The BlueClaws look to snap their four-game losing streak tonight at 7:05 against Hagerstown. After the game, the first fireworks show of the year.
Last Game Recap…Lucas Giolito threw five scoreless innings and Wander Suero followed with four shutout frames as Hagerstown blanked the BlueClaws 6-0 on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park.
Uniform Note…The BlueClaws will be debuting new uniforms tonight that will be worn at all Friday home games the rest of the season.
Home Openers…After last night’s loss, BlueClaws are 2-12 all-time in home openers, losing their first 10 before winning in 2011 and 2012…Last year, the BlueClaws fell to Kannapolis 9-2 and lost last night to Hagerstown 6-0.
Season Series…This is the second of 27 meetings between the BlueClaws and Suns (Nationals) this year…They will play 13 in the first half (including three next week in Hagerstown) and 14 times in the second half…14 games will be in Lakewood and 13 in Hagerstown…Last year, Hagerstown went 15-7 against Lakewood and is 45-27 against the BlueClaws since the beginning of 2011.
Hey Willians…Willians Astudillo, who has played in three of the first seven games, leads the team with five RBIs and is 5-13 to open the year…Astudillo played in the GCL in 2012 but missed last year with a knee injury…He has also played first base in his three starts despite being listed as a catcher…He played 12 games there with the GCL Phillies in 2012 and five with the VSL Phillies in 2009.
Lakewood – RHP Alejandro Arteaga
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 12/2011 Resides: Maracay, Venezuela
Season Notes: On Opening Day roster…Gave up two runs in five innings at Savannah on 4/5, earning the win.
Career Notes: Spent 2013 with GCL Phillies, going 4-2, 3.27, striking out 35 in 52.1 innings…Went 4-0 with a 2.65 ERA over his final seven starts…Also made two starts with Clearwater, allowing four earned runs in 7.2 innings.
Season Highs…IP (5, 4/5 at SAV)…Rs (2)…ERs (2)…Ks (6, 4/5 at SAV)…BBs ( )
Career Highs…IP (6.0, 3x, last 8/28/13 w/CLR)…Rs (6, 6/28/13 w/ GCL)…ERs (4, 2x, last 9/1/13 w/CLR)…Ks (8, 7/6/13 w/GCL)…BBs (2, 4x, last 8/28/13 w/CLR)
Last Five Appearances…4/5 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K