Gonzalez’s Streak, Merritt and Anderson Return from DL, and More in Columbus Clipnotes
Bob Toth | On 09, Jul 2016
After concluding their series against the Pawtucket Red Sox over the weekend, the Columbus Clippers got back to work within the division with International League West Division matchups against Toledo and Louisville.
Columbus split their final two games in Pawtucket, winning 7-2 last Saturday before a 16-inning 5-4 loss on Sunday. They took their series against Toledo during the week, winning the first and last games of the three-game set, before hitting the road for Louisville. A 6-3 loss to the Bats in the opener was followed by another extra inning loss, a 4-3 defeat in 13 innings.
The loss on Friday dropped the Clippers record to 47-42 on the season and 4-4 to start July. Combined with an Indianapolis win, Columbus is tied for the top spot in the West Division. The Clippers will play two on Saturday in Columbus against Indianapolis before closing out the unofficial first half with a 1:05 PM game on Sunday. After Tuesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, play will resume on Thursday with four in Toledo.
In other news and Clipnotes:
DIAZ NAMED TO FUTURES GAME
Third baseman, second baseman, and corner outfielder Yandy Diaz has been selected to participate in this weekend’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game from San Diego, California.
Selected to replace Jeimer Candelario of the Chicago Cubs organization, Diaz joins Akron’s Clint Frazier and Lynchburg’s Francisco Mejia as Indians farmhands in the exhibition. He is hitting .311 with Columbus this season with a .389 on-base percentage. Combined with his numbers from his 26 games with Double-A Akron to start the season, Diaz is hitting .304 with a .408 OBP.
LEADOFF SHOT FROM GONZO
Erik Gonzalez gave the Clippers an early lead on Wednesday when he led off the bottom half of the first inning with a solo home run. The shot was his sixth of the year. He was not done after the blast, as he would go 3-for-5 on the day with a pair of runs scored.
After Friday’s extra inning loss, he has hit safely in seven straight games and eleven of his last 12. He is hitting .295 for the season.
HELLER EXCELLING ON THE MOUND
Hard-throwing right-handed reliever Ben Heller has allowed just one run since June 14. In those 12 outings, he has a save and has allowed just eight hits and two walks, good for a 0.82 ERA, a .211 batting average against, and a 0.91 WHIP. In 20 games with Columbus since his promotion from Akron, he has worked 19 1/3 innings, earning a 1-1 record with four saves while striking out 19 with a 2.33 ERA and .214 batting average against.
MORIMANDO MAKES DEBUT
After a quick day in the Majors with the Indians, Shawn Morimando was optioned to Columbus on July 3. He made his debut on Thursday, July 7 at Louisville and gave up six runs (four earned) in six and one-third innings. He walked a pair, hit a batter, and struck out three. He allowed nine hits, including a pair of homers, while taking the loss.
MEDINA’S BIG RIBBIE AND PITCHING DEBUT
Yhoxian Medina delivered a key RBI-single in the seventh inning on Monday to give the Clippers a 3-2 win over the Toledo Mud Hens from Huntington Park.
He also made his professional pitching debut on Sunday, working a 1-2-3 inning against Pawtucket before giving up the game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the 16th to earn the loss. He got a chance to redeem himself with a second relief appearance on Tuesday, working a scoreless ninth inning, giving up a hit, but getting a double play.
MERRITT RETURNS FROM DL, EARNS WIN
Left-hander Ryan Merritt returned to the Clippers roster on July 6 when he was activated from the seven-day disabled list. He got the start in Wednesday’s game, giving up four runs in five innings. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out four while winning his fifth game of the season in the 8-4 win over Toledo.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Starter Cody Anderson was activated from the seven-day disabled list on July 5. He made his first start in over three weeks that day, giving up one unearned run on two hits in two innings of work. He was dealt the tough-luck loss in Toledo’s 10-0 four-hit shutout of Columbus.
Lefty Ross Detwiler was activated on Friday from the temporarily inactive list after the birth of his daughter. He worked seven and one-third innings on Friday night, allowing three runs on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a no-decision. He now has three straight starts of seven innings or more.
Starter Will Roberts was placed on the seven-day disabled list on July 2, retroactive to July 1, with a right finger blister. Catcher Adam Moore was placed on the list on July 6, retroactive to July 5, with right elbow inflammation.
THE ROSTER SHUFFLE
Abraham Almonte’s 80-game PED suspension ended and he was added to the Indians roster from Columbus on Sunday, July 3. T.J. House and Mike Clevinger were recalled by the Indians on July 4 to help support a bullpen depleted by a 19-inning game on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Reliever Joe Colon was added to the Indians’ 40-man roster last Saturday and was recalled by the team from Columbus on Thursday, prior to Cleveland’s game with the New York Yankees. He was joined in the promotion by righty Austin Adams, while Clevinger was returned to the Clippers rotation from the Indians roster.
Left-hander David Speer was added to the Clippers roster last Saturday and was moved back to Lynchburg on July 4. Perci Garner, Cole Sulser, and Ivan Castillo joined the Clippers on July 4 from Akron, while Cameron Hill was added to the roster from Lynchburg. Garner earned his first win in Monday’s late rally and is the only one of the bunch to stay with the Clippers. Sulser and Hill were returned to their previous placements on July 5 and Castillo followed suit on July 6.
Nick Maronde has been back and forth between Akron and Columbus. He was assigned to Columbus on July 2, but was transferred back to Akron on July 4. The same occurred on July 6, when he was moved from the RubberDucks roster back to the Clippers.
Catcher Alex Monsalve was assigned to Columbus from Lynchburg on July 6 to replace the injured Moore.
Left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny, designated for assignment by Cleveland on July 4, was assigned outright to Columbus on Friday, but he declined the assignment and was declared a free agent.
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