After a 2-0 loss in Asheville on Wednesday, the BlueClaws are back in action tonight at McCormick Field for a 7:05 game against the Tourists.
Welcome to Asheville…The BlueClaws and Asheville Tourists (Rockies) play a three-game series (Asheville leads 1-0) this week at McCormick Field in Asheville…The teams played four games last year in Lakewood, going 2-2…Lakewood’s last visit here was in 2014, when they split four with the Tourists.
State of the Teams…The BlueClaws are 7-18 overall but are 5-6 after a 2-12 start to the year…They enter the series in Asheville after taking three of four from Greenville over the weekend at FirstEnergy Park…Asheville has won 8 of 11 after a 3-10 start.
Triple Your Pleasure…Jan Hernandez had three of Lakewood’s six hits on Wednesday night, his first three-hit game of the year and his seventh multi-hit game of the season…After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 14-40 since April 19th.
Hit Machine…Josh Tobias, who hit .321 with Williamsport last year in the NY-Penn League, is 7th in the league in hitting this year with Lakewood, batting .333…Tobias has hit safely in 17 of the 23 games in which he has played and has seven multi-hit games…He was a 10th round pick last year from Florida.
Activated…1B Brendon Hayden has been activated off the 7-day disabled list…He last appeared in a game on 4/19 vs Hagerstown (in which he went 3-5)…Hayden is 11-47 to open the season…He was a 16th round pick last year from Virginia Tech and hit .291 with 3 HRs with Williamsport last year…OF Samuel Hiciano has been transferred to Clearwater.
Hip Hip, Jose…Jose Pujols is 18-60 in his 15 games since starting the season 6-33…He has four home runs so far this year and hit his 4th HR in his 81st at bat after he hit four home runs in 256 at bats with Williamsport last year…All of his home runs have come since April 17th…He is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.
From Extended to the Meat of the Order…C Wilson Garcia (.315) joined the BlueClaws from extended spring training on April 16th and has hit third or fourth in each game he’s played with the BlueClaws…Garcia has seven multi-hit games and has hit safely in all but three that he’s played…Garcia spent last year between Clearwater and Williamsport but this is his first year with the BlueClaws (he only had 54 at bats all of last year, hitting a combined .321 with 0 HRs).
Lakewood – RHP Shane Watson
About: 22 year old, 6-4, 200 pound RHP from Long Beach, California
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round pick, 40th overall, 2012 draft (Lakewood High School)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 4 st, 1-1, 2.63 ERA, 24 IP, 15 H, 7 R/ER, 8 BB, 20 K
News & Notes: Makes his fifth start of the year and first against Asheville…Has thrown seven innings in each of his last two starts, the first two times he’s thrown seven innings in his career, striking out a combined 13 hitters…His win was two back at Greensboro on 4/21…Pitched for Lakewood in 2013 and missed 2014 with injury…Went 1-5, 4.33 in nine starts with the BlueClaws in 2015.
Last Appearance: 4/27 vs CHA – 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (4)…ERs (4)…Ks (8)…BBs (2)