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Around the Farm: April 26, 2017 - Calica makes strides at the plate

The complexion of Andrew Calica's April changed with one game against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday night. The IBI's Nick Roth talks about that and more as he 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
Lehigh Valley 1 5 0 Binghamton 4 5 2
Columbus 3 6 0 Akron 1 5 0
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R H E R H E
Lynchburg 13 16 3 Lake County 0 5 2
Salem 7 7 2 Great Lakes 7 11 1
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The Lead:

Shawn Morimando (SP, Columbus): 7.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. Morimando twirled a gem in what was by far his best start of the season. Morimando was in control all night firing 60 of his 94 pitches for strikes. As a result, this was the southpaw’s longest start of the season with the one run allowed being his low mark for any start as well. Morimando’s season got off to a rough start allowing 7 earned runs over 3.1 innings, but he has progressively improved every start since then. The next step for him will be to string a handful of quality starts together and show he can be a reliable starter. With the win, he now has a 1-3 record with a 6.65 ERA.

Andrew Calica (CF, Lynchburg): 3-5, R, 3 RBI, SO. Calica was one of many Lynchburg batters that turned in a big night at the dish in their 13-run outburst. This game was much needed for Calica because he had struggled at the plate coming into play. He was hitting just .147 in his last ten games before this three-hit performance. Calica only had two RBIs before he plated three runs on Wednesday. This is definitely an encouraging sign for him and could be the spark he needs to jump-start his season. 

The Field:

  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Columbus): 2-4, R, SO. Gonzalez was the only Clipper to have a multi-hit game in their 3-1 victory. Gonzalez is hitting .257 this year, but has started to hit better of late as he is now hitting .297 in his last ten games. Gonzalez has hit well at Huntington Park as this game raises his home batting average to .364.
  • Chris Colabello (1B, Columbus): 1-4, 2 RBI. Colabello knocked in a pair of runs to help propel the Clippers to a close win. The RBIs added to a total of nine on the season and he is now batting .254.
  • Tyler Naquin (RF, Columbus): 1-4, R. Naquin extended his hitting streak with Columbus to ten games. Naquin now has a hit in every game he has played since being sent down from Cleveland.
  • Yandy Diaz (LF, Columbus): 1-4, R. In his fourth game in Columbus, Diaz stayed perfect and now has a hit in every contest. This is a good sign because it shows the demotion has not harmed the mentality of the big Cuban slugger.
  • Joe Colon (RP, Columbus): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, SV. Colon picked up his third save by slamming the door shut in the ninth inning. Colon gave up two hits, but still was effective in consistently throwing strikes.
  • Greg Allen (CF, Akron): 1-4, R, 2B, SO. Allen had Akron’s only extra base hit in a game where hits were hard to come by for the home team. This was Allen’s fourth double of the season as he is now hitting .284.
  • Joe Sever (LF, Akron): 1-4, 2 SO. Sever connected for a single to extend his current hitting streak to five games. Sever has been swinging it well of late as he was batting .350 heading into this game.
  • Nick Pasquale (SP, Akron): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, 7 SO. Pasquale was the losing pitcher Wednesday night moving his record to 1-1. Pasquale was able to induce seven groundball outs compared to just one flyout. He threw 59 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
  • Matt Whitehouse (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, H, 0 ER, BB, SO. Whitehouse kept the game close for Akron with a pair of scoreless frames out of the bullpen. This is Whitehouse’s second straight scoreless appearance and his ERA is now 2.77.
  • Sam Haggerty (2B, Lynchburg): 3-4, 4 R, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB, SO, SB. Haggerty was a terror on the bases on Wednesday as he batted out of the leadoff spot and set the table for a big night offensively for the Hillcats. Haggerty’s speed has been a huge asset this season as he now has five triples and six stolen bases in just 15 games.
  • Martin Cervenka (C, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI. Cervenka launched a solo home run during the fifth inning, his second this year. Cervenka has impressed in the early going as he is batting .340 so far.
  • Claudio Bautista (3B, Lynchburg): 2-5, R, HR, 3 RBI. Bautista crushed a three run homer in the seventh inning, his first of the season. Bautista only had one RBI before the blast and now has two straight multi-hit games.
  • Willi Castro (SS, Lynchburg): 1-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI. Hitting out of the nine hole, Castro was able to chip in a pair of RBIs to contribute to Lynchburg’s offensive outburst. Castro has struggled so far this season hitting just .192.
  • Billy Strode (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO. Strode cruised through two scoreless out of the bullpen to help secure the win. Strode did a good job commanding the zone throwing 19-of-28 pitches for strikes.
  • Gabriel Mejia (CF, Lake County): 2-4, 2B, SO, SB. Mejia was the only Captain to record a multi-hit game as Lake County was shut out for the second straight day. Despite the Captains recent struggles at the plate, Mejia is currently enjoying a six-game hitting streak. He also swiped his third bag this season.
  • Todd Isaacs (LF, Lake County): 1-3, 2B, SO. Isaacs double was one of Lake County’s two extra-base hits on Wednesday,  his second of 2017. Isaacs has a hit in seven of his last nine games but his season average sits at just .237.
  • Juan Hillman (SP, Lake County): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO. Hillman did not impress in his start Wednesday as he struggled keeping runners off base. Hillman’s control was lackluster as he threw nearly 80 pitches in just a little over three innings of work. Hillman has not been good so far this season as he has allowed five or more runs in each of his four starts.
  • Tanner Tully (RP, Lake County): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO. Tully continued his hot start out of the gates as he has allowed just one earned run in 16.2 innings pitched. Tully does not have the best stuff in the world, but has still found a way to be very effective. Tully has done a great job of controlling the strike zone as shown by the fact he has just one walk allowed all season.

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