Game Notes – May 24 vs Hagerstown

May 24th, 2016

The BlueClaws are back in action tonight against Hagerstown, a 6:35 first pitch with LHP Tyler Gilbert on the mound.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:20)

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 GarciaWilson 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 HaydenBrendon 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)

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Special Ticket Offer for Wednesday

May 24th, 2016

GameStillOn480380It’s going to be 80 (!) degrees on Wednesday and, in a perfect coincidence, the BlueClaws are playing an 11:05 am game against Hagerstown, the final game of this seven-game homestand.

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Arauz Is NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week

May 23rd, 2016

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Harold Arauz is the NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week after allowing one unearned run over six innings in a win over Delmarva on Friday night. Arauz, who was acquired in the Ken Giles trade at the Winter Meetings last December, struck out seven in the Harry Potter Night game, which the BlueClaws won on the Jan Hernandez walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

In his last two starts, Arauz has allowed just one unearned run over 13 innings with 15 strikeouts – eight against West Virginia on May 14th and seven against Delmarva on May 20th.

2016 Standings
Harold Arauz – 1
Jose Taveras – 1
Jose Pujols – 1
Luke Leftwich – 1
Shane Watson – 1
Zach Coppola – 1

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Anderson Excited for Return

May 22nd, 2016

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Drew Anderson is back with the BlueClaws – he was activated on Friday and makes his season debut today against Delmrava in the 1:05 pm game.


Anderson, a Reno native, missed last year after having Tommy John Surgery and hasn’t pitched with the BlueClaws in 714 days. We had a chance to sit down with Drew on Friday, and he is obviously, and deservedly, excited to get back on the mound. Ironically, his last game was also against Delmarva, and he is slated to face them in his first two starts back, today here and Saturday in Salisbury.


You can listen to the interview here.


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Anderson’s Return / Game Notes – May 22 vs Delmarva

May 22nd, 2016

The BlueClaws wrap up a four-game series with Delmarva this afternoon after the Shorebirds took a 2-1 decision on Saturday afternoon. Drew Anderson makes his return to the BlueClaws rotation today – he hasn’t pitched with Lakewood since June 8, 2014 and missed last year with Tommy John Surgery.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 12:50)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 12-9 after a 4-16 start to the season…They have dropped five of their last six games since a five-game winning streak since sweeping West Virginia and winning a sixth straight game last Sunday (May 15).

Slumping Bats…Since opening a 9-2 lead on Monday in Hagerstown, the BlueClaws have scored a total of five runs over their last 50 innings (and five runs in their last five games dating to Tuesday)…They were an out away from a 1-0 loss on Friday when Jan Hernandez hit a two-run home run to beat Delmarva, a hit which snapped a 23-inning scoreless drought.

Walk-Off This Way…The walk-off win for the BlueClaws was their second of the season (Damek Tomscha had a walk-off single in the win over West Virginia on May 14th) and it was the first walk-off home run for the BlueClaws since Cord Sandberg hit one on August 8, 2015 in the 18th inning against Hickory.  

Surging Pitching…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 65 earned runs over 188 innings in their last 21 games (for an ERA of 3.11).

The Jersey Shore and the Eastern Shore…The BlueClaws welcome Delmarva to town for a four-game series (Delmarva leads 2-1) – this is the Shorebirds’ only trip to Lakewood this year…Lakewood will play 18 games over five road trips in Salisbury beginning next Thursday (18 of Lakewood’s remaining 49 road games will be at Delmarva).

Down to the Wire12 of the last 13 BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (7-5)…15 of the first 41 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (6-9) and 29 of the first 41 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (11-18)…In all but three of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.

Strong Return…Brendon Hayden is 16-46 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– RHP Drew Anderson
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Reno, Nevada
How Acquired: 22nd round pick, 2012 draft (Galena High School)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – first game
News & Notes: Makes his first start with the BlueClaws since June of 2014 after missing most of that year and all of 2015 following March, 2015 Tommy John Surgery…Went 4-4, 3.68 in nine starts with the BlueClaws in 2014 before his injury…Spent 2013 with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League where he went 6-3, 2.00 in 15 starts….Went to the same high school as 2011-12 BlueClaws OF Brian Pointer.

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Game Notes – May 21 vs Delmarva

May 21st, 2016

The BlueClaws had a walk-off win on Friday night – a two-run home run from Jan Hernandez won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Today, the BlueClaws take on Delmarva in game three of their four-game series with a 4:05 first pitch.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 3:50)

Snapped…Jan Hernandez’s walk-off home run on Friday snapped several streaks for the BlueClaws – their four-game losing streak, which dated to Monday night, and their 23 inning scoreless stretch, which dated to the 2nd inning on Wednesday in Hagerstown.

Walk-Off This Way…The walk-off win for the BlueClaws was their second of the season (Damek Tomscha had a walk-off single in the win over West Virginia on May 14th) and it was the first walk-off home run for the BlueClaws since Cord Sandberg hit one on August 8, 2015 in the 18th inning against Hickory.  

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 12-8 after a 4-16 start to the season…They snapped their four-game losing streak with a win Friday over Delmarva in the second of the four-game series with the Shorebirds.

Surging Pitching…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 63 earned runs over 179 innings in their last 21 games (for an ERA of 3.17).

The Jersey Shore and the Eastern Shore…The BlueClaws welcome Delmarva to town for a four-game series (1-1) – this is the Shorebirds’ only trip to Lakewood this year…Lakewood will play 18 games over five road trips in Salisbury beginning next Thursday (18 of Lakewood’s remaining 49 road games will be at Delmarva).

Down to the Wire11 of the last 12 BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (7-4)…14 of the first 40 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (6-8) and 28 of the first 40 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (11-17)…In all but three of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.

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 27-83 (.325) since April 19th.

Walk This Way…BlueClaws pitchers have walked 56 hitters in their last 21 games after walking 86 hitters in their first 19 games (4.5 per game)… The BlueClaws have five games this year with at least eight walks (season high is 10 on 4/12 at Hagerstown) and six games with at least seven walks – their single-game high last year was just seven (6/17 vs Delmarva) and five games with at least five walks.

Lakewood– RHP Franklyn Kilome
About: 20 year old, 6-6, 175 pound RHP from La Romana, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2013
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 6 st, 0-4, 7.30 ERA, 24.2 IP, 34 H, 15 BB, 25 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Delmarva…Gave up one run over a season-long 5.2 innings on Sunday against West Virginia while striking out a season-high seven…In three April starts, gave up 17 ER in 9.2 innings, but in three May starts, has allowed three ER in 15 innings with 18 strikeouts against five walks…Was Lakewood’s Opening Day starter…Phillies #7 prospect per Baseball America and #8 prospect per MLB.com…Went 3-2, 3.28 ERA with Williamsport last year.
Last Appearance: 5/15 vs WV – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Season Highs…IP (5.2)…Rs (6)…ERs (6)…Ks (7)…BBs (4)

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Watson to Clearwater; Anderson Activated

May 20th, 2016

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BlueClaws RHP Shane Watson has been promoted to Clearwater and will move into the Threshers starting rotation, while RHP Drew Anderson has been activated by the BlueClaws off the disabled list and will start Sunday against Delmarva.

Watson went 2-2, 3.20 with Lakewood this year and gave up two runs over six innings in his last BlueClaws start, Wednesday at Hagerstown. He was the 40th overall pick in the 2012 draft from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California.

Anderson, a 21st round pick in the same 2012 draft from Reno, Nevada, pitched for Lakewood in 2014, going 4-4, 3.68 in nine starts. However, he was injured in a June 8th game at Delmarva and has been on the disabled list since then, missing last year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Anderson will make his 2016 debut, and his first Lakewood appearance in 714 days on Sunday against the same Shorebirds club.

UPDATE: Reading SS JP Crawford has been promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley, it was announced today by the Phillies. Crawford, who spent about a year in Reading – he joined the Fightin’ Phils in May of last year, was hitting .265 with 3 HRs and 5 SBs with 30 walks and just 21 strikeouts this year. He’s now the youngest player in the International League, surpassing his new teammates, RHP Jake Thompson and OF Nick Williams.

Crawford was drafted in 2013 and became the first (and still only) player ever to play for the BlueClaws in the year he was drafted out of high school.

Here is a story we did with Watson in 2013 upon the Phillies selection of Crawford.

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Game Notes – May 19 vs Delmarva

May 19th, 2016

Sorry for the late post but here is today’s preview with the notes here.

Last Game Recap…Victor Robles broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth inning RBI double to give Hagerstown a 2-1 win over the BlueClaws on Wednesday afternoon at Municipal Stadium…Jefry Rodriguez earned the win, allowing one run over five innings while Shane Watson gave up two runs over six innings to take the loss…Tommy Peterson got the last six outs for a save as the Suns swept the three-game series from the BlueClaws.

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-7 in their last 18 games (after a 4-16 start to the season) but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They have lost three straight games entering the series with Delmarva.

The Jersey Shore and the Eastern Shore…The BlueClaws welcome Delmarva to town for a four-game series – this is the Shorebirds’ only trip to Lakewood this year…Lakewood will play 18 games over five road trips in Salisbury beginning next Thursday (18 of Lakewood’s remaining 49 road games will be at Delmarva).

Transactions… RHP Alejandro Arteaga has been released by the Phillies…RHP Kenny Koplove, who opened the season with the BlueClaws, has re-joined the team from extended spring training.

Down to the WireThe last 10 BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-4)…13 of the first 38 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (5-8) and 27 of the first 38 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (10-17)…In all but three of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.

No More Hagerstown (For The Weekend)…The BlueClaws are 15-14 against everyone in the league but Hagerstown, against whom they are 0-9…The Suns will be in Lakewood for a three-game series starting Monday.

Lakewood – RHP Luke Leftwich
About: 21 year old, 6-3, 205 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 7th round pick, 2015 draft (Wofford College)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 6 st, 3-1, 2.10 ERA, 30 IP, 27 H, 12 BB, 44 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Delmarva…Last time out, gave up one run on three hits over six innings against West Virginia on Friday, earning his third win…Has allowed no more than one run in his last five starts (4 ER in 26 IP with 38 Ks)…Has won his last three starts…5th in league with 44 Ks…Went 2-2, 2.76 with Williamsport last year after being taken out of Wofford…Went to same HS (Desert Vista, Phoenix) as 2014-15 BlueClaws RHP Tyler Viza.
Last Appearance: 5/13 vs WV (W) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Season Highs…IP (6)…Rs (3)…ERs (3)…Ks (11)…BBs (3)

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Game Notes – May 18 at Hagerstown

May 18th, 2016

It’s morning baseball for the BlueClaws today in Hagerstown, the final game of this three-game series. Lakewood has dropped the first two games and send Shane Watson to the mound today in the series finale.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 10:20)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-6 in their last 17 games but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They have dropped the first two games of this three-game series with the Suns.

With a Win…The BlueClaws need a win today to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Suns…They have been swept twice by Hagerstown this year (three-game series April 11-13 in Hagerstown and 18-20 in Lakewood).

Against the Suns…The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for a three-game series with the Suns (Hagerstown leads this series 2-0)…Lakewood is 0-8 against Hagerstown this year, with the first six times among the first 14 games of the season…The BlueClaws have been outscored 61-30 in those eight games and have a staff ERA of 6.95 against Hagerstown.

Go Go Garcia…Wilson Garcia is 22-64 over his last 16 games with hits in 15 of them – he had a 13-game hitting streak snapped against West Virginia on Saturday…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.

Magnificent MarreroEmmanuel Marrero is 34-94 (.362) since April 21st after beginning the year 11-46…Marrero has 14 multi-hit games already this year (leads the team) after having eight with Lakewood in the entire second-half last year…He already has two four-hit games and a five-hit game (4/24 at Greensboro which tied the franchise record for most hits in a game).

Down to the WireThe last nine BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-3)…12 of the first 37 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (4-8) and 26 of the first 37 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (10-16)…In all but three of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.

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) – 6 st, 2-1, 3-24 ERA, 33.1 IP, 27 H, 11 BB, 29 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Hagerstown…Gave up three runs, two earned last time against West Virginia on Thursday…22 strikeouts and 5 walks in 23.1 innings over his last 4 starts…Threw seven innings in two starts, April 21 and 27, the first two times he’s thrown seven innings in his career…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: 5/12 vs WV – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R/2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (6)…ERs (4)…Ks (8)…BBs (3)

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Talking ALS Celebrity Waiter Event With Jim DeAngelis

May 17th, 2016

Jim DeAngelis has been with the BlueClaws since 2001 and his current title is Vice President of Community Relations. One of the biggest events that Jim helps plan and run each year is the annual ALS Celebrity Waiter Event, which this year is May 25th at Tuscan House in Toms River. From the press release:

The ALS Celebrity Waiter Event features all BlueClaws players serving as the waiters and BlueClaws coaches serving as the bartenders. The players will pose for pictures and sign autographs throughout the night while helping to raise money for a great cause.

20% of all bills and 100% of all tips will be donated directly to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia. This event has raised over $150,000 for the ALS Association in its first 15 years of existence.

We had Jim on the BlueClaws radio broadcast last Friday night to talk about the event, which, like the BlueClaws, is in its 16th season. It’s a great event, and we hope you can join us (more here). You can listen to the interview, which includes fun facts on the origin of the event, the origin of the Phillies relationship with the ALS Association, and more, below.

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Game Notes – May 17 at Hagerstown

May 17th, 2016

After a tough loss last night, 12-9 in a game they led 8-2, the BlueClaws are back in action tonight in Hagerstown against the Suns. 7:05 first pitch. The loss last night snapped Lakewood’s six-game winning streak.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-5 in their last 16 games but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They are 3-0-1 in their last four series and enter off a four-game sweep over West Virginia.

Snapped at Six…The BlueClaws’ six-game winning streak, which was snapped on Monday, was their longest since 2013 when they won six straight between July 6 & 12 against Greensboro, Rome, and Hickory…The franchise record is seven, which they’ve done three times – once in 2006, 2007, & 2008.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for a three-game series with the Suns (Hagerstown leads this series 1-0)…Lakewood is 0-7 against Hagerstown this year, with the first six times among the first 14 games of the season…The BlueClaws have been outscored 57-29 in those seven games and have a staff ERA of 7.58 against Hagerstown.

Go Go Garcia…Wilson Garcia is 20-60 over his last 15 games with hits in 14 of them – he had a 13-game hitting streak snapped against West Virginia on Saturday…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.

Magnificent MarreroEmmanuel Marrero is 32-90 (.356) since April 21st after beginning the year 11-46…Marrero has 13 multi-hit games already this year after having eight with Lakewood in the entire second-half last year…He already has two four-hit games and a five-hit game (4/24 at Greensboro which tied the franchise record for most hits in a game).

Down to the WireThe last eight BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-2)…14 of the first 36 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (4-8) and 25 of the first 36 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (10-15)…In all but two of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.

Surging Pitching…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 56 earned runs over 145 innings in their last 17 games (for an ERA of 3.48)…They gave up seven runs in four games against West Virginia over the weekend but 12 (nine earned) against Hagerstown on Monday.

Hip Hip, JoseJose Pujols is 32-104 (.308) since starting the season 6-33…He homered in three straight games (May 5-7) in Asheville/Kannapolis and is leads the league with eight home runs while sitting in third with 27 RBIs…He hit just four home runs with Williamsport all of last year…All of his home runs have come since April 17th…Pujols is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.

Going, Going Jan…Jan Hernandez homered on Thursday and Friday, the second BlueClaw to homer in back to back games this year (Jose Pujols homered in three straight games May 5-7)…Hernandez now has four home runs this year (he hit 10 with Williamsport last year)… After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 25-77 (.325) since April 19th.

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) – 6 st, 1-3, 4.96 ERA, 32.2 IP, 36 H, 8 BB, 25 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and second against Hagerstown (4 IP, 10 H, 7 ER on 4/20)……Has thrown seven innings in each of last two starts, allowing two runs in each game, 5/4 at ASH and 5/10 at KAN…Earned first win of the year in his last start…Has walked two or less in all 16 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: 5/10 at KAN (W) – 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (7)…ERs (7)…Ks (6)…BBs (2)

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Hernandez is “Crack of the Bat” Player of the Homestand

May 17th, 2016

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Jan Hernandez is this week’s Jersey Shore Wellness Center / Garrow Family Chiropractic Crack of the Back BlueClaws Player of the Homestand Award after he hit home runs in wins on Thursday and Friday against West Virginia.

Hernandez’s first home run, on Thursday, was onto the grass berm in left field, and added a home run on Friday night off the chain link fence atop the padded wall in right-center (which wouldn’t have been a home run last year, as noted in this post).

2016 Standings
Josh Tobias – 1
Jan Hernandez – 1

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Phillies Minor League Week In Review

May 17th, 2016

Phillies minor league week in review…

Players of the Week

Player – OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 21-year-old Cozens batted .385 (10-26) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in seven games. He slugged .808 for the week with a 1.256 OPS. Cozens’ three home runs came in consecutive games, which finished off a six-game span during which he hit five home runs. He currently ranks first in the Eastern League in home runs, extra-base hits (20), slugging percentage (.581) and total bases (79), is tied for fourth in hits (39) and RBI (26) and ranks 10th in average (.287). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

Pitcher – RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP (5 BB, 8 H) in his two starts last week. He scattered four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against Binghamton on May 10, and followed that by striking out a career-high 12 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings on May 15 against Trenton. Four of Lively’s eight starts have been scoreless and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. His 1.53 ERA (8 ER, 47.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, and he ranks third in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.185). Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 Draft.

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Pirate & Princess Picnic at Kids Expo on Sunday

May 17th, 2016

The BlueClaws Kids Expo is jammed with fun on Sunday, May 22nd, including a Pirate & Princess Party & Picnic, inflatable rides, and other fun at the 1:05 game.

As part of the Kids Expo, the gates will open one hour earlier than normal, with an 11:00 am opening at this game. There will be free inflatable rides and fun near Dr. Bernard’s Kids Zone on the third base concourse.

Pirate & Princess Pincic – The picnic runs from 12 pm – 2 pm in the 3rd Base Picnic Area and includes a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, mac-and-cheese, chicken tenders, french fries, cookies, soda, and water.

Pirates & Princesses will be at the party for pictures and fun including a treasure hunt and costume contest.

Registration: Space is limited for the picnic. Register by calling Ashley Lonsway at 732-901-7000 ext 147 or click here to book online. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for children (your picnic ticket includes admission to the game).

For single-game tickets (non-picnic) to the game, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.

Since it’s a Sunday, it’s also a Sunday FUNDay – Kids Eat Free (ShopRite), Kids Run the Bases after the game, fans can bring their dogs for Yappy Hour, and it’s a Corona Sunday with $2 Coronas for adults.

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