April 16, 2014

Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 9/6/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.

The Clippers have completed their regular season, and are gearing up to start their best-of-five series against IL South champs Durham (Tampa Rays). The Clippers beat Durham last year for the Governor’s Cup title after qualifying as the Wild Card. We’ll do our best to break down the match up below. For now, it’s nice to bask in the team’s second straight playoff appearance, and first division title under the banner of the Tribe’s system. Manager Mike Sarbaugh deserves accolades for keeping his team moving despite the near-constant revolving door on his roster.

This Week: 3-3

Season Record: 88-56, International League West champs
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Browns vs. Bears: What We’re Watching For…

This is the last exhibition, both for the Browns and for us here at WFNY. Next week we hit up the game previews for REALZ. We’re talking guest bloggers, people! At any rate, this game doesn’t have the import or the luster of last Thursday’s game, as whichever starters play in this game for both teams probably will not be on the field for long.

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The Bears were one game away from the Super Bowl last season, and look to be in a battle for another playoff spot again this season in a tough, tough NFC North. Jay Cutler is back from his knee injury that derailed the team’s chances in the NFC Championship, though I doubt we’ll see much of him tonight. Caleb Hainey!!! I know you’re all ready to strap in for this one. Much like the teams, we here at WFNY are just trying to get through this one with no injuries. Now that my leg is healing, the last thing I need is a bout of carpal tunnel right before the regular season starts! At any rate, let’s go…

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Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 8/30/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
The Clippers are in the playoffs for the second straight year, and will be looking to defend their IL and AAA Championships. They’ll have to do it with a piece-meal roster, as so many of their core players from earlier in the season are now with Cleveland. The Clippers are heading into the final week of the regular season on a high note, however, winners of three straight. Six games to go, and then the start of the IL playoffs against the IL South winner, who is still yet to be determined.

This Week: 5-2
Season Record: 85-53, clinched International League West

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Browns vs. Eagles: What We’re Watching For…

Well, we’re here! It’s the “Dress Rehearsal” game! In advance of our weekly “Browns Will Win If…” posts, we like to stretch the hammies and take a few laps during the pre-season games. With that, we give you: “What We’re Watching For…” again this year. This is the game in which the starters usually play the most time during the pre-season, often into the third quarter. So, we’ll get our best look at the offense, and see if the defense can make adjustments to slow opposing offenses down.

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The Eagles are one of the off-season sexy picks to make noise in the playoffs, considering all of the personnel moves they made. Michael Vick is back in the saddle full-time now that Kevin Kolb is in Arizona. Ronnie Brown joins LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Their stable of wide receivers is dangerous, if all healthy. The Eagles are coming off a pretty bad loss to the Steelers, in which their starting offense did essentially nothing, and their starting defense gave up 14 points in the second quarter. One would suspect that they’ll be out for blood tonight. With that on the table, what are we here at WFNY looking for tonight?

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Clippers Clinch IL West; Nick Hagadone Looks Beastly

The Clippers entered Tuesday night’s game with a magic number of just two, but also riding a four-game losing streak. Their pitching had been suspect at best during the streak, and given that projected starter Zach McAllister was up in Cleveland, they needed Paolo Espino to step up.

And step up he did, working 7.0 strong innings, allowing just two hits, walking none, and whiffing seven Buffalo Bisons en route to a 5-0 win. Espino got some help from the long ball, and the Clippers as a whole got some help from the Indianapolis Indians, who lost 7-6 to Lehigh Valley to give the Clippers the IL West title.

Jared Goedart, Jerad Head, and Cord Phelps each hit home runs for Columbus, and Nick Hagadone (more on him below) and Josh Judy each worked a perfect inning to seal the win. Goedart’s home run in the first inning would provide all the margin that Espino needed, and Head’s solo shot in the fourth and Phelps’ two-run bomb that cleared the bleachers in left field in the seventh provided the cushion. But Espino cruised, and didn’t need any extra help. [Read more...]

Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 8/23/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
They may be limping home, but the magic number continues to fall. The Clippers now have a magic number of just two to clinch the IL West. The other division leaders are creeping closer in terms of record, but Columbus is still leading the way with a little bit of cushion.

This Week: 1-5
Season Record: 80-51, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West) by 12.0 games

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Browns vs. Lions: What We’re Watching For…

As the Browns continue to work their way through this accelerated training camp, it’s time now for us to ramp up our games. In advance of our weekly “Browns Will Win If…” posts, we like to stretch the hammies and take a few laps during the pre-season games. With that, we give you: “What We’re Watching For…” again this year. AND, IT’S THE GLC!! The Browns and Lions are both coming off of fairly impressive wins. The Browns’ starters should be playing into the second half–or, if nothing else, until halftime.

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Other than this, what needs to be said?

With that on the table, what are we here at WFNY looking for tomorrow night?

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Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 8/17/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday some Wednesday afternoons for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
Well, after the winning streak ended, the Clippers are treading water a bit. Thankfully, so is pretty much everybody else. The Clippers’ magic number for their division is down to six, and they have a 7.5 game lead for the best record in the league. Not that that last part matters with respect to the playoffs, but even still… considering how much of their roster from the beginning of the season is now in Cleveland, it’s pretty impressive. We’ll have some playoff scenarios later on, but after closing out the week by winning five of six, and barring a monumental collapse (which I’ve now just guaranteed simply by writing about it), your Clippers are most likely bound for the IL Playoffs once again.

This Week: 5-4
Season Record: 79-46, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West) by 14.0 games

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Isn’t It Nice Not To Be Talking About a QB “Controversy”?

Couch or Holcomb. Anderson or Quinn. Frye or Dilfer. Delhomme or McCoy. Such was the life of the Browns fan during pre-seasons past. Who would step  up and be the quarterback? Which of the crappy options would be “best”? Who was keeping the seat warm for whom?

I’m not here to say Colt McCoy is on his way to the Pro Bowl. What I am here to say, however, is that McCoy clearly is the starting quarterback for this team, for 2011. He’s the leader. He’s the guy with the best handle on the new offense. He’s the guy the other guys follow.

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Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 8/9/2011

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
Holy crap! Unlike last season in which some “roster turnover growing pains” slowed the Clippers’ playoff roll around this time of year, apparently this year’s club is refusing to let that same swoon go down. In the midst of a nine-game winning streak, the Clippers’ magic number to win their division is now down to 15, with a 13.5 game lead with 28 games remaining. They also have a 8.0 game lead for the best record in the IL. During this streak, it’s been both the bats and the arms carrying the team. When their pitchers struggle, the bats pick them up. Likewise, when the bats aren’t the sharpest, the arms hold it down. They won close games (five during the streak are 1-run wins), and they still outscored their opponents 58-38 during the streak. Chris Antonetti needs to somehow sign manager Mike Sarbaugh to some kind of a long-term contract, possibly as the Tribe’s full-time hitting coach. The guy is MONEY.

This Week: 6-0
Season Record: 74-42, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West) by 13.5 games

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Da Clip Show: Keeping An Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 8/2/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
We’re going to call this one the “New Faces Edition”. Much like last season, the Clippers sprinted out to a solid division lead, and will now be forced to navigate the second half of the season without most of their big guns. Call-ups have robbed them of their legit lead-off hitter, as well as two middle of the order bats, and while the purging of talent hasn’t been as significant as least season it’s still noticeable to take three of your best hitters out of the lineup. That said, we’re going to take a look this week at some of the new guys to try to assess who might be around for the longer haul, and who might just be keeping the proverbial seats warm. At any rate, a three-game winning streak to close out the week was a nice bonus.

This Week: 4-3
Season Record: 68-42, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West) by 10.5 games

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Justin Germano: Generally Bad, But for One Night… PERFECT

It hasn’t been the greatest of seasons for Justin Germano in 2011. In nine appearances in Cleveland this year, he was 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA. After being sent to Columbus, he worked both out of the pen and as a starter, and didn’t fare much better. Heading into his start in Syracuse last night, he had worked 14 times–four starts–to the tune of an 0-2 record with a 4.58 ERA. Nothing too exciting, right?

Well, last night in Syracuse was one for the ages for the 28-year-old right hander, as he became the first pitcher in Columbus Clippers’ history to throw a perfect game, blanking the Syracuse Chiefs 3-0. And, as well as Germano pitched, this game was over in the top of the first inning. Tim Fedroff led off the game with a double, and scored on a Cord Phelps two-out double to give Germano all the run support he would need. Fedroff added a two-run triple in the top of the second, and the rest of the night was about getting Germano to the promised land.

He threw 95 pitches, and struck out seven along the way.

While being the first ever perfect game for the Clippers, this now means the Clippers’ starting staff has two members who have thrown perfect games in their careers, with Jeanmar Gomez having accomplished the feat in Akron in 2009. Some videos, courtesy of the Clippers, after the jump. [Read more...]

Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 7/26/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
This season is starting to look more and more like last season. I mean, if you take away all of the team’s best players, you’ll have stretches of play like this week. No Jason Kipnis. No Ezequiel Carrera. No Lonnie Chisenhall. Suddenly, the murderer’s row offense is a bit more lethargic. Seems to be the MO of this organization right now, no? The silver lining in terms of the playoffs is that they still have a 9.5 game lead over Louisville. Let’s not forget, however, the stretch the Bats put together last season to erase a similar lead this late in the season; the Clippers had to win in the final weekend to get into the playoffs.

This Week: 2-5
Season Record: 64-39, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 7/19/2011

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
Now that’s more like it! After some well-deserved rest for most of the roster–and in spite of a swell of roster moves due to the Tribe’s injury situation–The Ship came out of the All-Star break with all guns blazing. The Clippers are currently riding a four-game winning streak, and have pushed their IL West lead up to 12.5 games. Put it this way: there are still seven weeks left in the season, and their magic number is already down to just 36 games. In addition to their division dominance, the Clip Show also have a nice six-game lead over Lehigh Valley for the best record in the IL.

This Week: 4-1
Season Record: 62-34, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Da Clip Show: Keeping An Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 7/12/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
Well, there’s some good news, and some bad news. The Clippers are at the All Star Break, and they’re leading their division by 9.5 games, and a 4.5 game lead for the IL’s best record. The bad news? They limped home this past week, and their leads are down 2.0 and 3.0 games respectively from this point last week. Sometimes it was the bats, sometimes it was the arms. They lost five games by a combined 11 runs, so they kept them close. They just couldn’t close them out.

This Week: 1-5
Season Record: 58-33, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Da Clip Show: Keeping an Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 7/5/11

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
It doesn’t seem to matter who gets called up or who gets hurt. This ship is humming along, with another great week in the standings. If I were the head of the Tribe organization, I’d figure out some way to keep Mike Sarbaugh in that organization, because he’s going to get a Major League job at some point in the not too distant future, and he’s going to be a good one. The Clippers now have an 11.5 game lead over Louisville in the IL West, and have a 7.5 game lead for the best overall IL record.

This Week: 5-2
Season Record: 57-28, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Tribe Minor League Report: Four Clippers Named AAA All Stars

Despite the Tribe not playing yesterday, the news was not all bad. The IL All Star team was announced, and in addition to manager Mike Sarbaugh–who will be heading the squad–four players are heading to the contest as well.

The three highlights are prospects. Second baseman Jason Kipnis leads the group, and is joined by pitchers Zach McAllister and Jeanmar Gomez. The Clippers contingent is rounded out by none other than Sweet Luis Valbuena.

Valbuena leads all regulars on the Clippers in hitting, with a .319 average in 70 games. Kipnis is not far behind, hitting .301 in 77 games. Both infielders are also mashing, with a .524 and .526 slugging mark respectively. [Read more...]

Da Clip Show: Keeping An Eye on the Tribe’s AAA Squad – 6/28/2011

Clip Show aims to be your weekly update for all things Columbus Clippers. Check back each Tuesday afternoon for team records, roster updates, and performance updates on some of the brightest prospects in the Tribe system.
The hot streak has cooled. After winning 16 of 17 to reach a high water mark of 52-23, the Clippers have lost three in a row to Gwinnett. I guess that’s OK. I mean, you can’t expect a team to keep winning at that clip all season, right? Some more roster upheaval, as reigning IL Batter of the Week Lonnie Chisenhall has moved on to Cleveland, so it will again fall onto the remaining guys and callups to keep the train rolling… just like last season.

This Week: 4-3
Season Record: 52-26, 1st place (of four) in ILW (International League West)

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Welcome Back! Chisenhall Rakes in Clippers 50th Win, and Other Tribe Third Base Musings

It hadn’t been a great June for third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. In his last 10 games before being injured with a concussion on June 11th, he was hitting just .154 (6-for-39). Apparently a little time off for a concussion can do wonders for a guy.

Chisenhall was activated yesterday and played in his first game against the Mud Hens. And play he did, grabbing four hits, including two singles, a triple, and  an eighth-inning tie-breaking three run jack to power the Clippers to the win; Chisenhall drove in 6 of the team’s 13 runs. And, if you’re into milestones, it was the club’s 50th win in just 73 games (.685 winning percentage), including 14 of their last 15.

Back to Chisenhall, however. There may be a little extra pressure on Chisenhall, as with Matt LaPorta’s injury the Tribe has seen more time with Jack Hannahan at first and Orlando Cabrera playing third base… something he’s never done prior in the big leagues.

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Tribe News: Chisenhall Activated from DL

Lonnie Chisenhall / Photo: Joe Santry, Columbus ClippersFinally, some good news for third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall. The Chiz, who has not played since he was injured with a concussion sliding into–ironically–third base on June 11th, was activated from the Clippers’ disabled list today and is expected to play tonight against Toledo.

Chisenhall, 22, who has struggled a bit both at the plate and in the field this season, saw his year take another bad turn when he suffered the concussion. The team kept him out of the lineup day-to-day, and when his symptoms didn’t improve they finally placed on him on the DL last week.

So far this season, Chisenhall is hitting .250 in 60 games with five home runs and 30 RBI. His .734 OPS has been disappointing, to say the least, and he also has seven errors in 54 games at third in the field with a .953 fielding percentage.
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Photo Credit: Joe Santry/Columbus Clippers