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Sailing with the Clippers: 5/9/13 - 5/15/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 5/9/13 - 5/15/13
May 16, 2013
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The Columbus Clippers finished their sixth week of the season capturing five wins in the seven games played. The Clippers are 22-18 on the year.

The Clippers finished their series with Charlotte Knights in the midst of the last week—splitting the series with the Knights, 2-2. The Clippers then traveled to Rochester to take on the Red Wings. The series marked an eight-game road trip for the club. Currently, the Clippers are tied with the Chiefs 1-1 in the series with a game Thursday night at 7:00 pm followed by the last game of the series on Friday at 7:00 pm.

The Clippers will return home to Huntington Park next week for a four-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders beginning on Saturday. The Clippers won their first series against the RailRiders, 3-1, in April.

Game-by-game Analysis / Headline

5/9 vs. Charlotte Knights, 12-9 W: A monster seven-run first inning fueled the Columbus Clippers—defeating the Charlotte Knights 12-9 to split the four-game series. After taking a commanding 7-0 lead in the first, Charlotte came back to tie the game in the top of the third. The Clippers kept battling, however, as they regained the lead with four more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Closer Preston Guilmet came on in the ninth and shut the Knights down for his 10th save of the season.

5/11 @ Rochester Red Wings (doubleheader), 3-1 W, 3-1 W: The doubleheader victories, both 3-1 apiece, showcased the consistent and inconsistent batting the Clipper faithful have witnessed all season. The first game featured a lack of hitting and great pitching, while the second game was highlighted by more success from the plate.

The Clippers’ took game one from the Red Wings despite going 5-for-31 at the plate and 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The Clippers’ bullpen was outstanding in the first game of the doubleheader. Clippers’ pitcher Carlos Carrasco went five innings only giving up four hits and one earned run—and Carrasco winded seven batters. It was Clippers’ reliever Jerry Gil who picked up the win as he pitched two innings striking out one batter and gave up no runs. Gil is 4-0 on the season.

The second game of the doubleheader was a makeup of the postponed game the night before due to weather. The Clippers’ bats started off very slow only managing to grab two hits after fiving innings of play. It would be the Red Wings who put the first run on the board in the bottom half of the fifth. Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Toru Murata started on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing six hits.Clippers’ righty Fernando Nieve took the win as he moves to 3-1 on the season.

5/12 @ Rochester Red Wings, 4-5 L: The Rochester Red Wings took their first game of the series as they scored five runs in the bottom half of the sixth to secure the 5-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers. The Clippers took both games of the May 11th doubleheader with consistent hitting and quality pitching. Unfortunately, it was a different story with regards to the quality pitching in this game. Indians pitching prospect Danny Salazar made his first start on the bump with an impressive outing. Salazar gave up only two hits and walked three batters while adding five strikeouts to his performance, but the bullpen faltered.

5/13 @ Rochester Red Wings, 7-5 W: The Columbus Clippers took game four of their series against the Rochester Red Wings, 7-5, to capture the series 3-1. The game marked the last time the Clippers and Red Wings will face-off in the 2013 season.Clippers’ left-handed pitcher T.J. House picked up a quality start and his first win of the season (1-2) after struggling over his past two outings for Columbus. House pitched seven innings giving up only three earned runs and struck out out seven batters.

5/14 @ Syracuse Chiefs, 5-6 L: The Columbus Clippers fell to the Syracuse Chiefs Tuesday night, 6-5, in a 14-inning marathon game in the series opener. Near the end of the night the players outnumbered the fans as Chiefs left fielder Francisco Soriano knocked a double to left field scoring second baseman Will Rhymes for the walk-off RBI in the bottom half of the 14th inning. The winning run ended six innings of scoreless play, and the second longest game the Clippers have played this season behind their 15-inning game against Pawtucket on April 30.

5/15 @ Syracuse Chiefs, 10-7 W: The Clippers and the Chiefs combined for 26 hits on the night while scoring runs in five of the nine innings played. Despite three errors committed by the Clippers, they sealed the win with four scoreless innings against the Chiefs. Wednesday night was summed up by the mediocrity on the mound in the early parts of the games as the lack of pitching turned into a slugfest for both clubs. Clippers’ batters Cord Phelps, Tim Fedroff, right fielder Matt Carson and first baseman Adam Abraham combined to go 9-for-17 at the plate.

Who’s Hot?

1B Tim Fedroff: 12-for-25 (.480), 1 RBI, 1 HR

Behind first baseman Matt LaPorta, who has been the most consistent hitter for the Clippers’ of late, is outfielder Tim Fedroff. Fedroff went 12-for-25 this week and had some very consistent hitting through the two series played. Fedroff is batting .436 in the last ten games.

Who’s Not?

SS Juan Diaz: 4-for-20, 6 SOs, 1 RBI

Shorstop Juan Diaz went 4-for-20 from the plate this week only picking up one RBI on a solo home run. Diaz also struck out six times at the plate. Diaz is 27-for-129 on the year and leads the team in strikeouts with 40. Through 40 games of play, Diaz has also committed seven errors.

Stat of the Week

Columbus Clippers week 6 record: 5-2

So far the season has had moments of glory and regret. The Clippers find themselves four games over .500 (22-18) on the season. In their sixth week of play, the club posted its best record of any week by going 5-2.


May 12 

RHP  Rob Bryson to Akron
RHP  Danny Salazar assigned from Akron

May 13

RHP  Francisco Valera from Lake County

May 14

3B  Lonnie Chisenhall from Cleveland

May 15

RHP  Francisco Valera returned to Lake County
LHP  Giovanni Soto added from the 7 day disabled list

Next Seven

5/16 @ Syracuse Chiefs (7:00 pm)
5/17 @ Syracuse Chiefs (7:00 pm)
5/18 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (7:05 pm)
5/19 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6:05 pm)
5/20 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (7:05 pm)
5/21 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (10:35 am)
5/22 Day off

User Comments

May 16, 2013 - 5:55 PM EDT
"and Carrasco winded seven batters"

If this was in reference to any other pitcher it would be clear that a typo is in play. But with Carlos the first thing that comes to mind is that he plunked seven batters in the ribs:)
May 16, 2013 - 1:40 PM EDT
it appears that carrasco is followed in the rotation by salazar and then bauer that is three back to back blue chippers at AAA which bodes well for the indians in the very near future. All three hard throwers with at least 3 major league pitches. most teams dont have that kind of depth in the system at the triple A level. House is the number 4 starter and he has a future in the major leagues. That is not a bad quartet of starters to have back to back to back to back. Lets hope each of them improved and put the finishing touches on their repitoure of hard stuff.

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