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Sailing with the Clippers: 5/28/2012 - 6/3/2012

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/28/2012 - 6/3/2012
June 4, 2012
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After posting a .500 record or better in two-straight weeks, the Columbus Clippers struggled over the past seven days, going 2-4.

Columbus (26-29) lost three of four games in Buffalo before splitting a double header in Rochester on Saturday. Sunday’s game against the Red Wings was rained out and is being played Monday as part of a series ending double-header.

The Clippers lost some ground in the IL West standings with their poor week. Columbus trails division leader Indianapolis by 6.5 games, and are five games out of the Wild Card.

Game-by-game analysis

May 28, @Buffalo, Loss, 1-7: The Clippers struggled to get hits against Buffalo starter Dylan Owen, who allowed just one run while striking out four in six innings of work. Zach McAllister, making his first start with Columbus after pitching for Cleveland for a couple weeks, gave up three runs through five innings. Jared Goedert went 1-for-4 and scored Columbus’ lone run.

May 29, @Buffalo, Loss, 1-3: Columbus outhit Buffalo, but were not able to take advantage of its opportunities, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Ezequiel Carrera and Jason Donald each had two hits, with Donald driving home the Clippers’ only run. Chris Ray took the loss, giving up two runs—one earned—in one inning of relief work.

May 30, @Buffalo, Loss, 2-3: Hitting with runners in scoring position wasn’t a problem for Columbus in this loss, but getting hits was. The Clippers left just one runner on base, but only managed three hits against the Bison pitching staff. Matt LaPorta hit his 14th homer of the season, and Cord Phelps drove in his 21st run of the year. Hector Ambriz took the loss, giving up one run in the bottom of the ninth inning with the game tied, 2-2.

May 31, @Buffalo, Win, 3-0: A three-run top of the seventh inning was all Columbus needed to take the finale of a four-game series against Buffalo, avoiding the sweep. Donald, LaPorta and Beau Mills all drove in runs, with Mills hitting of seventh homer of the season. Ray, after a poor outing on May 29, recorded his eighth save of the season, throwing a scoreless bottom of the ninth inning.

June 2, @Rochester, Loss, 0-3: The Columbus offense struggled in the series opener against the Red Wings, which was played Saturday afternoon after rain postponed Friday’s game. No Clipper had more than one hit, and only six Columbus hitters reached base, with just three coming from hits. Corey Kluber went six innings in the shortened, seven-inning contest, giving up three runs.

June 2, @Rochester, Win, 1-0: Chad Huffman drove in the game-winning run on a single in the top of the third inning, and the Clippers won despite being outhit by the Red Wings, 3-6. Goedert went 2-for-3 and Chris Seddon threw 6.1 scoreless innings. Seddon had his best stuff when it was needed most, as Rochester went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Who’s hot?

Chris Seddon, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 Ks, 1 BB

With what was possibly his best start of the season, Seddon pitched the Clippers to just their second win in six games, throwing seven-shutout innings against Rochester on June 2. It’s safe to say Seddon had his “A Game” on Saturday, as he struck out seven Red Wings through 6.1 innings of work. When Rochester managed to get on base, Seddon mowed down Red Wings’ batters, as the opposition went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The 6.1 scoreless innings pitched by Seddon are a season high.

T.J McFarland, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 Ks, 4 BBs

In his first start with Columbus after going 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA in Akron, McFarland proved he was worthy of being called up, throwing 5.1 scoreless innings on May 31in a 3-0 win in Buffalo. McFarland only allowed three hits, and struck out three Bison while walking four.

Who’s not?

Russ Canzler, .000, 8 Ks

Many Columbus hitters struggled over the past six games, but none more so than Canzler, who went hitless in 16 at-bats. Canzler walked just once in 17 plate appearances, and struggled to make contact, striking out eight times—50 percent of his at-bats—in six starts. Strikeouts have been troubling Canzler all season long, as he has struck out 57 times in 193 at bats.

Columbus bullpen

The Clippers’ bullpen, mainly Ray and Ambriz, were big reasons why Columbus lost fours games this week. Ray took the loss on May 29, allowing two runs in one inning of work, and Ambriz did the same a day later, giving up the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 2-3 loss on May 30. Columbus’ relief pitchers have been a strongpoint for the Clippers during most of the season, who at one point had a 15-plus inning streak of not allowing a run.

Stat of the week

Russ Canzler’s batting average on the road

Unlike many of his teammates, Canzler struggles, big time, playing away from Huntington Park. Canzler posts a .176 average in other team’s ballparks. His average in Columbus is a staggering .341, almost twice as high as his average on the road.


May 28

IF Lonnie Chisenhall recalled to Cleveland Indians
C Michel Hernandez assigned from Akron Aeros

May 29

C Patric Tolentino assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers
LHP T.J. McFarland added to active roster

May 30

LHP Scott Barnes recalled to Cleveland Indians

June 3

IF/OF Matt LaPorta recalled to Cleveland Indians

Up next

June 4, @Rochester, 5:05 p.m
June 4, @Rochester, following 5:05 p.m. contest
June 5, Buffalo, 7:05 p.m.
June 6, Buffalo, 7:05 p.m.
June 7, Buffalo, 7:05 p.m.
June 8, Buffalo, 7:05 p.m.
June 9, Charlotte, 7:05 p.m.
June 10, Charlotte, 6:05 p.m.

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