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Clips Notes: Richie Shaffer has best week of season

Richie Shaffer has come out on top for Columbus this past week after setting season highs at the plate while also showing more consistency in his defense. IBI’s Matthew Fout takes a closer look at his performance and all the other notable highlights in this latest Clippers Notebook.

Columbus had a winning record this past week going 4-3 with their four-game series against Louisville and a three-game series against Indianapolis. The Clippers’ record now stands at 30-32, good for three games behind the Indians in the IL West after taking the three-game series 2-1 with a win at home before splitting the two games in Indianapolis. Columbus has the most road wins in the IL and went 7-3 in its past 10 games. Last week also saw two Clippers fall just a triple short of hitting for a cycle with Giovanny Urshela on June 6, and Richie Shaffer on June 9.

Here’s what happened this week with the Clippers.

WEEK IN REVIEW

  • 6/5 – Columbus 15, Louisville 5: Merryweather (W, 2-0), Ross (L, 1-1)
  • 6/6 – Columbus 3, Louisville 5: Romano (W, 1-0), Narveson (L, 0-4), Shackelford (S, 8)
  • 6/7 – Columbus 6, Louisville 5: Merritt (W, 6-5), Stephens (L, 3-4), Martin (S, 4)
  • 6/8 – Columbus 0, Louisville 3: Reed (W, 2-4), Plutko (L, 4-7), Shackelford (S, 9)
  • 6/9 – Columbus 8, Indianapolis 1: Morimando (W, 4-5), Kingham (L, 2-2)
  • 6/10 – Columbus 8, Indianapolis 4: Merryweather (W, 3-0), Holmes (L, 4-2)
  • 6/11 – Columbus 3, Indianapolis 9: Eppler (W, 5-2), Clevinger (L, 3-2)

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Richie Shaffer, OF

Last Week: 7 G, 29 AB, 6 R, 12 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 SB, .414 BA
Season to Date: 57 G, 210 AB, 31 R, 57 H, 11 2B, 1 3B, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 29 BB, 78 K, 2 SB, .271 BA, .365 OBP

Shaffer had, one of, if not his best week of the season last week. The 26-year-old matched his season high in RBIs (four) on June 5 after his grand slam and set a new season best in total bases with six. On June 9, he set a new season high for hits (three) and total bases with seven after a game where he was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Shaffer has been performing well in both phases of the game, however, as he showed off his hard work he put in this offseason in the outfield with two diving catches in the game on June 7.

“Defensively, this is sort of my first extended look in the outfield where I’ve been out there pretty consistently every single day,” Shaffer said. “[I’m] trying make sure I’m as good as I can be in the outfield and working on my jumps, working on my reads and stuff like that.”

WHO’S HOT

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B

Last Week: 6 G, 19 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, .368 BA
Season to Date: 49 G, 169 AB, 17 R, 25 H, 8 2B, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 19 BB, 80 K, .148 BA

Many people who have followed Rodriguez this year would have probably never imagined him making it in the who’s hot section after his rough start to the season, including a 12-game hitless streak and a 33-game strikeout streak. However, it seems like June may be his month as he has hit in six of the nine games so far this month and already has as many RBIs (10) this month as he did in April and May combined.

Cole Sulser, P

Last Week: 2G, 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 ERA
Season to Date (Akron and Columbus): 18 G, 26.2 IP, 20 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 9 BB, 21 K, 1.69 ERA

Sulser has still not allowed an earned run in a Columbus uniform this year in 11.1 innings with the team. The 27-year-old started out the year in Akron but was called up to Columbus after nine appearances and 13 innings with four earned runs and 10 strikeouts. He spent last year going from Lynchburg to Akron to Columbus after missing the 2015 season with a strained right elbow, the same elbow he injured and had to have Tommy John surgery on in 2012.

WHO’S NOT

Chris Colabello, 1B

Last Week: 6 G, 17 AB, 2 R, 0 H, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 SB
Season to Date: 56 G, 209 AB, 22 R, 47 H, 9 2B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 28 BB, 56 K, 2 SB,1 CS, .225 BA

Colabello had his worst week of the season last week as he is riding a six-game hitless streak going 17 at-bats without a hit. Despite the down week for the Massachusetts native, he still is second on the team in both doubles and runs batted in.

TRANSACTIONS

- 6/6: RHP Cole Sulser called up to Columbus from Akron
- 6/6: LHP Tyler Olson placed on 7-day DL
- 6/7: LHP Kyle Crockett called up to Cleveland from Columbus
- 6/7: RHP Mike Clevinger sent down to Columbus from Cleveland
- 6/8: Abraham Almonte sent on rehab assignment to Columbus

COMING UP…

Columbus will have a full week at home this week as they host two IL South teams with a three-game series against Durham and a three-game series against Gwinnett after an off day on Monday. Durham holds the lead in the IL South and owns the second-best record in the entire IL. When Columbus took on Durham and Gwinnett on the road from May 9-13, they won a season high five consecutive games.


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