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Clippers Notebook: Columbus Struggles At Home

The Clippers have had their ups and downs so far in 2017. This week was among the downs, unfortunately, as the struggled to defend their home turf. The IBI's Matthew Fout recaps the highlights from this week in Columbus.

The Clippers went 2-4 this week in their six-game homestand. They hosted the IronPigs and the Knights picking up a win against each in the two three-game series. Their record stands at 9-14 as they are three and a half games back of Toledo in the IL West. However, they do lead the IL in home runs so far this season with 27.

WEEK IN REVIEW

4/25 – Columbus 5, Lehigh Valley 8: Pinto (W, 2-1), Plutko (L, 0-3)
4/26 – Columbus 3, Lehigh Valley 1: Morimando (W, 1-3), Morgan (L, 0-1), Colon (S, 3)
4/27 – Columbus 4, Lehigh Valley 7: Appel (W, 1-2), Banwart (L, 0-1), Beato (S, 4)
4/29 Game 1 – Columbus 3, Charlotte 6: Goldberg (W, 1-1), Merritt (L, 2-2), Burdi (S, 3)
4/29 Game 2 – Columbus 8, Charlotte 1: Johnson (W, 1-0), Volstad (L, 0-1)
4/30 – Columbus 1, Charlotte 3: Lopez (W, 2-1), Plutko (L, 0-4), Infante (S, 2)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Colabello, 1B

Last Week: 5 G, 17 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .294 BA

Season to Date: 20 G, 80 AB, 6 R, 21 H, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 4 2B, 4BB, 18K, .263 BA

Colabello has been the star of the Clippers offensively this week as he was the source of RBI’s for Columbus. He was the difference maker in both of the Clippers’ wins this week. On Wednesday, Colabello drove in two runs as the Clips beat the IronPigs by two. Then on Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader he hit a three-run homer that led Columbus to a five-run first inning against Charlotte.

“He’s been pretty consistent,” manager Chris Tremie said. “He’s DH’ed a lot, he’s a veteran guy, he’s been around and he knows himself, (he’s) having really good at bats and he’s had some bad luck or I think the numbers might be a little higher than they are.”

The 33-year-old has split time his time pretty evenly this year between first base and designated hitter. Colabello has played 10 games at DH getting hits in seven of those games and nine games at first base hitting in six of them. He came in as a pinch hitter in one game but did not get a hit.

WHO’S HOT

Yandy Diaz, 3B

Last Week: 6 G, 21 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 1 RBI, 6 BB, .381 BA

Season to Date: 8 G, 29 AB, 6 R, 10 H, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 7 BB, 1 K, .345 BA

Diaz has been on a hot streak since being sent down to Columbus on April 21. The 25 year-old was optioned to the Clippers to make room once Jason Kipnis returned from injury. Diaz made the Opening Day roster for the Indians at third base and hit .236 with two RBI in 15 games. He also had a hot spring training hitting .458.

Bradley Zimmer, CF

Last Week: 6 G, 22 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .409 BA

Season to Date: 22 G, 83 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 BB, 25 K, 5 SB, 2 CS, .277 BA

Zimmer, who is the top prospect in the Indians farm system, has been working on putting the ball in play and cutting down on his strikeouts during his time in with the Clippers. The 24-year-old has seen his batting average steadily climb over the past 10 games.

WHO’S NOT

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B

Last Week: 5 G, 16 AB, 0 R, 2 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 11 K, .125 BA

Season to Date: 19 G, 66 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 10 BB, 37 K, .091 BA

It has not been a season to remember for Rodriguez so far in 2017. He’s struck out in 56 percent of his at-bats and went hitless in 38 at-bats over a 12 game span. The 22-year-old has struck out in 17 of his 19 games this season. However, in games where he does get a hit he has picked up two in each.

Adam Plutko, SP

Last Week: 2 G, 0-2, 13.2 IP, 16 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 3.95 ERA

Season to Date: 5 G, 0-4, 25 IP, 33 H, 22 R, 21 ER, 11 BB, 18 K, 7.56 ERA

Plutko had a quality outing on Sunday with season highs in both innings pitched and pitches and his ERA has been on a slow decline overall. However, the 25-year-old hasn’t allowed less than three runs in an outing yet this season and has the second-highest ERA of any Columbus pitcher this year.

TRANSACTIONS

- 4/24: RHP Steve Delabar placed on the restricted list by Columbus
- 4/26: RHP Travis Banwart transferred to Columbus from Akron
- 4/26: LHP Chris Narveson placed on 7-day DL by Columbus retroactive to April 25th

COMING UP…

Columbus has a split week coming up against two fellow IL West clubs with a three-game road series against Louisville followed by a day off then they welcome Indianapolis to Huntington Park for a three-game series.


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