Moore and Cowgill with Eight Straight and More in Columbus Clippings
Bob Toth | On 12, Jun 2016
Despite a three-run ninth inning of their own on Saturday, similar to that done by the parent Cleveland Indians in Anaheim, the Columbus Clippers fell short in a 15-12 slugfest loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Huntington Park.
The Clippers saw three-hit games from Ronny Rodriguez, Jesus Aguilar, and Collin Cowgill and had 16 hits as a team, but the New York Yankees affiliate tagged Ross Detwiler for eight runs and reliever Austin Adams for six. Former Indians player Nick Swisher was a leading charge in the RailRiders offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, and four runs scored in the two hole.
Columbus is now an even 6-6 for the month of June, but has lost three straight. They took three of four last weekend from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and won three of five against the Indianapolis Indians during the week, including a split in their doubleheader on June 9. The RailRiders have bested the Clippers in the first two games of their weekend set to drop Columbus to 35-28. They still hold a two and a half game lead on Indianapolis in the International League West.
In other Clippers news from Columbus:
MOORE’S FIVE-HIT GAME AND EIGHT-GAME HITTING STREAK
Adam Moore is entrenched in an eight-game hitting streak and has hit in nine of his last ten games. He has hits in each of the first two games of the series against the RailRiders and was 10-for-16 in the Clippers’ series against Indianapolis, including a five-hit game on June 7. His season batting average has climbed from .193 to .264 over his 16-for-31 (.516) hot stretch at the plate.
COWGILL GOOD IN EIGHT STRAIGHT
Another veteran in the Clippers lineup, outfielder Cowgill, is on a tear at the plate. The 30-year-old has hit in eight straight games, with single hits in the first six before two hits on Friday night and three hits in Saturday’s loss, including a solo home run, his second of the season. He has reached base safely in nine straight games, drawing a walk on June 3 in a hitless effort.
AGUILAR HEATING UP
First baseman Aguilar hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs in the Clippers loss on Saturday to the RailRiders. It was his second four-RBI game this week and his second three-hit effort at the plate. He did both in game one of the Clippers’ June 9 doubleheader. He is 10-for-24 (.417) over his last seven games.
HOUSE LOCKED IN
For the third time in his last four starts, left-hander T.J. House has given the Clippers at least five innings on the mound and has allowed just one earned run. In his most recent outing on June 8 against Indianapolis, he pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowed one run on four hits, one home run, a pair of walks, and struck out four on a season-high 103 pitches.
MERRITT WATER-LOGGED CG
Wet weather didn’t stop Ryan Merritt last Sunday against the RailRiders, when he pitched an abbreviated complete game, throwing six innings of one-run ball in notching his fourth win of the season. He struck out three, walked one, and allowed five hits. The lone run of the game came in the first and was unearned, after the RailRiders leadoff man reached on an error by second baseman Yhoxian Medina, advanced to second on a single, stole third, and later crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly.
Merritt allowed five earned runs on nine hits in five and one-third innings in his outing on Friday night, earning a no-decision in the Clippers loss.
Voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game is well under way and will continue until 11:59 PM ET on Friday, June 24.
Fans can vote for starters at every position and a designated hitter, two starting pitchers, and two relief pitchers. Unlike the ridiculously tainted selection process used at the Major League level, the Triple-A ballots are handled differently – fan voting accounts for one-third of a player’s total and is added to the votes of the media and of the Triple-A field/general managers’ votes to determine the starters.
The players on this year’s ballot were active as of May 24, so in order to vote for starting pitcher Mike Clevinger, write-in votes will be necessary.
The link for the Triple-A ballot can be found here. A maximum of 25 votes can be submitted per email address.
BAERGA MAKES AN APPEARANCE
Indians alumni Carlos Baerga was in attendance at Saturday’s game against the RailRiders, signing autographs, posing for pictures, and even throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Reliever Adams was returned to Columbus after a couple of weeks with the Indians. He was optioned to make room for Cody Anderson, who made a spot start in Seattle for Cleveland and was returned to Columbus so the club could activate reliever Joba Chamberlain from the 15-day disabled list.
Starting pitcher Jarrett Grube asked for and received his release after coming off of the disabled list on June 8 to pursue other opportunities. Toru Murata, who has worked as both a starter and reliever with the Clippers but solely as a reliever this season, was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Saturday with neck soreness.
Photo: Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch