Clip Files for June


The Clips’ second 5-0 sweep of Bismarck this year catapulted Applegate to a 13-7 record and a 47-33 mark after 80 games, good for a two-game lead over the Boulder Tree Huggers, who won 13 games themselves. Applegate outscored Bismarck 27-8 in the series after earlier outscoring them 26-4, for a combined 53-12 edge. … At one point during the month the Clips had an 11-game “as-rolled” winning streak, winning the last four games of a series at Dyersville, then sweeping Bismarck, then winning the first two games vs. Tatooine. … In a head-to-head clash with best-record-in-the-league Margaritaville, the clubs split the first four games and dueled into the 12th inning of Game Five, with Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller burning mano-a-mano innings, before a walkoff homer ended it in favor of the Volcanoes. … The Clips have endured 13 extra-inning games, going 5-8. Only West Atlanta (12-6 in 18 games) has played more. … The Clips have climbed to second in the league in ERA, behind just Springfield, at 3.45, as they have held opponents to a .237 batting average and just 70 homers (second-lowest in the league). … No. 5 starter Tyler Chatwood has been the surprise of the pitching staff with a 9-4, 3.28 mark, tying him for second in the league in wins. Ace Kyle Hendricks is 8-2 with a 2.97 ERA, which ranks third-best in ERA. … Bullpen ace Andrew Miller is second in the league in saves at 16. … Josh Donaldson continues to carry the Clips offensively, with 20 homers (tied for fifth in the league), 64 RBIs (third) and 56 runs scored (tied for seventh). … You might say Billy Hamilton’s contributions are “off the charts” as he leads the league in sacrifice hits (36) and stolen bases (27).

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Clip Files for May

Shawn Kelley

In going 11-9, Applegate outscored its May foes 92-62 despite being outhomered 22-20. Hard righty reliever Shawn Kelley was a workhorse in a month that saw a lot of righty-leaning lineups, hurling 17 innings and notching three saves. Fifth starter Tyler Chatwood went 3-0 with a 0.62 ERA and No. 1 starter Kyle Hendricks went 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA. Yasmany Tomas hit .396 in May with four homers and 13 RBIs. Josh Donaldson hit . 308 with five homers and 19 RBIs. … The Clips are 13-17 at home (where they have been outhomered 46-27) but 21-9 on the road (where they have outhomered their foes 30-17). … 10 of Applegate’s first 60 games have gone extra innings; the club is 4-6. … Byron Buxton hit .037 in May, striking out 16 times in 27 at-bats. … The Clips are giving up a ridiculous number of hits on gb 2B (x) rolls. Neil Walker and Greg Garcia, both 3s at the position, recorded outs on only 12 of 22 2B(x) rolls in May, and for the year now they are a combined 48 outs in 73 2B(x) rolls, just 66%. … Centerfielder Billy Hamilton, a 1e5, has committed four errors already. … Kole Calhoun, who hit 18 homers for the Angels last year in real life batting largely in front of Mike Trout, finally hit his first homer of the year for Applegate in the club’s 59th game rolled, despite having started every game. … Hamilton has 31 sacrifice hits. The major league record is 67. …

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Clip Files for April

Andrew Miller

After a 15-5 start, the Clips won barely half that many games in April, recording four 2-3 series for an 8-12 month that still left them as the surprising frontrunner in the stacked West Division, although by the thinnest possible margin. … April was not kind to the Clips’ bullpen as it endured five extra-innings games. Only Dyersville and Destin have logged more innings pitched so far than Applegate’s 369 in 40 games. … Middle-of-the-pack status in league batting average (eighth at .253) and ERA (seventh at 3.98) do not bode well. … Applegate pitchers are second in the league in strikeouts (behind Boulder) with 365. Stephen Strasburg leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings at 12.82. … Relief stud Andrew Miller has fanned 35 in 21 innings while allowing just seven hits and leads the league with 11 saves. … Another bad sign: Mopup man Jhoulys Chacin leads the team and is tied for fourth in the league in games finished with 14. … Billy Hamilton leads the league in sac bunts with 22, on pace for 88. The next two players combine have 25. Hamilton is also tied for the league in steals with 13. … Kole Calhoun is still looking for his first homer despite playing all 40 games. He hit 18 in real life. … First-round pick Willson Contreras, who hit .282 in real life, and veteran catcher Russell Martin, who hit .231 in real life, are both hitting .225 as they share catcher duties for the Clips. … Inactive in March, Wade Davis was brutalized in April (0-2, 8.74 ERA), allowing 12 hits, nine walks and 11 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings.

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Clip Files for March

Neil Walker

Hard to tell who was surprised more by Applegate’s 15-5 start to the season: Manager Gary Kicinski or the deadly-accurate Daft-Alyzer… Applegate went an unthinkable 10-0 on the road, sweeping the lowly Bismarck Bombers as well as defending league champion Superior Titans. … The Clips went just 3-3 vs. left-handed starters and a whopping 12-2 vs. righties. … Applegate held Bismarck to just four runs scored in its series, hurling two shutouts. … Applegate was 4-0 in one-run games as Andrew Miller notched eight saves. Miller, Ryan Buchter and Ken Giles combined to pitch 24 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Workhorse George Kontos also posted a 0.61 ERA in 14 2/3 innings, allowing just six hits. … Neil Walker might be one of those on-in-odd-years, off-in-even-years guys. He hit five homers in March after only hitting seven for the Clips in all of 2016. … Josh Donaldson carried the offense with a .308 average, seven homers, 15 runs scored and 19 RBIs. … Kole Calhoun had eight doubles while hitting .324. … The Clips outhomered their road opponents 17-3.

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In our 36th season, our first perfect game: Applegate’s Tim Hudson whitewashes Hickory

Applegate’s Tim Hudson hurled what is believed to be the first perfect game in the 36-year history of the I-75 League, holding Hickory without a baserunner — or even a close call — in a 6-0 victory July 3.

Hudson struck out nine and retired all 27 hitters he faced, striking out pinch-hitter Javier Baez to close the contest. Tim_Hudson_14Hickory had three split roll chances at singles, all at 1-10 odds or less, and missed all three.

Hudson, a 4e15 pitcher, also fielded a Pitcher (X) roll cleanly with one out in the ninth. Hudson, who improved to 7-5 on the year with a 3.18 ERA, was making his first start since May, having been inactive in June.

“I wasn’t even really aware he had a no-hitter going until about the sixth inning,” said Paperclips manager Gary Kicinski. “We grabbed an early lead and got our defensive guys in there early, and I noticed in the sixth Hudson hadn’t allowed a hit, but I couldn’t really remember if he’d walked a guy or not.” Continue reading

Clip Files through May

paperclipsApplegate has recorded three consecutive 11-9 monthly records … Jose Reyes has made 15 errors and the e18 shortstop is on pace for 40 at this rate … Reliever Greg Holland leads the staff in wins with 8. Holland has already used 30 of his allotted 67 innings … Kendrys Morales is struggling at a .149 clip with 161 at-bats … Curtis Granderson is hitting a shocking .300, 68 points above his real-life .232, and boasts a .400 on-base mark, thanks to a team-high 33 walks … Chipper Jones is hitting only .232, but his on-base number is 150 points higher at .381 … Neil Walker is hitting a team-high .326, with an impressive OPS of .948. He is second on the team in RBI (36) and third in runs scored (28) … Stephen Strasburg has just one win in 12 starts. … As a team, the Clips are hitting  just .194 in the clutch and .132 with the bases loaded.

Clip Files for May

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CLIP FILES: Applegate posted a 13-7 record in May, winning all four of its series.  The winning record came despite ace Clay Buchholz being deactivated to preserve innings. Trevor Cahill picked up two more wins and is the league’s only remaining unbeaten starter at 8-0. … But is the Clips’ winning record (31-29) a mirage? They only own winning records against four teams, beating up on luckless South Grand Prairie twice to the tune of 4-1. … Josh Hamilton is hitting .387 but has been limited to 33 RBIs… Jamey Carroll has 12 errors in 41 games, tied for the league high. … Freddy Sanchez has played in all 60 games and is hitting .301. He’s third on the team in RBI at 32. Gaby Sanchez is now a full-timer (DH and 1B) and is hitting .315. … Logan Morrison has 27 walks to his 16 hits. His .413 OBA is more than double his .203 BA. … Josh Willingham also has more walks (32) than hits (27) and an OBA of .372 to soften his .218 BA. … Jamey Carroll, on the other hand, has been a disappointment, with a .276 OBA compared to .379 OBA for the 2010 Dodgers… Stephen Strasburg saw his second month of action and was not effective. For the year he is 2-4 with a 5.06 ERA. He has 25 innings of eligibility left. … Opponents are hitting .293 and the 5-column of Neftali Feliz.