Clip & Dirty: 4/27
Team Pitching: 7(4) R(ER), 8H, 2BB, 11K, 64.5% K's
Pino continues to impress with each start and may prove to be a fairly worthwhile acquisition in addition to our cap relief gained from the Carl Pavano trade last season. He is throwing lots of strikes, is inducing GB's at an above-average rate, and is still keeping his K/BB (4.5) ratio and K/9 (9.0) levels very high. These are things that we should like as Clippers fans and love as prospect nerds. Frank Herrmann, a rehabbing Hector Ambriz and Saul Rivera finished what Pino started and combined for a relatively uneventful 3 2/3 innings to mop things up.
I think at this point, Pino has put himself in line to get the first spot start call up in Cleveland. He is less of a long-term prospect so there are no service-time issues like Rondon and he is pitching better than Carrasco and Gomez. Lewis could sneak in there if the Tribe is in a pinch and Pino just went, but I think Yohan's the guy at this point.
Team Hitting: 19H, 4XBH, 3BB, 12 R
The hitting summary tonight: a lot. Can I just leave it at that? No? Ok, I'm going to forgo analysis and just list impressive factoids about the game:
- Seven of the nine starters had a multi-hit game.
- Twenty two men reached base safely. Twenty of them in the first five innings.
- Shelley Duncan had the opportunity to leave 7 runners on base by the 3rd inning.
- The Clippers still went 9-15 with RISP.
- All four XBH's occurred in the 1st inning, and six singles occurred in the 2nd. Both innings led to 5 runs.
- Jason Donald went 4-4 with a BB, SB, HR, 3RBI and is proving that he may well be an upgrade over the Valbuena/Grudzielanek combo that is currently terrorizing opposing pitchers in the Majors.
- Jason Donald is OPSing better than .900 and is hopefully regaining his career offensive prowess after a disappointing 2009. Before last year, he OPSed above 850 at every level he was at in both '07 and '08.
- Carlos Santana: 2-3, 2BB, 2R, 2RBI, SB, 1.106 OPS. Whatever.