Poor weather caused the game between Columbus and Durham to get called early, but the Clippers weren’t playing well enough to win or mount a comeback anyway. Columbus fell to the Durham Bulls, 4-1, in North Carolina in a shortened seven-inning contest that had three rain delays.
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. Andrew Holleran talks about it all in his weekly notebook...
The Columbus Clippers were completely shut down offensively on Saturday night as they fell to the Norfolk Tides by a final score of 3-1. The Clippers mustered only four hits on the night, and their lone run came on a solo home run by second baseman Cord Phelps in the fourth inning.
The Clippers got back in the win column Friday night, and they did it without much of an offense. After scoring 77 runs last week, Columbus started this week losing its first three games and extending its losing streak to four. The streak stopped Friday, but it wasn’t due to the Clippers production at the plate. Behind seven-shutout innings thrown by right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, the Clippers beat the Norfolk Tides, 1-0, in Southern Virginia.
What a difference a week has made for the Columbus Clippers. After posting a 6-1 record last week—which included part of a season-high six-game winning streak—Columbus has taken to the losing side this week. The Clippers lost their fourth-straight game Thursday night in Norfolk, falling to the Tides in game one of a four-game set in southern Virginia.
In this week's second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a long, hard look at the Triple-A Columbus roster. He takes a look at the hot hitting Tim Fedroff, Ezequiel Carrera and Jared Goedert and provides insight and analysis on whether they are big league options for the Indians anytime soon, provides several interesting comments from Ross Atkins on how they handle players that are affected by trades as well as some thoughts on Vinny Rottino and J.C. Romero, and more.
With the trade deadline now in the past and my vacation but a distant memory, it is time to get back into the swing of things with Minor Happenings as we head down the home stretch of the minor league season. Today, Tony provides updates on the departing Steven Wright and incoming Lars Anderson, the recent impressive performances from lefties T.J. House and Danny Jimenez, all sorts of goodies from Farm Director Ross Atkins on some pitchers in the system, an update on the health of Jeremie Tice, and more.
After eight innings of lackluster offense and inconsistent pitching, the Columbus Clippers (59-53) put together a monster ninth-inning rally to tie the game but ultimately fell to the Rochester Red Wings (55-56) in 12 innings by a final score of 10-8.
The Columbus Clippers (59-52) struggled on both offense and defense on Monday night, and that resulted in a 7-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (54-56). It was the Clippers’ second loss in a row; marking the first time they’ve fallen in consecutive games in more than two weeks.
Triple-A Columbus is on fire and have gone 12-3 in their last 15 games scoring tons of runs in the process, and suddenly are back in the thick of the International League playoff race looking to defend their consecutive league titles. Andrew Holleran takes us "Sailing with the Clippers" in his weekly notebook and gets us up to date on all the game-by-game action, the hot play of Ezequiel Carrera and Tim Fedroff, and lots more.
The International League’s leader in runs per game played like it Sunday night, but the Clippers’ pitching staff faltered, and Columbus lost for the first time since Wednesday. The Clippers were riding a five-game winning streak heading into their Sunday contest against the Rochester Red Wings, and looked the part of a six-in-a-row club through three innings.
Prior to the All-Star break, Ezequiel Carrera was hitting .258 and the Clippers were 45-45. Post All-Star break, the Clippers center fielder is hitting .467 and Columbus is 58-50. Saturday night, Carrera was yet again a big part in a Columbus victory, as the Clippers surged past the Rochester Red Wings for the fourth-straight night, 8-5.
Offense has certainly not been lacking at the plate for the Clippers over the past two games, and Columbus has two easy wins to show for it. Columbus defeated the Toledo Mud Hens Friday night, 13-2. Thursday night, the Clippers throttled the Mud Hens, 16-2. Over the past two nights at Huntington Park, Columbus has tallied 37 hits--a franchise record for a two-game span.
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