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Clippers Notes: Shawn Morimando makes his mark

The pieces continue to fall back into place for Shawn Morimando thanks to a pair of starts lasting seven innings with the Columbus Clippers this past week.

The Clippers seem to have finally found their rhythm as they finished the week with a 5-2 record, placing them just three games below .500 (26-29). It all started early in the week when the Clippers put up a 12-4 win over Norfolk, waking up both the offense and pitching staff.

Here is what happened this week with the Clippers.

WEEK IN REVIEW

  • 5/29 – Columbus 12, Norfolk 4: Morimando (W, 3-5), Lee (L, 2-3)
  • 5/30 – Columbus 5, Scranton/WB 0: Merryweather (W, 1-0), Germán (L, 1-1)
  • 5/31 – Columbus 0, Scranton/WB 6: Adams (W, 3-1), Peoples (L, 1-3)
  • 5/31 – Columbus 3, Scranton/WB 4: Jones (W, 3-1), Narveson (L, 0-3), Frieri (S, 7)
  • 6/1 – Columbus 6, Scranton/WB 3: Merritt (W, 5-5), Feyereisen (L, 0-1) Martin (S, 3)
  • 6/2 – Columbus – 11, Syracuse 5: Plutko (W, 4-6), McGowin (L, 1-4)
  • 6/3 – Columbus – 3, Syracuse 2: Armstrong (W, 1-0), Martin (L, 1-1), Johnson (S, 3)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shawn Morimando, SP

Last Week: 2 G, 14 IP, 15 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 3.21 ERA

Season to Date: 11 G, 76 H, 36 R, 34 ER, 22 BB, 45 K, 4.81 ERA

Morimando had a big week as he made two starts and recorded both a win and no-decision. He made it through the seventh inning in both games to put his team in a position to win. While he got off to a slow start, he seems to be putting everything together as of late.

“He threw the ball really well,” explained manager Chris Tremie after the 12-4 win on Monday. “He got us seven innings, only gave up four runs on a day like today. Promising that he got a lead and was able to maintain it, keep it and get us deep into the game and that’s important.”

While Morimando was not perfect with his ball placement – especially in his first game of the week when he allowed three home runs – he was able to stay confident and use his off-speed pitch to keep hitters off-balanced.

“He left a couple balls in the middle of the zone early in the count, first pitch (and) second pitch,” explained Tremie. “Other than that, he really executed with his breaking ball well. (He) kept the changeup down, something that he has continued to work on with his location and consistency of being able to land his breaking ball, throw it where he wants and keep his changeup down.”

WHO’S HOT

Adam Moore, C

Last Week: 5 G, 18 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, .277 BA

Season to Date: 35 G, 109 AB, 9 R, 30 H, 3 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 12 BB, 41 K, .275 BA

Adam Moore has heated up at the plate, hitting a grand slam earlier in the week and hitting another home run just two games later. Seven of his 11 RBIs on the season have come this past week. Hopefully this is the start of a hot bat from Moore because this type of production is what the Clippers need from the bottom of their order.

Mike Papi, LF

Last Week: 7 G, 22 AB, 4 R, 5 H, 4 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K, .227 BA, .392 OBP

Season to Date (Columbus and Akron): 49 G, 170 AB, 26 R, 48 H, 6 2B, 5 HR, 24 RBI, 29 BB, 34 K, .282 BA, .389 OBP

Papi stepped into the Clippers lineup and immediately made an impact. He now has a .400 OBP with the Clippers and is finding ways to get on base. When the Clippers went through their losing streaks, getting guys on base seemed to be a rare occurrence. If Papi can keep reaching base with ease, it gives the bigger bats a chance to knock him in.

WHO’S NOT

Erik Kratz, C

Last Week: 4 G, 12 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K, .166 BA

Season to Date: 33 G, 113 AB, 17 R, 31 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 13 BB, 27 K, .271 BA

Kratz has cooled off at the plate these past few weeks with only three hits in his last 30 at bats, giving him a .100 batting average over his last 10 games. His slump appears to have started when he went from playing every other day to becoming the designated hitter when he was not catching. We will see if Tremie leaves Kratz in that designated hitter role while he works to get back on track at the plate.

TRANSACTIONS

- 6/2: Acquired INF Josh Wilson from Texas for cash considerations and assigned him to Columbus.

- 6/2: Optioned RHP Shawn Armstrong to Columbus. Placed OF Lonnie Chisenhall on the 10-day DL. Reinstated RHP Corey Kluber from the 10-day DL.

-6/4: Sent Lonnie Chisenhall to Akron for rehab assignment.

COMING UP…

The Clippers look to continue their hot streak as they are back home during the week, hosting Louisville for four games and Indianapolis for one. They head to Indianapolis for the weekend to play two games against the Indians. Julian Merryweather, Chris Narveson and Ryan Merritt are in line to take the hill for the next three games. Merryweather looks to keep his 0.00 ERA after an impressive first start with the Clippers.


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