A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time […]
A daily feature of Indians Baseball Insider, Around the Farm, obviously won’t be able to be produced until there are minor league games played. In its place, for the time being, a fun feature we are going to try out is This Day in Indians Minor League History. We will do some research and try to find some interesting or random box scores or information that happened in the Indians minor leagues on this particular day. We will try to make this a daily feature as long as we can find something to post other than just repeating items from the last few years to avoid too much repetitiveness. Hope you enjoy, stay well and hope we can get baseball back soon!
April 22, 2015
The Akron RubberDucks entered this Wednesday evening clash at 5-7, the result of a feast-or-famine offense that had scored 14 runs on Opening Day in Akron and 12 more on Tuesday to give the ‘Ducks a chance to win a road series for the first time this season, but had scored only 21 in the other ten games combined, including five zero or one-run efforts.
The bad news: The Akron bats would slumber again this night, managing only a pair of runs off of the Fightin’ Phils pitching staff. The good news: That was more than they needed.
The stars of this game were to be found on the mound. RubberDucks starter Shawn Morimando, reliever Josh Martin, and closer Jeff Johnson combined to throw a one-hitter in front of 2,022 cold Phils fans on this windy (15 mph) 51-degree night. Morimando hurled six no-hit innings while allowing only three walks and striking out five before reaching 84 pitches and giving way to Martin. Josh continued the no-hit bid for nother 2.1 innings before giving up the Fightins’ lone hit of the game to pinch hitter Brock Stassi two outs short of the no-no. After striking out CF Aaron Altherr swinging for out 26, he had to settle for his first hold of the season rather than the save, as that went to Johnson, who needed only five pitched to earn his first of 27 Double-A saves (all of them that season in 28 opportunities). This performance was so dominant that it resulted in the Reading hitters posting a combined .235 OPS for the game, mostly due to walks (.124 isolated plate discipline).