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Clippers Have Up and Down Month of May

Clippers Have Up and Down Month of May

| On 09, Jun 2014

The month of May was an average month for the Columbus Clippers (31-32) as they boasted a month record of 15-16, but there were many bright spots around the diamond in Columbus.

The Clippers started the month winning eight of their first 10 games, including six-straight win from May 5-10 against Rochester and Syracuse at Huntington Park. The team went on to win seven of the eight games during that home stand against the Red Wings and Chiefs.

Following the hot start, the Clippers lost 10 of the next 12 games on the road against Rochester, Syracuse and at home against Durham. The team finished the month with two wins at home against Louisville.

The Clippers saw a lot of roster movement during the month of May with 24 roster transactions with the Indians, which included the MLB call-ups of Trevor Bauer, T.J. House, Justin Sellers and Jesus Aguilar, who was called up twice during May. Columbus also got a taste of MLB talent with a rehab assignment that sent second baseman Jason Kipnis to the Clippers during Memorial Day weekend.

Pitcher Danny Salazar was sent to Columbus after his loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on May 15 and has made three starts with the Clippers since being sent down. He has lost all three of his starts and his longest outing was 5.1 innings against the Durham Bulls on May 25. He has also given up 11 runs and 21 hits in three starts with Columbus.

At the end of April, pitcher Kyle Davies was sent from Akron to Columbus and started five games with a record of 2-2 in the month of May at the Triple-A level. He struggled with Triple-A batters giving up 15 earned runs in May and a 4.40 earned run average.

Pitcher Tyler Cloyd started six games for the Clippers, but only recorded a 1-1 record. He struck out 27 batters in his 36 innings pitched. He pitched a complete game in the Clippers 19-3 victory against the Louisville Bats on May 31.

Infielder Ryan Rohlinger posted a .288 average during the month of May while collecting six doubles and 12 RBIs in the 23 games he played. He had six multi-hit games in May including a three-hit game in the Clippers’ 19 run game against Louisville on May 31.

During May, infielder Jesus Aguilar split his time with the Clippers and the Indians, but he saw his productivity numbers fall from his April performance that earned him the Indians’ minor league player of the week distinction during that month. In May, Aguilar saw 10 less at-bats (87 in April, 76 in May) but his April hit count of 31 was cut by over half in April with 14 in May, which brought his batting average down from .356 in April to .184 in May.

The Clippers are returning to Columbus following a lengthy 10-game road trip in Gwinnett and Charlotte. They will host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees-AAA) and the Buffalo Bison (Toronto-AAA) June 12-19 before heading out on the road for another 10-game road trip against Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia-AAA), Buffalo and Toledo (Detroit-AAA).

Photo: Columbus Dispatch