Sailing with the Clippers: 6/6/13 - 6/12/13
The month of June continues to be a painful one for the Clippers who are now 32-34 after another losing week which saw the team go 2-4 in two series against Toledo and Gwinnett. The starting pitching has been throwing better as of late but if Columbus expects to contend for a playoff spot, the rotation will have to delve deeper into games to prevent late-season exhaustion in the bullpen. As of now, the Clippers remain in second place in the International League West, 12.5 games behind front-runner Indianapolis (45-22).
The Mud Hens swept the two-game series in Toledo with a narrow 8-7 victory on June 6 and a 6-0 shutout the following day. Columbus split the four-game series with the Braves, winning games two and three 16-5 and 5-2 respectively. Gwinnett took both the first and last contests, 4-3 on June 8 and 9-2 three days later.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
6 G, .458 BA (11-for-24), .500 OBP, 4 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 2 BB
The third baseman continues to tear up Triple-A pitching with another sizzling week at the plate. Chisenhall has done nothing but knock the cover off of the ball since being demoted from Cleveland on May 13. In just 23 games this season, the slugger has amassed a .402 batting average with six home runs, 24 RBI, a .473 on-base percentage and a ridiculous .707 slugging percentage. At this rate, Chisenhall should be back in the big leagues in no time.
Chun-Hsiu Chen, 1B
6 G, .272 BA (6-for-22), .429 OBP, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB
Although his batting average isn’t anything to marvel at, Chen impressed in other areas this past week. The first baseman led the team with three home runs and tied Chisenhall with six RBI. His .429 on-base percentage wasn’t too shabby either. After a hot start when he first joined the Clippers, Chen has fallen off stride a bit, so having a solid week like this is a good sign that he is returning to form. Since donning a Columbus uniform, Chen has batted .256 with five bombs and 12 RBI.
Trevor Bauer, SP
1 G, 0-0, 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB
Bauer had his second masterful outing in a row last week with a seven-inning shutout and allowing just five hits with six strikeouts. His most recent start marks the first time all season that the highly-touted prospect has not allowed a run. Bauer’s walk totals have significantly decreased in his past two starts as well. In those 12.2 innings, he has issued just four free passes compared to nine in the two starts before that. Control has been Bauer’s biggest downfall this season so putting up promising numbers like these are a step in the right direction.
Stranded at Sea
Ezequiel Carrera, OF
6 G, .192 BA (5-for-26), .300 OBP, 4 R, 1 2B, 0 HR, 5 K, 4 BB, 4 SB
Stapled at the top of the order, Carrera played more like a nine-hole batter in the past week. The outfielder hit a just .192 with a measly .300 on-base percentage. On the bright side, he did swipe four bases and continues to lead the team with 16 but if the Clippers expect to win more games, Carrera will need to get on base more frequently.
Danny Salazar, SP
1 G, 0-1, 1.2 IP, 16.20 ERA, 7 H, 0 HR, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, BA .538
Salazar had a rough go of it in his last outing against the Gwinnett. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits and saw the Brave hitters bat .538 off of him. He has yet to pitch more than five innings this season and has done that just once so far, mainly because of a lingering soreness in right shoulder. On the year, Salazar is 0-1 with a 5.12 ERA in five starts for Columbus.
Cole Cook, RHP
3 G, 1-0, 5 IP, 12.60 ERA, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 K, 3 BB, BA .350
Cook was promoted from Double-A Akron on June 7 and has had some trouble in his first three games at the new level. His early numbers are partially skewed by a gruesome outing on June 11 where he surrendered six runs in two-thirds of an inning against Gwinnett, but so far the right-hander is 1-0 with a 12.60 ERA in five frames and opponents are batting .350 off of him.
116: In 66 games this season, the Clippers have made 116 transactions already. The franchise record for roster moves in a season is 188 which set back in 2008.
31: Outfielder Tim Fedroff has reached base in an impressive 31-consecutive games. The streak is the third-longest in the International League this year. Toledo first baseman Jordan Lennerton holds the longest streak at 42, which is still on-going.
On The Move
C Matt Colantonio signed as free agent
RHP Carlos Carrasco recalled by Cleveland
C Matt Colantonio added from Mahoning Valley
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka added from 7 Day DL
Four-game series @ Charlotte Knights (27-39)
6/13- 7:15 p.m.
6/14- 7:15 p.m.
6/15- 7:15 p.m.
6/16- 2:15 p.m.
Four-game series vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (37-27)
6/17- 7:05 p.m.
6/18- 7:05 p.m.
6/19- 7:05 p.m.
6/20- 7:05 p.m.