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.
Chris Colabello (Columbus, LF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 HBP - Colabello played a huge role in the Clippers' extra-inning win on Saturday, driving in two runs, including the eventual game-winner on a solo home run in the top of the tenth inning, and scored twice, including the one run he didn't drive in. He has struggled as of late, batting only .167 (2-for-12) in his last four games, but an outing like this might be what he needs to begin turning his season around.
Mike Papi (Columbus, CF) - 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB - Papi extends his on-base streak to five games with this multi-walk effort.
Erik Kratz (Columbus, C) - 1-4, 1 2B, 2 K - Kratz's second-inning double was the Clippers' only extra-base hit of the game besides Colabello's game-winning homer.
Shawn Morimando (Columbus, SP) - ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed - Morimando finally looked like himself on the mound again following two disastrous outings that saw him allow 8 ER on 17 H in 12 IP.
Jeff Johnson (Columbus, CP) - S (3), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - Johnson closed out the game in dominant fashion with this perfect tenth inning.
Francisco Mejia (Akron, C) - 2-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB (1 intentional) - Mejia reached base four times in five plate appearances in his second multi-hit outing in his last three games.
Joe Sever (Akron, 1B-RF) - 2-4, 1 R - Sever extended his hitting streak to five games with his second multi-hit game in a row.
Mark Mathias (Akron, 3B) - 2-4 - The RubberDucks' other multi-hit effort of the evening came from the struggling Mathias, who batted ninth.
Matt Whitehouse (Akron, SP) - L (1-3), 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R (both earned), 8 K, 1 HR allowed - Whitehouse rebounded from allowing 4 ER in 2.2 IP in his previous start, but still wound up with his third individual loss of the year due to a lack of run support.
David Speer (Akron, RP) - 2.2 IP, 1 H - Speer continued his recent solid form as he lowered his last ten games ERA to 1.74.
Lynchburg Hillcats offense - 4-31, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 SB, 2 HBP - Nobody in the lineup stood out in this disaster. On to the pitching...
Shao-Ching Chiang (Lynchburg, SP) - L (7-3), 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both earned), 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 BK, 1 HBP - The loss was charged to Chiang, but is really the fault of the batting order.
Justin Garcia (Lynchburg, RP) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR - Garcia, who has seen the mound about as often as a starter recently (only four appearances in the last two and a half weeks), allowed his first earned run since May 17.
Li-Jen Chu (Lake County, C) - 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K, 1 E - Chu only had one hit on Saturday night, but it was a big one as his eighth-inning grand slam turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead and eventual win.
Junior Soto (Lake County, CF) - 3-3, 1 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI - Soto's first big game of the season since making his competitive debut on May 26 was a huge one as he hit a double in each of his three plate appearances and accounted for half of the Captains' hits and their only extra-base hit other than Chu's grand slam.
Brady Aiken (Lake County, SP) - ND, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 earned), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP - Aiken continues to struggle, but avoids the loss thanks to Chu's Grand Slam.
Alsis Herrera (Lake County, RP) - W (2-0), 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Herrera continues to dominate as his ERA dropped to 0.50 (1 ER in 18 IP in eight appearances).
Dalbert Siri (Lake County, CP) - S (4), 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP - Siri rebounded from his first blown save of the season in his last opportunity by converting his fifth chance of the season on Saturday night.