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It was a rollercoaster of a week for the Clippers, as they split their series with the St. Paul Saints, 3-3. Five out of the six games played were decided by one run, whereas Thursday’s game was a resounding 10-1 win by Columbus. Tyler Freeman had a hot week at the plate, hitting .416 during the series, and Franmil Reyes impressed as he began his rehab stint this week, hitting .429. Nolan Jones is continuing to look like his former self as well, going 7-for-21. 

Peyton Battenfield had the best start of the week, pitching seven innings while only giving up one run. Aaron Civale also looked solid in his second rehab start going 4.2 innings and surrendering one hit. Tanner Tully struggled heavily in both of his starts, giving up a combined 18 hits and 14 runs. 

Week in Review

6/14/22: L, 8-7 at Columbus
6/15/22: W, 4-3 at Columbus
6/16/22: W, 10-1 at Columbus
6/17/22: L, 6-5 at Columbus
6/18/22: W, 4-3 at Columbus
6/19/22: L, 11-10 at Columbus

Player of the Week

SS/2B Tyler Freeman- 10-for-24, 6 RBIs, 7 R, 0 SO, 5 BB

GBI’s 4th ranked prospect certainly impressed this week at the plate. There was only one game out of the six in the series where Freeman was held hitless, but he did get walked three times. However, in four of the games he had at least two hits, bumping up his season average to .248. Perhaps the most exciting stat of all is the fact that Freeman did not strikeout once in his 24 at-bats this series. Additionally, Freeman’s two RBI singles in Wednesday’s game made it possible for the Clippers to win, 4-3. 

Who’s Hot

RF/DH Franmil Reyes- 9-for-21, 6 RBIs, 4 R, 3 SO, 0 BB

The Guardians’ right fielder began his rehab stint this series as he is recovering from a hamstring injury. Reyes had a hit in each game he played (five out of the six), including two games with three hits apiece. The big man also clobbered two home runs, showing glimpses of his previous self. Reyes hit a walkoff RBI single Saturday in the bottom of the ninth to give Columbus the 4-3 win. 

SP Peyton Battenfield- W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

Battenfield earned his fourth win of the season Thursday, going seven innings strong to give the bullpen a rest. After only giving up one run, the 24-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.05 and WHIP to 1.18. Battenfield looked very comfortable for the entirety of the game using all of the pitches in his repertoire effectively. Thursday was Battenfield’s first win since May 17, and a nice bounceback game after a rough outing June 10, where he gave up 5 earned runs. 

Who’s Not

SP Tanner Tully- 2 Ls, 8.1 IP, 18 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO

Accumulating a 5-0 record until this series, Tully struggled in both of the games he pitched, only going 4.1 innings in Tuesday’s game and 4 innings in Sunday’s. Prior to his two starts this week, his ERA was 3.90. However, that increased to a 5.23 ERA following these two games. In the first two innings alone on Tuesday, Tully gave up six runs, including a grand slam. The lefty also only racked up four strikeouts between both games. His opposing batting average also shot up to .307 as a result of his lack of command. 

SS/2B Mitchell Tolman- 2-for-13, 2 RBIs, 4 SO, 3 BB, 8 LOB

This series was the first time since early May that Tolman’s average dipped below .300 for the entirety of a series. He is now sitting at .290, obviously still impressive, but this series was not typical for the middle infielder. He only recorded two RBIs while leaving eight runners on base, including bases loaded one game. After going hitless the first two games of the series, Tolman got the day off Thursday, then proceeded to get a hit Saturday and Sunday after going 0-for-3 Friday. 

Transactions

6/14: RHP Nic Enright assigned to Columbus from Akron.

6/14: LHP Andrew Misiaszek assigned to Columbus from Akron.

6/14: C Seth Caddell assigned to Columbus from Akron.

6/14: LHP Eli Lingos assigned to Akron from Columbus.

6/14: RHP Thomas Ponticelli assigned to Akron from Columbus.

6/14: Cleveland Guardians sent RF Franmil Reyes on a rehab assignment to Columbus.

6/16: Cleveland Guardians recalled RHP Anthony Castro from Columbus. 

6/16: Cleveland Guardians optioned LHP Konnor Pilkington to Columbus.

6/16: Columbus sent SS Gabriel Arias on a rehab assignment to ACL Guardians.

Up Next

The Clippers will head to Omaha this week for a six game series against the Kansas City Royals Triple-A affiliate. 

Tuesday, 6/21- first pitch 1:05 EDT

Wednesday 6/22- first pitch 8:05 EDT

Thursday 6/23- first pitch 8:05 EDT

Friday 6/24- first pitch 8:05 EDT

Saturday 6/25- first pitch 8:05 EDT

Sunday 6/26- first pitch 3:05 EDT

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