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Sailing with the Clippers: 8/06/2012 - 8/12/2012

Sailing with the Clippers: 8/06/2012 - 8/12/2012
August 13, 2012
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The first-full week of August was nothing to write home about for the Columbus Clippers.

After struggling at the beginning of their seven-game road trip, Columbus managed to split its four-game series in North Carolina at Durham. The Clippers then returned home to face the International League’s top team. Columbus won its first contest against the Indianapolis Indians before the IL West Division leaders flexed their muscles, winning the final two games of the series.

Columbus remains way out of first place in the IL West, trailing the Indians by 10 games. The club is still in the hunt for a Wild Card berth, though, as the Clippers are 2.5 games behind the Wild Card leader, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Game-by-game analysis

August 6, @ Durham, Loss, 1-4: Columbus got its offense going early, plating one run in the top of the first inning, but it was all the scoring the Clippers could manage. Durham answered with a run of its own in the second and poured on three more in the fourth and fifth innings. Cord Phelps drove in the Clippers’ lone run of the game with a solo home run in the first. The Bulls had a homer of their own, a two-run shot in the fifth. Columbus left-hander Matt Packer took the loss, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings of work.

August 7, @ Durham, Win, 2-1: The Clippers got back in the win column, but it took them extra innings to do it. Columbus managed just one run through nine innings for the second-straight game against the Bulls, but the Clippers’ pitching staff kept the club in the game. Left-hander Eric Berger allowed one run in six innings of work before the Columbus bullpen shut the door on the Bulls’ offense. Columbus scored the game’s winning run in the tenth on a Jason Donald single to right field.

August 8, @Durham, Win, 3-0: For the second-consecutive game, the Clippers’ pitching staff came through with a sterling performance. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez allowed no runs through eight innings of work. He struck out five and walked none while giving up five hits. Right-hander Dan Wheeler recorded the save, his second of the season, in the bottom of the ninth. Phelps led the way at the plate with three hits while three different Clippers’ drove in a run.

August 9, @Durham, Loss, 2-12: The final game of a four-game set in Durham was not a good one for the Clippers. Columbus allowed 12 runs on 13 hits and made two errors in the field. The Clippers had eight hits of their own, but struggled to come through when it mattered. Left-hander David Huff allowed nine runs in 4.2 innings of work. Matt LaPorta and Russ Canzler drove in the Clippers’ runs, each with solo home runs.

August 10, Indianapolis, Win, 5-1: Columbus returned home Thursday after an eight-game road trip and started of their seven-game home stand with an easy win. The Clippers got on the board early with a two-run second frame before pouring on three more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Gregorio Petit led the way with a 3-for-4 game with two RBIs.

August 11, Indianapolis, Loss, 4-0: For the first time this week, Columbus was shutout, failing to score a run on its four hits. Neither team was good early, with both teams combining for just one hit through the first two innings. Only three Clippers’ managed to record hits—Phelps, Lars Anderson and Aaron Cunningham—while only one Clipper reached base on a walk. Five different Clippers combined to strike out seven times.

August 12, Indianapolis, Loss, 4-5: Indianapolis got on top early with a big second inning, plating four runs in the second frame, and Columbus came short of a comeback late. The Clippers were outhit, 13-7, but came just one run short of tying the game after plating three runs in the sixth and seventh innings after scoring one run in the third frame. Cunningham led the way in the No.9 spot in the order, driving in two runs. Anderson and Vinny Rottino had the other two RBIs.

Who’s hot?

Jeanmar Gomez, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 Ks, 0 BBs

The Columbus right-hander was by far the best Clippers’ starter this week. Gomez went eight innings in an August 8 start at Durham, allowing no runs while striking out five and walking none. It was Gomez’s second-straight solid start. His previous start on August 3 was also spectacular. Gomez allowed no runs in seven innings of work. Over his last two starts, Gomez’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is 13:0.

Who’s not?

David Huff, 0-1, 19.28 ERA, 4 Ks, 3 BBs

As good as Gomez was on the mound for the Clippers this week, Huff was basically equally as bad. The left-hander only made it 4.2 innings in his lone start of the week on August 9 in Durham. Huff allowed nine runs in those 4.2 innings, giving up eight hits while striking out four and walking three. Huff, who has been struggling to keep his pitches down in the zone, allowed four home runs in his August 9 start. Home runs have been a big problem for Huff lately. The left-hander has given up 15 home runs over his last seven starts.

Transactions

August 9

Jason Donald recalled to Cleveland

August 10

Roberto Hernandez assigned to Columbus

August 11

Rafael Perez assigned to Columbus from Akron

Up next

August 14, Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 15, Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 16, Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 17, Durham, 7:05 p.m.
August 18, @Louisville, 6:05 p.m.
August 19, @Louisville, 2:05 p.m.

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