Photo credit: David Monseur/Accent Images/Courtesy Akron RubberDucks

It was a series sweep for Columbus (62-42) against the Rochester Red Wings (47-58) in their home game series at Huntington Park. This marks their third series sweep of the season, the other two in April against Syracuse, and May against St.Paul. With some close calls made, the Clippers managed to pull through whether that meant needing score a final leading run or a new pitcher came to the mound to save the game. In Sunday’s matchup the Clippers went into the eighth tied at two apiece, but Ernie Clement doubled to score Will Brennan and break the tie, winning this one 3-2. In Wednesday’s game David Fry was the superhero with a walkoff line drive single that drove in Jose Fermin, after the Clippers had been scoreless since the fourth inning. The Clippers ran on to the field to celebrate their victory, winning 3-2. Thursday’s game was another one that was cutting it close. Columbus thought the coast was clear with a 6-1 lead going into the eighth, only for the Red Wings to comeback and cut their lead in half, scoring three runs in the eighth. The Clippers were in jeopardy in the ninth. With two more runs on the board, with a man on third with two outs, Rochester could’ve sent it into extra innings. That’s when the veteran of the Clippers pitching staff RHP Jake Jewell (S,4) stepped in to be the hero and struck out the final batter and Columbus won their third series game 6-5. Jewell was called up to the Guardians on Saturday, his first call up of the season. 

The face of the Clippers keeps changing with the amount of transactions and different team members fill in the spots. One familiar face can be spotted, that is Franmil Reyes who recently was sent down from Cleveland. While he was playing for Columbus earlier in the season on a rehab assignment, this time he was demoted and has now been designated for assignment with his future in the air. Will Benson and Tyler Freeman got sent up to Cleveland and played in the Guardians’ series against the Houston Astros. Alex Call was designated for assignment and Bobby Bradley was released. New faces such as Ernie Clement and Hunter Gaddis represent Columbus, Clement was sent down from Cleveland this past week and was their “utility guy”,  playing as third baseman. Gaddis was pitching for Double-A as close as July 22 before being sent up to Columbus. He then pitched for Columbus for only a week before being called up to make his major league debut on August 5th, the 13th player to make his major league debut for the Guardians in 2022. 

Week in Review 

8/2/22: W, 2-0 at Columbus. 
8/3/22: W, 3-2 at Columbus. 
8/4/22: W, 6-5 at Columbus. 
8/5/22: W, 8-5 at Columbus. 
8/6/22: W, 3-1 at Columbus. 
8/7/22: W, 3-2 at Columbus.

Player of the Week

Bo Naylor – 5-21, 2HR, 4RBI, 4R, 4BB, 8SO. Bo does in fact know Baseball. Naylor extended his hitting streak to eight games during the series and got news that he was moved into the MLB’s Top 100 prospects list, the NINTH Guardian currently on the list at this time. He hit his 12th and 13th home runs of the season this series, setting a new career high for home runs in a minor league season. Naylor also showed out defensively as he caught a runner stealing during the series. 

Who’s Hot 

Will Brennan – 8-18, 3R, 2B, 3BB, SB. No Notebook would be complete without mentioning Will Brennan. All the guy does is hit, and that’s exactly what he did this series in his five games he played. Brennan passed 120 hits for the season during the series and now sits with 123 on the year. He is batting nearly .340 in Triple-A and with the Rule 5 draft being in December and Brennan being eligible, Brennan is more and more becoming someone the Guardians may need to protect going forward.

Gabriel Arias –  6-19, 5R, HR, RBI. For what has been a struggle this season for Gabriel Arias due to injury, he finally got a little taste of success during the series against Rochester as he picked up multiple 2-hit games and was one of the key reasons the Clippers were able to complete the six game sweep of the Red Wings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Peyton Battenfield. 1-0, 7.0IP, 6H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K. Outside of a six run outing a couple weeks ago against Toledo, five of Peyton Battenfield’s last six starts have been quality starts, which is going 6+ innings and giving up three runs or less. Battenfield once again did that on Saturday as he went seven innings and only allowed one run. 

Who’s Not 

Ernie Clement – 4-13, 2R, 2RBI, 2B, 2BB. Ernie Clement was one of those unfortunate few who were in Cleveland nearly all of the season, but had to be sent down in order for some players like Tyler Freeman and Will Benson to be called up to Cleveland. There were many moves made within the organization as the roster was shuffled significantly after the trade deadline had passed. 

Jose Fermin – 1-6, BB, 2SB As typically the last batter in the order, Jose Fermin doesn’t get that many RBI, but he hasn’t had one since July 8. He only played in three games during this series, coming on as a pinch hitter in one of them. Fermin has hit around .220 the entire season and had a pretty quiet series because of it. 

Transactions

8/1 – Cleveland Guardians optioned CF Alex Call to Columbus Clippers.

8/1 – Cleveland Guardians selected the contract of RF Will Benson from Columbus Clippers. 

8/1 – Columbus Clippers activated CF Alex Call. 

8/2 – C Alan Romero assigned to ACL Guardians from Lake County Captains. 

8/2 – Cleveland Guardians optioned RF Franmil Reyes to Columbus Clippers. 

8/2 – Columbus Clippers activated RF Franmil Reyes. 

8/2 – RHP Ian Hamilton assigned to Columbus Clippers. 

8/3 – RHP Alanzo Richardson assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from ACL Guardians. 

8/3 – Cleveland Guardians optioned 2B Ernie Clement to Columbus Clippers. 

8/3 – Cleveland Guardians recalled SS Tyler Freeman from Columbus Clippers. 

8/3 – Cleveland Guardians sent RHP Cody Morris on a rehab assignment to Columbus Clippers. 

8/5 – Cleveland Guardians optioned LHP Kirk McCarty to Columbus Clippers. 

8/5 – RHP Aaron Pinto assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Columbus Clippers. 

8/5 – Cleveland Guardians recalled RHP Hunter Gaddis from Columbus Clippers. 

8/5 – Cleveland Guardians send RHP Aaron Civale on rehab assignment to Columbus Clippers.

8/5 – Akron RubberDucks activated RHP Aaron Pinto.  

8/5 – Cleveland Guardians Designate OF Alex Call for Assignment 

8/6 – Columbus Clippers released 1B Bobby Bradley. 

8/6 – Cleveland Guardians option RHP Hunter Gaddis to Columbus Clippers. 

8/6 – Cleveland Guardians selected the contract of RHP Jake Jewell from Columbus Clippers. 

On Deck 

8/9 – @St.Paul, 8:07

8/10 – @St.Paul, 2:07

8/11 – @St.Paul, 8:07 

8/12 – @St.Paul, 8:07

8/13 – @St.Paul, 8:07

8/14 – @St.Paul, 2:07

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