Sailing with the Clippers: 4/25/13 - 5/1/13
The Columbus Clippers finished their fourth week of the season capturing four wins in the six games played. The Clippers are 14-12 on the year.
The Clippers finished their series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the middle of the week taking three-of-four games to capture the series. The Clippers then traveled to Rhode Island to take on the Pawtucket Red Sox for a three-game series. The Clippers took two of the three games against the Red Sox winning both by a score of 6-5. The Clippers have scored five runs or less in 20 games this season. They are 5-0 when scoring more than five runs.
The best news from the week was the recovery of right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco who was hit by a line drive on April 25 against the RailRiders. Carrasco made a speedy recovery and wound up starting April 30 against the Red Sox.
The Clippers now head home to the capital city to take on the Rochester Redwings and Charlotte Knights in back-to-back four-game series starting tonight.
Game-by-game Analysis / Headline
4/25 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 4-1 W: The Clippers victory was masked by the injury to pitcher Carlos Carrasco after 4.2 innings of play. Carrasco took a line drive off his arm and left the game immediately in the bottom of the fifth inning. Carrasco allowed five hits, no runs, and one walk through his outing. Some clutch hitting by first baseman Mike McDade and second baseman Matt Lawson gave the Clippers the early 2-0 lead. The Clippers then added two more runs through the seventh and eighth inning. Clippers’ lefty David Huff picked up his first win of the season (1-1) pitching 2.2 innings allowing one hit and striking out four batters.
4/26 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 3-2 W: Clippers’ left-handed pitcher T.J. House made his Clipper-debut after being assigned from the Akron Aeros. House had a decent outing pitching 6.0 innings and allowed only two runs on five hits and also struck out seven batters. The Clippers only went 6-for-32 at the plate, but found the offense when needed. A home run by right fielder Matt Carson lifted the Clippers past the RailRiders, 3-2. The Clippers captured the series winning three of the four games.
4/27 @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-6 L: The Clippers had a 5-2 lead through five innings of play, but gave up four runs to the Red Sox in the eighth and nine inning. Clippers’ righty Joe Martinez had a very similar game to T.J. House the night before. Martinez pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, and struckout seven batters on the night. A series of walks by Clippers’ pitcher Matt Langwell and some clutch hitting by the Red Sox earned them the win in a three-run ninth inning.
4/28 @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-5 W: The Clippers second game against the Red Sox was another scary day on the mound. Clippers’ pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka ended up leaving the game after three perfect innings pitched with an abdominal strain. The injury came just as rumors began to break out about the potential of Matsuzaka joining the rotation for the Cleveland Indians. The Clippers found tremendous success early on going up 6-0 through six innings. Some clutch hitting by catcher Omir Santos and three RBIs by second baseman Matt Lawson were pertinent to the Clippers’ early lead. David Huff gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh and was replaced byRob Bryson who gave up two home runs to the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth. Clippers’ closerPreston Guilmet made an early appearance and gave up an RBI-single— but he retired the side the rest of the way for the 6-5 win. Huff received his second win of the season (2-1) while Guilmet recorded his eighth save of the season.
4/29 @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 1-5 L: The Clippers lack of offense led them to their second loss of the series with the Pawtucket Red Sox, falling 5-1. The Clippers went 7-for-33 on the game leaving 11 runners on-base and also went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position—striking out ten times as a team. The bats ultimately were the difference in the game for both clubs. Monday night featured the Clippers first look at pitcher Toru Murata who made his debut after being recently assigned from the Akron Aeros. Murata made the start for Trevor Bauer, who was a late scratch from the mound.
4/30 @ Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-5 W: The Clippers grinded out a win against the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-5 on Tuesday after 15 innings of play. The win split the series between the two clubs at 2-2. After a night before where the bats weren't performing as the Clippers hoped, the team found triumph at the plate going 15-for-44 through nine innings and eventually ending the game going 19-for-62. Clippers' recent addition, catcher Chris Wallace, who was assigned from the Akron Aeros on Sunday, led the way going 5-for-7 at the plate. Wallace added an RBI and a double to his stat line — totaling seven bases in the game. Clippers second baseman Cord Phelps went 2-for-5 from the plate and added two RBIs. Right fielder Jeremy Hermida added to the tally by going 3-for-7 and had two RBIs as well. Clippers’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco made the start on the mound six days after his scary injury against the RailRiders. Carrasco ended up going just three innings after giving up four runs on three hits.
C Chris Wallace, 1 G, 5-for-7 (.714), 7 TB, 2 2B, 1 RBI
After being assigned from the Akron Aeros and one game of play for the Clippers—Chris Wallace is an exciting player to watch at the moment. In his first appearance with the club, he went 5-for-7 with two doubles and one RBI. Wallace had a total of seven bases in the 6-5 win against the Red Sox. Before joining the Clippers, Wallace went 11-for-30 with the Aeros and added six RBIs. With the Clippers current lack of performance at the plate, Wallace could be of some help for the team and help them find some offense.
3B Ryan Rohlinger 4-for-22 (.181), 6 SOs, 1 RBI
Clippers’ third baseman Ryan Rohlinger has appeared in 20 of the 26 games this season for the club. This past week he appeared in five of six games and went 4-for-22 from the plate, and went 0-for-8 during two games in the stretch. Rohlinger also struck out six times, though only has has just eight strikeouts in 20 games overall.
Stat of the Week
Columbus Clippers, 175 Hits, International League Low
The Columbus Clippers are currently ranked last in the league with a 175 hits through 26 games. The fact that they have found little success from the plate and have an above .500 record says a lot about the bullpen the Clippers’ possess. The Clippers success from the plate on April 30—going 15-for-44 through nine innings—and the recent performance by Chris Wallace—the team could end up turning up the bats in the month of May. The Clippers will take on the Rochester Red Wings and Charlotte Knights at home in back-to-back series' to start the month. Rochester’s bullpen is currently ranked last in the International league giving up 260 hits on the year. Right behind them is the Charlotte Knights whom have given up 252 hits this season.
C Lou Marson has been activated from DL and returned to Cleveland
RHP Matt Capps to 7 day DL (right shoulder inflammation)
INF Luis Hernandez to 7 day DL (left hamstring strain)
RHP Fernando Nieve accepted outright assignment from Cleveland
C/INF Yan Gomes optioned from Cleveland
C Yan Gomes recalled to Cleveland
LHP Scott Barnes recalled to Cleveland
C Chris Wallace added from Akron
RHP Kyle Landis added from Akron
RHP Toru Murata added from Akron
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to the 7 day DL
INF Matt Antonelli from the 7 day DL and then he is released from the organization.
RHP Trevor Bauer recalled to Cleveland
LHP Scott Barnes optioned from Cleveland
LHP Nick Hagadone optioned from Cleveland
5/2 vs. Rochester Red Wings (6:35 pm)
5/3 vs. Rochester Red Wings (7:15 pm)
5/4 vs. Rochester Red Wings (7:05 pm)
5/5 vs. Rochester Red Wings (1:05 pm)
5/6 vs. Charlotte Knights (6:35 pm)
5/7 vs. Charlotte Knights (6:35 pm)
5/8 vs. Charlotte Knights (6:35 pm)