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Sailing with the Clippers: 6/11/2012 - 6/17/2012

Sailing with the Clippers: 6/11/2012 - 6/17/2012
June 18, 2012
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The Columbus Clippers wrapped up another mediocre week on Sunday by defeating the Gwinnett Braves, 6-2, to end the club’s five-game series in Georgia.

Over the past seven days, the Clippers had a record of 3-4.

Columbus ended an eight-game home stand on June 12 when they fell to the Charlotte Knights, 13-6. The Clippers split a four-game series with the Knights before taking three of five games against Gwinnett.

While the week was not anything special, a couple players returned to the Columbus lineup after not being with the team. Outfielder Trevor Crowe played in three games this week after missing more than a month with an injury, and first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta returned to the Clippers after spending almost a week with the Indians.

Game-by-game analysis

June 11, Charlotte, Loss, 2-4: Columbus had very little luck against the Charlotte pitching staff, as they were only able to manage five hits in the game. The Clippers didn’t score until the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run homer by third baseman Andy Laroche. The home run was the only success Columbus had with runners in scoring position, as the team went 1-for-3 with a scoring opportunity.

June 12, Charlotte, Loss, 6-13: In this game, the Clippers did get their bats going, but Charlotte did too and more. Columbus scored six runs on eight hits, led by a 2-for-4 game from third baseman Jason Donald and a two-run homer from catcher Luke Carlin. Charlotte, though, had a seven-run inning in the fourth and scored 13 runs on 14 hits.

June 14, Gwinnett, Win, 4-0: The Clippers started out their nine-game road trip with one of their best performances of the month. Left-hander Corey Kluber pitched a gem, throwing seven-scoreless innings while striking out five Braves. At the plate, first baseman Russ Canzler provided all the runs with a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning.

June 15, Gwinnett, Loss, 0-4: Playing a shortened seven-inning game as part of a double header, the Clippers struggled at the plate, with just four hits and an 0-for-4 mark with runners in scoring position. Gwinnett didn’t fare much better in clutch situations, but got their four runs across by spreading out their nine hits.

June 15, Gwinnett, Loss, 3-8: In the second game of the double header, Columbus was yet again out matched at the plate. Gwinnett hit the ball when they needed too, going 9-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The Clippers did not, leaving seven runners on base and going 1-for-6 with runners in position to score.

June 16, Gwinnett, Win, 6-1: For the first time in more than a week, Columbus combined a solid pitching effort with spread-out hitting. The Clippers got seven innings of one run ball from right-hander Chris Schwinden and seven players in the lineup had hits. Three of Columbus’ batters had multi-hit games, with catcher Luke Carlin leading the way with a 3-for-4 day.

June 17, Gwinnett, Win, 6-2: Columbus ended a rare five-game series on a high note, taking the last game in the set, and thereby, winning the series. The game was close for the first eight innings, but a three-run ninth pushed the Clippers past the Braves comfortably. Donald and second baseman Cord Phelps had two hits a piece.

Who’s hot?

Russ Canzler, .381, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs

The power-hitting first baseman and outfielder had what was perhaps the best week at the plate from any Clippers’ hitter this year not named Matt LaPorta. The 16 runs Canzler drove in are the most by any Columbus batter in a seven-game span this season. It now seems as if Canzler is starting to really get hot, as he is batting .355 over the past ten games. What also bodes well for Canzler is that much of what he did this week came on the road. He is still batting a merely .216 in opposing team’s parks, but Canzler showed this week that he is able to get hits and provide power away from Huntington Park.

Luke Carlin, .400, HR, 2 RBIs

Carlin, splitting time with fellow Clippers’ catcher Matt Pagnozzi, played in just three games this week, but he made his playing time count. In his first start of the week, Carlin went 1-for-4 with a homer, his second shot of the year. In his final start of the week, Carlin led the Clippers with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. With both Clippers’ catchers not really separating themselves from the other, Carlin will need to keep up his hot hitting if he wants to earn more playing time.

Who’s not?

Tim Fedroff, .182, 2 Ks

After starting out his time in Columbus well, Fedroff cooled down a bit this week, going 2-for-11 in four starts. He had been batting .333 with Columbus before the past week started, but his average is now down to .269. What Fedroff did do well when he played this week, though, was get on base. Even though he only had two hits, he reached base seven times over four games and has an on-base percentage of .375.

Jared Goedert, .048, 7 Ks

Much like his teammate Fedroff, Goedert has struggled at the plate lately after performing well during his early time with the club. Unlike Fedroff though, who at least got on base, Goedert didn’t do much of anything when he stepped to the plate, going a pathetic 1-for-21 in six starts this week. After hitting .395 with Double-A Akron, Goedert is now hitting a measly .243.

Stat of the Week

Canzler’s 3 HRs and 16 RBIs

Canzler had such a good week at the plate, so good that if you take his slash line over the past seven games, it would be better than what a majority of Clippers have done over the entire season. The three home runs he hit this week are more than what half the team has done, and the 16 runs driven in would rank tied for tenth on the team with Andy LaRoche.


June 11

IF Beau Mills placed on 7-day DL retroactive to June 10 (Right Calf Strain)
OF Trevor Crowe assigned from Akron Aeros
IF Jack Hannahan received on Major League Rehab Assignment

June 12

C Luke Carlin designated for assignment
IF Jack Hannahan recalled from Major League Rehab Assignment

June 13

IF Matt LaPorta optioned from Cleveland Indians (not yet on active roster)

June 14

C Dwight Childs assigned from Akron Aeros 7-day DL

June 15

C Dwight Childs placed on 7-day DL
C Luke Carlin outighted from Cleveland Indians
LHP Scott Barnes optioned from Cleveland Indians (not yet on active roster)

June 16

IF Andy LaRoche placed on 7-day DL (Left Shoulder Strain)
IF Matt LaPorta added to active roster

June 17

RHP Hector Ambriz released
LHP Scott Barnes added to active roster

Up next

June 18, @Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.
June 19, @Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.
June 20, @Charlotte, 12:15 p.m.
June 21, @Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.
June 22, Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.
June 23, Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.
June 24, Lehigh Valley, 6:05 p.m.

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