It wasn’t a week to write home about for Triple-A Columbus. Already entering the week having lost four games in Toledo a week before, the Clippers were tasked with the […]
It wasn’t a week to write home about for Triple-A Columbus. Already entering the week having lost four games in Toledo a week before, the Clippers were tasked with the Nashville Sounds for the first time in the regular season since 1991. The Sounds, who entered on the heels of a 6-game sweep against Gwinnett, showed little signs of letting up and took all six ballgames to extend their winning streak to 12. The series saw the return of infielder Ernie Clement, however, who played Thursday for the first time in two weeks due to an apparent leg injury. Clement strung the ball for hits in both plate appearances before he exited prior to the fifth inning, but served as the 27th man in the doubleheader on Sunday for the big-league ballclub in Cleveland. Among the best news this week for the Clippers: They’ll return to full capacity at Huntington Park with the start of their next homestand June 15.
Week in Review
Player of the Week
INF/OF Nolan Jones: 4-19, 4 R, 3 2B, 5 BB
Just two starters in the Clippers’ lineup on Sunday owned a batting average north of .256, and one (Andrés Giménez) had just arrived to Columbus less than two weeks ago and the other (Ryan Lavarnway) has played in 16 of the team’s 23 contests. However, hot on their trail has been the highly-regarded Nolan Jones, who’s taken a few weeks to adjust to his first taste of Triple-A baseball. Despite leading Triple-A with 39 strikeouts, Jones has quietly mounted a 15-game on-base streak of which he continued with a two-walk performance on Sunday. The 23-year-old made three starts at third base and two more in right field.
INF Andrés Giménez: 6-24, 2 2B, 2 BB
Among the new faces on the Clippers’ roster as a result of roster movement, it’s been Giménez who’s taken his playing duties by storm. Giménez welcomed himself to Huntington Park Tuesday by mashing a single off the wall in right field in his first plate appearance. The 22-year-old also flashed some leather at shortstop, and made two starts at second base.
RHP Blake Parker: 2.1 IP, 4 K, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB
While the Clippers’ bullpen made two spot starts in the series and was on the hook for 30 runs allowed against the Sounds, one of the arms who didn’t allow a run was right-hander Blake Parker. The 35-year-old appeared in three games last week and tossed 2.1 hitless innings, helping lower his opponent batting average to an impressive .063. Perhaps Parker’s biggest inning was his lone frame on Wednesday. The right-hander needed just 11 pitches to pile two strikeouts as the Clippers narrowly lost the game 6-5 in which they scored a run in each of the seventh and eighth innings to make for an interesting comeback attempt.
OF Daniel Johnson: 3-25, 15 K, 2 BB
Johnson entered the series against Nashville on a cool 6-game hitting streak that began in Toledo. An 0-for-4 night in the series-opener snapped that momentum, then the 25-year-old collected his only three hits of the week in the next two games. Johnson then struck out 10 times over the final three games of the series. The good news was that the former fifth-round pick played clean defense with no errors and took extra bases on two of his three hits.
LHP Danny Young: 2 IP, 9 ER, 8 H, 5 K, 3 BB
The week didn’t begin well for left-hander Danny Young. His first pitch against Nashville was crushed by Tyrone Taylor for a solo home run on Thursday night, and the Sounds plated five more runs across three more hits and a pair of walks, including a two out, 2-run home run to Dustin Peterson. When Young made his second appearance of the week — also in the sixth inning on Sunday — Peterson greeted him with a leadoff double and Taylor hit his third homer of the week off the southpaw, who allowed three runs across four more hits in his outing.
5/25 – RHP Kevin Herget assigned to Columbus
5/25 – LHP Tanner Tully assigned from Double-A Akron to Triple-A Columbus
5/26 – RHP Triston McKenzie recalled by Cleveland
5/27 – OF Bradley Zimmer recalled by Cleveland
5/27 – LHP Anthony Gose to the temporarily inactive list (Olympics)
5/28 – RHP DJ Johnson to the temporarily inactive list (Olympics)
5/29 – RHP Nathan Ocker assigned from High-A Lake County to Triple-A Columbus
5/30 – INF Ernie Clement recalled by Cleveland
5/30 – RHP Heath Fillmyer assigned to Columbus
6/1 – AWAY at Indianapolis 7:05
6/2 – AWAY at Indianapolis 1:35
6/3 – AWAY at Indianapolis 7:05
6/4 – AWAY at Indianapolis 7:05
6/5 – AWAY at Indianapolis7:05
6/6 – AWAY at Indianapolis 1:35