Up From Florida, Anderson Set to Debut

April 24th, 2014

Drew Anderson, who went 6-3 with a 2.00 ERA for Williamsport as their ace last year, is up from Florida and will make his BlueClaws debut tonight at 6:35 against Savannah (Mets).

Game Notes / Listen Live

Mets Club In TownThe Blueclaws welcome in the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) for a five-game series which includes a Friday double-header (necessitated by a rain-out in Savannah on Sunday, April 6th)…Lakewood went 2-1 against Savannah to open the season…Last year, the teams split a four-game series in Lakewood…The BlueClaws went 3-5 against Savannah in 2012.

Welcome Drew Anderson…RHP Drew Anderson joins the BlueClaws from extended spring training and will make the start tonight…Anderson spent last year with Williamsport, where he went 6-3 with a  2.00 ERA (2nd in the NY-Penn League)…He was a 20th round pick in 2012 and went to the same high school (Reno’s Galena HS) as 2012-13 BlueClaws OF Brian Pointer.

Welcome Jan Hernandez3B Jan Hernandez was added to Lakewood’s roster on Wednesday from extended spring training…A 3rd round pick in 2013 from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Hernandez hit .210 with three HRs and 7 SBs with the GCL Phillies last year…He replaces the Phillies 2012 3rd round pick, Zach Green, who was transferred to extended spring training.

Ten In A Row…Willians Astudillo has hit safely in ten straight games (17-37) and 12 of the 13 in which he has played (22-50 overall)…He leads the BlueClaws with seven multi-hit games…He hit his first United States home run on April 14th against Greensboro…Before missing last year with an injury, he struck out just 5 times in 148 at bats with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (2 Ks this year).

Hitting Streaks…Astudillo’s 10-game hitting tied last year’s season high (10 – two by Willie Carmona, one by Art Charles)…Chris Duffy had a 19-game hitting streak in 2012 and Jim Murphy had a 16-game hitting streak in 2011…The franchise record is 24 by Jiwan James in 2010.

Tocci Wins Phillies Award…BlueClaws OF Carlos Tocci was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for last week…He is 15-31 over his last eight games, raising his average from .125 (5-40) to a season-high .282…Tocci had two three-hit games with Lakewood last year, when he hit .209…He has three 3+ hit games already this year…He is the 5th youngest player in the South Atlantic League and was the youngest last year when he opened the season at 17 (the youngest player in franchise history).

Lakewood – RHP Drew Anderson

About: 20 year old, 6-3, 185 pound RHP from Reno, Nevada
How Acquired: 21st round pick, 2012 from Galena High School
Stats: 1st game of 2014…2013 (WPT) – 6-3, 2.00 ERA, 76.1 IP, 58 H, 20 BB, 54 K
Notes: Joins BlueClaws from extended spring training to make season debut…Went 6-3, 2.00 with Williamsport last year, finishing second in the NY-Penn League in ERA at 2.00…Threw six no-hit innings on 6/23 in his second start of the year (vs Batavia)…Went to same high school as 2012-2013 BlueClaws OF Brian Pointer (Galena HS in Reno, NV).

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Morning Baseball: Claws Go For Series Win

April 23rd, 2014

The BlueClaws and Charleston RiverDogs get going at 11:05 am this morning in the final game of a three-game series. Dylan Cozens and Wilmer Oberto homered in a Lakewood win last night.

Game Notes / Listen Live

With A Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would win two straight games for the second time this year…They would also win the series two games to one, which would be their third series win (2-1 at Savannah and 2-0 vs Greensboro)…It would mark the second straight year the BlueClaws take two of three from Charleston at FirstEnergy Park.

 Nine In A Row…Willians Astudillo has hit safely in nine straight games (16-33) and 11 of the 12 in which he has played (21-46 overall)…He leads the BlueClaws with seven multi-hit games…He hit his first United States home run on April 14th against Greensboro…Before missing last year with an injury, he struck out just 5 times in 148 at bats with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (2 Ks this year).

Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens had a home run and an RBI triple in Tuesday’s win over Charleston…Cozens has hit two home runs on the season with his first coming on April 18th at Hagerstown…His 16 professional HRs are the most of any BlueClaw (Gabriel Lino has hit 14)…Cozens was a 2012 2nd round pick from Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lakewood – RHP Alejandro Arteaga

About: 19 year old (turns 20 on 4/30), 6-2, 176 pound RHP from Palo Negro Aragua, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 1-1, 6.23 ERA, 13 IP, 17 H, 2 BB, 9 K…2013 (GCL) – 4-2, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 55 H, 9 BB, 35 K
Notes: Makes his fourth start of the year and first against Charleston…Gave up seven runs/four earned in two innings last time out at Hagerstown on Thursday, his shortest outing of the season…Won season debut on April 5th at Savannah, allowing three runs in five innings…Spent last year in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA.
Season Highs…IP (5, 4/5 at SAV)…Rs (2)…ERs (2)…Ks (6, 4/5 at SAV)…BBs ( )
Last Three Appearances…4/17 at HAG (L): 2 IP, 6 H, 7 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K…4/11 vs HAG (L): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K…4/5 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K

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Astudillo, Claws Try to Snap Streak

April 22nd, 2014

The BlueClaws try to snap a four-game losing streak tonight as they take on Charleston at FirstEnergy Park with a 6:35 first pitch. RHP Tyler Viza, who threw seven scoreless inning in his last outing on Wednesday, gets the start for Lakewood.

Today’s Game Notes

Elite Eight…Willians Astudillo has hit safely in eight straight games (15-29) and 10 of the 11 in which he has played (20-42 overall)…He leads the BlueClaws with seven multi-hit games…He hit his first United States home run on April 14th against Greensboro…Before missing last year with an injury, he struck out just 5 times in 148 at bats with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (2 Ks this year).

Hitting Streaks…Astudillo’s 8-game hitting streak is two off Lakewood’s season high from last year (10 – two by Willie Carmona, one by Art Charles)…Chris Duffy had a 19-game hitting streak in 2012 and Jim Murphy had a 16-game hitting streak in 2011…The franchise record is 24 by Jiwan James in 2010.

Lakewood – RHP Tyler Viza

About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft
Stats: 1-2, 3.71 ERA, 17 IP, 16 H, 3 BB, 11 K…2013 (GCL) – 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
Notes: Makes his fourth start of the year and first against Charleston…Threw a career-long seven innings in his last start, blanking Greensboro and earning his first win as a BlueClaw…Went five innings and lost each of his first two starts after being victimized by big innings (three and four runs in losses to Savannah and Hagerstown)…Went 1-0, 1.41 in 12 games with GCL Phillies last year…Committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies.
Season Highs…IP (7, 4/16 vs GBO)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (3, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/4 at SAV)
Last Three Appearances: 4/16 vs GBO (W): 7 IP, 6 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K…4/10 vs HAG (L): 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R/4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K…4/4 at SAV (L)…5 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K

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Leiter, Claws Open Homestand Tonight

April 21st, 2014

Mark Leiter Jr. takes the mound for the BlueClaws tonight as they open a three-game series with the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) at FirstEnergy Park. First pitch is at 6:35.

Game Notes / Listen Live / Tickets

Yankee/Met WeekThe BlueClaws will play eight games this week against Charleston (Yankees, three games) and Savannah (Mets, five games with a  Friday DH)…These are the only three meetings of the season against Charleston…Lakewood went 2-1 against them last year (in Lakewood) and 0-3 against the RiverDogs in 2012 (in Charleston)…Lakewood went 2-1 against Savannah to open the season and Friday’s DH is a make-up of a game rained out on April 6th.

Sweet Seven For Astudillo…Willians Astudillo has hit safely in seven straight games (12-25) and nine of the ten in which he has played (17-38 overall)…He leads the BlueClaws with six multi-hit games…He hit his first United States home run on April 14th against Greensboro…Astudillo, from Venezuela, hit two home runs in 2011 with the Venezuelan Summer League…Before missing last year with an injury, he struck out just 5 times in 148 at bats with the GCL Phillies in 2012 (2 Ks this year).

Tocci Heating Up…After starting the season 5-40, Carlos Tocci is 11-22 over the last five games, raising his average from .125 up to .258…Tocci had two three-hit games with Lakewood last year and has three 3+ hit games already this year…The 18 year old from Venezuela is the 5th youngest player in the South Atlantic League and was the youngest last year when he opened the season at 17 (the youngest player in franchise history).

On The SeasonThe BlueClaws are 5th in the 14-team league in hitting at .249 (Asheville leads at .288)…Lakewood has the highest ERA in the league at 5.37, though they have the second fewest walks from their pitching staff at 42 in 130.2 IP.

Scoring Position…BlueClaws opponents are hitting .353 against the BlueClaws with runners in scoring position so far this year, compared to ,321 with runners on base and .250 against the lead-off hitter…With nobody on base, opponents are hitting .225 (65-289)…Over the weekend, Hagerstown went 22-52 (.423) with runners in scoring position.

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: 2-1, 3.00 ERA, 18 IP, 16 H, 2 BB, 15 K…2013 (GCL, CLR, LAK) – 4-0, 1.20 ERA, 45 IP, 34 H, 13 BB, 50 K
Notes: Makes his fourth start of the year and first against Charleston…Gave up four runs in six innings last time out against Greensboro on Monday and earned his second win of the year…Two back on 4/9 at Greensboro threw a career-long seven innings in 2-1 loss…Started BlueClaws tenure with 25 straight scoreless innings, including 16 last year…Son of former big league pitcher Mark Leiter, Sr…Pitched in high school for Toms River North, 6.3 miles south of FirstEnergy Park.
Season Highs…IP (7, 4/9 at GBO)…Rs (4, 4/14 vs GBO)…ERs (4, 4/14 vs GBO)…Ks (8, 4/14 vs GBO)…BBs (1, 4/4 at SAV)
Last Three Appearances…4/14 vs GBO (W): 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K…4/9 at GBO (L): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K…4/3 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

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Meet BlueClaws LHP Cody Forsythe

April 19th, 2014

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Cody Forsythe’s first two saves of the season have not come easy. In fact, both times, he entered mid-inning with the go-ahead run on base.

Drafted last year out of Southern Illinois, Forsythe, a left-hander (as you can see above) had two saves with the GCL Phillies in 2013 and has both BlueClaws saves this year.

We talked with Forsythe before Saturday’s game in Hagerstown. You can listen to the interview below.

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Tocci Heating Up, More Notes

April 19th, 2014

The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown, traditionally a house of horrors for Lakewood, to wrap up a three-game series tonight at 5:05.

Game Notes.

Tocci Heating Up…After starting the season 5-40, Carlos Tocci is 11-19 over the last four games, raising his average from .125 up to .271, a new season-high…Tocci had two three-hit games with Lakewood last year and has three 3+ hit games already this week…The 18 year old from Venezuela is the 5th youngest player in the South Atlantic League and was the youngest last year when he opened the season at 17 (the youngest player in franchise history).

Cozens Party…OF Dylan Cozens hit his first BlueClaws home run and 15th professional home run on Friday in the first inning at Hagerstown…Cozens, a Phillies 2nd round pick in 2012, hit 9 home runs with Williamsport last year in the NY-Penn League…He is the fourth BlueClaws to homer this year, joining Willians Astudillo, Gabriel Lino, & JP Crawford.

Welcome to HagerstownThis is the seventh of 27 meetings between Lakewood and Hagerstown this year…Hagerstown leads the season series 6-0, outscoring the BlueClaws 46-15 in the process…After this week, they will play six more times in the first half, three in Lakewood and three in Hagerstown…Lakewood went 4-9 at Hagerstown last year, 3-7 in 2012, and 3-10 in 2011 (10-28 since 2011)…Lakewood has not won a series at Municipal Stadium since taking three of four June 1-4, 2010.

Lakewood – RHP Shane Martin

About: 22 year old, 6-4, 210 pound RHP from Weatherford, Oklahoma
How Acquired: 9th round pick, 2013 draft from Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Stats: 0-2, 7.36 ERA, 11 IP, 16 H, 1 BB, 4 K…2013 (WPT) – 5-4, 3.31 ERA, 70.2 IP, 63 H, 16 BB, 44 K
Notes: Makes his third start of the year and second against Hagerstown…Allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings against the Suns on Sunday in Lakewood, taking the loss…Made season debut at Greensboro on April 8th and allowed three runs in the first inning and nothing else, getting through the 5th…Was 3rd SWOSU player drafted in first 10 rounds and the first since 1977.
Season Highs…IP (6, 4/13 vs HAG )…Rs (6, 4/13 vs HAG)…ERs (6, 4/13 vs HAG)…Ks (2, 2x)…BBs ( )
Last Three Appearances…4/13 vs HAG (L): 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K…4/8 at GBO (L): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K

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Arteaga On Hill; Claws Go For 3rd Straight

April 17th, 2014

The BlueClaws have won back to back games since dropping seven in a row and tonight they open a three-game series in Hagerstown looking for their third straight win.

Game Notes / Listen Live

YesterdayTyler Viza threw seven scoreless innings and the BlueClaws held on for a 3-2 win over Greensboro on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park…Carlos Tocci had a two-run single and Gabriel Lino homered for Lakewood, who swept the two-game series…Cody Forsythe came in with the bases loaded and a one-run lead in the 9th, getting the last two outs for the save.

Welcome to HagerstownThis is the fifth of 27 meetings between Lakewood and Hagerstown this year…The Suns swept a four-game series from Lakewood at FirstEnergy Park from April 10-13…After this week, they will play six more times in the first half, three in Lakewood and three in Hagerstown.

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would win three straight games for the first time this year…They had eight such streaks last year.

Save IndexCody Forsythe picked up the fourth save of his career (two w/ GCL Phillies last year) and his second of the year in closing Wednesday’s win against Greensboro…In both instances, he came into the game with the go-ahead run on base.

Tocci Warming Up…Carlos Tocci had four hits on Monday night and a two-run single in the 5th inning of Wednesday’s game and is now 10-49 after a 5-40 start to the year…Tocci had two three-hit games with Lakewood last year…The 18 year old from Venezuela is the 5th youngest player in the South Atlantic League and was the youngest last year when he opened the season at 17 (the youngest player in franchise history).

Lakewood – RHP Alejandro Areteaga

About: 19 year old, 6-2, 176 pound RHP from Palo Negro, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2011
Stats: 1-1, 4.91 ERA, 11 IP, 11 H, 1 BB, 9 K…2013 (GCL) – 4-2, 3.27 ERA, 52.1 IP, 55 H, 9 BB, 35 K
Notes: Makes third start of the year and second against Hagerstown, after allowing four runs in six innings against the Suns on Friday night…Allowed two runs in 5 IP on 4/5 in win at SAV…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 (1)
Last Five Appearances: 4/11 vs HAG (L): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 K…4/5 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K

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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.

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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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