Sailing with the Clippers: 7/16/2012 - 7/22/2012
The second half of the season is fully underway, and the Clippers first-complete week of the second half was perhaps their best seven-day stretch of the season.
Columbus (53-49) won six of the seven games it played in this week, and ended the week on a four-game winning streak.
The Clippers opened the week by winning three of four games in a series against Louisville at Huntington Park before taking to the road for a four-game set versus Lehigh Valley. Columbus won the first three games of the series.
Columbus is now four games above the .500 mark, the best record they’ve had since the first month of the season. The Clippers are now 9.5 games out of first place in the IL West and are 3.5 games out of the Wild Card.
June 16, Louisville, Win, 8-2: Chris Seddon overshadowed the Clippers eight-run performance at the plate with six-perfect innings. The Columbus left-hander took a perfect game into the top of the seventh inning before it was broken up with a single to left field. Seddon lasted 6.2 innings, allowing a two-run homer before being taken out. The Columbus offense was helped by a few Louisville errors, as the Bats had two errors and a balk by starter Ryan Feierabend that led to Clippers’ runs.
June 17, Louisville, Win, 5-4: Columbus rallied to record its second-straight victory in the series, scoring four runs over the game’s final three innings before winning the game on a Jared Goedert single up the middle in the bottom of the tenth inning. The Clippers were trailing, 4-0, heading into the bottom of the seventh. Chad Huffman hit a three-run homer, and Gregorio Petit tied the game in the ninth on a single up the middle with two outs.
June 18, Louisville, Loss, 4-2: After back-to-back games of solid pitching performance and clutch hitting at the plate, the Clippers lost their first game of the series. Columbus right-hander Jeanmar Gomez gave up three runs on 10 hits, and all the Clippers could manage was two runs on five hits. No Clipper had more than one hit at the plate, with Cord Phelps and Vinny Rottino driving in the only Columbus runs of the game.
June 19, Louisville, Win, 13-12: Columbus gave up a combined 10 runs to Louisville during the first three games of the series, and in game four, the Bats outscored their series total, scoring 12 runs on 12 hits. The Clippers were a little better at the plate, though, winning the game and taking the series by plating 13 runs on 18 hits. Six Clippers had multi-hit games, with the team tallying eight extra-base hits.
June 20, Lehigh Valley, Win, 6-2: The Clippers opened their three-game series on the road with a two-run first inning against Lehigh Valley and a win in game one. Columbus was outhit, 10-9, but left only six runners on base compared to the 10 by Lehigh Valley. T.J McFarland allowed one run over six innings, recording his fourth victory of the season.
June 21, Lehigh Valley, Win, 4-3: For the second time this week, the Clippers won the game in their final at-bat. Lehigh Valley tied the game, 3-3, after plating two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Columbus had one more run in them. Matt Pagnozzi hit his fourth home run of the season, opening up the ninth inning with a solo shot to put Columbus in the lead before Frank Hermann recorded the save in the bottom of the inning.
June 22, Lehigh Valley, Win, 5-3: Propelled by multi-hit games by each of the Clippers top three hitters in the batting order, Columbus overcame a 2-0 deficit to continue its winning streak. Rottino hit a home run, and Corey Kluber allowed two runs over six innings of work. While the top of the lineup thrived, the bottom of the order did not, as the No.8 and No.9 hitters combined to leave six runners on base.
Jared Goedert, .429, HR, 3 RBIs
The Clippers outfielder and third baseman was Columbus’ top hitter this week, going 9-for-21. He almost single handily won the Clippers July 17 game against Louisville. Goedert started the game on the bench, but pinch hit in the ninth inning, and scored the tying run after singling up the middle. In the 10th, Goedert won the game in walk-off fashion, plating the game’s winning run on a single up the middle. Goedert is now hitting .303 and has a .364 average over the past 10 games.
Chris Seddon, 2-0, 3.17, 13 Ks
Seddon recorded two wins this week, but more impressive were his six-perfect innings in his first start of the week. Seddon took a perfect game into the seventh inning on June 16, the longest any Clippers’ pitcher has gone without allowing or giving up a hit this season. Seddon’s accuracy was a big factor in his success this week as well, as the left-hander walked none while striking out 13.
Vinny Rottino, .241, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs
The Columbus outfielder had been the Clippers hottest hitter heading into this week, but Rottino struggled to string hits together this week. Rottino went 7-for-29 in seven starts this week and struck out four times. While he struggled with hits, he still managed to be one of the Clippers’ top power hitters. Rottino drove in eight runs and recorded his third and fourth homers of the season this week.
Luke Carlin, .154, RBI
Carlin had been hitting with consistency heading into this week, but he struggled mightily in his four starts this week. The Clippers’ catcher went 2-for-13 this week, after going 8-for-20 in his previous five starts. While Carlin struggled, Columbus’ other catcher, Pagnozzi, hit a game-winning home run in one of his starts. Even though Carlin was bad this week, he still is hitting .303 over his past 10 starts.
Stat of the Week
Clippers’ batting averages
Of the current regular starters for Columbus, three are now hitting over .300. Outfielder Tim Fedroff leads the group with a .343 average, while Rottino is hitting .305 and Goedert is now at .303. Ezequiel Carrera and Matt LaPorta are close too, with both hitting around .280 at .279 and .278, respectively.
OF Trevor Crowe released
LHP Rafael Perez received on Major League Rehab Assignment
RHP Cody Allen called up to Cleveland Indians
LHP Scott Barnes optioned from Cleveland Indians
July 23, @Lehigh Valley, 11:35 a.m.
July 24, Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
July 25, Toledo 5:35 p.m.
July 25, Toledo, after 5:35 p.m. game
July 26, Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
July 27, Toledo, 7:05 p.m.
July 28, Rochester, 7:05 p.m.
July 29, Rochester, 6:05 p.m.
Andrew Holleran is a third-year journalism student at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewjholleran or reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.