COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 6, LOUISVILLE BATS – 5
Merritt shines again
Ryan Merritt had another strong outing on Wednesday night, throwing seven innings and only allowing three runs to score. The left-hander put his team in a position to win, and they came through for him with two runs in the first inning and three more runs in the fourth.
“Everyday I go out, play catch, do my prep work, I’m just trying to work to be consistent, explained Merritt. “Everyday I’m just taking it day by day, trying to get better each day, working with my strength coaches, my pitching coach, just trying to do whatever I can to stay healthy and just be as consistent as I can.”
Merritt has been making sure he is staying focused in every start and focusing only on the upcoming games and what he can control. He was also happy with his performance and to come out with a win, but knows he can be better.
“I’m just trying my best to stay focused every inning, don’t make too many mistakes, stay in the game and compete every single pitch. I feel like I was mixing up my pitches pretty well, in the seventh inning I gave up that pretty hard hit, that home run, it was a cutter that was down but in the middle of the plate and he was able to get barrel on it.”
Skipper Chris Tremie was also pleased with his starting pitchers performance.
“Really good outing, obviously got deep in the game for us and put us in a good spot, made some good pitches and got a double play ball in his last inning. Its really encouraging to see him continue to be consistent,” explained Tremie.
Merritt: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
Merritt pitch speed 4th inning: 85, 86, 83, 74, 81, 71, 81, 85, 85, 86, 87, 72
Shaffer turns up big on offense and defense
Richie Shaffer had a big game both at the plate and in left field. He made two big diving catches early, along with two hits and an RBI. He laid out for a ball hit to the warning track in the top of the 9th inning and was down for a minute, but was able to finish out the game and said he was feeling good.
“I’m good, just some scrapes and some bumps and bruises, that’s all. It’s hard out there on the warning track, the grass feels a lot nicer to dive on then the gravel,” laughed Shaffer.
He then shared what was going through his mind during the play.
“I’m playing pretty shallow, the balls hit, I turn and go, I could tell it wasn’t going to go out, and I could kind of have a sense that it wasn’t going to hit the wall either, but I wasn’t sure if either me or Papi were going to be able to get there. So we’re running, I glance at him and I don’t think he’s going to be able to get there, I don’t know if either of us can get there, so I just call it, I don’t want us running into each other, so I went in and called him off even though I wasn’t sure if I could get there so I could feel comfortable getting a full extension dive. If it would have been a couple feet farther, I feel like I would have been able to tell it was going to hit the wall and I would have pulled up, but I felt like I had a chance and it was just a little too far away, but I had to give it a shot.”