Plutko Promoted, Anderson to DL, and More in Columbus Clippings
Bob Toth | On 19, Jun 2016
The Indians and their minor league affiliates have put together some losing streaks of late, with some much longer than the others. The Triple-A Columbus Clippers ended one such stretch of L’s on Friday night with an 8-3 win in Syracuse to close out a seven-game losing skid. On Saturday, backed by a strong pitching performance, they made it two wins in a row for the good guys as they knocked off the Chiefs by a 4-2 final.
The two wins pulled the Clippers’ June record to 8-10 and their record for the season to 37-32. The rough stretch in the standings, coupled with a hot streak from the Indianapolis Indians, has knocked Columbus out of first. They trail the Indians by a half game in the International League’s West Division heading into play on Sunday.
In other Clippers news from Columbus:
PLUTKO’S TRIPLE-A DEBUT
After a strong start to his season with Double-A Akron, Adam Plutko was granted his long deserved promotion to Triple-A on June 16. He made his first start for the Clippers on Saturday, going five and two-thirds innings while allowing two runs on three hits. He walked five, highly uncharacteristic of the well-controlled Plutko, while striking out four.
In 13 starts with the RubberDucks in his second season at the Double-A level, Plutko was 3-3 with a 3.27 ERA. In 71 2/3 innings, he had walked just 12 batters while striking out 63. After walking two batters in each of his first two starts to the season, he had walked no more than one in any outing in his next eleven appearances.
T.J. House, who had worked in the rotation to start the season, made his third consecutive relief appearance during the game and earned his first hold of the year.
DOUBLES THE FUN
In their win on Saturday night, the scoring came on three two-out doubles in a span of four batters.
Adam Moore singled to start the top of the fifth but was erased on a force out. After a fly out for the second out, Joey Butler doubled to left to score Ronny Rodriguez. Collin Cowgill walked before Erik Gonzalez doubled to right, scoring Butler and Cowgill. Yandy Diaz hit a ground-rule double to right to knock in Gonzalez with Columbus’ fourth and final run of the inning and game.
TREMIE TO MANAGE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR TEAM
On Thursday, Clippers manager Chris Tremie was named to the same role for the International League All-Star team for the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game.
The 29th annual Triple-A All-Star Game between the International League and the Pacific Coast League will take place on Wednesday, July 13, at 7:00 PM from BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tremie becomes the third different Clippers skipper to manage in the Triple-A All-Star Game, joining Bucky Dent (1989) and Mike Sarbaugh (2011 and 2012).
Right-hander Cody Anderson landed on the disabled list on Wednesday, in a move made retroactive to Monday, with right elbow inflammation.
“He’ll have ten days of rest and should be back in games in three or four weeks,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona was quoted on Cleveland.com on Wednesday. “He had the same exact thing two years ago. Losing a guy for three or four weeks isn’t what you’re looking for. But it’s a heckuva lot better [than the alternative].”
Anderson has been back and forth between Cleveland and Columbus on four separate occasions this season after the starting the year as the Indians’ number four starter. He has a 1-4 record with a 7.48 ERA in his time with Cleveland and a 0-1 record in four starts for Columbus with a 5.12 ERA.
CHOICE RETURNS FROM DL
Michael Choice, who has lost significant time to three different trips to the seven-day disabled list this season for the Clippers, was activated on Saturday. He was 0-for-3 in his first game back on Saturday with a strikeout. For the season, he is hitting .238 for the Clippers with four doubles, a homer, and seven RBI in just 13 games.
Outfielder Jordan Smith was reassigned to Double-A Akron to make room on the roster for Choice. He hit .189 in 17 games for the Clippers and has hit .240 in 34 games for the RubberDucks this season.
ALL-STAR VOTING ON-GOING
Voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game continues for seven more days, coming to a close at 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. Fan voting counts 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. The link for the Triple-A ballot can be found here. A maximum of 25 votes can be submitted per email address.
Photo: Chris Russell/The Columbus Dispatch