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Sailing with the Clippers: 7/30/12 to 8/05/12

Sailing with the Clippers: 7/30/12 to 8/05/12
August 6, 2012
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After ending the last full week of July on a tear, the Clippers limped into August and didn’t get much better as the first week of the month went on.

Columbus went 13-3 the last two full weeks of July, the hottest the team has been all season long. The Clippers then took a turn for the worse this week, going 2-4.

The club lost its first three games of the week—dropping the last two games in a series at Rochester and the opener in a series at Norfolk—before obtaining their first win of the week at Norfolk on August 3. The Clippers then split the final two games of their series against the Tides.

Coming into the week, Columbus looked prime for a run at the playoffs. The club struggled this week, and had a few key players get called up (Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Seddon, among others), and is two games out of the Wild Card.

Game-by-game analysis

July 30, @Rochester, Loss, 2-7: T.J McFarland got knocked around, allowing six-earned runs in five innings of work, and the Clippers struggled to much of anything offensively. Columbus managed just four hits to Rochester’s 14, with Gregorio Petit recording the club’s only RBI.

July 31, @Rochester, Loss, 8-10: Columbus came alive at the plate, tallying eight runs on 15 hits, but the Red Wings were better, plating 10 runs on 16 hits. Jason Donald led the way for Columbus with a 5-for-5 day at the plate, but the Clippers struggled in the clutch, going 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 runners on base.

August 2, @Norfolk, Loss, 2-8: Starting its series at Norfolk on a sour note, Columbus allowed five runs in the bottom of the first inning and never recovered. The Tides scored eight runs on 10 hits, knocking Columbus starter Eric Berger out of the game after four frames. At the plate, only three Clippers recorded hits.

August 3, @Norfolk, Win, 1-0: Columbus won its first game of the week behind a strong effort by its pitching staff. Jeanmar Gomez went seven innings and allowed no hits, and the Clippers bullpen—Dan Wheeler and Frank Hermann—preserved the shutout with two one-two-three innings. The Clippers scored their lone run of the game in the fifth on a Donald home run.

August 4, @Norfolk, Loss, 1-3: The Clippers scored only one run for the second-straight night, but the Columbus pitching staff did not have another spectacular night in them. David Huff allowed only one run in 5.1 innings, but errors led to two unearned runs during the 1.1 innings thrown by Scott Barnes.

August 5, @Norfolk, Win, 1-0: For the third-consecutive game, the Clippers scored only one run. For the second time in three games, Columbus was victorious plating only a single runner. Matt LaPorta drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning on a single. McFarland threw eight-scoreless innings and Hermann recorded his seventh save of the season in the ninth.

Who’s hot?

Jason Donald, .320, HR, 3 RBIs

In the utility role this week, Donald played a number of positions for the Clippers in the field. He was a huge factor at the plate as well. Donald went 8-for-25 this week, hitting his sixth homer of the season and upping his RBI total to 30. His sixth homer of the season was a game-winning one in a win at Norfolk on August 3.

Who’s not?

Eric Berger, 0-1, 15.75 ERA, 4 Ks, 3 BBs

Berger made one start for Columbus this week, and it was one he most likely wants to forget. In four innings of work at Norfolk on July 2, Berger allowed seven runs on five hits. It was his second-straight short start. His last start, July 25, was a brief 3.1 inning outing. Berger has been making spot starts when needed for Columbus over the past month, but with some of the club’s main starters getting called up, Berger could be on the mound once every five games, and he will need to improve if he wants to stay there.

Stat of the week

Columbus’ run differential in wins compared to last week

Last week, the Clippers went 6-2, outscoring their opponents 69-32 in their six wins, a plus-37 run differential. This week, in Columbus’  two wins, the Clippers outscored their opponents 2-0, a 35-run difference from last week.


July 30

RHP Bryan Price assigned to Akropn Aeros
OF Aaron Cunningham added to active roster
RHP Roberto Hernandez received on Major League Rehab Assignment

July 31

CIF Lars Anderson traded from Boston Red Sox (active roster?) 

August 1

UT Vinny Rottino recalled to Cleveland Indians

August 2

RHP Corey Kluber recalled to Cleveland Indians
RHP Bryan Price assigned from Akron Aeros
LHP Matt Packer assigned from Akron Aeros

Up next

August 6, @Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 7, @Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 8, @Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 9, @Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 10, Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m.
August 11, Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m.
August 12, Indianapolis, 6:05 p.m.

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