April 11th vs Hagerstown

April 11th, 2014

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.

Click here to read today’s game notes.

Last Game RecapLucas 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 SeriesThis 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 HighsIP (5, 4/5 at SAV)…Rs (2)…ERs (2)…Ks (6, 4/5 at SAV)…BBs ( )
Career HighsIP (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 Appearances4/5 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K

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Happy Opening Day

April 10th, 2014

It’s been 222 days since the last home game at FirstEnergy Park – and we’re ready for the first BlueClaws home game since August 31st. RHP Tyler Viza starts for Lakewood against RHP Lucas Giolito for Hagerstown. Here is an interview with Viza we taped on Tuesday in Greensboro.

Here are today’s game notes.

Last Game RecapChad Wallach’s 5th inning home run off Mark Leiter put Greensboro ahead and that was all the scoring they needed as the Grasshoppers topped Lakewood 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon at NewBridge Bank Park…Lakewood’s lone run came on a Dylan Cozens RBI double in the 4th inning…Leiter gave up two runs in a career-long seven innings.

Welcome Home…The BlueClaws are back home for their home opener tonight, kicking off the 14th season in franchise history…The BlueClaws are 2-11 all-time in home openers, losing their first 10 before winning in 2011 and 2012…Last year, the BlueClaws fell to Kannapolis 9-2.

Season SeriesThis is the first 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 44-27 against the BlueClaws over the last three seasons.

Double Your Pleasure…3B Zach Green had his first multi-hit game of the season on Wednesday at Greensboro, doubling twice in the 2-1 loss…Green had been 2-21 prior to his two double game…The 20 year old was a 5th round pick of the Phillies in 2012.

Lakewood – RHP Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, AZ
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft
Stats: 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K…2013 (GCL) – 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
Season Notes: On Opening Day roster…Gave up three runs innings in five innings in season debut 4/4 at Savannah.
Career Notes: Began career with GCL Phillies, going 1-0, 1.41 in 12 games (six starts), allowing just 21 hits in 32 innings and 1 ER or less in all six starts.
Season Highs…IP (5, 4/4 at SAV)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (3, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/4 at SAV)
Career Highs…IP (5.0, 3x, last 4/4 at SAV)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (6, 8/24/13 w/GCL)…BBs (3, 8/7/13 w/GCL)

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Viza Gets Nod In Home Opener

April 9th, 2014

RHP Tyler Viza, a 32nd round pick of the Phillies last year from Phoenix, AZ, gets the nod for the BlueClaws in tomorrow night’s home opener at FirstEnergy Park. We sat down with Tyler for a preview.

You can listen to the interview below:

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Leiter On Mound In Trip Finale

April 9th, 2014

Mark Leiter, Jr. takes the mound for the BlueClaws today in the final game of the season opening seven game (rained to six) trip. After starting 2-1, the BlueClaws have lost their last two games and will look for a trip split with a win today at 12:30. You can listen here.

Here are today’s game notes.

Season SeriesThis is the third of 22 meetings between the teams this year, 12 in Greensboro (four three-game series, two in each half) and 10 in Lakewood (beginning with a three game series that starts on April 13th…Last year, Lakewood won the season series 11-10 and the teams split 12 games in Greensboro.

 

Heading Home…The BlueClaws will go home for the first time after today’s game…Opening Day at FirstEnergy Park is on Thursday night at 6:35 against Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are 2-11 all-time in home openers.

 

Swingin’ Sammy…Samuel Hiciano already has three multi-hit games for the BlueClaws, including two in Greensboro this week…Hiciano, from the Dominican Republic, hit .243 with 7 home runs with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League last year…Willians Astudillo and Dylan Cozens both have two multi-hit games for Lakewood.

 

Nice Start…Jose Mayorga made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday and went 2-3 with a pair of RBI singles…Mayora, who hit .195 with the GCL Phillies last year, did not have a multi-hit or multi-RBI game last year, and picked up his first of each on Tuesday.

 

Hit Parade…The BlueClaws had a season-high 17 hits on Monday night in Greensboro…It tied their high-mark from 2013 and was their highest hit total since an 18-hit game against Hagerstown on July 2nd, 2012.

Lakewood – RHP Mark Leiter, Jr.

About: 23 year old, 6-0, 195 pound RHP from Forked River, NJ
How Acquired: 22nd round pick, 2013 from New Jersey Institute of Technology
Stats: 1-0, 0.00, 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K…2013 – GCL/CLR/LAK…4-0, 1.20 ERA, 45 IP, 34 H, 13 BB, 50 KSeason Notes: On Opening Day Roster…Threw 5 scoreless at Savannah on Opening Day, earning the win…Has thrown 21 scoreless innings with Lakewood in four starts (three in 2013, one in 2014).
Career Notes: Threw 16 scoreless innings with the BlueClaws at the close of last year…Leiter also made appearances with both the GCL Phillies and Clearwater last year…His father, Mark, Sr., pitched for the Phillies 1997-1998 among an 11-year, 8-team big league career…Al Leiter is Mark, Jr.’s uncle…Went to Toms River High School North, just 6.8 miles from FirstEnergy Park.
Season Highs…IP (5, 4/3 at SAV)…Rs ( )…ERs ( )…Ks (2, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (1, 4/4 at SAV)
Career Highs…IP (6.0, 8/24/13 w/LAK)…Rs (2, 7/7/13 w/CLR)…ERs (1, 6x, last 8/13/13 w/CLR)…Ks (8, 2x, last 8/30/13 w/LAK)…BBs (3,8/30/13 w/LAK)

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Game Four: April 7th at Greensboro

April 7th, 2014

Hello from NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, NC where today the BlueClaws open a three-game series against the Marlins SAL affiliate. The weather looked shaky for most of the day but the rain has stopped, the tarp is off, and we fully expect baseball to be played tonight.

Lakewood was rained out yesterday in Savannah, a game that will be made up in Lakewood at the end of April (exact date/time TBD).

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would start 3-1 for the first time in nine years…They have been 1-3 each of the last two seasons…They would also win back to back road games, something they did just eight times last year.

Season SeriesThis is the first of 22 meetings between the teams this year, 12 in Greensboro (four three-game series, two in each half) and 10 in Lakewood (beginning with a three game series that starts on April 13th…Last year, Lakewood won the season series 11-10 and the teams split 12 games in Greensboro.

Hey WilliansWillians Astudillo did not play at all in 2013 (left knee injury) but got his 2014 off on the right foot with a two hit, four RBI game on Saturday at Savannah…Astudillo hit .318 in the Gulf Coast League in 2012, striking out just five times in 148 at bats.

Running Claws…The BlueClaws have four stolen bases in the first three games of the season…Dylan Cozens has two, after stealing 11 with Williamsport last year…Zach Green and JP Crawford have Lakewood’s other stolen bases.

Three for Three…JP Crawford (3-13) and Dylan Cozens (4-14) are the only BlueClaws with hits in all three games to start the season…Crawford has led off in all three games while Cozens has hit third.

Lakewood – RHP Ranfi Casimiro

About: 21 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 2013, GCL – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
News & Notes: Spent last year with the GCL Phillies, going 2-6, 5.21 with 30 strikeouts in 48.1 innings…Went 3-2, 3.49 with GCL Phillies in 2012.

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Game Three: April 5th at Savannah

April 5th, 2014

Off a 10-1 defeat last night, the BlueClaws and Sand Gnats meet tonight at 6:05 at Grayson Stadium in game three of this four game set.

Read the game notes here.

Last Game RecapSavannah scored five runs in the 7th and two in the 8th to blow open a 3-1 game and the Sand Gnats topped Lakewood 10-1 on Friday night in the second game of the season, evening the series…Jared King had a pair of two-run triples for Savannah…Lakewood starter Tyler Viza gave up three runs (all in the 4th) in five innings.

Season SeriesThis is the third of eight meetings between the teams this year (four here and four in Lakewood April 24-27)…The teams met four times last year in Lakewood, splitting the series…The BlueClaws went 3-5 against Savannah in 2012, including 1-3 at Grayson Stadium.

Sallymander…Hagerstown scored twice in the 9th to beat Rome last night 2-1, improving to 2-0 in the process…Had Rome held on to win that game, all 14 teams in the league would have been 1-1.

Hot Start…Andrew Pullin added three hits on Opening Night for the BlueClaws and another in his first at bat on Friday, giving him a 4-5 start to the season (he is now 4-8)…The Centralia, WA native hit .321 with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (when he was a 5th round pick), and .261 last year with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League.

Lakewood – RHP Alejandro Arteaga

About: 19 year old, 6-2, 175 pound RHP from Palo Negro Aragua, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 2013, GCL – 4-2, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 55 H, 9 BB, 35 K
News & 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.

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Game Two: April 4th at Savannah

April 4th, 2014

Off an Opening Day win, the BlueClaws are back in action today in Savannah. RHP Tyler Viza (v-eye-za, not like the credit card), makes his BlueClaws debut.

Click here for today’s game notes.

A Career OpenerLarry Greene, Jr. started the season in style on Thursday in Savannah…He went 3-4 with 4 RBIs, including a three-run triple in the top of the 8th inning…His three hits and four RBIs each tied a previous career high…Greene spent 2013 with Lakewood, where he hit .213 with 4 HRs and 28 RBIs…He is one of five players (Crawford, Leiter, Tocci, Lino) that finished last year with the BlueClaws.

Three for AP…Andrew Pullin added three hits on Opening Night for the BlueClaws…The Centralia, WA native hit .321 with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (when he was a 5th round pick), and .261 last year with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League.

Lakewood – RHP Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft (Desert Vista HS, Arizona)
Stats: 2013, GCL – 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K (12 games, 6 starts)
News & Notes: Began career with GCL Phillies, going 1-0, 1.41 in 12 games (six starts), allowing just 21 hits in 32 innings and 1 ER or less in all six startsWas committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies.

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Game Notes: April 3rd at Savannah

April 3rd, 2014

It’s Opening Day for the BlueClaws. They’re in Savannah to open a four-game series against the Mets Sally League entry. Mark Leiter, Jr. takes the mound for the BlueClaws. Leiter, you may remember, threw 16 scoreless innings with the BlueClaws last year.

Click here for today’s game notes.

If you missed the story on the BlueClaws season-opening starting rotation, you can see that here.

Welcome to Opening Day…Welcome to the 14th Opening Day in BlueClaws history as the team kicks off the 2014 season in Savannah against the Sand Gnats (Mets).

On Opening DayThe BlueClaws are 5-8 all-time on Opening Day, including losses in back to back season openers (4-2 at Greenville in 2012 and 9-2 vs Kannapolis in 2013)…They had won two straight openers prior to 2012…Lakewood is 2-11 in home openers and this year’s is Thursday, April 10th vs Hagerstown.

In And OutThese are the first of eight meetings between the teams this year (four here and four in Lakewood April 24-27)…The teams met four times last year in Lakewood, splitting the series…The BlueClaws went 3-5 against Savannah in 2012, including 1-3 at Grayson Stadium.

Well RegardedThe BlueClaws have five players ranked among the top 31 prospects in the system per Baseball America: JP Crawford (3), Carlos Tocci (5), Zach Green (15), Dylan Cozens (22), and Larry Greene, Jr. (31). 

Jumpin’ JP…JP Crawford starts the season with the BlueClaws…Selected 16th overall by the Phillies last year, he becomes the 7th first-round pick (Gavin Floyd, Cole Hamels, Greg Golson, Kyle Drabek, Anthony Hewitt, Jesse Biddle) to play for the BlueClaws (12th when including five supplemental first-round picks: Adrian Cardenas, Travis d’Arnaud, Zach Collier, Larry Greene, Jr., Shane Watson). Only Floyd, selected 4th overall, was a higher pick.

Lakewood – RHP Mark Leiter, Jr.

About: 23 year old, 6-0, 195 pound RHP from Forked River, NJ
How Acquired: 22nd round pick, 2013 from New Jersey Institute of Technology
Stats: 2013 – 4-0, 1.20 ERA (16 games, 4 starts), 45 IP, 34 H, 13 BB, 50 K…With Lakewood: 2-0, 0.00, 16 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 20 K
News & Notes: Leiter gets the Opening Day nod for the BlueClaws after finishing the 2013 season with Lakewood…Leiter threw 16 scoreless innings with the BlueClaws at the close of last year…A 22nd round pick from NJIT, Leiter also made appearances with both the GCL Phillies and Clearwater last year…His father, Mark, Sr., pitched for the Phillies 1997-1998 among an 11-year, 8-team big league career…Al Leiter is Mark, Jr.’s uncle.
Last Appearance:
Season Highs…IP ( )…Rs ( )…ERs ( )…Ks ( )…BBs ( )
Career Highs…IP (6.0, 8/24/13 w/LAK)…Rs (2, 7/7/13 w/CLR)…ERs (1, 6x, last 8/13/13 w/CLR)…Ks (8, 2x, last 8/30/13 w/LAK)…BBs (3,8/30/13 w/LAK)

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Gold Coast Cadillac Manager’s Report

April 3rd, 2014

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On the eve of the 2014 season, we sat down with BlueClaws manager Greg Legg for our first Gold Coast Cadillac Manager’s Report of the year.

You can listen to the full interview by clicking here, and we have some snippets below.

  • On managing – It’s a new challenge for me, one I haven’t had since 2007. I’m looking to learn from what I did in the past. Let the kids play a little bit more. I’m actually hoping to start the year with 25 and end the year with 25 different guys.
  • On JP Crawford – He’s had a great spring. He played with our group for maybe the last 10 days. He’s playing real well right now. I think he’s in the perfect spot to start the year and hopefully he plays his way out of here.
  • On Carlos Tocci – It looked like his first step is better, out of the box and on the bases. We know he’s going to play a great centerfield.
  • On Zach Green – His presence is off the charts. He’s a leader by example and by his talking. He’s the ultimate professional.
  • On Andrew Pullin – He’s still earning a new position and making a lot of strides. He’s a good fastball hitter and should feast on those.
  • On Dylan Cozens – He’s got all kinds of ability and his skills are really awesome. He can leave the yard. He can throw, run, steal a base, play center if he had to. If he lets it happen, he should have a big year.

There’s more in there and you can listen to the whole thing here.

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2014 Opening Day Roster

March 30th, 2014

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One of the more exciting days of the year…

Full roster release is below.

LAKEWOOD, NJ – The BlueClaws and their parent club, the Phillies, have unveiled the BlueClaws Opening Day roster that will start Lakewood’s 14th season on April 3rd in Savannah.

Click here for a pdf version of the Opening Day roster.

The team, broken down with 12 position players and 13 pitchers, includes 2013 Phillies 1st round pick (16th overall) SS JP Crawford and RHP Mark Leiter Jr., a Toms River North graduate. Both Crawford and Leiter spent the last two weeks of 2013 with the BlueClaws.

The roster also includes five players ranked among the Phillies Top 31 prospects per Baseball America: Crawford (3), OF Carlos Tocci (5), 3B Zach Green (15), OF Dylan Cozens (22), and OFLarry Greene, Jr. (31).

Further, five players were selected in the top five rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft: Crawford (1st round, 16th overall in 2013), Larry Greene, Jr. (supplemental 1st round, 39th overall in 2011), Cozens (2nd round in 2012), Zach Green (3rd round in 2012), and 2B Andrew Pullin (5th round in 2012).

2014 Opening Day Roster By Position
Catchers: Willians AstudilloGabriel LinoJose Mayorga.
Infielders: JP CrawfordZach GreenWilmer ObertoAndrew PullinRobinson Torres
Outfielders: Dylan CozensGreene Jr., Samuel HicianoCarlos Tocci
Pitchers: Alejandro ArteagaTyler BuckleyRanfi CasimiroCody ForsytheUlises Joaquin,Mark Leiter, Jr.Shane MartinManaure MartinezJulio ReyesYacksel RiosKeivi Rojas,Jesen TherrienTyler Viza

Astudillo hit .318 with the GCL Phillies in 2012 before missing last year with an injury. Lino returns to Lakewood after spending parts of the last two years with the BlueClaws. He was acquired in a trade with the Orioles in 2012.

Crawford led the Gulf Coast League with a .345 batting average before an August 17th promotion to Lakewood last year. Green joins the BlueClaws from Williampsort where he led the NY-Penn League with 13 home runs. Oberto comes to Lakewood from the GCL Phillies, where he tied for the league in home runs (6) and led the league in RBIs (45).

Cozens, a former 2nd round pick, hit nine home runs and drove in 35 runs for Williamsport last year. Hiciano hit seven home runs with Williamsport last year and added 14 RBIs in 17 August games. Tocci returns to Lakewood where he played last year as the youngest player in franchise history (he opened the season at age 17 and turned 18 on August 23rd). He again opens this year as the youngest player on the team.

Among the pitchers, Martin was a 9th round pick last year from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and went 5-4 with a 3.31 ERA for Williamsport. Leiter, Jr., a Toms River North product, threw 16 shutout innings for the BlueClaws last year and is the second Shore Conference alum ever to play for the BlueClaws. Buckley had four saves and a 2.22 ERA with Williamsport and was named a mid-season NY-Penn League All-Star.

Greg Legg, who has been the BlueClaws hitting coach since 2008, returns to the manager’s office he first held during Lakewood’s inaugural season in 2001. He is joined on the staff by pitching coach Les Lancaster and coach Lino Connell. Both were on the BlueClaws staff in 2012 and with Williamsport last year.

Takayuki Sakurai joins the BlueClaws from Williamsport and is the team’s Athletic Trainer while Jeremy Kneebusch returns to Lakewood and will again serve as the Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The BlueClaws open the 2014 season in Savannah, GA on April 3rd. After four games against the SandGnats, they will play three games in Greensboro against the Grasshoppers before coming home. Opening Day at FirstEnergy Park is Thursday, April 10th.

Opening Weekend games (April 11th, 12th, and 13th) are part of Asbury Park Press Dollar Weekend and tickets to those three games are available for just $1.

Tickets to all 2014 BlueClaws home games are currently on sale by calling 732-901-7000 option 2 or online by clicking here.

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Minor League Spring Training Report: March 20th

March 21st, 2014

We did not have a report from Tuesday as the teams played intrasquad scrimmages, but they were all back out on the field yesterday against the Yankees and some familiar faces had big days. More on that later. Let’s start at the Triple-A level.

Lehigh Valley (4-1 win vs Yankees)

  • Barry Enright gave up a run on five hits over five innings and was followed by Austin Wright who threw two scoreless innings. Jeremy Horst and Cesar Jimenez each threw a scoreless inning as well.
  • Tyson Gillies went 2-2 with a double. Jim Murphy and Cody Overbeck each homered for the ‘Pigs.

Reading (5-2 win vs Yankees)

  • Hoby Milner allowed a run on four hits over five innings and continues to have a very good spring.
  • Lino Martinez threw two scoreless innings of relief.
  • Albert Cartwright, Justin Parr, and Carlos Alonso all had two hits with Parr and Alonso each picking up two doubles.

Clearwater (8-7 win vs Yankees)

  • Kyler Burke and Jordan Guth each gave up three runs in three innings.
  • The story of the day was the offense. JP Crawford went 4-4 with a double, walk, and three RBIs. Samuel Hiciano homered, and Brian Pointer was 3-4 with a double and two triples.

Lakewood (2-1 loss vs Yankees)

  • Tyler Viza gave up two hits and a run over four innings of work.
  • It was a quiet offensive day, with the lone run coming on a solo HR by 1B Wilmer Oberto, who played with the Gulf Coast Phillies last year.
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Spring Training Game Recap – March 18th

March 19th, 2014

We had the weekend round-up in yesterday’s post. Here is the round-up for Tuesday’s games.

Lehigh Valley (2-0 win at Pirates)

  • Greg Smith threw four scoreless innings and was followed by Tyler Knigge who added two shutout frames.
  • Jay Johnson, Mike Nesseth, and Justin Friend all had scoreless innings as well.
  • Offensively, Tyler Henson drove in two runs and went 2-2, while Cody Overbeck was 2-4 and Bob Stumpo was 2-2.
  • Tyson Gillies went 1-1 with three walks.

Reading (7-2 loss at Pirates)

  • Percy Garner started and allowed four runs in three innings. Nick Hernandez gave up two runs in 2.2 innings. 2013 BlueClaw Kevin Walter was here and gave up one unearned run in an inning.
  • Justin Parr and Brock Stassi drove in the runs while Jim Negrych, Harold Martinez, Josh Ludy, Logan Moore, Parr, and Edgar Duran each had a hit.

Clearwater (7-5 win vs Pirates)

  • Ethan Stewart threw four scoreless innings as the starter, but all the relievers gave up runs (Delvy Francisco – 2 in 2.1 IP, Chris Nichols – 2 in 1.2 IP, and Zach Cooper – 1 in 1 IP).
  • JP Crawford slid up to this group for the first time this spring and went 1-3.
  • Zach Green contined his good spring and went 2-2 with a double and a walk. Casey Serna had two hits as well, while Chris Serritella homered.

Lakewood (3-2 win vs Pirates)

  • Ranfi Casimiro started and gave up a run over 3.2 innings and was followed by Alejandro Arteaga, who allowed a run over 4.1 innings. Both played primarily with the GCL Phillies last year.
  • C Deivy Grullon went 2-3 with a pair of doubles to lead the offense.
  • Jiandido Tromp, Andrew Pullin, Jan Hernandez, Logan Pierce, Cord Sandberg, Robinson Torres, and Gustavo Martinez all had hits as well.

The plan is to do a rundown of some likely 2014 BlueClaws broken down into hitters and pitchers over the next few days.

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Minor League Spring Training: Weekly Recap

March 18th, 2014

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Let’s try to catch up on some of the Spring Training results from minor league camp over the last few days.

We’ll back up a couple of days to Friday (note – there were no reports from Thursday, March 13th as that was an intrasquad day, and there were no games on Monday, March 17th because of rain).

Friday, March 14th

Lehigh Valley (4-0 loss at Blue Jays)

  • Severino Gonzalez threw three shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out two, needing 34 pitches. He seems to have picked up where he left off last year.
  • Austin Wright followed and allowed three runs in two innings.
  • Offensively, the ‘Pigs had just three hits, two by RF Kelly Dugan, just down from big league camp.

Reading (8-1 loss at Blue Jays)

  • Nick Hanson, with the BlueClaws for much of last year, allowed five runs on six hits over three innings, while Lino Martinez followed with two scoreless innings. Kevin Walter added two more innings, allowing one run on one hit.
  • Offensively, Brock Stassi and Justin Parr each went 2-3 while Edgar Duran drove in the only run.

Clearwater (3-2 win vs Blue Jays)

  • Jeb Stefan started and allowed one run on one hit over three innings while Jordan Guth gave up one run over two innings. Delvi Francisco and Keivi Rojas each threw two scoreless innings.
  • Dylan Cozens went 2-3 with two runs, two steals and an RBI. Art Charles and Hilton Richardson added RBIs as well. Anthony Phillips, Charles, Chad Carman, Richardson, and Logan Pierce each had hits.

Lakewood (7-5 loss vs Blue Jays)

  • Mitch Gueller started and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings of work. Shane Martin allowed three runs in three innings after Gueller.
  • Offensively, six players each had one hit: Andrew Pullin, Larry Greene, Wilmer Oberto, Jan Hernandez, Jonathan Knight, and Jesus Posso. Oberto drove in two runs.

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Minor League Spring Training Games – March 11th

March 12th, 2014

Tuesday marked the first day of 2014 Minor League Spring Training games and we have a recap for you here.

Please note that at this early stage of the process (rosters won’t be finalized until around March 29th and so many players are still in big league camp), don’t read too much into what team a player played with.

Lehigh Valley (5-1 win vs Blue Jays)

  • Barry Enright threw three scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
  • Colby Shreve gave up the only run, though it was unearned.
  • SS Brian Bixler had two hits (including a double), a run scored, and an RBI.
  • Matt Tolbert, Jim Murphy and Steve Susdorf drove in the other runs.
  • Sebastian Valle and Bob Stumpo split catching duties.

Reading (6-4 win vs Blue Jays)

  • Hoby Milner and Kevin Walter each threw two scoreless innings.
  • Brock Stassi had three hits, as did Justin Parr (who had a triple and two RBIs). Harold Martinez added two including a double.
  • Brian Pointer went 0-2 but also walked twoce and stole a base.

Clearwater (6-2 win at Blue Jays)

  • Miguel Nunez gave up a run over three innings. Lino Martinez threw two scoreless innings while Jeb Stefan and Jordan Guth each threw two innings (Stefan allowed one unearned run).
  • Gabriel Lino and Hilton Richardson each had two hits including a double while Richardson added two RBIs and a stolen base.
  • Sam Dove, drafted last year out of Georgia Tech, had a pair of stolen bases. Dylan Cozens, Art Charles, Sam Hiciano, Willians Astudillo, and Jiandido Tromp all had hits.

Lakewood (4-3 loss at Blue Jays)

  • Feliberto Sanchez started the game and threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
  • Offensively, Andrew Pullin had three hits and a walk while Larry Greene Jr. went 2-5 with two RBIs. 3B Jan Hernandez added a pair of hits. JP Crawford went 1-4 with a walk and an RBI while Deivy Grullon, Herlis Rodriguez, Jonathan Knight, and Robinson Torres also had hits.

We’ll get as many recaps up as we can this spring.

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