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Around The Farm: May 3, 2017 - Ka'ai Tom powers Lynchburg, while Nick Pasquale earns nine strikeouts in Akron's loss

Ka'ai Tom picked up his first home run of the year in the fifth inning of Lynchburg's win, and helped give his team a 6-1 victory. Even with six solid innings and nine strikeouts from Nick Pasquale, Akron failed to produce a single run, dropping a hard fought contest 1-0. IBI's Nick Roth looks into Wednesday'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 3 5 0 Akron 0 5 0
Louisville  5 6 0 Binghamton  1 5 1
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R H E R H E
Winston-Salem 1 5 1 Lake County 3 7 0
Lynchburg 6 9 1 Cedar Rapids 6 7 0
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The Lead

Ka’ai Tom (CF, Lynchburg) 3-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI. Tom launched a two run homer in the fifth inning of Lynchburg’s 6-1 victory. Tom is known more for his speed than his power so it is no surprise that this was his first home run of the season. Tom has been on fire of late as he is now enjoying an eight game hitting streak, and he is batting .355 in his last 10 games. Despite usually batting towards the top of the order, Tom has had a knack for driving batters in. During his eight game hitting streak the former Kentucky Wildcat has drove in nine runs. Tom is an athletic outfield who has some solid tools, and if he can keep hitting like this he will be a name to keep an eye on. 

Nick Pasquale (SP, Akron) 6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 SO. Pasquale was the tough luck loser due to a lack of run support in Akron’s 1-0 loss. The righty set a single game season high for strikeouts with nine, and matched his high for innings pitched. One run allowed also sets his low mark for any start so far. Pasquale did a good job of using the ground ball to limit damage, as he induced five groundball outs in contrast to just two fly-ball outs. Pasquale also did a good job of controlling the zone, tossing 62 of 96 pitches for strikes. Pasquale has been solid through five starts as he now has a record of 1-2 with a 3.90 ERA. 

The Field

  • Erik Gonzalez (SS, Columbus) 1-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, 2 SO. Gonzalez launched a solo shot in the seventh inning. This was the shortstop’s fifth home run of the season, which is very good for a guy who has never been known for his power. 
  • Ronny Rodriguez (2B, Columbus) 2-4, RBI, SO. Rodriguez turned in the Clippers only multi-hit performance in a game where the team collected just five hits total. Rodriguez is on a modest four game hitting streak, and has five hits in his last two contest. 
  • Bradley Zimmer (CF, Columbus) 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO. Zimmer picked up his eighth double and ninth RBI. Zimmer also struck out twice, as strikeouts have been a problem for him this year. He has 31 strikeouts in 91 at-bats thus far.
  • Yandy Diaz (RF, Columbus) 1-2, R, 3 BB. Diaz connected for another single and now has a hit in 10 of the last 11 games in Columbus. Diaz also drew three walks, and said plate discipline is something he wants to work on while in Triple-A. 
  • Jeff Johnson (RP, Columbus) 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 SO. Johnson breezed through two scoreless inning out of the Clippers bullpen. Johnson was efficient, tossing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes. 
  • Todd Hankins (2B, Akron) 1-4, 2B, 2 SO. Hankins had one of Akron’s two extra base hits in a game where they were shut out. Hankins is hitting just .179 this year, but might be turning it around as he is now on a six game hitting streak. 
  • Eric Stamets (3B, Akron) 1-3, 2B, 2 SO. Stamets connected for his first two-bagger of the season. Stamets is known more for his glove as he is batting an ugly .136 so far. 
  • Yu-Cheng Chang (SS, Akron) 1-2, 2 BB. Chang was able to reach base safely three times Wednesday afternoon in the ‘Ducks 1-0 loss. Chang has struggled lately at the plate as he is now hitting .184 in his last ten games. 
  • Cole Sulser (RP, Akron) 2.0 IP, H, BB, 0 ER, 3 SO. Sulser finished out the game for Akron with a pair of scoreless frames. Sulser has not allowed a run in his last four appearances which have totaled 6.1 innings. 
  • Brock Hartson (SP, Lynchburg) 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 SO. Hartson was outstanding Wednesday afternoon picking up his first win of the season. Harston showed elite command as he peppered the strike zone all game throwing 62 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Hartson also did a good job of keeping the ball on the ground as he induced eight ground balls compared to four fly ball outs. This start was also his only start where he lasted longer than five innings. 
  • Andrew Calica (RF, Lynchburg) 2-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, SO, SB. Calica was one of two HillCats to record a multi-hit game. Calica has been swinging a hot bat lately as he now is on a five game hitting streak, and he has four multi-hit games in that stretch.
  • Ivan Castillo (2B, Lynchburg) 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, SO. Castillo connected for his first triple of the season, and also drove in a pair of runs in the process. In four games since being demoted from Akron Castillo is hitting .308 for the ‘Cats. 
  • Martin Cervenka (C, Lynchburg) 1-4, 2B, RBI, SO. Cervenka collected his eleventh RBI of the campaign yesterday. The double was his fifth two-bagger of the season as well, and he is now hitting .304. 
  • Paul Hendrix (RP, Lynchburg) 1.1 IP, 0 ER, BB, 2 SO. Hendrix picked up the hold in his inning and third of work. Hendrix has had one awful outing this season, but also has two scoreless appearances as well. 
  • Logan Ice (C, Lake County) 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI. Ice launched a solo home run during the first inning of Lake County’s 6-3 defeat. Ice has struggled a bit lately as he was hitting just .194 in his last ten prior to yesterday. 
  • Emmanuel Tapia (1B, Lake County) 1-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO. Tapia launched his fifth long ball of 2017 during the seventh inning. Tapia is currently one of many Captains who are trying to battle their way out of a slump at the dish. He is now hitting .207. 
  • Micah Miniard (SP, Lake County) 6.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB. Miniard was roughed up to the tune of six earned. It was clear Miniard did not have his best stuff as he failed to record a strikeout over six innings of work. Miniard’s last two starts have not been good as he has allowed 11 runs in 12 innings. 
  • Dalbert Siri (RP, Lake County) 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 SO. Siri was sharp in his one inning of work striking out a pair. Siri has shown an ability to record strikeouts as he has at least two in each of his appearances out of the ‘pen. 


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