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Clips Notes: Yandy Diaz is swinging a red hot bat since joining Clippers

The Clippers returned to Huntington Park and, unfortunately, their recent struggles continued. The IBI’s Jake Nerone recaps the lows and the highlights as well as which players came out on top and which ones didn’t quite make the cut in this week’s Clippers Notebook...

The Clippers continue to struggle, even with their return to Columbus and playing in their home stadium. The team went 2-3 this past week, and they once again end the week on a losing streak, this time of three games, which drops their record to 11-17 on the season.  The Clippers have been able to get runners on base, but have struggled to turn them into runs. On top of that, they had double-digit strikeouts in three of the five games. 

Here’s what happened this week with the Clippers.

WEEK IN REVIEW

  • 5/1 – Columbus 6, Louisville 1: Morimando (W, 2-3), Wooten (L, 1-2)
  • 5/2 – Columbus 6, Louisville 1: Clevinger (W, 3-1), Bonilla (L, 2-2)
  • 5/3 – Columbus 3, Louisville 5: McMyne (W, 2-0), Banwart (L, 0-2), Shackelford (S, 3)
  • 5/6 – Columbus 1, Indianapolis 6: Sanchez (W, 1-2), Merritt (L, 2-3)
  • 5/7 – Columbus 4, Indianapolis 5: Mckinney (W, 2-1), Plutko (L, 0-5), Neverauskas (S, 3)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Chris Colabello, 1B
Last Week: 5 G, 19 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K
Season to Date: 25 G, 99 AB, 8 R, 26 H, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 8 BB, 24 K

Chris Colabello has had quite a few hard-hit balls that have been hit right at defenders, keeping his batting average down to .263 when it could very easily be much higher. He has also started drawing more walks and getting on base, with four walks in this past week compared to his eight of the season. Colabello had a big RBI single in the bottom of the first inning during Saturday night’s contest. When it looked like the team was once again going to be trailing after the first inning, he stepped up and made solid contact to even up the game. 

“He’s been pretty consistent,” Skipper Chris Tremie explained. “He has DH’ed a lot. He’s a veteran guy who’s been around and knows himself. Probably hasn’t started off as hot as he would have liked to, but having really good at bats, he’s had some bad luck, or I think the numbers might be a little higher than they are.”

WHO’S HOT

Yandy Diaz, OF
Last Week: 4 G, 14 AB, 3 R, 7 H, 1 HR, 1 2B, 8 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K
Season to Date (Columbus and Cleveland): 27 G, 98 AB, 18 R, 30 H, 1 HR, 5 2B, 11 RBI, 16 BB, 18 K

Yandy Diaz has been playing great baseball since he joined the Clippers mid-season, hitting .395 in 12 games, along with 9 runs and 9 RBIs. Not only has he been hitting the ball well, but he has also been patient at the plate, drawing 11 walks, which puts his on base percentage at .509 with the Clippers this season.  

Giovanny Urshela
Last Week: 5 G, 20 AB, 1 R, 6 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Season to Date: 24 G, 86 AB, 8 R, 23 H, 3 2B, 12 RBI, 12 BB, 13 K

Urshela put together some good at bats this past week, but what stood out was his defensive play. He made a few tough plays at third and helped get his defense off the field, and most importantly helped keep his pitchers pitch count low. 

WHO’S NOT

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B 
Last Week: 5 G, 20 AB, 1 R, 6 H, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
Season to Date: 24 G, 86 AB, 8 R, 23 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 12 BB, 13 K

Nellie has still yet to get out of his funk at the plate. With only three hits this past week, he did record his first double of the season, but strikeouts continue to be a problem. Tremie, however, isn’t too concerned with his struggling first basemen.

“He’s gotta keep grinding, keep working,” encouraged Tremie. “His bats are getting better, even though the results aren’t quit there yet.”

Bradley Zimmer, CF
Last Week: 5 G, 20 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K
Season to Date: 24 G, 86 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 11 BB, 46 K

While Zimmer did have two doubles, those were the only hits he was able to record this past week in 15 at-bats. He started to show some frustration late in Saturday night’s game after his fourth at-bat, throwing his helmet down after going hitless. 

TRANSACTIONS

5/2: Shawn Armstrong called up to Cleveland

5/2: Austin Jackson placed on 10-Day DL

5/3: Corey Kluber placed on 10-Day DL

5/3: Joe Colon called up to Cleveland

5/7: Joe Colon sent to Columbus

5/7: Mike Clevinger called up to Cleveland

COMING UP…

The Clippers have a full week of games on the road, as they look to get back on the winning side of things against Durham, who they have four games against, before heading to Gwinnett for a three game series.  


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