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Sailing with the Clippers: 5/30/13 - 6/5/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/30/13 - 6/5/13
June 6, 2013
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The Columbus Clippers had another rough seven days, going 1-6 for the second-consecutive week and now sit an even 30-30. Despite the tough times, the Clippers remain in second place in the International League West, 10.5 games behind the Indianapolis Indians who are 41-20. The biggest problem has been the pitching staff, who seem to be going through an early season slump.

Columbus dropped the final game at Louisville 4-1 before being swept by Indianapolis in a four-game series at Huntington Park. In that series, the Indians outscored the Clippers 40-14.

The Clippers were able to salvage a win in their next match-up to split the two-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Columbus will turn around and travel up north to take on Toledo in another two-game series starting Thursday.

Catching Wind

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
5 G, .500 BA (9-for-18), .571 OBP, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB

Chisenhall continues to impress at the plate ever since his demotion from Cleveland back on May 13. His six RBI in the past week account for one-fifth of the Clippers’ runs in that time span. Despite being in Columbus for just 17 games, he is third on the team in homeruns (6) and RBI (18). His .382 batting average leads the team. Look for Chisenhall to remain a force in the heart of the Clippers’ order as the season progresses (if he is not recalled by the Indians in the near future).

Jeremy Hermida, OF
6 G, .348 BA (8-for-23), .423 OBP, 3 R, 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB

Arguably no other Clipper has been more consistent at the plate than Hermida. If there is one thing he knows how to do, it’s finding a way to get on base. The outfielder’s solid week included a four-hit game on May 30 against Toledo. He leads the team in home runs (10), total bases (90), walks (46) and  on-base percentage (.403) and is second in runs (28), hits (49) and RBI (33). His 46 free passes are also tops in the entire International League.

Trevor Bauer, SP
1 G, 0-0, 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 8 K, 3 BB

Coming off a horrid start in Louisville where he surrendered seven earned runs in 4.2 innings of work, Bauer turned things around and gave one of his best outings of the year on June 3 against Indianapolis. Although he earned a no-decision in the start, the prospect cranked out a solid performance giving up just one run on nine hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in 5.2 innings. His three walks were his lowest total since April 24 when he issued two free passes to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Stranded at Sea

Joe Martinez, SP
2 G, 0-2, 11.1 IP, 13.78 ERA, 28 H, 4 HR, 19 R, 17 ER, 9 K, 1 BB

Control has not been an issue for Martinez, but rather location. The right-hander has struggled mightily as of late, allowing 43 runs in his past seven starts (33.1 innings). His earned-run average continues to skyrocket and now sits at 6.95. He is leaving pitches up in the zone and his off-speed pitches are flat. His last two starts have been particularly atrocious, allowing 17 earned runs on 28 hits in 11.1 innings and posting a 13.78 ERA.

Jerry Gil, RHP
3 G, 0-2, 4 IP, 15.75 ERA, 7 H, 2 HR, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 K, 1 BB

Gil scuffled in the past week, giving up more runs (7) than innings pitched (4). Manager Chris Tremie calls on Gil often and do not expect that to change because of his last three games. The right-handed reliever has made 24 appearances this season, second only to closer Preston Guilmet who has 25.

Carlos Carrasco, SP
1 G, 0-1, 4 IP, 18.00 ERA, 9 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 4 K, 3 BB

Carrasco was lucky to escape without earning his first lost of the season after his lackluster start on June 1 against Indianapolis where he allowed nine runs on nine hits in just four innings. The Venezuelan-native has been the most consistent pitcher in the Clippers’ rotation and his most-recent start is must likely a minor hiccup. On the year, Carrasco is 2-0 in 10 games (9 starts) with a 3.21 ERA and 50 punch outs.

Important Numbers

13:  Jeremy Hermida has reached base in 13-straight games dating back to May 21. If not counting his failed pinch-hit attempt on May 20, Hermida has been on the base in 24-consecutive games. Hermida has reached base in 40 of his past 41 starts.

7.30: Since May 23, the Columbus Clippers pitching staff has a horrific 7.30ERA (130.0IP, 104 ER). They have given up at least seven runs in seven of the last ten contests.

On The Move

May 31

RHP Rob Bryson reassigned to Akron Aeros
C Lou Marson added from Cleveland Indians on injury rehab assignment

June 1

RHP Matt Langwell had contract purchased by Cleveland Indians
RHP Benny Suarez added from Lake County
RHP Louis Head added from Lake County

June 2

RHP Benny Suarez returned to Lake County
RHP Louis Head returned to Lake County
LHP Scott Barnes optioned from Cleveland Indians

June 3

RHP Chris Jakubauskas signed as a free agent
RHP Fernando Nieve sent to 7 day DL (left abdominal strain)

June 4

INF Ryan Rohlinger sent to 7 day DL (left oblique)
INF Nate Spears added from Akron Aeros.
INF Juan Diaz recalled by Cleveland Indians

On-Deck

Two-game series @ Toledo Mud Hens (21-40)

6/6- 7:00 p.m.
6/7- 7:00 p.m.

Four-game series @ Gwinnett Braves (25-26)

6/8- 7:05 p.m.
6/9- 2:05 p.m.
6/10- 6:05 p.m.
6/11- 12:05 p.m.
6/12- OFF DAY

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