Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

It was a hot one on Wednesday night as the Columbus Clippers (36-26) played host to the St.Paul Saints (31-30), where Columbus won in their second game of the series 4-3. The coast seemed clear for the Clippers majority of the game, with a quick lead in the bottom of the second inning 3-1. Mike Rivera’s groundout drove in Nolan Jones to score the run of the night followed by Will Benson who put the Clippers on top with a one-run double grounder to right field that scored David Fry. Last but not least, Tyler Freeman hit an RBI single to left center field to score Will Benson to put the Clippers up by two. It’s been a trend for the Clippers to do damage with two outs on the board, and that was the case in the second inning for all scoring runs. 

With the Clippers up 4-1 going into the eighth inning, the Clippers were put in jeopardy as the Saints added two runs of their own to cut the deficit 4-3. On the mound was RHP James Karinchak, who allowed back-to-back walks to put the Saints in scoring position after pitching back-to-back strikeouts. Mark Contreras hit an RBI single grounder to left field that knocked in Tim Beckham and advanced Jake Cave to second. Michael Helman then singled on a line drive to center fielder Alex Call to score Jake Cave. After Karinchak allowed a third walk in the inning, RHP Ian Gibaut was sent to the mound to finish out the rest of the game and didn’t allow any more runs to the Saints. 

Civale Understood the (Rehab) Assignment

RHP Aaron Civale had a very solid second rehab assignment with the Clippers, who allowed just one run on one hit while registering five strikeouts on 48 pitches within the first three innings of the game. Civale pitched 4.2 innings before RHP Nick Mikolajchak stepped onto the mound. Overall, Civale threw seven strikeouts and 46 strikes out of 76 pitches. He allowed only two hits during his time at the mound.

Young, Wild, and Freeman 

Tyler Freeman drove in two RBI in this game and walked, scoring two out of the four runs. After his RBI single in the bottom of the second that scored Will Benson, his next RBI was in the bottom of the seventh. He hit another single on a line drive to right fielder Jake Cave, which drove in David Fry after his line drive single earlier in the inning. This put the Clippers up 4-1. Freeman sits at 27 RBI, and 35 hits for the 2022 season. 

With pitching changes and a fight to hold the lead after Karinchak’s slump, the Clippers were successful in taking the win in this one 4-3, still holding the number two spot in the International League West Standings. Columbus will continue the series against St.Paul with their next game on Thursday, pitch set for 12:05. 

Velocity

RHP Aaron Civale

1st Inning: 92, 87, 91, 85, 92, 92, 87, 85, 86, 86, 87, 73, 85

2nd Inning: 74, 86, 91, 87, 91, 73, 91, 87, 91, 73, 73, 86, 91, 87, 85

3rd Inning: 85, 74, 91, 73, 91, 86, 86, 91, 73, 91, 84, 73

4th Inning: 73, 73, 85, 85, 74, 91, 86, 85, 86, 91,74 

RHP Nick Mikolajchak

5th Inning: 88, 92, 89, 92, 81, 93, 93, 89, 82, 79, 79, 80, 92, 80, 79

6th Inning: 88, 92, 80, 93, 87, 92

LHP Adam Scott

6th Inning: 93, 93, 83, 93, 83, 80

7th Inning: 93, 94, 85, 83, 91, 82, 92, 92, 92

RHP Jake Jewell

7th Inning: 85, 94, 85, 95, 95, 96

RHP James Karinchak

8th Inning: 5, 82, 90, 93, 94, 82, 89, 82, 80, 82, 90, 94, 81, 90, 95, 95, 95, 82, 94, 81, 95, 81, 81, 81

RHP Ian Gibaut

8th Inning: 96, 97, 97

9th Inning: 96, 87, 97, 87, 97, 86, 96, 96, 95, 86

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