Around The Farm: August 30, 2014
Gonzalez's four-hit game highlights the night on the farm
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.
Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) – 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI
Gonzalez has a badly-needed stellar night at the plate as the .360 hitter (in 30 Double-A games on the season) has only hit .235 (8-for-34) in his last nine contests. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a return to the form that got him promoted from Advanced Single-A Carolina and allowed him to have a hot start to his time in Akron.
Russell Branyan (Columbus, DH) – 3-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Branyan’s second game back in the States (and the Indians organization) is the only noteworthy performance of a rough offensive night for the Clippers.
Shaun Marcum (Columbus, SP) – ND, 3 IP, 1 H, 3 K – Marcum has a solid spot start. The only issue is that he couldn’t stay in the game longer.
Jordan Cooper (Columbus, RP) – L (0-1), BS (1), 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R (all earned), 2 BB – Unfortunately, Jordan picked up most of the slack, innings-wise, and had a rough Triple-A relief debut.
Jaime Pedroza (Akron, 3B) – 2-4, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 HBP – Pedroza extends his multi-hit game streak to three, a period during which he is batting .636 (7-for-11).
Ryan Raburn (Akron, starting RF) – 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K – Raburn makes it back-to-back solid rehab appearances with an outing that would’ve been worthy of ATF inclusion even without the major league implications.
Jason Giambi (Akron, starting DH) – 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K – Giambi makes it back-to-back nights with a hit. He is getting his work in, but it would be nice to see more from a big league hitter facing Double-A pitching.
Cody Anderson (Akron, SP) – L (4-11), 6.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R (all earned), 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 HBP – Anderson’s rough introduction to Double-A ball continues. Hopefully, he can do better next season in his inevitable repeat of the level.
Yhoxian Medina (Carolina, SS) – 2-3, 1 BB – Yhoxian has one of only two multi-hit nights for the Mudcats.
Eric Haase (Carolina, C) – 2-4, 1 K – Hasse has the other.
Dylan Baker (Carolina, SP) – L (3-3), 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 2 K – Dylan does all he needs to do to win the game. Unfortunately, it is not enough.
Clayton Cook (Carolina, RP) – 1 IP, perfect, 1 K – More good pitching going to waste due to zero run support.
Bradley Zimmer (Lake County, DH) – 0-4, 2 K – Zimmer’s Full-Season Single-A debut does not go exactly as planned.
Brian Ruiz (Lake County, RF) – 2-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI – Ruiz single-handedly provided most of the Captains offense on the night.
Dace Kime (Lake County, SP) – L (7-14), 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R (all earned), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR allowed, 1 WP – The game was pretty much over by the time he left it.
Steven Patterson (Mahoning Valley, 2B) – 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI – Patterson may have had only one hit, but it was a two-run homer in the top of the eighth.
David Armendariz (Mahoning Valley, backup LF) – 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI – Another player to have a big night entirely on the basis of an eighth-inning home run, this one of the three-run variety.
Francisco Mejia (Mahoning Valley, C) – 2-5, 1 R, 1 K – Mejia makes it back-to-back multi-hit nights and three of his last four.
Taylor Murphy (Mahoning Valley, RF) – 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HBP – Murphy is the lone Scrapper to put it all together and have a solid all-around night at the plate.
Juan Santana (Mahoning Valley, SP) – L (1-9), 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 earned), 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR allowed, 1 HBP – As bad as this outing was, had the bullpen held the Doubledays (Nationals) scoreless the rest of the game, this ballgame would have gone into extras.
Luis Gomez (Mahoning Valley, RP) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HR allowed – Unfortunately, they didn’t.
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