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Around The Farm: May 2, 2017 - Both Mike Clevinger and Triston McKenzie turn out quality starts

Mike Clevinger continued to impress on the mound where he allowed only one earned run over a six inning stretch against Louisville that led the Clippers to another win. Meanwhile, Lynchburg's Triston McKenzie also had a great night of pitching, throwing seven innings with only one unearned run, but despite all his efforts, the Hillcats lost in a shutout. The IBI's Nick Roth talks about that and more from Tuesday's minor league games as he takes you 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 6 14 1 Akron 4 7 0
Louisville  1 9 1 Binghamton  5 8 1
BOX BOX
R H E R H E
Winston-Salem 1 5 2 Lake County 3 6 0
Lynchburg 0 5 1 Cedar Rapids 7 12 2
BOX BOX

THE LEAD

Mike Clevinger (SP, Columbus): 6.0 IP, 7 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. Clevinger has continued to impress so far this season by turning in another quality start. Clevinger was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 3-1 this season with a suburb 1.50 ERA while also building himself up to 106 pitches over six innings of work, and only surrendered one earned run over that stretch. The lanky righty had a very short outing his last appearance, failing to make it out of the first inning. His last start was his only appearance where he gave up more than one run. It was good to see Clevinger have a bounce back performance to get himself back on track. Clevinger has proven himself at triple A as batters were batting just .193 coming into action yesterday. If Clevinger can continue to pitch well he could find himself in Cleveland sooner rather than later. 

Triston Mckenzie (SP, Lynchburg): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO. Mckenzie was a tough luck loser Tuesday night despite throwing seven with just one unearned run. The loss evens his record out to 2-2 this year despite a 2.39 ERA. Mckenzie had his usual strong control, tossing 55 of his 87 pitches for strikes. In his last start, Mckenzie surrendered four earned in just under four innings which was his worst start of the year. He rebounded by throwing seven strong innings which also was his longest start yet this season. This is positive momentum for the nineteen-year-old who will look to continue his rapid rise though the Indians farm system.

THE FIELD  

  • Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Columbus): 3-5, R, RBI. Rodriguez led the way for the Clippers, collecting three hits to lead the team. This was Rodriguez’s first three hit game of the season, but he has had four multi-hit games before this. He is now hitting .247 so far. 
  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Columbus): 2-5, R, RBI, 2 SO. Gonzalez has been heating up as of late at the dish. This game was his fourth multi-hit game in his last five played. It appears that Gonzalez has found his hitting shoes, and could be a menace to opposing pitchers at the plate going forward. 
  • Yandy Diaz (LF, Columbus): 2-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI. Diaz drove in half of the Clippers runs in their 6-1 victory. This marks back-to-back nights that Diaz has recorded three hits, and he is hitting .395 in ten games at Columbus.
  • Giovanny Urshela (3B, Columbus): 2-5, 2B, SO. Urshela was one of four Clippers to connect for a multi-hit game yesterday. Urshela has been streaky this year, but has three multi-hit games in his last five contests. 
  • Tyler Olson (RP, Columbus): 2.0 IP, H, 2 SO. Olson tossed two scoreless out of the Clippers ‘pen to preserve their lead. This was Olson’s fourth straight scoreless appearance. In 14.1 innings pitched, he has struck out 21 batters in contrast to just two walks. 
  • Mark Mathias (3B, Akron): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SO. Mathias drove in a pair of runs which ended up being half of the total runs scored for Akron. This was Mathias first game of 2017, and is just his sixth game total at AA ball. 
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron): 3-4, R, 2B, RBI. Chang turned in a big night, connecting for three of the ‘Ducks seven hits. Chang has had a tough go of it lately hitting a rough .100 in his last ten games started. 
  • Todd Hankins (CF, Akron): 1-5, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Hankins led off the game with a solo home run. The bomb was his first of the year, and he now has a five game hitting streak. 
  • David Speer (RP, Akron): 2.0 IP, BB, 2 SO. Speer tossed two scoreless out of the ‘Ducks pen, but it ultimately was not enough as they still lost the game. In his last three appearances he has allowed just one run over 6.1 innings pitched. 
  • Ka’ai Tom (RF, Lynchburg): 1-3, BB, SO. Lynchburg had a slow offensive night as they were shut out by Winston-Salem, but he managed to reach base safely twice. With the hit, Tom has extended his hitting steak to seven games. 
  • Andrew Calica (LF, Lynchburg): 1-4, 2 SO, SB. Calica flashed his speed, swiping his fourth bag of the season. Calica now has a four game hitting streak and is hitting .234 so far. 
  • Justin Garcia (RP, Lynchburg): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 SO. Garcia was sharp out of the HillCats bullpen, tossing two scoreless innings. Garcia had good control throwing 17 of his 28 pitches for strikes.
  • Alexis Pantoja (2B, Lake County): 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB. Pantoja hit his third double of the season, and it was the only extra base hit for Captains Tuesday night. Pantoja has struggled mightily hitting just .094 in his last ten games. 
  • Gabriel Mejia (CF, Lake County): 0-3, RBI, BB. Mejia was credited with one of the Captains two RBIs in their 7-3 defeat. Mejia has struggled so far this year and is hitting just .207 thus far.
  • Jorma Rodriguez (3B, Lake County): 1-3, BB, 2 SO. Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to a modest four games with a single. He is one of a few Captains hitters to get off to a slow start, and is hitting barely above the Mendoza line at a .203 clip. 
  • Juan Hillman (SP, Lake County): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 SO. Hillman fell victim to the long ball last night as three home runs were his undoing. Outside of giving up three home runs, Hillman pitched pretty well and shouldn’t be discouraged from this start. Hillman has struggled this season, and this modest start was definitely his best so far. 

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