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Around the Farm: May 5, 2017: Chiang Wins Fourth Straight

Rain continues to ravage the Midwest on Friday as both Columbus and Akron saw their games postponed. Meanwhile the Hillcats and Captains found themselves on opposite ends of 6-2 finals in their respective contests as Shao-Ching Chiang continued to impress for Lynchburg while Brady Aiken lost his fifth straight for the Captains. The IBI's Jake Dungan breaks down all the highlights from Friday's limited action.

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
Indianapolis Altoona
Columbus Akron
PPD - Rain PPD - Rain
R H E R H E
Lynchburg 6 10 0 Lake County 2 5 0
Potomac 2 7 2 Quad Cities 6 6 1
BOX BOX

Highlights

Shao-Ching Chiang (Lyncbhurg, SP): 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, W (4-1). It seems like Chiang has only gotten better as the year has gone on as he is not only continuing to put up impressive numbers and keep opposing lineups at bay, but also increase his length and durability game by game. In his first start of the year, the Taiwanese right-hander pitched 5.1 innings while allowing two runs in a losing effort. Since then, he has gone a perfect 4-0 over his next four outings while pitching at least seven innings per start, including a season-high eight frames on Friday. In that span, Chiang has allowed five earned runs on 19 hits in 29 innings while walking only two and striking out 14.

Sicnarf Loopstok (Lynchburg, C): 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K. After a brief stint on the disabled list, Loopstok returned to the Hillcats lineup and picked up right where he left off picking up two more hits in Friday's 6-2 win and raising his average back up over the .300 mark. The Aruban backstop has gotten off to a strong start in 2017 batting .302 with a homer and seven RBI's while racking up five doubles, a triple and seven runs scored over 13 games. Last season in 71 games between Lake County and Lynchburg, Loopstok batted .267 with two homers and a career-high 21 RBI's.

Ivan Castillo (Lynchburg, 2B): 2-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI. Since being sent down Lynchburg from the RubberDucks, where he had batted just .091 in 10 games, Castillo has started to lock in at the plate batting .375 with now two doubles, a triple and four RBI's over five games with the Hillcats. The Dominican infielder has bounced around the system the last couple years appearing at every level except for Mahoning Valley since the start of his professional career in 2012.

The Rest

  • Luke Wakamatsu (Lake County, SS): 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI. Wakamatsu hit his first career home run in affiliated ball on Friday as his solo shot accounted for one of Lake County's two runs in their 6-2 loss. Previously, the 20-year-old had gone deep during his Arizona Rookie League campaign back in 2015.
  • Emannuel Tapia (Lake County, 1B): 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K. With his homer on Friday, Tapia has now tied his single-season career-high for long balls with six, which he had set last season with the Scrappers. He and Wakamatsu were responsible for Lake County's lone scoring on Friday with two solo shots.
  • Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K, L (0-5). While Aiken has pitched better over his last three starts, a lack of run support has left him saddled with three straight losses to put him at 0-5 on the year. Walks are a definite issue for the left-hander as he now has 23 on the year in 26 innings while striking out only 14.
  • Andrew Calica (Lynchburg, DH): 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS. Calica continues to hit at a much better clip as of late as he extends his current hit streak to six games. The 23-year-old is now batting .326 with a homer and nine RBI's over his last 10 games, raising his season average from .156 to .247.
  • Michael Letkewics (Lake County, RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K. You can't throw the ball much better than Letkewicz did on Friday in relief for the Captains as the right-hander fired a perfect seventh inning while striking out all three batters he faced. The right-hander has now pitched four straight shutout appearances since allowing runs in back-to-back outings on April 9th and 12th.
  • Yonathan Mendoza (Lynchburg, 3B): 2-4, 2 R. While he has struggled lately as far as average is concerned, Mendoza has still recorded a hit in eight of his last 10 games. Friday also marked his fifth game with multiple hits and his first since April 21st, also against Potomac.
  • Leandro Linares (Lynchburg, RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K. Don't look now, but Leandro Linares is now 10 appearances into the 2017 campaign without allowing an earned run. In those 10 outings, the right-hander has allowed just three unearned runs on nine hits over 11.1 innings while walking only three and striking out 12.

Jake Dungan is the Managing Editor for IBI and a podcast host on the Smoke Signals Network. Email him at jdungan@indiansbaseballinsider.com or follow him on Twitter @JakeDBaseball.


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