The Clippers burned out the initial spark they had after losing four straight games in their series against the Omaha Storm Chasers. Left-fielder Anthony Alford was assigned to the Clippers after recovering from an injured right wrist. Pitchers combined for 41 strikeouts across all six games. Columbus now has an 18-12 record for the season.

Week in Review

5/3 W – Columbus 7, Omaha 5 (W: Zach Draper 2-0, S: Ben Krauth 2-0)

5/4 W – Columbus 5, Omaha 4 (W: Tanner Tully 3-0, S: Nick Mikolajchak 1-2)

5/5 L- Omaha 5, Columbus 0 (L: Peyton Battenfield 2-2)

5/6 L – Omaha 10, Columbus 8, (L: Tobias Myers 0-3)

5/7 L – Omaha 10, Columbus 9 (L: Nick Mikolajchak 1-2)

5/8 L – Omaha 4, Columbus 3 (L: Jake Jewell 0-1)

Player of the week

David Fry 5-15, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SO

Fry had drove in three runs in Saturday’s game with two contributing to his five home runs of the season. Despite ending Friday’s game with a strikeout, Fry was still a key player in the series. In Friday’s game Brooks scored after David Fry’s homer to left-center field. The 6’2’’, 215 lb catcher had 15 TB and slugged. 833 throughout the series. 

Who’s Hot

Oscar Gonzalez 8-28, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 4 SO

Gonzalez continued his high performance streak by being a key player in both of the wins of the series. His grand slam to right field at the top of the series opener’s third inning was instrumental in a win against Omaha. In that game he also had five RBIs. Throughout the series, Gonzalez only had four strike outs and slugged over .500.

Jose Fermin 4-19, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 H, 3 R, 2 SO

With six RBIs and two hits Fermin played a big part in Columbus’s offense this week. 

Who’s Not

Anthony Alford 1-14, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 SO

After being recently assigned to Columbus from Cleveland, Alford failed to standout in the Omaha series. The right-handed outfielder has been trying to regain momentum after a two week IL stunt due to a right wrist sprain. However, he was already known to have strikeout issues. In this series, Alford struck out six times. He was not responsible for scoring any runs despite his two walks in the first Omaha game and hit in the final match. Despite his .071 average for the series, Alford is still a versatile player that can cover all three outfield spots.

Trenton Brooks 2-12, 5 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 4 SO

Activated from the seven-day injury list, it is no surprise that Trenton Brooks had low numbers in the Omaha matchups. The centerfielder picked up traction mid series during the fifth game, with one homerun and two RBIs. However, he still averaged below .200 for the majority of the week. Brooks has played in the outfield for most of his career, and his athleticism is expected to be a highlight in that position throughout the rest of the season.

Transactions

5/02/22- Cleveland Guardians optioned RHP Anthony Castro to Columbus Clippers 

5/03/22- SS Gabriel Arias on the seven-day injury list 

5/03/22- Cleveland Guardians sent SS Yu Chang on rehab assignment to Columbus Clippers 

5/04/22 – RHP Ian Gibaut placed on the seven-day injury list

5/04/22- CF Trenton Brooks activated from the seven-day injury list 

5/04/22 – LF Anthony Alford assigned to the Columbus Clippers 

5/05/22 – Cleveland Guardians optioned RHP Anthony Castro to Columbus Clippers 

5/05/22 – Cleveland Guradians sent 1B Bobby Bradley outright to Columbus Clippers 

5/08/22- Cleveland Guardians optioned RHP Anthony Castro to Columbus Clippers 

5/08/22 – Cleveland Guardians optioned SS Richie Palacios to Columbus Clippers 

5/08/22 – RHP Enyel De Los Santos returned to Columbus Clippers from Cleveland Guardians

Up next 

The Clippers are back home next week for a six-game series against the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate.

Tuesday 5/10 -first pitch 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday 5/11-first pitch 7:05 p.m.

Thursday 5/12 -first pitch 12:05 p.m.

Friday 5/13 -first pitch 7:05 p.m.

Saturday 5/14 – first pitch 7:05 p.m.

Sunday 5/15 -first pitch 1:05 p.m.

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