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Sailing with the Clippers: 6/27/13 - 7/3/13

Sailing with the Clippers: 6/27/13 - 7/3/13
July 4, 2013
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The losing ways of the Columbus Clippers continued this past week as the team finished below .500 again at 2-6. The month of June will be one to forget for Columbus as the team wound up with a 8-20 record in that span without winning a single series. July has gotten off to a slightly better start for the Clippers who are currently 2-2 in the month.

Overall, the team stands at 39-48, four games behind the Louisville Bats for second place in the International League West and 16.5 games behind division-leading Indianapolis Indians. Their .252 team batting average ranks 13th in the entire league while their 357 runs scored is one spot above that at 12th. The staff ERA of 4.43 ranks 10th.

The Clippers went 1-2 in the final three contests of a four-game series with the Norfolk Tides. Relief pitcher Bryan Price picked up the lone win in a 10-3 in the first game of a twin billing on June 27. The Tides cruised in the final two affairs of the series, outscoring Columbus 13-4 over the pair of match ups.

The Durham Bulls would then go on to snatch three of four games against the Clippers from June 29 to July 2. Columbus right-hander Danny Salazar tossed five strong shutout innings in the narrow 2-1win against  the Bulls in the July 1 doubleheader. Durham sealed the series with a walk-off 6-5 victory in the 10th inning of the last game. Most recently, Columbus then traveled to Toledo and edged the Mud Hens 3-2 on July 3.

Catching Wind

Juan Diaz, INF
6 G, .400 BA (8-for-20), .454 OBP, 1 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 4 K, 2 BB

 Diaz’s plate performance since being optioned from Cleveland on June 12 has been nothing short of sporadic. One week he’s posting high-percentage numbers and then the following week he’s sub par. The infielder has been particularly productive lately, boasting a .400 clip at the dish while accumulating a profound.454 on-base percentage. His overall average is gradually climbing from the .211 mark he was at upon his return to Columbus, up to .230 now. Who knows what Juan Diaz we’ll see this upcoming week?

Danny Salazar, RHP
1 G, 1-0, 5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB

Salazar cranked out a masterful performance against the Durham Bulls on July 1. In the shortened seven-inning contest (doubleheader), the righty tossed five scoreless frames, surrendering just two hits and striking out a pair without allowing any walks. In his last eight innings pitched, Salazar has not allowed a run and has only given up three hits. On the year, the 23-year-old is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in nine starts at the Triple-A level.

Preston Guilmet, RHP
2 G, 0-0, 4.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 K, 0 BB

The recently elected International All-Star held up to his reputation this past week. Although he did not encounter any save opportunities, Guilmet saw action in two games where he pitched a combined 4.1 innings of shutout baseball and allowing just one base hit. His 16 saves and 33 relief appearances both rank second in the International League. If he continues to throw as well as he has been, it’s not hard to imagine the reliever in a Cleveland Indians uniform sometime during the 2013 season.

Stranded at Sea

Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP
2 G, 0-1, 10 IP, 9.00 ERA, 11 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 8 K, 6 BB

It may be hard for Indians fans hoping that Matsuzaka will return to his old form to realize, but it doesn’t appear that the right-hander has the same stuff he once had. After a solid performance on June 22 against Lehigh Valley where he tossed 5.2 frames of one-run baseball, “Dice-K” has been dreadful in his two most recent starts. In both contests, one against Norfolk on June 27 and the other against Durham on July 2, Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings and has yielded four home runs to the opposition. On the year, the Japan-native is just 1-4 with a dismal 5.06 ERA.

Scott Barnes, LHP
2 G, 0-1, 1.1 IP, 32.72 ERA, 6 H, 1 HR, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 K, 3 BB

Barnes had a couple of rough outings this past week, including giving up a walk-off single to the Durham Bulls in a heartbreaking 6-5 loss on July 2. In his two appearances, the southpaw pitched just 1.1 innings but surrendered four runs and walked three batters in that time. His anomalous 32.72 ERA for the week added to his sky-rocketing ERA which now sits at 7.73 between Cleveland and Columbus.

Tim Fedroff, OF
7 G, .174 BA (4-for-23), .296 OBP, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 6 K, 4 BB

After scorching the ball mid-late through June, Fedroff has cooled off considerably in the latter half of the month, collecting just four hits in his last 24 at-bats. Although he remains the team leader with 86 hits, the outfielder is also working his way up to the top in strikeouts with six more swings and misses this week, giving him a grand total of 75 on the year (third on the team, 12th in the league).

Important Numbers

6: The Clippers have allowed six walk-off losses this season which is tied with Gwinnett for first in the International League.

2: Closer Preston Guilmet and catcher Omir Santos were both named International League All-Stars. Guilmet, elected by the fan voting, ranks second in the league in saves with 16 and holds a 2.40 ERA on the year. Santos is batting .272 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI. He was selected by league managers and officials.

On The Move

June 28

RHP Trevor Bauer recalled to Cleveland
RHP Carlos Carrasco recalled to Cleveland
LHP T.J. House optioned from Cleveland
OF Matt Carson returned from temporary inactive list

June 29

RHP Matt Langwell recalled to Cleveland
RHP Joe Martinez contract purchased to Cleveland
RHP Benny Suarez transferred to Lake County
LHP Nick Hagadone optioned from Cleveland
INF Luis Hernandez activated from 7 Day DL

July 2

RHP Boof Bonser sent to 7 Day DL
RHP Trevor Bauer optioned from Cleveland

July 3

RHP Paolo Espino transferred to Akron
RHP Fernando Nieve activated from 7 Day DL


7/4- @ Toledo Mud Hens 6:00 p.m.
7/5- vs. Louisville Bats 7:15 p.m.
7/6- vs. Louisville Bats 5:35 p.m. (doubleheader)
7/7- vs. Louisville Bats 6:05 p.m.
7/8- vs. Indianapolis Indians 7:05 p.m.
7/9- vs. Indianapolis Indians 7:05 p.m.
7/10- vs. Indianapolis Indians 12:05 p.m.

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