COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 2 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS – 4
Morimando throws second-straight gem
Left-hander Shawn Morimando put together his second consecutive strong start of the year on Thursday, but Neil Holland, who was called up from Akron before the game, lost the lead for Columbus, and the Clippers dropped their fourth-straight game to Indianapolis 4-2. Morimando went seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six and threw a season-high 101 pitches.
The 24-year-old threw six innings in his last start, giving up one unearned run and striking out a season-high seven batters. He has now allowed one run or less in four of his last five outings. The lefty’s ERA has gone down over those five starts from 6.65 to 5.04 as he seems to have solidified his spot among the top of the rotation alongside Ryan Merritt.
“It was a great start for him, he’s been trending better and better in each start,” manager Chris Tremie said. “He’s moving forward and today was a great example of being able to take it from the bullpen and what he’s working on to the game.”
Morimando: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 101 pitches (63 strikes)
Shawn Morimando 5th inning: 89 89 90 91 90 90 82 90 91 78
Shawn Morimando 6th inning: 71 90 90 80 89 89 82 86
Recent returns provide unexpected power
Yandy Diaz and Eric Stamets both homered for Columbus on Thursday, providing the only runs for the Clippers in the game. Diaz led off the game with a home run, which was only his second of the year. The 25-year-old was sent back down to Columbus on Tuesday after being called up to Cleveland a week earlier. Diaz has struggled in his 18 games with the Indians this year, hitting .203 and striking out 17 times. However, in Triple-A, he leads all IL batters with at least 350 plate appearances in batting average (.357) and OBP (.471).
Stamets hit his first home run of the year in the fifth inning in what was his 15th game this season with Columbus. The 25-year-old has struggled at the plate overall, however, as his batting average stands at .116 after he hit .289 with Akron in 13 games. Stamets now has four hits with two RBIs in his five games since returning to the Clippers on May 15.
“Coming up (from Double-A) or going down (from MLB) they’re still here to work on their craft,” Tremie said. “Continue to play and get better and better and reach their dream of playing in the big leagues and obviously helping the major league club and that’s what they’re working towards.”
Diaz: 1-3, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Stamets: 1-4, 1 R, 1 H, 1 RBI, 1 K