COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 8 DURHAM BULLS – 0
Morimando goes the distance
Shawn Morimando had his best outing of the season as he had a complete game allowing only five hits with two strikeouts over 103 pitches. The 24-year-old has now had three consecutive starts allowing one run or fewer and his nine innings of work was the longest of his career according to his memory.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had one in pro ball, I maybe went eight (innings) once but I’ve never had a complete game,” Morimando said. “(I’m) just trying to narrow my focus and execute one pitch at a time and just be a lot better and don’t miss over the plate and mix up everything: fastball, curveball, changeup, slider and just try to keep the hitters off-balance.”
Morimando: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 103 pitches (61 strikes), W
Shawn Morimando 2nd inning: 77 88 89 91 89 89 82 88 89 84
Shawn Morimando 3rd inning: 90 88 88 83 77 89 89
Colabello snaps out of his funk
Chris Colabello finally snapped his eight-game hitless streak on Thursday with his three-run homer in the first inning as the Clippers beat the Bulls 8-0. Colabello’s last hit was a game-winning home run against Syracuse on June 3. Since then, he had 22 at-bats without a hit and struck out nine times.
Despite his recent slump, Colabello still has the second-most RBIs on the team with 31 and is just one walk shy of leading the team as he now has 30. After starting the season out well at the plate, the 33-year-old has struggled. His batting average has fallen each month so far this year from .263 at the end of April to .233 after May to the mere .147 mark he has posted in June.
“Its good for us and him,” manager Chris Tremie said. “All hitters will go through parts of the season where the results aren’t as good as they would like or the team would like, but he works every day at his craft and he’s gonna hit and he had a good night tonight.”
Colabello: 1-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Stamets and Shaffer continue to swing hot bats
Eric Stamets has been red hot since returning from Akron on May 15. He has hit .361 since then compared to his .036 batting average when he was with Columbus in April. With his two doubles on Thursday, Stamets now has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games with five homers and 17 RBIs in that span. Although those numbers should be even higher after his RBI double in the sixth actually hit over the right-center wall and bounced back into play but was not called a home run.
Richie Shaffer came into this week being named the International League Player of the Week last week after having 12 hits, three of which were home runs, and nine RBIs in seven games. Shaffer is riding a six-game hit streak after his solo homer in the sixth and has three home runs and five RBIs during the streak.
Stamets: 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Shaffer: 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI