The finale of this eight-game trip means one thing, tomorrow night is the home opener! But first things first, the series finale. Win means a 5-3 trip, loss means 4-4.
Listen Live (at 6:20)
LAK: LHP Matt Way (0-1, 18.00)
HAG: RHP Trevor Holder (0-1, 4.15)
All Or Nothing…The BlueClaws have scored at least seven runs (43 total) in five games so far this season (4-1) and have only scored one run each in the other two games (0-2)…In their five 7+ run games, the team his hitting .343 (59-172)…In the other two games, they are hitting .235 (16-68)…Overall, Lakewood is hitting .313, second in the league to their first opponent, Asheville (.324).
Hit Parade…The BlueClaws have recorded at least 10 hits in six of the first seven games this year…Jonathan Villar has hit safely in all six games that he has recorded a plate appearance…Anthony Hewitt has a six game on-base streak, and Jeremy Barnes has reached base in all seven games so far.
Ole Valle…Sebastian Valle is 6-12 with a double and home run after starting the season 1-16 (he began 2009 1-12)…Valle is the 7th ranked prospect in the system according to Baseball America…He played half of last year with Lakewood before going to Williamsport…He returned for the post-season.
Go Deep…Last year, the BlueClaws hit just six home runs in April and 56 on the year (14th of 16 in the South Atlantic League)…This year, they have already hit seven home runs, one each by Jeremy Barnes, Jiwan James, Darin Ruf, Sebastian Valle and Domingo Santana and two by Anthony Hewitt.
Matt Way…Way, 23, makes his second start of the season after taking the loss on Saturday in Asheville…Way made eight starts with the BlueClaws last year, including game one of both the SAL Division Series (win) against Kannapolis and Championship Series against Greenville (no decision, team win)…Entering this year, his career K/BB ratio was 85 to 12…Way played at WSU with his 2009 BlueClaws teammate Jim Murphy…Way is originally from Sitka, Alaska…He was drafted in the 38th round by the Giants in 2008, but decided to return to school for his senior year…Way is ranked 28th in the system by Baseball America.
5:38: Weather is perfect once again.
6:46: Another hit for Hewitt but Lakewood held scoreless in the first.
7:03: Four hits but one run. RBI single for Lafrenz to score Ruf, but Lafrenz was thrown out on a Villar single making too big a turn around third. That’s the 17th out on the bases for Lakewood in eight games. 1 run, 6 hits, 4 left. Bottom 2.
7:26: Way three shutout. Looks like the pitcher from last year, getting ahead and mixing in change-ups.
7:35: Alan Schoenberger, 5-9 about 155 pounds, just hit a double off the CF wall. 2-0 Lakewood.
7:54: Way gives up four, two earned. Two errors (Bushini, Ruf). Bad inning. 4-2 Hagerstown.
8:17: Lakewood had a chance in the 5th, a hit and three walks, but Castro was gunned out stealing and Batts lined out to right with the bases loaded. Way still in the game, bottom of 5.
8:43: Way goes 5, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K. Poe a 1-2-3 inning in the 6th. Still down 4-2. Lakewood has already left 8 on base.
8:50: First and 2nd for Bushini. New pitcher in. 2B Soriano just dropped the laziest pop-up hit by Castro. Very very sloppy play tonight for both sides.
8:55: Bushini grounds into a FC and Ruf pops up to short. Inning over. That’s 10 left for the BlueClaws who are (unofficially) 2-9 with runners in scoring position.
9:15: Last licks, top of the order coming up for Lakewood…Villar, James, Hewitt, Castro down by 2.
9:25: Lakewood had a chance. With Villar at first, James (0-14 slump) is robbed of a base hit by a diving SS Sean Nicol. 6-4-3. Hewitt struck out to end the game. We will see you tomorrow in Lakewood.