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Sailing with the Clippers: 5/23/13 - 5/29/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/23/13 - 5/29/13
May 30, 2013
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The Columbus Clippers finished their eighth week of the season losing six of the seven games played and are now 29-24 on the year.  The six games lost this week are the most the Clippers have lost in a week all season, and come a week after they set their longest win streak of the season with six in a row.

The Clippers finished their home series with the Syracuse Chiefs over the weekend getting swept by the Chiefs in the four games played. The Chiefs scored eight runs in three out of four of the games. The Clippers then traveled to Louisville to take on the Bats where the they have dropped two of three games so far.

The Clippers will return home to Huntington Park this weekend for a four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians beginning on Friday.  The Clippers have split with the Indians 4-4 on the season.

Game-by-game Analysis / Headline

5/23 vs. Syracuse Chiefs, 7-8 L: The Clippers' seven-game winning streak was snapped Thursday as they dropped the game 8-7 in extra innings. Clippers’ power hitters’ right fielder Jeremy Hermida and first baseman Matt LaPorta combined to go 1-for-9 on the game. Clippers’ pitcher Nick Hagadone picked up his first loss of the season.

5/24 vs. Syracuse Chiefs, 4-8 L: The Indians top pitching-prospect, Trevor Bauer, did not have his usual stuff as he surrendered just four hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work, but his five walks came back to haunt him. Of his five earned-runs, four of them came by way of free passes. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was the only Clipper to have a positive performance at the plate going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and one home run.

5/25 vs. Syracuse Chiefs, 1-2 L: In front of 11,446 fans, the largest crowd of the year, Columbus dropped their second extra-inning game of the series. Each team’s pitching staff was remarkable throughout the game. Syracuse allowed a lone run on five hits while Clippers starter Danny Salazar, along with relief pitchers Jerry GilMatt Langwell and Preston Guilmetcombined for a three-hitter on the night. The Clippers went 5-for-33 at the plate and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and five batters failed to register a hit.

5/26 vs. Syracuse Chiefs, 5-8 L: The Chiefs completed the sweep in the four-game series, which came on the tail of a six-game winning streak.  Second baseman Cord Phelps went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and catcher Chris Wallace added some additional offense with another RBI. The Clippers were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Clippers’ pitcher Joe Martinez picked up his third loss of the season (1-3) pitching 6.2 innings and allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits.

5/27 @ Louisville Bats, 13-11 W: The Clippers ended their four-game losing streak with a 12-inning marathon win over the Louisville Bats. It took the Clippers 12 innings and 19 hits to beat the Bats, and the two teams combined for 34 hits in the game. The Clippers’ bullpen had one of their most active nights of the season as they threw seven pitchers over the course of the game. Clippers’ righty Carlos Carrasco started on the mound and pitched four innings while giving up three earned runs on four hits—he also struck out five batters. First baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen put the Clippers on top with a two-run homer in the top of the twelfth inning. Chen’s homer gave the Clippers five on the game. The Clippers scored nine of their 13 runs from home runs.

5/28 @ Louisville Bats, 2-5 L: After a slugfest on May 27 where the two clubs combined for 39 hits in the game, the two teams mustered only 15 hits on Tuesday. The Clippers’ inconsistency at the plate led them to go 6-for-32 while the Bats went 9-for-31 on the night. The pitching performance on the mound for the Clippers matched that of the offense. Clippers’ pitcher T.J. House picked up his third loss of the season while pitching eight innings and gave up three earned runs on nine hits. House is the first pitcher this season to pitch a complete game for the club.

5/29 @ Louisville Bats, 7-10 L: The Clippers dropped their second game of the series against the Louisville Bats, and have lost six of their seven games. Despite a decent performance from the Clippers’ bats, it was Louisville making all of the plays from the plate. The Bats scored in six of the eight innings—racking up ten runs in the first six innings of play including four home runs. Clippers righty Trevor Bauer picked up his second loss of the season (2-2), giving up seven earned runs on seven hits—including all four home runs in the game. Bauer only struck out three batters and walked four. Bats pitcher Armando Galarraga did not have such a stellar performance but gave up less runs to earn him his third victory of the season (3-3). The Clippers brought the deficit to 7-6 with a series of hits from the team in the midst of the game, but eventually fell short.

Who’s Hot?

3B Lonnie Chisenhall, 10-for-20, 6 RBIs, 2 HRs

Recently acquired Lonnie Chisenhall has had quite the week at the plate for the Clippers. In a week where the team had six losses, Chisenhall performed going 10-for-20 bringing in six runs and hitting two home runs in the process. Chisenhall is 17-for-50 on the season, and his good week is a great sign for the club.

Who’s Not?

SS Juan Diaz, 5-for-23, 1 RBI, 7 SOs

Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz had another inconsistent week at the plate going 5-for-23 only recording one RBI and struck out seven times. Diaz is batting .215 on the year and leads the team in strikeouts with 54.

Stat of the Week

1.85 ERA for Clippers’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco

Clippers’ righty Carlos Carrasco leads the International League with an ERA of 1.85 on the season. Carrasco has appeared in nine games and is currently 2-0 on the year.

Transactions

May 23

LHP  Scott Barnes recalled by Cleveland
INF  Adam Abraham from the 7 day DL
LHP  Giovanni Soto to the 7 day DL (lower back strain)

May 24 

RHP  Bryan Price from Akron

May 25

INF  Cord Phelps optioned from Cleveland

May 26

INF   Adam Abraham to Akron
RHP Francisco Valera from Lake County

May 27

LHP  Nick Hagadone recalled to Cleveland
RHP  Francisco Valera to Carolina Mudcats 
RHP  Paulo Espino from Akron
RHP  Rob Bryson from Akron

May 28

RHP Chen Lee from the 7 day DL and transfer to Lake County

Next Seven

5/31 vs. Indianapolis Indians (7:15 pm)
6/1 vs. Indianapolis Indians (7:05 pm)
6/2 vs. Indianapolis Indians (6:05 pm)
6/3 vs. Indianapolis Indians (7:05 pm)
6/4 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (7:05 pm)
6/5 vs. Toledo Mud Hens (12:05 pm)

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