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The Columbus Clippers (28-20) fell to the Buffalo Bisons (29-18) in their series finale on Sunday afternoon 7-4. For the Clippers, they lost all but one game out of six in their homestand series. RHP Peyton Battenfield opposed RHP Casey Lawrence for the Bisons. 

After getting down big early, Columbus wasn’t too far away in their comeback attempt by the seventh inning, scoring three runs. With two outs and a walk from Trenton Brooks, Columbus took advantage of Buffalo’s errors to catch up. Jose Fermin singled on a line drive, followed by Will Benson. Benson barely made it to first, thanks to a fielding error leaving all the bases loaded. Freeman’s walk forced in a run, scoring Brooks. Will Brennan doubled on a line drive to left field that drove home a pair, Fermin and Benson.

Alex Call(ed) in a Homer

Alex Call homered on a fly ball deep into left field in the bottom of the sixth, sitting behind the Bisons 4-2. That marked his fifth home run of the 2022 season. Call was 2-4 in the game. He is hitting .277  on the season so far. 

Call also singled on a line drive to left field in the bottom of the fourth. Bobby Bradley then hit a line-drive double to center field. Call attempted to score, but was tagged out by catcher Gabriel Moreno.  

Fermin on Fire

Jose Fermin drove in a run by singling in Mitchell Tolman. Fermin scored in the bottom of the seventh off of Will Brennan’s double. He went 3-4 in the afternoon game. For the season, Fermin has 31 runs, and 20 RBI so far. 

Anthony Castro replaced Jake Jewell after he struck out three in a row in the eighth inning. Castro added to the trend with three strikeouts of his own, giving Columbus six consecutive strikeouts in a row. While the Clippers were not successful in their comeback attempt, the pitching staff was a big contributor to Columbus’ strong finish, preventing any more runs for the Bisons. 

Columbus will be back at Huntington Park on Monday for their Memorial Day game to begin their series with the Toledo Mud Hens, Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. 

Velocity

RHP Peyton Battenfield

1st Inning: 92, 90, 92, 79, 92, 92, 90, 92, 90, 90

2nd Inning: 89, 92, 93, 91, 91, 92, 90, 91

3rd Inning: 91, 90, 90, 89, 88, 91

4th Inning: 78, 77, 85, 92, 78, 80, 93, 92

5th Inning: 84, 89, 92, 93, 92, 92

6th Inning: 81, 91, 77, 91, 89, 83, 94, 87

LHP Ben Krauth

6th Inning:  86, 82, 83, 86

7th Inning: 89, 90, 77, 86, 90, 86, 90, 91, 77, 78, 88

RHP Jake Jewell

7th Inning: 93, 93, 94

8th Inning: 91, 87, 88, 92, 92, 85

9th Inning: 96, 96, 82, 95, 95, 97, 86, 92, 95

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