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Columbus Clippers 5, St. Paul Saints 3

Chantal Brown

Following a run-less first two innings, the St. Paul Saints (15-18)  had a short-lived lead at the top of the third. Mitchell Tolman started things off for Columbus with a single at the bottom of the third and Will Benson homered on a line drive to right field, givint the Clippers a 2-1 lead. Tolman then came back at the bottom of the fourth inning and scored Alex Call  with a single after he reached base due to a throwing error. The second baseman also hit a single on a ball to left field. It was his third three-hit game of the season. It was also his first time with three hits in back to back games after being instrumental in the Clippers’ win against the Saints Friday.

The majority of Columbus’ scoring came at the bottom of the fourth. Bobby Bradley was hit by a pitch and Gonzalez went to second on a wild pitch. Both scored when Call  hit a ball to third and Saints third basemen Caleb Hamlilton committed a throwing error ran on third due to a throwing error as the fielder missed the catch. Tolman’s third hit scored Call to give the Clippers a 5-1 l

Velocity

Konnor Pilkington

1st inning

92,81,92, 84,83,92, 83,94, 92, 96,82,92,92,92,83,93

2nd inning 

79, 90, 91,92, 92, 94, 75,92, 83,75,84, 94, 92, 90,81,83,91,84,91,81, 83

3rd inning

82,93,83,92,82,82,93,83,81, 79, 89,91,90

4th inning

75,91,73, 81, 91,92, 80, 79,83, 92,92,

5th inning

78, 91, 88,84, 93, 81

Brett Daniels

6th inning

88, 80, 87, 92,81,86,81,78,91,80, 89,90,88,90,80,91,82

Jake Jewell

6th inning

84,89,95,85,86,94,95,94,

7th inning

94,94, 93, 93, 83,94,95,90,96,93,

Columbus pitchers maintain dominance

Fast and steady won the ball game for LHP Konnor Pilkington. The pitcher helped keep the game scoreless until St. Paul batter Jermaine Palacios hit a home run on a flyball to centerfield. Pilkington also walked one in the first inning and more than half of the batters he faced had hits. He had three strikeouts in the first two innings. 

The win went to Brett Daniels. He was brought in for relief in the fifth inning. Daniels walked Caleb Hamilton in the top of the sixth inning. Additionally, of the nine batters he faced while pitching, three of them managed to get hits, and two of them scored at the top of the sixth. However, the right-handed pitcher did have three flyouts and two groundouts. His ERA for the season is 7.47. 

Jake Jewell was brought in for relief at the top of the sixth. St. Paul added an unearened run off of Jewell. He struck out two in the seventh to earn the save for Columbus in game one.

Columbus Clippers 5, St. Paul Saints 4

Reese Thompson

The Columbus Clippers (24-12) wrapped up their homestand series with a clean six-game sweep against the Minnesota Triple-A affiliate, the St.Paul Saints (15-19). The Saturday game turned into a Sunday doubleheader due to rain cancellations, where it was a make-or-break for Columbus when it came to the series finale. It took extra innings at Huntington Park, as the Clippers trailed 4-3 in the last three innings of the game. Saints’ Curtis Terry hit a homer in the fifth inning to give the Saints their only lead over Columbus in game two. 

Gonzalez Walks It Off For Columbus

Oscar Gonzalez has been a big contributor for the Clippers roster, and again in game two. He won the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly, allowing Alex Call to score the game winning run. 

Earlier in the game during the first inning, Gonzalez drove in the first run with an RBI double. He singled on a ground ball to left field, resulting in Will Benson and Tyler Freeman scoring. Columbus was up by two in the bottom of the first. 

Gonzalez went 2-3 in the game, and two RBI. A native of the Dominican Republic, the 24-year-old’s batting average is sitting at .315 and an OBP of .344, and is slugging .526.

Freeman Comes Through

Tyler Freeman had quite a game as well. Not only did he hit his first Triple-A homer, but the timing was perfect. His solo blast in the bottom of the seventh tied the game, and led Columbus into extra innings.

Freeman went 2-3 in game two. In the bottom of the first, Freeman singled on a line drive to right field, sending Will Benson to third, allowing him to score later in the inning from Oscar Gonzalez’s ground ball single.

The shortstop is currently hitting .241 on the season and scored two runs in the win and has nine RBI this year.

The Clippers are ranked second in the International League West, sitting right under Nashville. 

Columbus hits the road to face the Iowa Cubs (19-16) starting tomorrow through Sunday. 

LHP Tanner Tully

1st: 91, 82, 83, 91, 91, 85, 80, 91, 90, 86, 82, 81, 90, 90, 91, 82, 85

2nd: 81, 82, 90, 90, 83, 90, 84, 90

3rd: 82, 89, 83, 89, 83, 84, 90, 77, 86 

4th: 8, 77, 85, 77, 90

5th: 78, 74, 80, 89, 91, 90, 85, 76, 84

6th: 88, 82, 85, 90, 90, 91, 90, 86, 91, 83, 86, 90

RHP Nick Mikolajchack

7th: 89, 84, 83, 95, 93, 81, 86, 94, 94, 79, 94, 93

LHP Alex Young

8th: 81, 91, 83, 89, 84, 85

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