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Clippers Notebook: Bradley Zimmer on a hot streak at the plate

Bradley Zimmer’s impressive performance at the plate has him coming out on top this week after the Clippers tore up the competition by claiming a season high of five straight wins. IBI’s Matthew Fout recaps all the highlights in this week’s Clippers Notebook.

The Clippers had their best week so far of the 2017 season as they went 5-2 over their seven-game road trip. After losing the first contest in the four-game series against Durham, Columbus would win a season high five-straight including two against Gwinnett before dropping the rubber game to the Braves. The Clippers’ record stands at 16-19 as they are within a game and a half of first place in the IL West.

WEEK IN REVIEW

  • 5/8 – Columbus 2, Durham 9: Chirinos (W, 2-0), Morimando (L, 2-4)
  • 5/9 – Columbus 3, Durham 2: Peoples (W, 1-0), Winkler (L, 0-1), Armstrong (S, 2)
  • 5/10 – Columbus 13, Durham 9: Martin (W, 1-1), Field (L, 0-1)
  • 5/11 – Columbus 3, Durham 1: Merritt (W, 3-3), Honeywell (L, 2-3), Armstrong (S, 3)
  • 5/12 – Columbus 5, Gwinnett 2: Plutko (W, 1-5), Albers (L, 2-1), Martin (S, 1)
  • 5/13 – Columbus 7, Gwinnett 4: Crockett (W, 1-0), Morris (L, 0-1), Armstrong (S, 4)
  • 5/14 – Columbus 2, Gwinnett 6: Sims (W, 4-0), Peoples (L, 1-1), Cruz (S, 1)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Bradley Zimmer, CF
Last Week: 7 G, 28 AB, 7 R, 12 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 10 K, .429 BA
Season to Date: 33 G, 126 AB, 22 R, 37 H, 11 2B, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 43 K, 9 SB, 3 CS, .294 BA

Zimmer has been on a hot streak at the plate as he has picked up a hit in nine of his last 10 games including five multi-hit games over the last six. His batting average elevated from .257 at the beginning of the week to .294 by the week’s end. Over his past 10 games he has hit .368, however, his strikeouts still remain a problem as he recorded 14 over that time span.  

The Indians’ top prospect leads the Clippers in games, runs, hits and steals. Serving as the leadoff man in most of the games for Columbus, the 24-year-old has set the tone for the team offensively as he had two hits in four of the five games in the team’s win streak last week. After having an inconsistent season up to this point, it seems the club may have finally found its stride or at least figured out how to string some wins together.

“(The) effort’s there and they’re playing hard, playing good defense, bats have come around,” manager Chris Tremie said last week. “I look at it as staying even-keeled throughout the season…you just gotta keep plugging away cause they will and you’ll see some different results as the year goes on.”

WHO’S HOT

Ronny Rodriguez, 2B
Last Week: 7 G, 31 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 9 K, .290 BA
Season to Date: 30 G, 124 AB, 11 R, 32 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 7 BB, 26 K, 2 SB, 1 CS, .258 BA

Rodriguez has been quietly consistent at the plate for the Clippers this season. Over his last 10 games, he has 12 hits, five runs and four runs batted in. The 25-year-old hit in four of Columbus’ five wins last week including Saturday’s game where he picked up three hits, two runs and two RBI.

Shawn Armstrong, RP
Last Week: 4 G, 3 S, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
Season to Date: 8 G, 4 S, 4 SVO, 9.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 16 K, 2.89 ERA

Armstrong has only allowed a run in one of his eight appearances this season. It came in a game where he gave up three against Lehigh Valley on April 25. Since then the 26-year-old has given up only one hit in six innings. The righty leads Columbus in saves this year.

WHO’S NOT

Jordan Smith, OF
Last Week: 6 G, 22 AB, 3 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, .136 BA
Season to Date: 26 G, 76 AB, 7 R, 13 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 18 K, 3 SB, 1 CS, .171 BA

The 26-year-old’s struggles at the plate this year continued last week. On the season, he only has three multi-hit games in his 26 appearances and has gone hitless in 13. Smith played 17 games last year for the Clippers hitting .189.

TRANSACTIONS

- 5/8: 3B Yandy Diaz called up by Cleveland

- 5/8: RHP Shawn Armstrong sent down to Columbus

- 5/14: SS Erik Gonzalez called up by Cleveland

- 5/14: Indians selected the contract of Daniel Robertson 

- 5/14: SS Eric Stamets assigned to Columbus from Akron

COMING UP… 

Columbus will have a five-game home series in four days against Indianapolis with a doubleheader on Tuesday to make up a rain delayed game from earlier this month. The Clippers will wrap up the week on the road in Louisville with a three game series. 


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