Columbus Clippers 6, Louisville Bats 1
Box Score · Clippers improve to 10-14
Heading into last night’s game, the Triple-A Columbus Clippers had lost nine out of 11 games, and that simply didn’t make sense considering how insanely stacked their roster is.
The team is loaded with four starting pitchers who have already spent time in Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, Ryan Merritt, Adam Plutko and Shawn Morimando), plus several top position prospects (Yandy Diaz, Bradley Zimmer, Erik Gonzalez) and multiple players who could be starting on other major league teams right now (Chris Colabello, Richie Shaffer, Tyler Naquin). Oh yeah, and the bullpen is loaded as well (Kyle Crockett, Shawn Armstrong, Jeff Johnson, Joseph Colon, etc).
The talent finally came to a head yesterday as Columbus easily defeated the Louisville Bats.
After a very slow start to the season, Shawn Morimando was excellent, giving up one run over six innings while striking out two and walking two.
Offensively, Tyler Naquin, Erik Gonzalez and Yandy Diaz all had huge days. Gonzalez went 2-5 with a double, Naquin went 3-4 and Diaz went 3-5 with his first home run of the year and five RBIs.
Let’s hope the team can band together and start turning their season around. They’re simply too talented to have a losing record at this point.
Lynchburg Hillcats 5, Winston-Salem Dash 0
Box Score · Hillcats improve to 11-11
Everyone did just about everything right in this game, but no one did more things right than starting pitcher Thomas Pannone, who is now starting to gain some national attention:
Undaunted by a 90 minute rain delay, Pannone blew away opposing hitters, only giving up three hits over seven shutout innings. For the season, he’s now given up zero earned runs in 27.2 innings on 10 hits and seven walks while striking out a ridiculous 39. Dating back to last season, he’s now thrown 45.2 consecutive scoreless innings.
At this point, it’s not “if” but “when” the Tribe brass promotes him to Double-A Akron. The 22-year old southpaw has earned it and then some.
On the offensive side of things, Sam Haggerty continues to be red hot, smoking two doubles. Andrew Calica and Ivan Castillo joined the multi-hit parade while Connor Marabell homered for his second straight game.
Double-A Akron’s game against Binghamton was postponed due to rain. Single-A Lake County had a scheduled day off.