Sailing with the Clippers: 4/4/13 - 4/10/13
The Columbus Clippers' 2013 season got underway this week with two away series in Indianapolis, IN and Louisville, KY. The Clippers left Indianapolis with a series split, 2-2, and then earned a 2-1 series win over the Louisville Bats to bring their record to 4-3 on the year.
The start of the season brings some early glory and forgettable woes for the club.
Over the seven-game span, the Clippers have posted two shutouts, as well as being shutout twice. The Clippers have outscored their opponents 26-18, and have registered 11 errors.
After a week of play, the Clippers are tied with the Bats at one-game back of the Indianapolis Indians.
4/4 @ Indianapolis Indians, 4-0 W: The season opener for both the Columbus Clippers and the Indianapolis Indians was not a hitting clinic by any means. The teams combined to go 8-for-58 from the plate over the duration of the game. The earlier parts of the season tend to usually favor the pitchers and both starting pitchers, and Clippers starter Joe Martinez and Indians starter Andy Oliver delivered. Once Oliver was relieved in the seventh, Indians Vic Black entered the game to give up a grand slam to Clippers left fielder Jeremy Hermida, which was all the Clippers needed to take the victory 4-0.
4/5 @ Indianapolis Indians, 7-4 W: The Indians jumped out to a quick lead with back-to-back doubles in the first giving Indianapolis a 1-0 lead after one. Two more doubles in the third gave the Indians a 2-0 lead. The Clippers found success in the fourth inning where they found four hits and three runs to take over the lead 3-2. The Clippers never looked back scoring two more in the fifth and seventh innings. The Clippers won 7-4 after committing three errors in the game.
4/6 @ Indianapolis Indians, 3-5 L: The Clippers chance at a series sweep fell short against the Indians on this day. The game was headlined by the debut of Clippers pitcher Diasuke Matsuzaka who threw 94 pitches over five innings. Matsuzaka gave up four hits, three of which came in the fifth inning. The result of his performance ended in six strikeouts and an earned run average of 3.60. The Clippers bullpen gave up three more walks than the Indians, putting the Indians’ runners in better scoring position to take the 5-3 lead.
4/7 @ Indianapolis Indians, 0-3 L: The fourth game of the series was won by the Indians whom posted a 3-0 shutout against the Clippers. The final score didn’t tell the entire story as the Clippers out-hit the Indians 8-7 in the game. The Clippers struggled to find a hit in an opportune time of the game. An errant play midway through the game also proved costly, and ultimately did the Indians in. The win split the series 2-2 between the clubs.
4/8 @ Louisville Bats, 7-2 W: Both the Clippers and the Indians found early success from starters Daniel Corcinoand David Huff who pitched shutout baseball through the first-third of the game. A series of hits by the Clippers put baserunners in scoring position that lead to a five-run inning for the Clippers. The Indians would answer in the bottom half of the fourth with two runs, but it wasn’t enough. After the Clippers added two more in the top of the seventh, the game was out of reach for the Indians. Louisvilles’ center fielder Billy Hamilton went 4-for-5, including three stolen bases and two RBI, but his game was overshadowed by the 7-2 Clippers victory.
4/9 @ Louisville Bats, 0-4 L: The Clippers could not find an answer at the plate against Bats’ pitcher Tony Cingraniin the second game of the series. Cingrani pitched six innings only allowing three hits and striking out seven Clippers. It was the second time in three nights the Clippers had been shut out. On a side note, Cingrani has been rumored to potentially take the fifth starting spot with the Reds in place of Mike Leake. The Clippers left eight runners stranded in scoring position on Monday night—falling to the Bats 4-0.
4/10 @ Louisville Bats, 5-0 W: Clippers pitcher Corey Kluber was expected to take the mound Wednesday night but was recalled hours before the game to the Cleveland Indians. The pitching change gave Matt Langwell the spot-start and four other Clippers’ pitchers would take the mound as well. The game started as a pitching battle between Langwell and the Bats’ Armando Galarraga—both combining for seven strikeouts through three innings. A series of four hits would give the bats a 3-0 lead in the fourth innings—they would had two more to their total to win 5-0.
LF Jeremy Hermida, .320, 8 RBIs, 2 HRs, 17 TB
Clippers Left fielder Jeremy Hermida has done most of the heavy lifting when it comes to putting runs on the scoreboard for the Clippers. Hermida registered six RBIs in the first two games of the season as well as hitting a home run in each of those games. Hermida batted .500 in three out of the seven games last week and is currently tied for second in the International league with eight RBIs on the year.
RF Matt Carson, .138, 11 SOs, 1 RBI
The Clippers right fielder has consistently struggled from the plate in the early-going of the season. Carson went 2-for-15 in the four-game Indianapolis series—striking out seven times in total. The struggles continued against Louisville in the three-game series where Carson went 2-for-14 and struck out four times. Through four games in the seven-game stretch, Carson batted 0-for-16—only accounting for one RBI this season. Carson is one of five players to play all seven games so far.
Stat of the Week
Stolen Bases: 1
Clippers third baseman Luis Hernandez has one stolen base over a seven-game span, and is the only player who has attempted a steal and registered a stolen base for the Clippers this season. In the past three years there has been a steady decline in total stolen bases for the Clippers. In 2010, the Clippers registered 156 steals, in 2011 they had 91 steals, and in 2012 they registered 77 steals. Small sample sized be damned, if the Clippers continued at their current pace they would only account for 20 steals in 2013.
RHP Trevor Bauer promoted to Cleveland
RHP Fernando Nieve added from Mahoning Valley
RHP Corey Kluber recalled to Cleveland
RHP Trevor Bauer optioned from Cleveland
RHP Bryan Price added from Mahoning Valley
Next Seven (all home)
4/11 vs. Indianapolis Indians @ 7:05 pm
4/12 vs. Indianapolis Indians @ 7:15 pm
4/13 vs. Indianapolis Indians @ 7:05 pm
4/14 vs. Indianapolis Indians @ 1:05 pm
4/15 vs. Louisville Bats @ 6:35 pm
4/16 vs. Louisville Bats @ 6:35 pm
4/17 vs. Louisville Bats @ 11 :35 am