COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 7, GWINNETT BRAVES – 6
Merryweather unable to sustain strong start
Julian Merryweather came into Friday night’s game with a 3-0 record and started off the contest striking out four batters in the first two innings. The first hit he allowed was a solo home run that just cleared the left-field wall in the third frame. Merryweather dug himself a hole when he loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning and gave up a three-run double to spell an abrupt end to his outing.
“He was really good in the first five innings of the game really," explained Tremie. “He sprayed the ball a bit early in the game, and he found and made the adjustment, really got down in the zone and had good secondary pitches. In the sixth inning he may have gotten a little tired, left some balls up and had a little bit of command issues. But he’s been very good since being here and that’s going to happen every once in a while. He has been very consistent for us.”
Merryweather: 5 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 1 HR
Merryweather first inning pitch speeds: 93, 94, 93, 95, 94, 94, 94, 93, 93, 93, 94, 94, 93, 85, 79, 93, 93, 93
Merryweather second inning pitch speeds: 92, 78, 93, 92, 75, 93, 94, 94, 94, 94, 94, 79, 94, 79
Stamets spearheads offense
Eric Stamets appeared to be robbed a home run on Thursday night when the umpires got together and decided his long shot didn’t quite leave the park on what was ruled a double. He made sure the umpires did not take away a home run during his first at-bat on Friday, blasting a bomb over the left field wall in the bottom of the second inning. He was not satisfied with just one, either. In his second and third at-bats, he went deep over the left-field wall, giving him an incredible three-homer performance.
“Three home runs is something that doesn’t happen very often,” laughed Tremie. “I think he has done it twice now, so he is swinging the bat really well and it's good to see from him. He’s working hard and having great at bats. I’m sure it’s a great feeling for him and obviously it’s benefiting us as well. I imagine it was a pretty good feeling.”
Richie Shaffer came through late for the Clippers and tied the game with a two-run home run.
“I was just looking to get a good pitch,” Shaffer explained. “They had been really trying to be careful with me all day. I got some fastballs early in the count and I had a good feeling they weren’t going to come back with a fastball there so I was just looking for something up. He threw me a slider and he just didn’t get it where he wanted to. He left it up.”
Tyler Naquin is starting to get back into rhythm as he hit a home run that almost cleared the scoreboard in right-center field. He finished the game going 1-for-2 with a walk.
Brandon Guyer started his rehab assignment on Friday, going 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts.