If the Cleveland Indians’ three-game sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals felt bad this week, the current eleven-game stretch for their Double-A Akron affiliate must feel like torture.
The RubberDuckies have not won. Baseball hasn’t been lots of fun.
It’s been a bad time to be a ‘Ducks fan in Akron. The team dropped their eleventh straight game on Wednesday in a 9-2 defeat at home against the Erie SeaWolves. They are now one loss short of matching their franchise record of 12 set in 2005. Despite the eleven-game losing streak, the RubberDucks have remained in first place in the Eastern League’s Western Division and hold a two-game lead over Harrisburg. They are still 20-11 at home this season, but they are just one game over the even mark on the road at 18-17. They are 2-13 in June this season.
In other RubberDucks news and notes…
FEYEREISEN FIRING AWAY ON MOUND
Reliever J. P. Feyereisen has put together an impressive streak in relief for Akron this season. He has struck out at least one batter in each of his last 18 appearances.
Feyereisen, a 23-year-old right-hander, has made 20 appearances in total for the RubberDucks in his first season at the Double-A level, posting a 2-0 record, a 2.49 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, is 4-for-4 in save opportunities, and has struck out 33 batters in 25 1/3 innings.
PAPI PLATES THREE
Outfielder Mike Papi, who has scuffled in his first 14 games at the Double-A level since his promotion from Lynchburg, had his best offensive game for the RubberDucks on Tuesday night. He was 2-for-3 at the plate with a single, double, and a season-high three RBI. He is hitting .190 with a .346 OBP for the ‘Ducks after hitting .236 with a .370 OBP with the Hillcats.
FRAZIER LEADING THE WAY
Even though he missed a week of action with a tender hamstring, Clint Frazier is on the top of the Eastern League’s leaderboard with 20 doubles this season. He is third in the EL with a .307 batting average and .399 on-base percentage and is second on the team and fifth in the league with 32 walks. He is fourth in the league in runs scored (43) and OPS (.909) and is sixth in the league in slugging (.509).
THREAT ON THE BASES
While Bradley Zimmer has not put up the average (.233) many had hoped to see at the plate this season, he has done damage when getting on base. His 36 walks are third in the EL. He leads the team with six triples, is second with ten homers, and has 12 doubles on the year. His 21 stolen bases in 30 attempts are tied for the fourth-most in the EL and lead the team. He is eleventh in the league with 36 runs scored. He is tenth with a .357 OBP.
MORIMANDO COMES BACK TO EARTH
Left-hander Shawn Morimando’s perfect 9-0 record came to an end two Sundays ago with a loss at Bowie. He made it two straight losses with a defeat in Harrisburg on Saturday. He allowed 12 earned runs in those last two outings, equaling the number of earned runs he had surrendered in his first eleven starts to the year. Even with the recent stretch of tough starts, he is 9-2 on the season with a 2.85 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 13 games started. His win total is tops in the Double-A.
He will look to end the RubberDucks’ losing skid on Thursday night against Erie.
Right-handed reliever Casey Weathers was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Saturday. The 31-year-old right-hander had made a pair of appearances prior to Wednesday’s action, throwing two scoreless innings while allowing one hit and two walks while striking out three. He was charged with three earned runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout in Wednesday’s loss.
Akron still has five players on its disabled list, including pitchers Dylan Baker, Dace Kime, and Jacob Lee. Shortstop Eric Stamets and outfielder LeVon Washington make up the rest of the walking wounded.
ALL-STAR VOTING UNDER WAY
Eastern League All-Star voting is under way online.
In a voting process unique compared to both the Majors and the other minor league levels, the Double-A league allows fans to vote for one position player and one pitcher that they would like to see honored with a trip to Canal Park on Wednesday, July 13, for the 2016 Eastern League All-Star Game.
Voting opened Friday, May 27, and runs through Sunday, June 26. The results of the fan vote will be used to select one player from each Eastern League club to make out the respective All-Star rosters.