Clip Files for July

Willson Contreras

Contreras

July had not been kind to Applegate in the last two years, as the Clips went 5-15 in 2017 after a 47-33 start, and 9-11 in 2016 after a 45-35 start. This time though the Clips took their 48-32 start and tacked on 14 more wins to climb to 62-38, now boasting the league’s second-best record after 100 games. … The month included a 2-3 record vs. West Atlanta, but then 3-2 vs. Bushwood, 4-1 vs. Superior in a showdown for divisional supremacy, and 5-0 vs. East Cobb. … Applegate outscored its foes 109-90 and outhomered the opposition a whopping 38-16. Timely homers with men on base (including three grand slams) was the big difference on the month as the Clips were handily outhit, 165-113, and Applegate hit just .220 as a team. … Aaron Judge clubbed eight homers and is now up to 25, still less than half of his real-life total of 52 for the Yankees last year, and his average is a weakly .207. … Willson Contreras was the big bat for the month, with six homers and a team-leading 16 RBIs and .407 average. … Byron Buxton went 0-for-23 in July. … One that got away: Applegate took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the night vs. Bushwood in Game One of the longtime rivals’ series. But Ryan Zimmerman clubbed a three-run homer to make it interesting, Adeiny Hechavarria tied it with a two-run homer, and Scooter Gennett walked it off with a two-run homer off a dazed Blake Parker. But Applegate came back with a vengeance in Game Two of that series, falling behind 4-0, then scoring once in the seventh and four times in the eighth on a Jose Martinez grand slam to win 5-4. … Even more interesting though was Applegate’s Game One comeback win over Superior that saw the Titans take a 7-0 lead, but the Clips put up a 7-spot of their own in the fourth inning. Then the game went scoreless until the bottom of the ninth when Contreras walked it off with a three-run homer and a 10-7 win. … The charm continued in Game 2 of that series when, down 1-0 in the eighth inning, Applegate rallied for three runs, aided by a key single by Billy Hamilton off a lefty that drove in the lead run. Hamilton, by the way, has more homers (6) than doubles (5) … The Clips’ only loss to Superior was to lefty Rich Hill, ironic because the Clips are now 19-4 vs. lefties this year. … And Applegate’s Game One tilt with East Cobb was epic too. The Clips blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth and a 6-5 lead in the 10th before notching two in the 12th that Applegate was finally able to lock down for an 8-6 win. Joe Mauer homered, Judge tripled and Josh Donaldson hit a sac fly for those 12th-inning runs. … Applegate pitching held East Cobb to 30 hits in that series as the Juice hit just .180. Contreras had eight of his RBIs in that series. …

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