Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

The Clippers lost four-of-six games to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate this week, thanks in large part to uninspired pitching from Columbus’ starting rotation. Adam Scott, Peyton Battenfield and Tobias Myers all took losses this week. On a positive note Tanner Tully got a win on Tuesday, which improved his record to 5-0 on the season. Offensively, Nolan Jones was activated from the injured list and hit the ground running with a hot week at the plate. He also started all five games in right field or DH. And Will Brennan capped off a brilliant week at the plate with a 3-5 performance on Sunday, improving his season slash line to .333/.403/.493. Although the team has only two wins to show for it, the offensive performances of these and other players made for an overall positive week for the Clippers.

Week in Review

6/7 – L, 9-6 (L: Adam Scott, 1-2)
6/8 – W, 11-3 (W: Tanner Tully, 5-0)
6/9 – L, 6-5 (L: Ben Krauth, 3-1)
6/10 – L, 5-4 (L: Peyton Battenfield, 3-4)
6/11 – L, 12-7 (L: Tobias Myers, 1-6)
6/12 – W, 11-5 (W: Kirk McCarty, 2-1)

Player of the Week

OF Will Brennan – 16-25, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SO, 4 SB

Brennan was on fire this week against Indianapolis, where he recorded a hit in each game of the series and had multi-hit performances in five of six games. In Thursday’s game Brennan went 3-4 with a double and RBI, and he finished the series on Sunday going 3-5 with another double and RBI. Brennan has filled the void left by Oscar Gonzalez and Richie Palacios when they were called up to the Guardians’ roster. And he is making a strong case to be the next man up when the Guardians come calling for another outfielder. Unlike Nolan Jones, Brennan is not on the 40-man roster. But if he keeps having weeks like this one, he may play his way onto it before long.

Who’s Hot

OF/3B Nolan Jones – 6-20, 3 R, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 5 SO

Jones returned from injury this week to make his season debut, and he started off hot. After going hitless in Tuesday night’s debut, he went 3-3, 1-3 and 2-4, with three runs and seven RBI, before he ended the series 0-5 on Sunday. Jones also walked five times and struck out five times during the series. A strong start at the plate would be a great sign for Jones, who came on in the second half of last season before he suffered his season ending injury. Perhaps more important than his hot offensive start is where he played defensively against Indianapolis. Jones started four games in right field and one at DH this week. Perhaps Jose Ramirez’s extension has finally convinced the Guardians to transition Jones into an everyday outfielder. Here’s hoping this trend continues.

INF Mitchell Tolman – 6-21, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 SO, 2 SB

Tolman had a standout week offensively, going 6-21 with a HR and two 2B. Tolman, who the Guardians acquired over the offseason, has been a nice addition to the Clippers’ infield. The 5’10”, 195-pound infielder is hitting .301 on the season, with seven HR, 28 RBI and a .925 OPS. He offers defensive versatility around the infield. He has been playing a lot of shortstop with Gabriel Arias on the IL, but also plays second and third base. His bat and ability in the field has given the Clippers stability both offensively and defensively this season.

Who’s Not

RP Ben Krauth – 2 G, L, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, SO

Krauth ran into trouble during both of his appearances out of the bullpen this week. On Tuesday, he gave up a home run over 1.0 and did not record a strikeout or a walk. On Thursday Krauth took the loss, giving up a hit and an earned run over 0.2 IP. Krauth has been solid out of the Clippers’ bullpen this season, but this just was not his week. Over 17 games and 21.1 IP this season, Krauth has struck out 22 batters and walked seven, and has a 3.80 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.

RP Tobias Myers – GS, L, 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, SO

In a week of lousy performances by Columbus’ starting rotation, Myers’ start was arguably the worst of the bunch. Myers has not pitched well since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization in the offseason. With his loss to Indianapolis this week, his record stands at 1-6 on the season, with a 5.72 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 11 games started.

Transactions

6/9 – Cleveland sent RHP Aaron Civale on a rehab assignment to Columbus.

6/8 – RHP Kevin Coulter assigned to Columbus from AA Akron.

6/8 – Cleveland optioned LHP Kirk McCarty to Columbus.

6/7 – Columbus activated 3B/OF Nolan Jones from the 7-day injured list.

6/7 – Cleveland recalled LHP Kirk McCarty from Columbus.

Up Next

On Tuesday the Clippers begin a six-game home series at Huntington Park in downtown Columbus against the St. Paul Saints, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Tuesday, 6/14 – First pitch 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, 6/15 – First pitch 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, 6/16 – First pitch 12:05 p.m.

Friday, 6/17 – – First pitch 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, 6/18 – First pitch 5:05 p.m.

Sunday, 6/19 – First pitch 1:05 p.m.

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