Sailing with the Clippers: 4/18/13 - 4/24/13
The Columbus Clippers have finished their third week of the season going 3-4 and bringing their overall record to 10-10 on the year.
The Clippers traveled to Toledo early in the week to face the Mud Hens in a five-game series. The Clippers ended up dropping the series 2-3 to the Mud Hens whom are in last place in the International League West at 6-15. The Clippers are in the midst of a four-game series in Woosic, PA against the RailRiders—through two games, the teams have split the series at 1-1.
Through 20 games the Clippers are in third place in their division and 3.5 games behind the division-leading Indians of Indianapolis. The Louisville Bats stand in second with a 10-9 record.
The Clippers will finish their series with the RailRiders on Friday then travel to Pawtucket to take on the Red Sox.
Game-by-game Analysis / Headline
4/19 @ Toledo Mud Hens (Doubleheader due to weather), 1-3 L, 3-4 L: The Clippers began their week with the Toledo Mud Hens on April 18, but the game was delayed until the next day due to weather. The first run of the game by the Mud Hens proved to be the winner—which came in the first inning after two batters. The Mud Hens found one hit in the first inning, but a walk and a pitching error by Clippers’ righty Daisuke Matsuzaka gave them the 2-0 lead. Clippers’ center fielder Tim Fedroff, second baseman Luis Hernandez, and left fielder Adam Abraham all went 2-for-4 at the plate. Unfortunately for the Clippers, the team went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and ended up losing the game 3-1.
The second game of the doubleheader showcased an early pitching duel between the Clippers’ Trevor Bauer and the Mud Hens’ Shawn Hill. Both pitchers stood seven innings on the mound and only gave up two earned runs apiece. The Clippers took the lead (3-2) in the top of the ninth on an RBI-single by Hernandez. Despite giving up four errors throughout the game, the Mud Hens’ prevailed by scoring two in the bottom half of the ninth to win 4-3. Clippers’ pitcher Preston Guilmet picked up his first loss of the season.
4/20 vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 1-0 W: Saturday’s matchup in Columbus began much like the second game of the doubleheader the day prior—a dominant pitching performance by both the Clippers and the Mud Hens. Clippers’ righty Carlos Carrasco had his best outing of the season and arguably the best performance by a Clipper pitcher so far this season. Carrasco went six innings only giving up two hits while striking out 10 batters to help shutout the Mud Hens 1-0. Clippers’ pitchers Scott Barnes and Matt Capps added to the shutout with one inning pitched by both. The only run of the game was a homer to center field by Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz.
4/21 vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 0-3 L: The Clippers managed only five hits against the Mud Hens on this night. Five Clippers’ combined for a total of 0-for-15 from the plate. Clippers’ lefty Giovanni Soto, who was making his first start since August 7 of last year, didn’t last too long as he was replaced after 1.1 innings by reliever Jerry Gil. The Clippers went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
4/22 vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 3-0 W: The final game of the series against the Mud Hens was the third game in a row of games ending in a shutout. The Clippers success in the victory came from the plate and the mound. The Clippers batted 9-for-31 as a team. Clippers’ left fielder Cedric Hunter scored two off a homer to right center in the seventh inning. His performance would be followed up by Clippers’ center fielder Matt Carson who homered to left field in the following inning. The Clippers’ trio of Joe Martinez, Matt Langwell, and Peter Guilmet combined for six strikeouts and five hits and they gave up no earned runs.
4/23 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 1-2 L: The Clippers bats came up short to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Tuesday night. This game marked the first of eight on the road for the Clippers. Tuesday night showcased a pitching battle between the Clippers right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka and RailRiders right-handed pitcher Dellin Betances. Matsuzaka had his best outing of the season as he pitched 6 1/3 innings and allowed just three hits and two earned runs. Matsuzaka also added eight strikeouts to his stat line. On the RailRiders mound, 6-foot-8-inch Betances went seven innings and only gave up three hits and one run. Betances also struck out seven Clippers to pick-up his first win of the season (1-2). The RailRiders had just enough from the plate with their three hits to find the win off a two-run homerun by RailRiders first baseman Dan Johnson.
4/24 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 5-4 W: The Clippers took the second game of the series with a 5-4 morning win against the RailRiders. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the seventh inning when Clippers’ pitcher Jerry Gil walked three batters in the inning which loaded the bases for RailRiders’ third baseman David Adams who singled to center scoring two. The Clippers responded in the top half of the eighth with a two-run homer by right fielder Jeremy Hermida. After RailRiders’ pitcher Sam Demel walked three, Clippers’ pinch-hitter Cord Phelps brought Matt Carson home on a force out at first. The game featured 10 pitchers—five for both teams. Gil picked up his second win of the season for the Clippers.
RHP Trevor Bauer, 18 IP, 5 ERs, 24 SOs
Trevor Bauer makes the list for the second consecutive week with his performance in two games on April 19 and April 24. Although Bauer’s starts didn’t prove to be wins, his consistent play let the Clippers split both games 1-1. Bauer started on the mound on April 19 pitching seven innings and gave up only two runs; he also added seven strikeouts to his outing. On April 24, Bauer pitched five innings and gave up two runs while also adding eight strikeouts to his stat line. Bauer is expected to make his next start against Pawtucket
C Roberto Perez, 0-for-9, 4 SOs
Clippers’ catcher Roberto Perez appeared in four of the seven games this week. Over the course of the year, Perez has played in 12 games and has had 31 appearances at the plate. Unfortunately, this week wasn’t so positive for the catcher. Perez went 0-for-9 total through all four games and struck out four times as well. Perez also does not have a hit while playing away from Huntington Park (0-for-11) on the year.
Stat of the Week
Jeremy Hermida - Away RBIs (11) vs. Home RBIs (2)
Clippers’ right fielder Jeremy Hermida leads the team with 13 RBIs on the season. The next closest Clipper is shortstop Juan Diaz with eight. Hermida has 11 RBIs away from Huntington Park and only two in Columbus this season—bringing his away-home RBI differential to nine. Over the past week, Hermida has driven in three of his 13 RBIs and all of them came while on the road. This could be a positive trend for the Clipper faithful with the Clippers finishing out April with six consecutive road games.
RHP Corey Kluber recalled to Cleveland
C Omir Santos optioned from Cleveland
INF Matt Lawson to temporary inactive list
INF Cord Phelps optioned from Cleveland
LHP Scott Kazmir, returned to Cleveland from rehab assignment
RHP Fernando Nieve to Cleveland
Activated Bryan Price from the 7 Day DL in Columbus and then transfer to Akron
4/25 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:35 pm)
4/26 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (7:05 pm)
4/27 @ Pawtucket Red Sox (6:05 pm)
4/28 @ Pawtucket Red Sox (1:05 pm)
4/29 @ Pawtucket Red Sox (6:15 pm)
4/30 @ Pawtucket Red Sox (12:05 pm)
5/1 Day Off