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Sailing with the Clippers: 4/11/13 - 4/17/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 4/11/13 - 4/17/13
April 18, 2013
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The Columbus Clippers have finished their second week of the season going 3-3 and bringing their overall record to 7-6.

The Clippers welcomed the Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats to Columbus after traveling to both their stadiums a week before. The unpredictable midwest weather postponed the first game of the week against the Indians - resulting in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 which both teams split. The second game of the Clippers-Bats series was postponed and the makeup date is still to be determined.

After two weeks of play the Clippers are 2.5 games in back of the Indians and tied with the Bats at 7-6. The Toledo Mud Hens sit in last place at 3-11 in the International League West standings.

Game-by-game Analysis

4/12 vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7-6 W: The bottom of the second inning was all the Clippers needed to seal the win against the Indians in their home opener. Clippers shortstop Juan Diaz had his best game of the year wuth a multi-hit game and adding two RBIs to his stat sheet. The Clippers as a team batted 12-for-35 on the night, and all of those runs came in the bottom of the second. Clippers’ righty Jerry Gil picked up his first win of the season pitching 1.1 innings.

4/13 vs. Indianapolis Indians (Doubleheader), 2-1 W, 0-5 L: The Clippers and Indians faced-off in a doubleheader, and the first game of the doubleheader (2-1 win) was a pitching duel between Clippers’ righty Trevor Bauer and Indians’ lefty Kris Johnson who both pitched six innings. Bauer found the advantage in strikeouts throughout the game, delivering nine to Johnson’s three. Bauer also found success in the most important column: earned runs, 2-1, which ended up the difference in the game. Clippers’ right-hander Preston Guilmet came in and racked up his third save of the year.  The second game of the doubleheader (5-0 loss) wasn’t as prett as Clippers’ lefty David Huff made his first start of the season throwing just one inning and gave up four runs four runs in the first inning. Huff was replaced by pitcher Fernando Nieve who went four innings striking out six different batters. The Indians mound was a completely different story. The Indians found success from the trio of Brooks Brown, Ryan Reid, and Vic Black who combined for a total of 10 strikeouts and only gave up one hit. The Clippers had their worst batting average as a team in this game on the season going 1-for-23 through seven innings—a .043 average.

4/14 vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7-12 L: The Clippers found success through the first third of the game, but ended up giving nine runs to the Indians in the top of the seventh. The Clippers went 10-for-35 from the plate. Clippers center fielder Tim Fedroff, second baseman Cord Phelps, right fielder Matt Carson, and left fielder Cedric Hunter all went 1-for-5 in the game. Clippers third baseman Luis Hernandez had his best game of the season going 2-for-4 at the plate adding his first two RBIs of the season and his first home run. Hernandez also picked up his second stolen base of the season giving the Clippers five total on the year.

4/15 vs. Louisville Bats, 4-1 W: The first game of the series for the Clippers and Bats ended in a 4-1 victory for the Clippers. Scott Kazmir saw his first action in affiliated baseball since 2011, while Carlos Carrasco came in and threw four innings of quality relief to close out the game.  Clippers shortstop Juan Diaz went 1-for-3 in the game, but added three RBIs and a homer - his first of the season. The Clippers found the win despite going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

4/17 vs. Louisville Bats, 3-8 L: The Clippers lost their last game of the series against the Bats, splitting the series 1-1 after their postponed game the night before. The Clippers found little success from the mound on this night. Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Joe Martinez pitched 3.1 innings giving up 10 hits and six runs in the process. The Clippers found three runs in the fifth after a double by catcher Roberto Perez which scored two, and an RBI single from left fielder Tim Fedroff. Clippers second baseman Luis Hernandez, designated hitter Jeremy Hermida, and first baseman Mike McDade combined to go 0-for-12 from the plate.

Who’s Hot?

RHP Trevor Bauer, 1.50 ERA, 1 ER, 9 K

Trevor Bauer picked up his first win of the season on April 13 against the Indianapolis Indians. Bauer pitched six innings only giving up one earned run and striking out nine batters. Bauer is ranked fourth on the team with nine strikeouts on the year (four behind strikeout-leader Fernando Nieve) though has also pitched 11.2 innings less than the top three strikeout-pitchers combined for the Clippers.

Who’s Not?

Joe Martinez, 0-2, 15 IP, 18 H, 8 ER, 8 K

Joe Martinez had a quality outing in the Clippers season opener on April 4 against the Indianapolis Indians, but it’s been downhill from there. Martinez went 5.2 innings on April 4 against the Indians giving up only three hits and no runs, but since then he has given up 15 hits in his last two starts. On April 9 against the Louisville Bats, Martinez pitched six innings giving up five hits and two earned runs. A week later, Martinez pitched 3.1 innings and gave up 10 hits and six earned runss. Martinez’s 15 innings pitched are the most by any Clippers’ pitcher so far this season; he is ranked sixth in strikeouts on the team with eight.

Stat of the Week

Strikeout Comparison: Clippers pitching strikeouts (113) vs. Clippers batting strikeouts (112)

Through 13 games this season, the Clippers pitchers have struck out 113 batters; while the Clippers batters have been struck out 112 times. Both of these statistics rank the team fifth overall in their respective pitching and batting categories as a team. This is an interesting stat as the team finds itself just one game above .500 through two weeks of play.

Transactions

April 14

RHP Bryan Price to the seven-day DL
INF   Matt Antonelli to the seven-day DL 
RHP Corey Kluber optioned from Cleveland
INF   Cord Phelps from the seven-day DL

April 15

LHP Scott Kazmir on Major League injury rehab assignment

April 16 

C  Lou Marson on major league injury rehab assignment 
INF Cord Phelps recalled to Cleveland
INF Matt Lawson from Akron

Next Seven

4/18 @ Toledo Mud Hens (6:30 pm)
4/19 @ Toledo Mud Hens (7:00 pm)
4/20 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (7:05 pm)
4/21 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (1:05 pm)
4/22 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (10:35 am)
4/23 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:35 pm)
4/24 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (10:35 am)

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