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After a promising first week that saw the Clippers go 4-1 against Cincinnati’s Triple-A affiliate the Louisville Bats, the team went 2-4 in its first homestand of the season against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Omaha, Kansas City’s Triple-A squad, proved a worthy opponent for the Clippers, highlighted by 2018 first round pick Jackson Kowar’s impressive start on Saturday night.

After shutting out Omaha to start the season, the Clippers’ pitching staff struggled throughout the rest of the week. The offense saved the day late on Friday night with a home run extravaganza, highlighted by catcher Ryan Lavarnway’s grand slam in the eighth inning. The offense gave the hometown crowd some times to cheer throughout the week, but it was not enough to compete for the series. Columbus now stands at 6-5 on the season and is in third place in the Midwest Division. Omaha leads the division at 8-4.

Week in Review

5/11/21: Columbus 2, Omaha 0; W: McCarty; L: Vines; S: Johnson
5/12/21: Omaha 5, Columbus 4; W: Zimmer; L: Young; S Speier
5/13/21: Omaha 8, Columbus 6; W: Vines; L: Siri
5/14/21: Columbus 10, Omaha 7; W: Gose; L: Snider; S: Parker
5/15/21: Omaha 4, Columbus 2; W: Kowar; L: Morgan; S: Speier
5/16/21: Omaha 8, Columbus 3; W: Snider; L: Dowdy

Player of the Week

INF Owen Miller:

This was an easy choice, as all Miller has done since the season started is hit, hit and hit some more. He’s also shown off his defensive versatility, starting two games at second base, three games at shortstop and and a game at third base this week. Miller had three 3-hit games this week and hit in five of six games against Omaha. He also had two doubles, a home run, three RBI and four runs scored. Who knows how many more Clippers’ Player of the Week accolades Miller will be eligible for, because if he keeps hitting at this tear the Indians will likely come calling before long. For the season, Miller is now hitting .477/.511/.682 with a jaw dropping 1.193 OPS.

Who’s Hot

SS Gabriel Arias – after a mostly quiet first week playing in Triple-A, Arias’ bat heated up and he has shown why he was a prized piece in the Mike Clevinger deal. Arias hit in five of six games this week, going 8-19, with a HR, a double, four RBI and five runs scored. Interestingly, he also walked and struck out four times each. This is important for a guy whose biggest question mark is the swing and miss, and it will be interesting to see if the 21-year old is learning to command the strike zone. Arias is now hitting .278/.422/.472 on the season.

1B Bobby Bradley – Bradley is off to a slow start this season, hitting .171. But at this time last week he was hitting a whopping .053, so his bat started to show some life during the Omaha series. Bradley’s power has also started to rear its head, as Bradley hit three HR this week to go along with six RBI. His .463 slugging percentage and .749 OPS indicate that he is starting to slug his way out of his early season slump.

Who’s Not

3B Nolan Jones – It has been a tough introduction to Triple-A for the young third baseman and IBI’s number two overall prospect. Jones mustered all of one hit this week, and struck out nine times in 16 AB’s. Jones’ line currently sits at .083/.233/.111. Jones only played 49 Double-A games in 2019, and spent 2020 at the alternate training site. It is therefore not surprising that he needs some time to adjust to Triple-A pitching, and hopefully the 23-year old can turn things around soon.

LHP Logan Allen – Allen has had a rough start to his Triple-A season, after struggling with the Indians to start the season. This week saw his struggles continue, as he got the start against Omaha on Thursday afternoon and pitched 4.1 innings in a no-decision. In that start he gave up four hits, four runs and three walks to go along with three strikeouts. Allen now has a 17.47 ERA after two lousy starts for the Clippers.

Transactions

5/15 – RHP Matt Koch assigned to Triple-A Columbus from AZL Indians Blue

Coming Up

Tuesday, 5/18 at Toledo Mud Hens, 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/19 at Toledo Mud Hens, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday, 5/20 at Toledo Mud Hens, 6:35 p.m.
Friday, 5/21 at Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, 5/22 at Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, 5/23 at Toledo Mud Hens, 2:05 p.m.

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