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Clippers Report: Plutko starts strong in Columbus' 6-3 win

Despite allowing three runs in five innings, righty Adam Plutko had a rather successful start on the mound Tuesday night by picking up his second win of the season. IBI’s Matthew Fout recaps his performance and more from Tuesday’s contest against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the latest Clippers Report.

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 6 SCRANTON/WB – 3

Plutko beginning to find consistency

Plutko: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 95 pitches (62 strikes), W

Right-hander Adam Plutko picked up his second win of the season Tuesday as the Clippers topped the RailRiders 6-3 after a five-run first inning that saw all nine Clippers get plate appearances. Plutko went five innings allowing a season-low four hits as he gave up three runs and struck out four.

Plutko has struggled this year with his consistency but seems to be finding his groove in what was his eighth start of the season. He struck out the first batter of the game in one of his two 1-2-3 innings of the contest. He started the game strong and all four of his hits that he allowed came with two outs in the inning.

“He’s thrown the ball well in several of his starts as of late,” manager Chris Tremie said. “In Spring Training, he didn’t really get stretched out, not really getting that starter rhythm until early in April and then now he’s starting to get in that routine and he’s throwing the ball well.”

Pitch Speeds:

Adam Plutko 4th inning: 91 75 86 86 93 76 92 91 80 92 86 78 92 92 91 76 87 86

Adam Plutko 5th inning: 90 92 87 92 86 91 86 90 91 91 91 91 77 78 85 91 76 77 78 91

Colabello drives offense for Columbus

Colabello: 2-4, 1 R, 2 RBI

Chris Colabello was a part of that five-run first inning for the Clippers as he hit a two-run RBI double. Colabello was the only Columbus batter to drive in more than one run in the game and was one of four who had multi-hit games after his single in the sixth inning.

The 33-year-old has nine hits in his last 10 games and is third on the team in both hits and RBIs. On the year Colabello is batting .242 with 18 RBIs and many of those runs have been crucial for Columbus. The 2 RBI game snapped his streak of eight game without a run batted in.

Jackson makes another rehab start for Columbus

Jackson: 1-4, 1 R

Austin Jackson appeared in his third rehab game for Columbus on Tuesday as he went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He hit his double in his first at-bat while wearing his Cleveland Indians batting helmet and later scored in the inning off a Yandy Diaz single. Jackson played center field and showed good range in the game, grabbing two outs defensively. He exited the game in the seventh inning. Jackson is now 4-for-10 with the Clippers with a home run and a RBI. In his 12 games with Cleveland prior to his injury, he hit .273 with a home run and 2 RBIs. The 30-year-old has been out since May 2 with a hyperextended big left toe.

Naquin continues to rehab

Tyler Naquin continues to work his way back to the field after a back injury that put him on the disabled list on May 3. Naquin was hitting .396 with a .441 OBP and 5 RBIs with the Clippers before his injury. He also played six games for Cleveland this season batting .235. Naquin was in Columbus on Tuesday before leaving for a check-up in Cleveland.

“He’s just going to be reevaluated and then we’ll reassess it tomorrow after his visit and go from there,” Tremie said.


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