T.J. McFarland, SP-AKR: W (6-1), 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 4 K, 0 BB.
McFarland is one of my favorite pitchers in the organization. Drafted in the 4th round back in 2007, nothing he does is particuarly overpowering, but he's almost always effective. His fastball sits in the low-90's, but has excellent sink and arm-side run which helps him induce lots of weak contact and ground balls. On the season, he's 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA, 24 K and 11 BB in 41 1/3 innings pitched. Most importantly for McFarland, he's posted a 1.97 GO/AO ratio, which is excellent. He's yet to give up a home run this season, and has yet to give up more than 3 ER in a single start. He's not a big strikeout guy, but does a great job limiting damage and making the right pitch in the right situation.
Corey Kluber, SP-COL: 6 IP, ER, 5 H, 4 K, 3 BB. Kluber has been a different pitcher this year, going 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 38 IP for the Clippers. Most impressive has been his 49(!) strikeouts and 19 walks, much improved from his 143/70 in 150 innings last year for AAA Columbus.
Cody Allen, RP-COL: 2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 K, 2 BB. Allen matched his season total with 2 earned runs allowed last night. He still has 26 K and 2 BB in just 19 IP between Carolina, Akron and Columbus.
Andy LaRoche, 3B-COL: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 K. Playing 3B while Chisenhall is on the DL, LaRoche has actually been pretty good. He's hitting .324/.378/.500 in his last 10 games, with a HR, 3 2B and 4 RBI.
Jose Lopez, DH-COL: 3-5, 2B, R. Lopez has taken his demotion in stride, and has been on base in all 5 games he's played for the Clippers. He's hitting .579/.600/.789 in AAA, and clearly #wants to be back with the big league club.
Bryan Price, RP-AKR: 2 IP, 2 H, K, BB. Bouncing back from his only bad outing of the year, Price lowered his ERA to 2.84 in 19 innings of work for the Aeros. Interestingly, each of Price's 9 outings this season have been at least two innings...sounds like the Cousineau plan may be taking root!
Juan Diaz, SS-AKR: 2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R, K. Diaz has hit in 9 of his last 10 games, going for a .317/.364/.537 line with 2 HR, 3 2B and 6 RBI in that timeframe.
Chun Chen, 1B-AKR: 3-4, 2B, 2 R. Chen has been impressive of late, putting up a .333/.389/.515 line with a HR and 3 2B in his last 10 games for the Aeros. Still, if he's going to be a 1B in the show, he's going to need to show a little more pop.
Roberto Perez, C-AKR: 1-3, BB, R. No one from Harrisburg dared test the arm last night, so Perez didn't throw anyone out.
Mike Rayl, SP-CAR: 7 IP, ER, 5 H, 3 K. Rayl has given up just one earned run in his last 13 innings of work for the Mudcats, striking out 7 and walking two. For the season, he's 3-3 with a 2.43 ERA, 9 BB and 29 K in 40 2/3 IP.
Tyler Holt, CF-CAR: 2-6, BB, K. The Mudcats only managed to push across two runs in a doubleheader yesterday, and Holt was the only 'Cat with a hit in each game. He's cooled off considerably after his sizzling start, hitting just .235/.366/.235 in his last 10 games.
Ronny Rodriguez, SS-CAR: 1-6, HR (2), RBI, R. Rodriguez has some impressive tools, but is hitting just .219/.255/.343 with 2 HR and 13 RBI in 30 games for the Mudcats this year. Still, he turned 20 in April, so he's young for the league and the tools should play eventually.
Cody Anderson, SP-LCC: W (3-1), 6 IP, ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB. Over his past four starts, the big righty has thrown 23 innings, allowed 3 earned runs, struck out 16 and walked 8.
Alex Lavisky, C-LCC: 1-3, HR (2), RBI, R. Lavisky's HR was the difference in a 2-1 victory for the Captains yesterday. He's collected a hit in 4 straight, and is now at .232/.284/.364 overall with 2 HR and 14 RBI.
Todd Hankins, LF-LCC: 2-4, 3B, R. The Hammer collected two of the Captains four hits yesterday.
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