mirror.
  • Logan Ice (Lake County, C) - 2-4, 2 RBI - Logan Ice had one of two multi-hit efforts for the Captains and drove in both of the team's runs on Saturday as he increased his slash line to .297/.426/.432 with eight RBI in 12 games. Yesterday was his third two-hit game in his last four.
  • Todd Isaacs (Lake County, LF) - 2-4, 1 2B, 1 SB, 1 CS - Isaacs had the other two-hit day and stole his eighth base of the season (in 13 games) and was caught stealing for the first time this season.
  • Micah Miniard (Lake County, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 2 K - Another case of a pitcher having his least good outing of the season, but still not a bad one. Miniard had allowed only 1 ER on 9 H in 12 IP in his first three starts this season.
  • Domingo Jimenez (Lake County, RP) - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 WP - Jimenez has yet to allow an earned run in seven inning pitched in four appearances this season.
  • Ryder Ryan (Lake County, RP) - L (0-2), 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB - You know how some relief pitchers have incredible luck that always seems to place them on the mound at the right time to pick up the relief win?  Ryan's season has been the opposite of that.

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