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Clips Notes: Eric Stamets is heating up at the plate for the Columbus Clippers

It was another inconsistent week for the Clippers, but there were some noteworthy performances lead by the suddenly hot Eric Stamets. The IBI's Matthew Fout looks back at the week that was for the Clippers...

The Clippers got back on track with a winning record this past week going 3-2 overall. Columbus notched wins against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Norfolk and will wrap up its series against Norfolk to start the week. The Clippers’ record stands at 21-27 as they sit third in the IL West as their struggles at home continue. They have a 7-15 record at Huntington Park compared to a 14-12 record on the road.

Here’s what happened this week with the Clippers.

WEEK IN REVIEW

5/23 – Columbus 6, Scranton/WB 3: Plutko (W, 2-6), Cessa (L, 2-4), Colon (S, 4)
5/24 – Columbus 0, Scranton/WB 5: German (W, 1-0), Morimando (L, 2-5)
5/26 – Columbus 3, Norfolk 14: Wright (W, 3-4), Peoples (L, 1-2)
5/27 – Columbus 8, Norfolk 5: Merritt (W, 4-5), Johnson (L, 0-2)
5/28 – Columbus 13, Norfolk 6: Plutko (W, 3-6), McGough (L, 1-1)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Eric Stamets, SS
Last Week: 5 G, 18 AB, 5 R, 9 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .500 BA
Season to Date (Columbus and Akron): 36 G, 112 AB, 14 R, 29 H, 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 15 BB, 30 K, 3 SB, .259 BA

Stamets was the player of the week for the second consecutive week for the Clippers as he ended the homestand with three strong performances. He hit homers in back-to-back games including two in Sunday’s win after not hitting one out of the park for six straight games. Stamets has been swinging a hot bat lately accounting for nine hits and nine RBIs in three games after not having a hit in his previous three. He also accounted for the Clippers’ first stolen base in 12 games with his steal on Friday. 

“(He’s had) really good plate appearances,” manager Chris Tremie said after Friday’s game. “Obviously the double early in the game was big to get us going and then two run homer to extend the lead. (He’s been) very consistent and also played very good defense.”

WHO’S HOT

Giovanny Urshela, 3B
Last Week: 5 G, 19 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, .368 BA
Season to Date: 44 G, 165 AB, 18 R, 48 H, 5 2B, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 15 BB, 26 K, .291 BA

Urshela had another solid week last week for Columbus getting hits in all five games, scoring a run in four of them. The 25-year-old has hit in 19 of his past 22 games including nine of his last 10 as his 48 hits lead the team this year. He also snapped his streak of 76 straight at-bats without a walk after he drew a walk in Wednesday’s game. 

Richie Shaffer, OF
Last Week: 5 G, 21 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, .286 BA
Season to Date: 43 G, 156 AB, 21 R, 41 H, 8 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 25 BB, 57 K, 1 SB, .263 BA

Despite having not hit a homer in his last 15 games Shaffer still leads the team in home runs and RBIs this year. He also leads the team in walks but has the second most strikeouts only to Nellie Rodriguez. The 26-year-old had a strong week at the plate as he hit and drove in a run in four of the five games.

“(I’m) just trying to be consistent I think I’ve done a good job this year of doing that,” Shaffer said. “You wanna get rid of at-bats where you chase bad pitches and you don’t have a plan up there, just trying to limit non-competitive at-bats and get myself the best opportunity to hit every single time.”

WHO’S NOT

Yandy Diaz, 3B, OF
Last Week: 4 G, 15 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, .133 BA
Season to Date: 23 G, 85 AB, 12 R, 26 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 17 BB, 15 K, .306 BA

Diaz seems to have cooled off at the plate lately going hitless in three straight games. Since rejoining Columbus on May 16 after being called up to Cleveland a week earlier, his batting average has dropped from .395 to .306. After a career-high five RBIs in a game on May 1 Diaz has only batted in five runs in the 14 games since. 

TRANSACTIONS

- 5/23: OF Jordan Smith sent down to Akron from Columbus
- 5/23: OF David Lough assigned to Columbus
- 5/23: 2B Todd Hankins called up from Akron to Columbus
- 5/23: CF Connor Marabell sent down to Lynchburg from Columbus
- 5/25: RHP Corey Kluber sent to Columbus for rehab assignment
- 5/26: RHP Perci Garner sent down to Akron from Columbus
- 5/27: RHP Neil Holland called up from Akron to Columbus
- 5/27: RHP Carlos Frias placed on 7-day DL (Groin soreness)
- 5/28: LF Mike Papi called up from Akron to Columbus
- 5/28: OF David Lough placed on 7-day DL (Left hamstring)

COMING UP…

Columbus will wrap up its three-game home series against Norfolk on Monday then hit the road for a seven-game road trip with a four-game series against Scranton/WB, including a doubleheader on Wednesday to make up the game that was postponed due to rain last Thursday, and a three-game series against Syracuse. The trip to Syracuse will be the Clippers’ first look at the Chiefs this season.


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