Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

Columbus Clippers 10, St. Paul Saints 1- W: Battenfield (4-4) L: Pinto (1-3)

It was a big day offensively for a couple of players who just got back on the field after dealing with injuries. Additionally, two thirds of the lineup got at least one hit, including a career milestone for Will Brennan. 

On the first pitch in the bottom of the fourth, Brennan took it deep for his first AAA home run, breaking the 1-1 tie. 

Nolan Jones also had a pair of hits and a RBI, beginning with a single up the middle to score Tyler Freeman in the first inning. Then, in the eighth he knocked a double to the left field corner. Jones also showed off his wheels with a stolen base in the fourth inning.

Perhaps the most impressive showing of the day came from Franmil Reyes, who is currently completing a rehab stint while recovering from a hamstring injury. He was actually a triple short of the cycle, beginning the day with a hard hit single to left field. After flying out in his second at-bat, he clubbed a double to right, showing off his healed hamstring. Reyes put the cherry on top with a no-doubter home run to left center, finishing the day with three RBIs on three hits.

Pitching Velocities

Peyton Battenfield (RHP)

1st: 91, 92, 90, 93, 93, 92, 92, 83, 92, 90

2nd: 91, 92, 90, 91, 92, 78, 78, 84, 83, 91, 93

3rd: 90, 83, 92, 92, 93, 93, 89, 90, 79, 89

4th: 83, 84, 84, 81, 85, 91, 83, 91, 91, 91, 89, 85, 85, 85, 85, 92

5th: 85, 91, 84, 91, 90, 85, 92

6th: 91, 90, 79, 90, 86, 92, 91, 86, 83, 84, 92. 92, 92

7th: 79, 79, 91, 85, 92, 90, 92, 93, 80, 85, 85, 93, 93, 84, 93, 93, 85, 93, 84, 84, 92, 84

Justin Garza (RHP)

8th: 94, 95, 95, 89, 88, 95, 90, 91, 84, 83, 95, 85, 85

Aaron Pinto (RHP)

9th: 91, 92, 91, 93, 93, 93, 85, 81, 80, 92, 86, 93, 93, 94, 93, 93, 78, 81, 93, 79, 94

Battenfield goes Seven strong, Garza impressive in Relief

Peyton Battenfield earned his fourth win of the season Thursday, and deservedly so. The right-hander only surrendered one run off of five hits in seven innings pitched, giving the bullpen a break.

Battenfield didn’t rely on one pitch too heavily, mixing his fastball with off-speed effectively to stretch out his outing to seven innings, using 97 pitches. He looked dominant from the start, retiring the first three batters he faced, mainly with his fastball, all flyouts to Brennan in center field.

There wasn’t any point in the game where Battenfield looked like he was laboring. He kept a steady pace going, using his most pitches in the seventh, but only gave up one hit in that inning. 

Justin Garza came in for relief in the eighth inning and looked great once again, coming out of the bullpen for the second time in three games. The righty was dealing, only needing 14 pitches to retire the three batters he faced. The mix of his fastball and slider worked perfectly, as the Saints could not get on base against him. 

Notes

Columbus will look to take a 3-1 series lead Friday with a night game beginning at 7:05. The Clippers RHP Tobias Myers (1-6, 5.72 ERA) will get the nod against Saints’ RHP Ariel Jurado (0-0, 4.50 ERA).

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