Leo: What’s on the agenda?
The Clippers have lost eight of the last ten games and continue to struggle offensively. Mike Sarbaugh held a closed-door team meeting after Thursday’s 6-5 loss in Syracuse.
Getting a quick exit…
Sarbaugh and Shelley Duncan were both ejected form Friday’s game in the first inning after Duncan disputed a called third strike from umpire Kelvin Bultron. The Clippers dropped that game 3-0.
The home run (that wasn’t, maybe, I think)…
Duncan crushed a ball down the left field line on Thursday that seemed to slice left of the foul pole. Plate umpire Fran Burke called it a foul ball, but after being questioned by Sarbaugh, he asked his fellow umpires for their opnions and the call was overturned. That led to the ejection of Chiefs pitcher Tom Milone and manager Randy Knorr. Knorr put on an animated demonstration after being tossed. He took two baseballs, one of which he threw into foul territory and one over the wall in fair play. I think it’s safe to say Knorr made his point on the difference between a homer and a foul ball.
Tonight the Clippers open a four-game set against Norfolk at 7:05pm.
* The Tides were scheduled to pitch Chris Tillman, but he’s been summoned to Baltimore to face the Yankees as part of a doubleheader today. Instead, lefty Chris George will face Corey Kluber.
* The Clippers are now batting just .215 in the month of July, carrying a record of 10-16.
* On the flip side, the pitching staff has improved its’ ERA to 3.40 for the month.
* Former Clippers speedster Jose Constanza was called up to the majors with Atlanta. He was 1-for-4 with one RBi in his debut.
* Clippers historian Joe Santry has compiled a list of every no-hitter in Columbus baseball history:
Cannonball Morris * May 29, 1884 Pittsburgh 5-0
Frank Mountain * June 5, 1884 Washington 10-0
Hank Gastright *& October 12, 1890 Toledo 6-0
Bumpus Jones June 5, 1898 Kansas City 3-2
George Upps August 18, 1908 Kansas City 3-0
Dixie Davis July 2, 1913 Indianapolis 4-0
King Cole July 15, 1913 Milwaukee 3-1
Marty O’Toole July 2, 1915 Cleveland 2-1
Bob Clark June 18, 1921 Louisville 3-0
Paul Dean August 30, 1932 Kansas City 3-0
Pete Mazar June 3, 1945 Kansas City 4-0
Dick Hoover + August 14, 1955 Richmond 10-0
Rod Scurry + July 25, 1977 (G2) Richmond 2-0
Scott Nielsen June 8, 1988 Maine 3-0
Kevin Mmahat July 5, 1991 Louisville 6-0
Mariano Rivera # June 26, 1995 (G2) Rochester 3-0
Adrian Hernandez-Kevin Lovinger-Bob Scanlon June 10, 2002 Indianapolis 15-1
Justin Germano @ July 26, 2011 Syracuse 3-0
@ Perfect Game
* Major League no-hitter
+ Seven inning game
& Eight inning game
# Five inning game
* Justin Germano’s perfect game on Tuesday is the first in Columbus history.
* The Cleveland Indians acquired Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs this week and one Clippers player was involved in the trade. Right-hander reliever Carlton Smith has reported to the Cubs Triple-A team in Iowa. Smith was 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 34 games this year.
* Ted Dibiase “The Million Dollar Man” will be at Huntington Park tonight. It’s fitting that he’s appearing one day before the trading deadline because his famous slogn is “Everybody’s got a price”.