Around The Farm: July 23, 2013
Matera continues hot streak while Naquin shows some life at the plate
Paddy Matera (Carolina, DH) - 2-3, 2 R. 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 HBP - This signing just keeps looking better and better. Matera is .345/.457/.566 in 35 games since being signed from the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League (independent). As if those numbers were not impressive enough, he is posting a .448/.614/.793 slash line in his last 10 games. The Tribe seem to have struck indyball gold, if not platinum. Given where he was signed from and how he is tearing up the Carolina League, maybe "Sharknado" would be a good nickname for him.
Tyler Naquin (Carolina, CF) - 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB - While this performance looks very similar in black-and-white to that of Matera chronicled above, the story of the recent performances that lead up to it is 180 degrees removed from that of Paddy the Sharknado. Naquin came into tonight's game 7-for-41 in his last nine games with only one RBI and an 11:4 K:BB ratio. Hopefully, this performance is the first sign of a return to the type of form we have come to expect from Tyler (Even with this recent rough stretch, his season numbers still stand at .284/.352/.432 with 37 RBI and 11 stolen bases).
- Jeremy Hermida (Columbus, DH) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 K - Pretty much the only notable offensive performance on a rough night at the plate for the Clippers.
- Matt Carson (Columbus, RF) - 0-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB - Notable only in that he picked up the lone Clippers' RBI tonight.
- Danny Salazar (Columbus, SP) - 4 IP, 3 H, 6 K - Salazar was flat-out dominant, throwing 45 strikes in 65 pitches. Unfortunately, the rain delay forced him to leave the game early.
- Matt Langwell (Columbus, RP) - L (3-3), 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (both earned), 1 BB, 3 K - While both runs were earned, it is worth noting that the tying run scored from first on a chain of bad throws that looked like a mash-up of The Three Stooges and The Bad News Bears.
- Clay Rapada (Columbus, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - A perfect inning. Too bad the Clippers offense couldn't make use of it to get back into the game.
- Carlos Moncrief (Akron, RF) - 2-4, 1 R, 1 K - If only one Aero were to have a good offensive night, Moncrief would be the logical guess and, in the case of tonight, the right one.
- Francisco Lindor (Akron, SS) - 0-1, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 E - Francisco had the kind of night that doesn't exactly do wonders for the batting average, but is a boon to the ol' OBP.
- Paolo Espino (Akron, SP) - L (2-4), 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R (4 earned), 2 BB, 2 K - Even with half the runs unearned, this was hardly a high-quality outing.
- Jose Flores (Akron, RP) - 1 IP, perfect - A perfect frame in garbage innings.
- Cody Anderson (Carolina, SP) - ND, 5 IP, 8 H. 4 R (all earned), 6 K - A prime example of a lousy outing being salvaged by colossal run support.
- Louis Head (Carolina, RP) - W (1-1), 5 H, 3 R (all earned), 1 BB, 1 HR, 1 WP - On a night like tonight, the correlation between the best outing and the pitcher who is credited with the win is simply nonexistent.
- J.D. Reichenbach (Carolina, RP) - H (2), 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - A perfect eighth to hold the lead for the 'Cats...
- Rob Nixon (Carolina, CP) - S (2), 1 IP, perfect, 1 K - ...and a perfect ninth to save it.
- Matt LaPorta (Arizona League, Rehab 1B) - 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB - Not the type of gaudy numbers you would expect from a player of LaPorta's talent level and experience opposing pitchers a couple months removed from high school, college, or the Domincan Republic, but he got on base, managed to score once, and, most imprtantly, remained in the game for its entirety. Hopefully, that means he is healthy and that he will be back in the Columbus Clippers lineup soon.
- Juan De La Cruz (Arizona League, C) - 1-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB - He only had one hit tonight, but it was the A-Tribe's only extra-base hit and resulted in the team's only RBI of the ballgame.
- Ivan Castillo (Arizona League, SS) - 2-4, 1 SB, 2 E - On the good side, he had the only multi-hit effort of the night for the Indians. On the bad side, he had the only two error of the night for the team.
- Victor Cabral (Arizona League, LF) - 1-4, 1 R, 2 SB, 1 HBP - Two stolen bases on the same night seems pretty noteworthy to me.
- Juan Santana (Arizona League, SP) - ND, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (earned), 3 BB, 4 K - A great outing by Santana. Too bad it went to waste...
- Casey Shane (Arizona League, RP) - L (1-1), 2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (all earned), 3 BB - ...And this is why it went to waste.
- Thomas Pannone (Arizona League, RP) - 1 IP, perfect, 2 K - As usual, I leave you on a good note with a perfect inning.
Is this kid Matera for real? If he is will he be added to the 40 man roster is September. His bop is unbelievable....