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Sailing with the Clippers: 6/4/2012 - 6/10/2012

Sailing with the Clippers: 6/4/2012 - 6/10/2012
June 11, 2012
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The first full week of June saw just a little bit of everything from the Columbus Clippers.

Columbus went 4-4, winning a couple games in blowout fashion, and scoring one run or less in a loss in three games.

The Clippers returned home to Huntington Park after a 12-game road trip on Tuesday after losing both games of a double header in Rochester on Monday. Columbus split a four-game series with Buffalo to open the home stand before taking the first two games in a four-game set with Charlotte to close the weekend.

Columbus made some headway in the IL West standings, as they now trail the division-leading Indianapolis Indians by six games. The Clippers are also six games back in the Wild Card race.

Game-by-game analysis

June 4, @Rochester, Loss, 1-2: Finishing this game on Monday because of a rain delay on Sunday, Columbus was unable to get the bats going when they needed to. The Clippers managed to get seven hits and had three walks, but went a dismal 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Rochester wasn’t so hot in the clutch, either, but they were a little better than Columbus, going 2-for-10 with a runner in position to score.

June 4, @Rochester, Loss, 0-4: Rochester starter Liam Hendriks stifled the Clippers in this shortened seven-inning game. Hendriks shutout Columbus, allowing no runs on four hits in a complete game. Ezequiel Carrera was the lone Clipper with two hits, going 2-for-2 with a walk in the loss.

June 5, Buffalo, Win, 21-3: After struggling to score runs for most of the 12-game road trip, Columbus got its bats going in a very big way in the first game of the home stand. Every Clipper scored at least once, five had multi-hit games, three had homers and eight had one RBI or more. Jared Goedert led the way, going 4-for-4 with two home runs and nine RBIs.

June 6, Buffalo, Loss, 1-5: It seemed as if Columbus used all the hits and runs they had in them on Tuesday and didn’t leave much left for this contest on Wednesday. The Clippers managed six hits, but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Columbus scored its lone run on a solo homer by Chad Huffman in the bottom of the ninth inning.

June 7, Buffalo, Loss, 2-3: Another game, another struggle at the plate with runners in scoring position for the Columbus Clippers. Columbus had nine hits, but yet again, couldn’t do it with runners in position to score, going 1-for-9 in those clutch situations. Of the six hits that Columbus had, none were in extra-base fashion.

June 8, Buffalo, Win, 9-1: Columbus ended its series with Buffalo like it opened it: with a blowout victory. The Clippers, for one of the few times this month, had solid clutch performances at the plate. Of the 14 hits the Clippers had, five of them were with runners in scoring position, as Columbus went 5-for-13 with RISP. Three different Clippers had homers, and left-hander Chris Seddon paved the way for Columbus on the mound with a seven-inning, one-run performance.

June 9, Charlotte, Win, 4-3: Gregorio Petit hit a controversial homer in the bottom of the seventh inning (many were unsure if it was fair or foul) that turned out to be a game-winning one for Columbus. Cord Phelps had a good day at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

June 10, Charlotte, Win , 5-4: Columbus was outhit in this one, but did the job when it needed to, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Four different Clippers had RBIs and the Columbus bats picked up starter David Huff, who allowed four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Who’s hot?

Chris Ray, 0.00 ERA, 2 Saves, 2 Ks, 1 BB

The go-to closer for the Columbus Clippers this season made three appearances this past week, and didn’t allow a run in any of them. In his three innings of work, only two batters he faced reached base; one on a walk and one on a hit. Of the three innings he pitched in, two were save opportunities, and he did the job in both, recording two saves this past week. Ray has been solid to spectacular for most of the season, posting a 2.08 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander and allowed a run in just two of his last 10 appearances on the mound.

Ezequiel Carrera, .407, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs

The Columbus leadoff hitter had quite the week, hitting safely in all but one of his seven starts. He showed off some unseen power two, hitting two home runs even though he had just one homer coming into the week. Carrera had quite the game in Columbus’ 21-3 victory on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and five runs scored. Batting in the leadoff hole, it is about time Carrera starts to get on base repeatedly, and he did that and more this past week.

Jason Donald, .368, 2 RBIs, 2B

Donald had cooled a bit at the plate prior to this week after being sent down by Cleveland, but he regained his hot hitting when he played over the past seven games. Donald started out hit week with a 3-for-5 day on Tuesday, and ended it with a hit or more in his last three starts. Donald is now batting .321 with a .427 on-base percentage in 22 games with Columbus.

Who’s not?

Russ Canzler, .235, 2 RBIs

While many Clippers had strong weeks at the plate, Canzler did not, going 4-for-17 in five starts. Canzler had trouble putting the ball in play in many of his starts this week, posting three multi-strikeout games. Canzler did end the week on a high note, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday’s win against Charlotte.

Beau Mills, .200, 3 RBIs

Like Canzler, Mills had a problem with strikeouts this week, heading back to the dugout after failing to put the ball in play seven different times in six games this week. Mills, after playing well over the season’s first two months, is now struggling in a very big way, as he is batting just .197 with a .239 on-base percentage.

David Huff, 0-1, 6.45 ERA, 5 Ks, 3 BBs

The Columbus left-hander made two starts this week, and was hit around in both of them. Huff allowed four-earned runs in each of his starts in which he went 6.0 and 5.1 innings, respectively. In both games, he allowed a large number of hits; nine on June 4 and eight on June 10.

Stat of the Week

21 runs scored on June 5

The Clippers set a record for runs scored at Huntington Park in their 21-3 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday in the first game of the home stand. Columbus had 19 hits in the win, and the 21 runs scored were more than the Clippers had scored in their previous nine games combined.


June 4

OF Trevor Crowe assigned to Akron Aeros from 7-day DL

June 6

C Luke Carlin optioned from Cleveland Indians
RHP Chris Schwinden claimed off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays

June 7

C Michel Hernandez assigned to Akron Aeros
OF Tim Fedroff assigned from Akron Aeros

Up next

June 11, Charlotte, 7:05 p.m.
June 12, Charlotte, 12:05 p.m.
June 14, @Gwinnett, 5:05 p.m.
June 14, @Gwinnett, after 5:05 p.m. game
June 15, @Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m.
June 16, @Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m.
June 17, @Gwinnett, 2:05 p.m.

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