Morimando Gets Columbus Back in the Win Column
Columbus snapped its six-game losing streak as left-hander Shawn Morimando picked up his first win of the season with a 3-1 win over Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Morimando had a solid start after losing his past three, posting a 9.20 ERA and allowing 15 earned runs on 24 hits.
“Morimando went out and set the tone tonight with the way he attacked the strike zone,” manager Chris Tremie said. “A lot of times that helps break a streak and overall (we) just played really well defensively today, had some good at bats and scored in one inning but sometimes when we were in a week like we were in and a night like tonight is really good to see them come back and play as well as they did.”
Morimando, who was selected by Cleveland in the 2011 draft, made his major league debut last year coming out of the bullpen for the Indians in a game against the Blue Jays. He pitched 4.2 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits in two relief appearances with the club. The win on Wednesday snapped a personal five-game losing streak for Morimando dating back to the 2016 International League playoffs.
The 24-year-old struggled out of the gate walking the first batter he faced and then giving up a single and stolen base to the next batter. However, after giving up a home run in the fourth, Morimando did not allow a hit the rest of his night.
“I think tonight he was really aggressive with all his pitches, aggressive in the zone keeping the ball down he threw in enough, down and away enough,” Tremie said. “Overall, I think the aggressive attitude he took to go out there and kind of challenge guys and that’s really encouraging to see from him to see that kind of outing its something he’s definitely capable of doing and can continue that as the season moves forward.”
Morimando: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 94 pitches (60 strikes), W.
Shawn Morimando 2nd inning: 94 74 93 81 75 93 91 83 92 91 91 92 84
Shawn Morimando 3rd inning: 92 73 76 91 83 91 91 83
Colabello’s big at-bat leads way for Clippers offense
Chris Colabello’s sixth inning at-bat was the difference for Columbus offensively. His single, which was the fourth consecutive single for the Clippers in the inning, drove in two runs and was one of the most important at-bats on the young season for the team.
“What a huge at bat tonight,” Tremie said. “Coming up and ready for the first pitch, putting a good swing on it kind of getting us over the hump as far as scoring tonight and that’s what a veteran does and he did a great job.”
Colabello has a .293 average with eight RBI’s on the season and extended his hitting streak to four games Wednesday. In his previous two games against the IronPigs this year, Colabello went 0-for-4 in each. However, he has a .326 average with 20 RBI in 23 career games against Lehigh Valley.
Colabello: 1-4, 2 RBI