What a week it was for the Columbus Clippers (33-21) who hosted the Toledo Mud Hens (25-27) starting on Memorial Day. The Clippers won five out of the six games in the series, with walk-off wins in the last two games for Columbus.  On Saturday David Fry swung one deep into right field to score a three run walk off home run giving Columbus the close win 5-4.  Trenton Brooks was the hero in Sunday’s game with a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the twelfth inning to give the Clippers the final game series win 5-4. 

Between Thursday and Friday’s game, the Clippers scored 25 runs. Every Clipper scored and had a hit in Thursday’s matchup, but David Fry and Mitchell Tolman had multiple hits. In that game, the Clippers won 15-11, including six homers from the Clippers and ten homers total. The Clippers were one run shy from tying with most runs scored in a game in Huntington ballpark. 

Not only were the players fired up, but so were the managers. In Friday’s game, both managers got ejected before the end of the second inning. A grand slam by David Fry was overturned in the first inning, meaning Fry had to settle for a three-run double. Columbus’ manager Andy Tracy was furious at the call, and he was promptly thrown out by home plate umpire Randy Rosenburg. It didn’t take long for Mud Hens manager Lloyd McClendon to get ejected, after Will Benson got hit by a pitch from Garrett Hill and was sent to first base by the umpire. McClendon argued that the call was a strike, saying Benson came around with his swing.

Week in Review:

5/30/22: W, 9-1 at Columbus
6/1/22: L, 6-1 at Columbus
6/2/22: W, 15-11 at Columbus
6/3/22: W, 10-6 at Columbus
6/4/22: W, 5-4 at Columbus
6/5/22: W, 5-4 at Columbus

Player of the Week

3B David Fry – ( 3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 8 H, 18 TB)

It’s safe to say David Fry has been hotter than a grease fire in the series,  with a whopping twelve RBI over his last four games, along with six runs and three home runs, one of those being a walk off homerun. In Saturday’s game, the Clippers were down 4-2 heading into the ninth inning. With two outs already, David Fry stepped up to bat and knocked one out of the park to add three runs that gave Columbus their fourth win in the series.

In Thursday’s slugfest, Fry hit two homers in the game. He started the hot streak for Columbus as he bombed one into the left field corner, scoring a two-run home run allowing Mitchell Tolman to score along with Fry. His next homer was a three-run shot deep into center field beyond the 405 fence. His homer brought in Bryan Lavastida and Mitchell Tolman, putting Columbus in the lead 8-3. In this game alone, Fry went 2-4 with two homers and five RBI. 

Who’s Hot

RF Alex Call ( 7 R, 7H, 3 2B, 10 TB)

On Friday, Call went 3-4 with one double, three RBI, two walks, and a stolen base. In the bottom of the fifth, Call doubled on a line drive to center field, driving in Brennan to cut the deficit to 6-5. Call hit another double in the bottom of the eighth inning after Benson’s solo home run put Columbus up 8-6. Call then hit a line drive to left center field, scoring Jose Fermin, extending Columbus’ lead 9-6. 

1B Bobby Bradley ( 3 R, 6 H, 1 HR, 3 SAC)

For Bradley this week was a step in the right direction, he finally hit his first homer in Thursday’s game with his three-run blast. His homer allowed Will Brennen and Alex Call to score, and broke the tie that was at eight apiece in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Sacrifice flies and Bradley were a dynamic duo in this series, specifically Friday’s game with three sacrifice flies, giving Columbus the win this game 10-6. His first sac-fly hit to center field tied the score at six and allowed Alex Call to score. Bradley knocked yet another one to center field just in time for Jose Fermin to score in the bottom of the sixth inning, his tie-breaker sac-fly put Columbus up 7-6.  With bases loaded, Bradley hit his third sac-fly of the night to right field. 

In the last game of the series Bradley had two hits and one RBI. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Bradley doubled on a line drive allowing Alex Call to score. 

SS Tyler Freeman ( 4 R, 6 H, 9 TB, 1 HR, 6 RBI ) 

Tyler Freeman has been on a roll in this series as he hit a three-run homer in Thursday’s slugfest. In Sunday’s game Freeman went three for five at bat, with a big game tying hit in the tenth inning. Freeman singled on a  ground ball to center field that allowed Gavin Collins to score, tying the game at four apiece. His hit gave Columbus the chance to come back in extra innings, where Trenton Brooks hit an RBI single to the first lead and final score of the game.  

RHP Aaron Pinto ( 2 G, W, SV, 4.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 4 K)

Pinto didn’t allow a run in his four innings of relief during the series, only giving up two hits in the process, picking up both a win and a save.

RHP Tobias Myers ( 2 GS, 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 3 K)

Myers was the only starting pitcher in the series for either team to not allow a run. 

Transactions

5/30 – Columbus Clippers released LHP Zach Draper. 

5/31 – RHP Kevin Kelly assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.

5/31 – RHP Robert Broom assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Columbus Clippers.

6/01 – Cleveland Guardians sent RHP James Karinchak on a rehab assignment to Columbus Clippers.

6/03 – C Seth Caddell assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Columbus Clippers.

On Deck: 

6/7 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 7:05

6/8 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 1:35

6/9 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 7:05

6/10 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 7:05

6/11 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 7:05

6/12 – AWAY vs Indianapolis, 1:35

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