Zimmer Dinged, Streaks End, and More in Clipnotes (Offense Edition)
Bob Toth | On 13, Aug 2016
A solo home run by Erik Gonzalez in the sixth inning against top Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito was the lone run of the game as the Clippers claimed a 1-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday night.
The Clippers, finally with stability back to their pitching staff after the parent Indians stabilized their bullpen, have ripped off wins in eight of 12 games so far in August to push their lead in the International League West to eight games over the Indianapolis Indians. They will look to extend their third-best record in the International League this weekend against Syracuse before hosting Durham and Toledo for three games each to conclude a nine-game homestand.
In other hitting-related news and Clipnotes:
DIAZ’S STREAK COMES TO AN END
Yandy Diaz saw his 28-game hitting streak finally end on Thursday when he went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in the finale at Toledo. His on-base streak, with that walk Thursday and a single in Friday’s game in Columbus, pushed that streak to 32 consecutive games.
Diaz, who turned 25 on Monday, is hitting .334 with a .411 on-base percentage in 79 games for the Clippers this season and .324 with a .420 OBP over 105 minor league games this year.
URSHELA’S STREAK OVER, TOO
Giovanny Urshela’s 21-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 day on Tuesday against Toledo. During that streak, he hit .396 with nine doubles, four homers, and 20 RBI.
Urshela was named the International League’s Batter of the Week on Monday after hitting .500 with 14 hits (six for extra bases), 12 RBI, and 24 total bases over six games during the previous week. It was the second time this season that Urshela has received the honor.
Bradley Zimmer left Wednesday’s game against Toledo after being hit on the left hand while attempting to bunt.
Cleveland’s top prospect was held out of the lineup on both Thursday and Friday while nursing the injury, diagnosed as a bruised finger.
“We’ll have to look at it again later tonight and then tomorrow, but it looks like it’s going to be okay,” said Clippers manager Chris Tremie after the game on Wednesday. “Obviously, squaring around to bunt, it’s an impact on the fingers and doesn’t look like anything seriously wrong with it.”
Zimmer was 1-for-3 with a single when he left the game and is hitting .309 with a .415 on-base percentage in 15 games since joining the Clippers.
GONZALEZ FLOURISHING IN RETURN TO CLIPPERS
Since returning from his ten games with the Indians in July and August, Gonzalez has beaten up on Triple-A pitching.
In seven games back on the Clippers roster, Gonzalez is hitting .414 with a .433 OBP. He has hit safely in six of seven games, including each of the last five, with five doubles, four home runs, and six RBI in that stretch while scoring nine times. After logging just ten plate appearances over nearly a month while on the Cleveland bench, he has shown no signs of rust while pushing his season average at Columbus to .305.
He has 27 doubles, a triple, ten homers, 45 RBI, and 55 runs scored in 88 games with the Clippers this season.
MEDINA’S MINI TEAR
Infiedler Yhoxian Medina put on a display of hitting over his last nine games, hitting .438 (14-for-32) with eight RBI and seven runs scored. In that stretch, he had three two-hit games and two three-hit games for the Clippers to help boost his season average to .259.
The three-hit games equaled his season-high, previously done on May 12 against Lehigh Valley.
AGUILAR’S POWER ON DISPLAY
Clippers’ 26-year-old first baseman Jesus Aguilar hit a pair of home runs over the week, giving him three in the span of six games and seven days. He now has 23 blasts on the season and 74 RBI, but has hit just .229 for the season with a .311 on-base percentage, his lowest average at the minor league level since 2008 in the Dominican Summer League in his first year in the organization and his lowest OBP since 2010.
QUIROZ HITS IN FIVE STRAIGHT
Guillermo Quiroz had a busy week at the plate, going 10-for-21 (.476) with a pair of homers, three doubles, four runs, and five RBI. He extended his hitting streak to five straight with a single on Friday night.
Shortstop Eric Stamets was transferred to Akron on Monday after the return of Gonzalez to the Columbus roster.