COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 4 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS – 8
Right-hander Adam Plutko struggled out of the gate in his start on Wednesday allowing a home run to the third batter of the game in what would be a losing effort. The Clippers dropped their third-straight game after winning six of their last seven. Plutko threw a season-high 100 pitches (63 strikes) over six innings allowing four earned runs, two of which were home runs.
After allowing three runs in the first two innings, Plutko settled down in the third, fourth and fifth innings. He only gave up two hits and struck out two in those innings. The 25-year-old surrendered a home run to lead off the sixth, but finished the frame strong, including battling back from a 3-0 count to strike out an Indianapolis batter.
Plutko had his best performance of the season in his last outing and also picked up his first win of the season that game. He had a season-low two earned runs and allowed the second fewest hits of any of his outings (5) and second most strikeouts with seven.
Plutko: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 100 pitches (63 strikes), L.
Adam Plutko 3rd inning: 91 87 89 87 88 92 87 92 87 93 77 92 80
Adam Plutko 4th inning: 83 91 90 90 84 82 85 85 91 79 81 86
Unexpected heroes carry team offensively
The bottom third of the lineup got things going offensively for Columbus on Wednesday. Eric Stamets, Jeremy Lucas and Connor Marabell, who hit seven, eight and nine respectively, provided life to a stagnant rest of the lineup. Stamets started it off with an RBI double in the fourth that would be followed up by a RBI single by Lucas and another single from Marabell. In the trio’s next at-bat in the sixth Lucas and Marabell drew back-to-back walks.
The three Clippers came into the game with a combined .286 batting average. Lucas got his first hit of the season in what was his fifth game of the year while Marabell picked up his second hit of the year in his third game with the club after being called up from Lynchburg on Tuesday.
Coming into the game Wednesday the seven-eight-nine batters in the Clippers lineup had combined for a .119 batting average over the past five games. This third of the lineup had only recorded one extra base hit with three RBIs and two runs scored in that time span. The trio of Stamets, Lucas and Marabell were a combined 4-for-50 with only one run batted in coming into Wednesday’s game.
“It absolutely helps the rest of the team,” manager Chris Tremie said. “Typically, our one through six have been really good and even seven, eight, nine at times but those guys haven’t been here a long time and hadn’t played a whole lot and they had good nights tonight.”
Stamets: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Lucas: 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Marabell: 1-3, 1 BB, 2K