COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 0, SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE – 5
The Clippers struggled Wednesday night, as the team was shutout and held to only five hits. Morimando was eventually able to find his rhythm, but it took him giving up three home runs to get back on track. Manager Chris Tremie didn’t want to only focus on his shaky first two innings when talking about Morimando.
“Lets go back a couple starts, he has been really consistent, and throwing the ball well in his last few starts. Tonight he just left some pitches out over the plate early, and instead of being base hits they were home runs, and they added up a little bit. The encouraging thing is he was able to gather himself and come back out, and even though it wasn’t a long outing, he came back and the third fourth and fifth were pretty good, and that’s something to build on for his next outing.”
While Morimando finished the night giving up four runs, he was able to bounce back and give his team a chance to win. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t put together enough hits to get on the board. David Lough, who recently agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians, finished the game with two singles, and could be a big addition to this Clippers team that hasn’t been able to put up runs as consistently as they would like.
“He played well in the outfield, had good at bats, got a hit last night late in the game and a couple knocks tonight, we’ve seen him play before in the past and know he’s a good ballplayer," explained Tremie.
Morimando: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, 103 pitches (69 strikes), L
Morimando 2nd inning pitch speeds: 83, 90, 79, 83, 90, 89, 92, 75, 84, 91, 84, 76, 84, 84, 93, 91, 80, 78, 90, 77, 90, 75, 89, 90, 83, 84, 82
Tyler Naquin still day-to-day
Tremie didn’t get into specifics, but had this to say about his outfielder.
“He’s day to day right now, still working through the process of getting back on the field.”
Frazier goes deep
Clint Frazier, the Indians former first round draft pick, reminded the organization of why they spent their first round pick on him. With a home run and a double. Tremie had nothing negative to say about him.
“He’s a good looking player, obviously we were very high on him, he was a first round pick, excited about his coming up, and unfortunately we had to make a move on the major league level, we got a pretty good player for him,” Laughed Tremie. “I think we benefited from it, obviously the Yankees benefited from getting a very good young player that’s probably going to have a really good career.”