The BlueClaws are back in action tonight against Hagerstown, a 6:35 first pitch with LHP Tyler Gilbert on the mound.
State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 12-11 after a 4-16 start to the season…They have dropped seven of their last eight games since a five-game winning streak that finished by sweeping West Virginia in a four-game series that ended on May 15th.
Here’s Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are 16-17 against everyone in the league but 0-10 against the Suns, who are in town for a three-game series…The Suns are 6-0 against the BlueClaws at Municipal Stadium and 4-0 at FirstEnergy Park…After this series, the teams play three games in Lakewood from June 13-15.
Leading the League…Jose Pujols leads the South Atlantic League with nine home runs after going deep on Monday night against Hagerstown…The franchise record for most home run in a first half is 17 set by Jim Murphy in 2011 (he would tie the single-season franchise record with 22).
Duran Duran…After starting his time with the BlueClaws 1-10, Carlos Duran is 9-26 with four multi-hit games over his last eight games played, adding one stolen base…Duran hit .247 with Williamsport last year adding two home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Going, Going Jan…Jan Hernandez hit a walk-off home run on Friday night and has three home runs since May 5th…Hernandez now has five home runs this year (he hit 10 with Williamsport last year)… After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 30-93 (.323) since April 19th.
Go Go Garcia…Wilson Garcia is 26-82 (.317) over his last 21 games with hits in 18 of them – he had a 13-game hitting streak snapped against West Virginia on 5/14…Garcia, who began the year as the bullpen catcher, has hit third or fourth in every game he’s played with Lakewood…He’s in his sixth year with the Phillies third in the US.
Hits Off the Disabled List for Hayden…Brendon Hayden is 17-52 since returning from the DL on 5/4 in Asheville…He had missed 10 games with a hip flexor strain…Hayden was a 16th round pick last year from Virginia Tech and hit .291 with Williamsport in 2015.
Lakewood – LHP Tyler Gilbert
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 190 pound LHP from Santa Cruz, California
How Acquired: 6th round pick, 2015 draft (University of Southern California)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 7 st, 1-4, 4.54 ERA, 39.2 IP, 43 H, 9 BB, 33 K
News & Notes: Makes his eighth start of the year and third against Hagerstown (4 IP, 10 H, 7 ER on 4/20 and 7 IP, 2 ER on Tuesday)…Has thrown seven innings in each of last three starts, allowing two runs in each game, 5/4 at ASH, 5/10 at KAN, 5/17 at HAG…Has walked two or less in all 17 professional appearances…Went 4-3, 2.79 with Williamsport last year (44/6 K/BB ratio in 42 innings) after being drafted in Round 6 from USC.
Last Appearance: 5/17 at HAG (L) – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (7)…ERs (7)…Ks (6)…BBs (2)