Sailing with the Clippers: 7/4/13 to 7/10/13
Slowly but surely, the Clippers seem to be improving as of late, going 3-4 over the past week. The pitching seems to be coming around from both the starting rotation and the bullpen. The biggest problem lies with the offense whom was shutout three times over the previous seven days and has dropped to last in the International League in team batting average at .247. Nevertheless, Columbus is making strides of improvement and are inching their way back to .500 (42-52).
The Clippers dropped a gruesome 7-0 decision at Toledo to begin the past week. Left-hander T.J. House allowed four runs in 3.2 innings of work en route to his ninth loss of the season.
Returning to Huntington Park for a ten-game home stand, Columbus kicked things off by splitting a quartet of games with the Louisville Bats. The Clippers snagged the first pair of games on the backs of starters Paolo Espinoand Danny Salazar. The remaining two games were a different story. The home team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker in the second game of a doubleheader on July 6 and right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was charged with a tough loss in his longest outing of the year (7.2 innings) the next day.
Columbus dropped the first game of the following series against division-leading Indianapolis. In his first win in nearly two months, House tossed a masterful six innings of one-hit baseball in the next contest. The Clippers and Indians went back-and-forth in the rubber match, but the affair was suspended at a 4-4 tie in 12th due to a hazardous thunderstorm. The remainder of the game will be played on July 13 at Indianapolis.
Tim Fedroff, OF
8 G, .310 BA (8-for-29), .323 OBP, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 K, 2 BB
Manager Chris Tremie mixed up the lineup a bit in the last seven days and inserted Fedroff back into the two hole. So far, it has proved to be a great choice as the versatile outfielder is on a tear. Over the last eight games, Fedroff has batted .310 with one home run and three RBI. He has whiffed on more balls than he has walked, but knowing Fedroff’s style of play, that is most likely not a continuing trend.
Bryan Price, RHP
3 G, 0-0, 5.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB
Price pumped out a solid week, appearing in three games (five innings), allowing just one run, fanning five batters and did not issue a walk. For a bullpen that has struggled over the last month, Price has been one of several catalysts that have been turning the relief corps back in the opposite direction.
Juan Diaz, INF
8 G, .320 BA (8-for-25), .370 OBP, 1 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 6 K, 2 BB
For the second-consecutive week, Diaz has strung together a promising strand of at-bats. The infielder has came up with some timely hits in the clutch that have definitely been a boost from the bottom half of the batting order. But as always, his strikeout to walk ratio is not very appealing but with Diaz, that is what you get. As the season wears on, hopefully he will cut back on the hefty swings.
Stranded at Sea
Ezequiel Carrera, OF
8 G, .176 BA (6-for-34), .176 OBP, 3 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0RBI, 10 K, 0 BB, 1 SB
Since returning to the Indians organization, “Zeke” has never seemed to find his groove. He’s had spurts of greatness but most of the time, the leadoff hitter has been lackluster. As a staple at the top of the order, Carrera hit a measly .176 over his last seven games with no extra base hits or walks and struck out an eye-popping 10 times. Maybe a switch to the bottom of the order is what the outfielder needs to get back on track.
Roberto Perez, C
6 G, .063 BA (1-for-16), .250 OBP, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 K, 4 BB
Although fellow catcher Omir Santos is a 2013 Triple-A All-Star, Perez garnered the majority of playing time over the last week but that did not fair well for the 24-year-old. In 20 plate appearances, Perez collected just one hit with four strikeouts. If the catcher ito gain more playing time, he will have to establish much better numbers than these.
57: Left-hander T.J. House went 57 days (May 13-July 8) between his first win of the season and his second. In his most recent outing, House cranked out six shutout innings of one-hit baseball against the Indianapolis Indians.
14: The Clippers have been shutout 14 times this season which tied for third in the International League.
On The Move
RHP Chris Jakubauskas released
RHP Paolo Espino added from Akron
RHP Joe Martinez optioned from Cleveland
RHP Paolo Espino transferred to Akron
RHP Carlos Carrasco optioned from Cleveland
RHP Boof Bonser added from 7 Day DL
7/11- vs. Toledo Mud Hens 7:05 p.m.
7/12- vs. Toledo Mud Hens 7:15 p.m.
7/13- @ Indianapolis Indians 7:05 p.m.
7/14- @ Indianapolis Indians 1:35 p.m.
7/15- OFF DAY
7/16- OFF DAY
7/17- Triple-A All-Star Game @ Reno, NV, 9:05 p.m.