Greetings from NewBridge Bank Park for game three of four between the BlueClaws and Grasshoppers. Lakewood has lost four of five and looks to get to 1-2 on the current eight-game road trip.
LAK: RHP Brody Colvin (0-3, 13.06)
GBO: LHP Edgar Olmos (1-0, 4.26)
On Colvin…This is Colvin’s 4th start of the year and he comes off an outing on Wednesday when he lasted just 1.1 innings and gave up seven runs in a loss to Hagerstown. Colvin gave up three runs in five innings in his lone start against Greensboro, Opening Night in Lakewood…A 7th round pick last year, Colvin make just his 5th start as a Phillie (he pitched 2 innings w/ GCL last year after signing late)…He was the 43rd ranked player in the draft by Baseball America.
Limiting Losing Streaks…The BlueClaws have lost two in a row but this year’s BlueClaws team is now 3-0 following a two-game losing streak, their latest win 9-8 in 14- innings on Friday night…The 2009 BlueClaws were 10-0 after two-game losing streaks before their first three-game losing streak July 28-31…They went the longest without a three-game losing streak in all of Minor League Baseball (120 full-season teams) by six weeks (Durham, AAA, Rays).
Hot and Not…Adam Buschini began the season 6-27 but his 13-34 over his last eight games, and 8-16 over his last three…Darin Ruf is 9-20 over his last four games…Anthony Hewitt is 3-23 and Jonathan Villar 2-20 over the last five games.
Zeid It and Weep…Josh Zeid, a 10th round pick in 2009 (Tulane), has thrown 12.2 innings with Lakewood this year and given up just three hits and one unearned run…Four of his six appearances have been at least two innings long and he has alternated days pitching since April 20th (by this pattern he could pitch today)…Zeid went 8-1, 2.70 with Williamsport last year…He began his college career at Vanderbilt where he pitched for two years and then transferred to Tulane.
Errors…The BlueClaws made four errors on Sunday and have made 12 errors in their last six games (including at least one error in each game).
Closing the Deal…The BlueClaws have lost late leads in three of their last four games. On Thursday, Eric Massingham allowed five runs in the 9th inning in an 11-7 loss to Hagerstown…Friday, Jordan Ellis gave up two runs in the 9th to tie the game, though Lakewood would win 9-8 in 14 innings…Sunday, Ellis allowed a three-run home run to Terrence Dayleg in the 8th inning to give Greensboro an 8-6 lead in a game they won 8-7.