COLUMBUS CLIPPERS - 12, NORFOLK TIDES - 4
Stamets crushes two homeruns
Eric Stamets got the Clippers on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning, but he didn’t stop there. In his next at bat, Stamets once again hit a home run, this time a two-run shot, which started a seven-run fourth inning. Stamets has been absolutely crushing the ball lately, and has now hit two home runs in back-to-back games.
“I’m just not trying to do too much,” Stamets said with a smile. “I just try to keep my same approach, keep my routines before the games the same, and try to let it all play out.”
Skipper Chris Tremie was excited to see Stamets get his bat going not only in Monday’s game, but in the entire series.
“He had great at bats,” Tremie praised. “He had gone down to Akron for a little while [and] swung the bat well down there before he came back. He came back up here, had really good at bats for a while, and then just caught fire and hit home runs, doubles, driving in runs, just a great stretch of at-bats in games. I had to make a tough decision tonight in the game to pull him out. He had a little bit of tightness. I didn’t feel like it was worth continuing on at that game, especially at the time in the game when we were up 9-1. We will see how he feels after the game tonight and we think he will be ready to go tomorrow.”
While Stamets first two at-bats sent the ball soaring over the left field wall, he left the game after his second home run with what he said was tightness in his lower back.
“My back swing in my last swing I just kind of felt a little tightness in my back,” Stamets explained. “I didn’t want to have to change my swing in order to feel good, so I wasn’t going to try to push anything.”
Morimando pitches a solid seven innings
Morimando: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 HR, 107 pitches (67 strikes), W
Second inning pitch speeds: 91, 75, 89, 88, 77, 89, 72, 88, 81, 81, 90, 72, 82, 90, 88, 90
With Stamets and the rest of the offense lighting up the scoreboard, Shawn Morimando threw seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.
“Overall, he threw the ball really well,” explained Tremie. “He made a couple mistakes, day game, wind blowing out, ball got up in the air and it was really traveling today for both teams, and not to take anything away from their hitters, but a couple of those balls were hit really well, and one or two on a different day might be a different story which would change his line score.”
Besides a few pitches where he missed his spots, Tremie liked what he saw about his starters pitch selection and command
“It was good today,” he commended. “[Morimando] left a couple balls in the middle of the zone early in the count, other than that he really executed with his breaking ball well, he kept his changeup down, which is something that he has continued to work on.”
Lough’s injury update
Tremie was able to give a quick update on David Lough and his injury, but more information should be available in a few days.
“He’s day to day right now,” Tremie explained. “He had some soreness in his hamstring, he will be checked out by the doctors this week and then we will have more information.”