Diaz and Gonzalez Streaking, Urshela’s Back, and More in Columbus Clippings
Bob Toth | On 27, May 2016
A five-run seventh inning fell too short for Columbus on Thursday afternoon as the club dropped a 13-10 decision to Buffalo. It gave the Bisons a three-game sweep of the Clippers and is the second longest losing streak of the year for the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate.
Despite the series sweep, the Clippers remain in the top spot in the International League West Division at 26-20, two and a half games in front of Indianapolis and Louisville, prior to Louisville’s night game on Thursday.
The Clippers will continue their homestand this weekend with a three-game series against the Durham Bulls before hitting the road for three in Buffalo and four against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. They will return the following Monday for an eight-game home stretch in seven days.
In other Clippers news from the state capital:
On Sunday, the Clippers completed a big comeback against the Louisville Bats, overcoming a three-run deficit in the ninth inning only to score twice more in the tenth to win one in Louisville.
Erik Gonzalez delivered an RBI-double in the top of the ninth to make it a 6-4 game, before a sacrifice fly from Tyler Naquin cut the deficit to one run. Jesus Aguilar doubled in the game-tying run. In the tenth, Adam Moore drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI-single to score Yhoxian Medina. Gonzalez knocked in another run with a two-out RBI-single.
ANOTHER HITTING STREAK FOR GONZALEZ
Shortstop Gonzalez carries a six-game hitting streak into the weekend series against the Bulls. It is his fourth streak of four games or more hit safely in this season. He had an eleven-game streak earlier in the season from April 30 to May 11.
Gonzalez is hitting .300 for the season with ten doubles, one triple, one homer, and 14 RBI.
SCORELESS STREAK BUSTED BY DIAZ
Yandy Diaz ended a 17-inning scoreless streak with a leadoff home run in the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Bats. It made the score 4-1 on the time and kick-started the sleepy offense.
Diaz has hit in four straight games for the Clippers and is hitting .304 in 13 games at Triple-A after hitting .286 in 26 games at Double-A Akron. He was 5-for-11 in the series against Buffalo.
On Wednesday, the Clippers activated third baseman Giovanny Urshela from the seven-day disabled list after missing time with a hamstring injury. The Tribe’s hopeful third base solution for the future is hitting .282 on the year with six doubles, two homers, and 17 RBI.
In his first game back on Wednesday, he was 1-for-4 with a strikeout. He did not play in the series finale against Buffalo on Thursday.
In a related move, the club reassigned outfielder Bryson Myles to Double-A Akron. In his first stint at the Triple-A level, Myles hit .276 with two doubles, a homer, and two RBI in nine games and was a perfect 3-for-3 stealing bases. He is hitting .242 in 32 games for Akron this season.
ANDERSON UP AND DOWN AND AROUND AND AROUND
The Indians recalled starting pitcher Cody Anderson on Monday to pitch in game two of their doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. After a solid win on the mound, his first of the season, he was optioned back to the Clippers.
Despite this option to Columbus serving as his third option to the club this season, he has made just one start at Triple-A in 2016. He allowed four runs on seven hits in five and two thirds innings in a no-decision on May 1 for the Clippers.
Left-handed starter Ryan Merritt was recalled by the Indians on Monday to help provide a southpaw arm in the bullpen. Cleveland had optioned Kyle Crockett to Columbus on Sunday while recalling right-hander Austin Adams, but it left the team without a left-handed option in their bullpen for a day.
Merritt, who has yet to pitch for the Indians since his recall, was 3-4 in eight starts for Columbus this season with a 2.94 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He has made just five appearances in 104 games at the minor league level in relief, with his last coming in 2013 while with the Single-A Lake County Captains.
CHOICE BACK WITH A BANG
Outfielder Michael Choice was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.
Choice missed nearly a full month on the disabled list, but returned with a bang, hitting a solo home run for his lone hit in a loss to the Bisons. It was his first of the season.
Choice is hitting .256 for the season with four doubles, a homer, and seven runs batted in.
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