Welcome Back to the Rotation…That’s the sign in Justin De Fratus’ locker. He makes his first start of the year tonight after spending an All-Star half as a reliever.
Who’s Hot…Anthony Gose is 6 for his last 7…Travis d’Arnaud is 14-37 since a 26-157 stretch.
LWD: RHP Justin De Fratus (2-0, 1.58)
DEL: RHP Oliver Drake (3-4, 2.97)
7:17: Beneath loud giveaway whistles, Justin De Fratus pitches into and out of trouble in the first…23 pitches (of 50-55).
8:09: De Fratus struggles a bit in his starting debut, 3 runs on six hits, but errors and misplayed balls as well as bloop singles played a role. The BlueClaws strike back with a run after Travis d’Arnaud got hit, Travis Mattair brings him home with a single.
8:34: Hopefully plate umpire Blake Davis is OK…he got on the head, we think, with the head of a broken bat and was down on the ground for a few minutes….4-1 Delmarva in the 5th.
8:43: Could players ump tonight?
8:53: Umps switch…Blake Davis stays in the game on the bases and Jason Hutchings will call balls/strikes the rest of the way…Still 4-1 Delmarva…bottom 5 when we resume.
9:03: A run in the Asbury Park Press fifth inning…an RBI single from Harold Garcia…now 4-2 to the 6th.
9:26: Ouch…an 8-run inning for Delmarva…six off Rob Roth, two off Ryan Bergh…now 12-2 Shorebirds…8 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors the tally. The two big hits: two run single by Joe Mahoney and a two run double by Tyler Kolodny (both off Bergh)…to the bottom of the 6th.
10:11: Now 13-4…Lakewood’s 8th two-game losing streak of the year…they are 7-0 afterwards, so that bodes well for tomorrow…Jared Simon in.
12:18: Final was 13-9…Lakewood did score 5 in the 9th, but put this one behind you and move to tomorrow.