Photo credit: Lincoln Horsley
The Guardians clinched the AL Central on Sunday afternoon with the youngest roster in baseball. Many of the heroes on the big- league club wore Clippers uniforms for much of this year and last year. As Cleveland winds down the regular season, they promoted several more names from Columbus this week. OF Will Brennan and INF/OF Gabriel Arias both got the call up to the big leagues. First baseman Jhonkensy Noel, shortstop Jose Tena and catcher Bryan Lavastida were all promoted to Columbus from Akron. It is an exciting time in the Guardians organization as many players take that next step to close the season.
Week in Review
9/20 – L, 5-4 (L: Ian Hamilton, 2-7)
9/21 – L, 5-3 (L: Hunter Gaddis, 3-3)
9/22 – W, 9-8 (W, Luis Oviedo, 1-0, S: Kevin Kelly, 1)
9/23 – L, 4-2 (L: Konnor Pilkington, 2-5)
9/24 – W, 6-0 (W: Zach Plesac, 1-0)
9/25 – L, 8-7 (L: Oviedo, 1-1)
Player of the Week
OF Nolan Jones – 6-24, HR, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 5 R, 0 BB, 5 SO
Jones put together a nice series against Toledo, where he hit his seventh home run of the season, along with three doubles and five runs scored. Jones goes into the final series of the season hitting .270 with a .787 OPS. Those are solid numbers, especially when he started the season on the IL, and spent a chunk of the season with the Guardians. He also played the outfield all season, and it will be interesting to see how he fits into the Guardians’ plans moving forward, with the emergence of Oscar Gonzalez and Steven Kwan.
RP Nic Enright – 2 G, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Enright had two good outings out of the Clippers’ bullpen this week. On Tuesday he pitched a scoreless inning, where he gave up one hit and struck out a batter. On Friday he pitched another 1.1 scoreless innings, where he again only gave up one hit. Enright did not walk a batter in either outing. Enright has put together a really nice season between AA and AAA. Through 47 games and 63.2 IP, he has a 2.97 ERA, 85 strikeouts and a 0.99 WHIP. Enright could get a shot with the Guardians’ bullpen next season.
SP Logan T. Allen – GS, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 5 SO
Allen’s start on Thursday was a rough one. He gave up five earned runs and seven hits over 4.0 IP. On a positive note, Allen struck out five and only walked one. Even as Allen has struggled a bit at AAA, he has continued to strike batters out. Hopefully he will put it all together against AAA hitters next season.
The Clippers have one last homestand to close out the season. It is a three game series against the Indianapolis Indians.
Monday, 9/26 – First pitch @ 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 9/27 – First pitch @ 6:15 p.m.
Wednesday, 9/28 – First pitch @ 6:15 p.m.
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