Yacksel Rios takes the mound for the BlueClaws tonight in the rubber game against Greenville as the BlueClaws look for a series win over the Drive.
Rubber Game…The BlueClaws and Greenville meet in the rubber game of three tonight at FirstEnergy Park with each team having won one of the first two games in the series…The BlueClaws are 2-0 in rubber games in the second half, beating Hickory on 7/17 and Hagerstown on 7/3.
Hello, Greenville…The BlueClaws welcome in the Greenville Drive for a three-game series this week at FirstEnergy Park…These are the only meetings between the teams this year…Lakewood beat Greenville in both the 2009 and 2010 SAL Championship Series.
An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .267 in July having scored 92 runs in 21 games (4.4 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.350), Carlos Tocci (.318) and Mitch Walding (.309) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.
Pullin Along…Andrew Pullin is 59-183 (.322) since June 1st after hitting .232 in April and May…The left-handed hitting second baseman has struck out a total of 49 times in 285 at bats since the start of May after striking out 25 times in 79 April at bats.
Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 28-80 (.350) in July (hit safely in 16 of 21) with eight multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on 7/15 at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Tocci Them All…Carlos Tocci is 31-98 (.316) since June 29th with nine multi-hit games…He hit his first professional home run on 7/16 in Hickory, which came in his 862nd professional at bat – he debuted with the GCL Phillies in 2012 and has spent the last two years with the BlueClaws.
Mitch Splash…Mitch Walding is 17-41 with 10 doubles in his last 12 games…After starting July 0-12 and falling to .199, he is 21-56 (.375) with 13 doubles and a home run…Walding who was with Lakewood last year, was activated on 4/29 after missing three weeks with a rib injury…He was a 5th round pick in the 2011 draft from Lodi, California.
Lakewood – Yacksel Rios
About: 21 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Caguas, Puerto Rico
How Acquired: 12th round pick, 2011 draft
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 27 g, 7 st, 3-0, 3.45 ERA, 73 IP, 62 H, 27 BB, 53 K…2013 (WPT) – 5-3, 3.59 ERA, 52.2 IP, 52 H, 19 BB, 39 K
News & Notes: Makes his 28th appearance and 8th start of the year…Gave up three runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings last time out at Hickory last Thursday and two back gave up three runs in five innings against Delmarva on 7/12…In his first two starts of July, threw eight innings of one-hit, one-run ball on 7/1 vs HAG and seven innings of two run ball at DEL on 7/6…Began season in BlueClaws bullpen and moved into the starting rotation on 6/13…Spent last year with Williamsport, going 5-3, 3.59 ERA and two years in the GCL (11-12).
Season Highs…IP (7.1, 5/14 vs JUP)…Rs (7, 2x last 6/30 at WV)…ERs (7, 6/30 at WV)…Ks (8, 6/7 at DEL)…BBs (3, 6/25 at GBO)
Last Three Appearances…7/16 at HIC (L): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R/5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K…7/10 vs DEL (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K…7/5 at DEL (L): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K