Archive for September, 2009

Now THAT’s Devotion

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The following comment from Rob & Ella (snipped) appeared in the Championship Photos post a few down the line…

I am with the Quartet Evolution who sang the National Anthem for your 1st two games which you won, so not singing for your 3rd game and you lost. My wife Ella had me sing the National Anthem at 7PM. on Friday in my motel room and you WON. So I want to think that I helped.

Thanks Rob!

Anybody else have any superstitions they followed during the BlueClaws playoff games?

Trophy Tour

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We’re going to have something of a trophy tour around the area. We’ll bring the South Atlantic League Championship Trophy on different appearances and the like, and we’ll be sure to get some pictures for you here. We’ve made a new category (Troph

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y Tour) and everything we get will go into there, as well as Twitter and a special photo album on our Facebook page. So here goes:

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#1 is Captain Jack of Thunder 98.5 with BlueClaws Special Events Manager Lisa Carone.

Inquirer: Phils Making Strides in Minors

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

That would be the Philadelphia Inquirer. Jim Salisbury had a great article last week (click here) about the Phillies new and improved minor league system. The article mentions a number of former BlueClaws, highlighted by Michael Taylor.

“Even with as good a year as he had in A ball [in 2008], I don’t think anyone could have predicted what he did in the Eastern League this year,” assistant GM Chuck LaMar said. “He tore it up. We’ve always thought of him as a major-league prospect, but he sped his clock toward Philadelphia.”

Others mentioned include OF Domonic Brown, SS Freddy Galvis, C Travis d’Arnaud, C Sebastian Valle, RHP BJ Rosenberg, RHP Trevor May (“could emerge as a front-line starter), and RHP Jesus Sanchez.

Worth a full read.

THUNDERFEST on eBay

Monday, September 21st, 2009

One chance to see THUNDERFEST from a luxury suite. We’ve put a special suite for Sunday’s up on eBay (bid here). THUNDERFEST features Jason Aldean, Julia Burton, Ty Williams, Williams Riley, Brady Seals (formerly of Little Texas, and blog favorite), and more, and is an all-day country music festival this Sunday at FirstEnergy Park.

Your suite would include the following:

  • $200 food credit
  • Tickets for you and 19 friends
  • A private room
  • Climate control
  • Cable television
  • Indoor and outdoor seating

Good luck!

Mentioned the other day that blog friend and BlueClaws Special Events Manager Lisa Carone will be hosting this week with Captain Jack on Thunder 98.5. Tuesday, 3 pm. Listen at 98.5 on the FM dial or at www.thunder985.com.

Drabek and Taylor on Phillies Broadcast

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Michael Taylor and Kyle Drabek (click here) were recently interviewed on the Phillies television broadcasts after each was honored as a 2009 Paul Owens Award winner, for the Phillies minor league player and pitcher of the year. Some snippets from two interviews you should definately watch:

Taylor (on being talked about at deadline time): “It was exciting to be honest. It’s the first time you’re on a major network or being mentioned during Phillies games or on ESPN. For the first time you see your name on tv and creates excitement and lets you know that you’re getting close.”

Taylor (on moving up the ladder): “Anytime you move or change levels there’s always that question about making that adjustment. You have that confidence, but there’s nothing like doing it.”

Drabek (on his health and consistency): “The fastball was back to where it was last year, so I was real happy about that. I think all together my stuff got a little bit better after the Tommy John.”

Drabek (on his surgery): “A lot of people I talked to said they have gotten stronger and that helped me relax a little bit during the rehab.”

No Rest for the Weary

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Win a championship. Go to Disney World. Well, not quite, but close. It’s off to Clearwater for several members of the 2009 BlueClaws SAL Championship team for the 2009 Florida Instructional League.

  • OF Anthony Gose led all of Minor League Baseball in stolen bases this year with 76 and hit ..407 in the six playoff games. He was voted the league”s most exciting prospect, best baserunner, and best defensive outfielder by the league”s managers.
  • 3B Travis Mattair completed his second season with the BlueClaws with an SAL title. Mattair”s Lakewood teams were 158-118 over two regular seasons and the former 2nd round pick has played more games with Laekwood than anyone in team history.
  • 2B Harold Garcia was voted the league”s best defensive second baseman and added 42 stolen bases this year while forming a potent 1-2 duo with Gose at the top of Lakewood”s lineup.
  • C Travis d”Arnaud hit 13 home runs on the season and .305 in the second half as Lakewood”s lead catcher. d”Arnaud was a former supplemental first-rounder of the Phillies in 2007 and hit .391 in the playoffs.
  • C Sebastian Valle returned to hit 5th for the BlueClaws during the playoffs. He began the year with Lakewood and hit .306 with Williamsport before returning for the playoffs.
  • RHP Trevor May went 4-1 with Lakewood during the regular season and won game two of the division series. He did not allow a run in his last 21 innings and gave up just three in his last 37 on the season.
  • RHP Jesus Sanchez went 9-2 over his last 15 starts and won game two of the Championship Series. Sanchez is a former catcher who was in his first season as a pitcher this year.
  • LHP Matthew Way joined Lakewood in early August and went 4-1 plus he won game one of the Division Series. Way was a 5th round pick this year (Washington State).
  • RHP Heitor Correa joined the BlueClaws in early May and won seven games this year. He developed a back injury and did not appear in a playoff game.
  • RHP Justin De Fratus was an all-star as a reliever in the first half and moved into the rotation in the second half. Overall, he won 5 games with a 3.19 ERA, though he was injured late in the season and did not play in the postseason.
  • LHP Jacob Diekman had an ERA of over 7 in the first half, but after dropping to a sidearm delivery, Diekman pitched to a sub-2 ERA in the second half.
  • RHP Austin Hyatt was drafted in the 15th round this year (Alabama) and threw six shutout innings for Lakewood in the postseason (including the final two). He had a 0.66 ERA with Williamsport before joining Lakewood.

Jason Aldean and THUNDERFEST a Week Away

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Jason Aldean headlines, but Julia Burton, Ty Williams, Due West, Brady Seals (formerly of Little Texas) and more play. THUNDERFEST, an all-day country music festival is a week away, looking forward to it. Details in full here. Enjoy Jason Aldean.

PS. BlueClaws Special Events Manager and blog friend Lisa Carone co-hosts one day this week with Captain Jack on Thunder 98.5. Not sure what day yet, we’ll let you know.

Housekeeping

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Couple of things…

  • Was traveling back all day today from Greenville so I just approved the massive amount of comments from the action last night. Thanks everybody for the comments.
  • The players were all very appreciative of the great support from the fans down in Greenville this week, but also of the great support of the fans all year long in Lakewood. Very appreciative.
  • Over the next few days we’ll do a few things…of course, review this season, take a look at the guys headed to the Fall Instructional League, go over some of our favorite moments of the season, give a quick look ahead to 2010, and much more.
  • Just because this season is over doesn’t mean this blog is. We’re going full steam ahead.
  • Opening Day 2010 is in 201 days.

One More…The Ball

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

In 2006, the Matt Thayer caught the final out, a fly ball to right field, and promptly threw the ball into the seats.

Tonight, second-baseman Harold Garcia caught a pop-up to shallow center. And kept the ball. Good job Harold.

Podcasts: Listen to What the Champs Had to Say

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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“199″ height=”132″ />Greg Giombarrese caught up with several of the SAL Champions after the game, here is a quote from each and a link to hear the entire podcast, enjoy:

Starting Pitcher Korey Noles:

On pitching in front of his family and friends:

“It means a lot, having all this support and all the people behind just really helps you to get over that hump and really dig deep”

Link here.

BlueClaws Hitting Coach Greg Legg:

On seeing the ball hit for the final out:

“All year long, even through spring training, I told the guys that Harold Garcia was my favorite player…because he played second and so did I, so when the ball was hit to him I yelled ‘It’s my favorite player!’ it’s euphoria, and I think its the journey that makes it worth while…”

Link here.

BlueClaws Third Baseman Travis Mattair:

On seeing the final out:

“I started jumping around, I was so excited that’s the moment you’ve been working for the whole season. One-hundred and forty games plus the playoffs, that’s what you grind for throughout the season to get to that moment and when it happened it was kind of surreal, but it’s a great feeling and such a great group of guys and I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team.”

Link here.

BlueClaws Outfielder Anthony Gose and Catcher Travis d’Arnaud:

“It was one of the best feelings in the world” – d’Arnaud “This was my first time being part of a championship team and it was amazing.” – Gose

Link here.


Championship Photos!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Here is a look at the BlueClaws in all their glory:

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SAL Championship Series, Game 4

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Welcome back to rainy Greenville, SC for game four tonight, and take two for Lakewood as they try to wrap up the 2009 South Atlantic League Championship…game notes hereaudio here (at 6:50)

LWD: LHP Korey Noles (1-0, 1.17)
GRE: LHP Fabian Williamson (10-5, 2.42)

Importance of RISP…The BlueClaws went 2-16 last night in their game three loss with runners in scoring position…Greenville went 3-19 over their first two games, both losses.

Road, Sweet Road…The BlueClaws had the best road record in the league this year at 41-25, and it would be fitting if they wrapped this thing up away from home.

Like 2006…Just like in 2006, the BlueClaws won games one and two and lost game three…In 2006, they won game four.

5:59: We’ll keep you posted obviously but don’t be surprised if we start in a delay. Tarp still on the field.

6:22: We’ll start at 7:35 tonight.

7:30: Greenville 3B Will Middlebrooks (7 HRs and 51 RBIs) scratched with a migrane headache and blurred vision.

7:42: On the board…Gose singles, bunted to second, steals third, and scores on a groundout by d’Arnaud. Perfect.

7:49: 1-2-3 in the first for Noles…good start all around.

8:03: Noles gets a DP…looks sharp.

8:21: Lots of stuff in a busy 3rd…Garcia after a foul pop is misplayed gets a SAC fly to make it 2-0…Then d’Arnaud singles to left-center…Gose goes to third, but the ball gets past the new 3B Gentile, which allows Gose to score…3-0!

8:27: 1-2-3 in the third for Noles who looks great. He’s faced the minimum nine through three.

8:37: Four more hits yields the fourth run…Hanzawa doubles down the RF line…4-0 Lakewood.

9:08: Noles puts two on w/ none out…gets out of it…4-0 to the 6th.

9:28: Noles sticks his glove out and a ball flies in…1-3 DP.

9:42: 7 outs away…Noles is dealing…4 hits, 0 walks.

9:49: Noles gives up a run, but a superb outing for the lefty…7 innings one run on six hits…4-1 to the 8th.

10:00: Another run thanks to Gose on a groundout…Mattair led off w/ a walk and comes into score. 5-1 top 8

10:06: Here’s Hyatt for the 8th…6 outs away…5-1

10:15: No issues in the 8th for Hyatt…3 outs away.

10:30: Uneventful top of the 9th…Hyatt out for the bottom.

10:45: That’s all folks…The BlueClaws are South Atlantic League Champions!

Friday Nuggets and Notes

Friday, September 18th, 2009

First off, here are today’s game notes. What’s been the key to the series? Easy. Hitting with runners in scoring position.

RISP Note: Greenville outhit Lakewood in games one and two, but lost both games, going just 3-19 with RISP…Lakewood lost game three, despite outhitting Greenville, since they went 2-16 with RISP.

–It’s 12:56 pm and it’s pouring here. Rain is supposed to continue all day long. But we’ll see. Everyone still hopeful of playing tonight. If, by the way, the game is postponed tonight, there would be no DH on Saturday, but rather game four on Saturday and game five on Sunday. We would expect that Lakewood would throw Matt Way on Saturday and Jesus Sanchez on Sunday, on normal rest. Greenville will likely keep their rotation as is, but that’s an educated guess. Update: 3:32…still raining…we’re iffy for tonight. No BP today and the bus was pushed from 2:30 to 4:00.

–It’s been 1,099 days since the BlueClaws last won the South Atlantic League title, September 15th, 2006.

–Like in 2006, the BlueClaws won games one and two of the finals, and then lost game three.

–Finally, watch Austin Hyatt. He’s thrown four shutout in the playoffs, and with two days off, we wouldn’t be shocked if Dusty Wathan tries to get maybe even a third inning out of him if needed tonight. Remember, he’s had two days off with one game after tonight, as opposed to this time yesterday, he had one day off after back-to-back with two games to go…Hyatt had a 0.66 ERA over 52 innings with Williamsport before a promotion at the end of the regular season.

Suggested Friday Plan

Friday, September 18th, 2009

boats4First, take in the action at the Jersey Shore Boat Sale and Expo (details here). The Boat Show runs through Sunday if you can’t make it out today.

Then, BlueClaws baseball at www.shoresportsnetwork.com (1160 and 1310 AM as well)…We’ll probably be back on the Shore Sports Report in the 5 o’clock hour. We’ll let you know exactly what time when we find that one out. First pitch tonight, 7:05 pm.

There you go.