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The Columbus Clippers had a six game sweep in their homestand series against the St.Paul Saints. Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate was a tough competition for the Clippers, known for being one of the best defensive teams in the league. Yet, Columbus came out on top in the series, recording as their second series sweep in the 2022 season. Now, the Clippers hold the second place spot in the International League West standings, right under Nashville. 

While there were a few close calls, the Clippers pulled through. On Sunday’s final game in the doubleheader, Tyler Freeman hit the game-saving homer that kept the teams knotted at four in the bottom of the seventh and went into extra innings. That marked his first Triple-A homer on the Columbus Clippers, and it came at the perfect time. 

Columbus had a tendency of scoring the majority of their runs in the beginning of the game. Specifically, in their Friday night game the Clippers added three runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning.​ This set the Clippers up for success with a strong start, and Columbus thrived. The team made St.Paul play a game of catch up for the majority of the series games.

Day-by-Day

5/10 W 7-6 vs St.Paul
5/11 W 6-5 vs St.Paul
5/12 W 7-4 vs St.Paul
5/13 W 11-7 vs St.Paul
5/15 W 5-3 vs St.Paul
5/15 W 5-4 vs St.Paul

Player of the week

RF Oscar Gonzalez – (1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3R, 3 BB – .333 / .393 / .500 )

Gonzalez has been a big asset to the Clippers’ success this week, making some of the most important plays. When it came down to the tie breaking play to give Columbus their sixth win, Gonzalez answered with a walk off sacrifice fly. Alex Call was able to score for Columbus to break the tie and give Columbus the lead to end the series 5-4. Gonzalez had 3 RBI’s in this game alone. 

Gonzalez had at least one hit in every game in this series. He was the tie-breaker in his Thursday game against the Saints, doubling on a line drive allowing Tyler Freeman to score. Gonzalez also scored two runs in Friday’s game, and one run in the first game on Sunday.  

Gonzalez has tremendous power, and is one of the players that gets the ball rolling early in the game. In his second game on Sunday he hit a scorching line drive, allowing Tyler Freeman and ALex Call to score to give Columbus a 3-0 lead early in the first inning. 

Who’s Hot

OF Alex Call – ( 2 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R, 8 H – .333 / .393 / .417 )

Call was on a hot streak in the St.Paul series. He hit over .300 at bat, had three RBI, and walked twice. In Thursday’s game of the series, Call went 3-3 when it came to batting. He scored a run in every game Wednesday through Sunday. He has three homeruns this season, 21 hits, 12 RBI, and 18 runs.

OF Will Benson – ( 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 5 H – .294 / .333 / .647 )

Will Benson made his name known throughout the week with his success for the Clippers. He hit two homers in the series, had three RBI,  and went 2-3 in Sunday’s first game.

Who’s Not

P Adam Scott – ( 2.1 IP, 7 ER, 4K/3BB)

Adam Scott had a rough game on Thursday. He allowed seven runs off only four hits, one of which being a homerun. He walked three people as well in this game. 

Transactions

5/10 – C Seth Caddell assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks

5/10 – SS Ike Freeman assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Columbus Clippers

5/13 – Cleveland Guardians recalled SS Richie Palacios from Columbus Clippers

5/13 – Cleveland Guardians optioned LHP Kirk McCarty to Columbus Clippers

5/13 – RHP Anthony Castro roster status changed by Columbus Clippers

5/13 – C Bryan Lavastida roster status changed by Columbus Clippers

Coming Up

Tuesday, 5/17 at Iowa Cubs, 7:38 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/18 at Iowa Cubs, 1:08 p.m.

Thursday, 5/19 at Iowa Cubs, 1:08 p.m.

Friday, 5/20 at Iowa Cubs, 8:08 p.m.

Saturday, 5/21 at Iowa Cubs, 7:08 p.m.

Sunday, 5/22 at Iowa Cubs, 2:08 p.m.

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