COLUMBUS CLIPPERS - 5, INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS - 4
Banwart Overcomes Shaky First Innings
Travis Banwart appeared to get in some early trouble, as he gave up an early run in the first inning, and then started the second inning with two straight singles. He was able to get back on track after that, though, as he retired six out of the next seven batters as the only batter to reach was on an intentional walk. The offense fed off the momentum of their pitcher, as three straight singles from Kratz, Moore, and, Smith, broke open the scoring in the second, and a big third inning gave Banwart some breathing room. Skipper Chris Tremie was impressed by his pitcher's performance Monday night.
“His first couple outings were a lot like spring training outings, and you can kind of start to see him start to hit his stride a little more,” explained Tremie, "He really threw the ball well tonight, and got as deep as he has been all year and got his pitch count up, and obviously gave us a chance to win.”
Tremie was also impressed with Banwart’s ability to limit the early damage and bounce back after having runners in scoring position, specifically when there were runners on second and third with no outs, and Banwart escaped without giving up a run.
“I think he, especially early in the game you get in a tight spot like that with runners on second and third and nobody out, and then the bases loaded," the Clippers manager said, "Whenever you intentionally walk a guy you trust the pitcher to throw strikes, and we do, and he rewarded the club and himself with the way he pitched.”
While Banwart was able to get out of situations early with runners on base, his off-speed pitches came up big for him as he ended the day striking out seven batters with only one earned run and two walks.
“He did a great job of keeping the fastball and sinker down when he threw it,” explained Tremie. “He really had good command of the secondary pitches, his slider and breaking ball, and was able to throw them for strikes. And when he needed to start it in the zone and get it out of the zone, he was able to execute that tonight.”
Banwart: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K, W (1-2)
Travis Banwart second inning: 86, 87, 81, 86, 80, 80, 82, 88, 83, 75, 88, 89, 81, 89, 88, 81, 80
Stamets Extends Hot Streak
Eric Stamets welcomed himself back into the lineup with two big doubles and a run as he found success batting second and is looking to show the organization that his slow start at the plate this season is about to turn around. Tremie didn’t seem surprised about his shortstops performance, and was happy to welcome him back to the team.
“He did a great job, he got a pitch out over the plate that he hooked down the left field line for a double and then hit a ball really good to the gap." Tremie explained, "His swing looked good, and in his last few games before he got here he hit really well, so he looks good at the plate and going forward I expect more of the same.”
Stamets: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B