COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 3 LOUISVILLE BATS – 5
Urshela remains strong at the plate
Urshela: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 K
Giovanny Urshela has been one of the Clippers’ most consistent players all season and Tuesday he was the main source of offense for the team. Urshela broke his seven game homerless streak with a two-run home run in the sixth on a night where he went 3-4 and was just a triple shy of a cycle.
Urshela has found success against Louisville over his career as he has hit .297 with seven homeruns and 30 RBIs in 46 games. The three-hit night for the 25-year-old continued his hit streak to five games, three of which were multi-hit games. He also pushed his hitting streak at Huntington Park to 16 games as his batting average at home stands at .386 compared to just .229 on the road. Urshela leads the team, among eligible players, in batting average, is second in runs, and third in RBIs. He has 59 hits in 52 games and already matched his walk total from last year with 15.
“[He’s] probably the best third basemen in the league if not one of the best,” manager Chris Tremie said. “A very good major-league-caliber third baseman and I think we all know that and he does as well and, offensively, he’s putting together a solid year right now.”
Stamets returns to lineup
Stamets: 2-5, 2 1B
Eric Stamets returned to the Clippers starting lineup Tuesday after a six game hiatus due to back tightness. The 25-year-old had been red hot at the plate before leaving the game on May 29 after hitting his second homer of the game. Over his last four games before his injury, Stamets hit .846 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 plate appearances, including back-to-back two homerun games.
Narveson continues rehab
Narveson: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 57 pitches (39 strikes)
2nd inning: 86 86 81 86 86 82 86 86 87 72 81 87 87 86 87 87 86 81 81 87 88 88
3rd inning: 81 83 86 83 87 82 82 83 86 87 87 86 81
Chris Narveson made his second start since being activated from the DL on May 31, going three innings, giving up four hits while allowing one run and striking out three. The left-hander has slowly increased his workload over the past two starts as he works back from left shoulder inflammation. In his last start, the 35-year-old went just 1 2/3 innings throwing only 40 pitches. Narveson still has a long road ahead as the Clippers work to get him back the shape he was in during his first start of the year, which was also his best, as he threw six scoreless innings only giving up four hits and striking out a season-high four.
“He’s progressing back nicely,” Tremie said. “He’s been out for a little while and he made a start the other day. He didn’t go very deep into that game and then got a little deeper today and as the game went on it seems like he got a little better feel, a little sharper, and that’s encouraging to see going into his next outing.”