Welcome back to Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown. First pitch tonight at 6:35 as the BlueClaws look to snap a two-game losing streak.
Listen Live (at 6:20)
LAK: RHP Jarred Cosart (1-0, 4.76)
HAG: LHP Josh Smoker (0-0, 6.75)
Different Kinds of Wins…Last year, the BlueClaws were 49-27 in one or two run games, the most wins in the league in these situations…This year, the BlueClaws are 0-2 in one run games and all three wins have come when they’ve scored seven or more runs.
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 six home runs, one each by Jeremy Barnes, Jiwan James, Darin Ruf and Domingo Santana and two Anthony Hewitt.
Go Deep Into Games…Nick Hernandez has thrown 13 innings in his two starts and through six games is the only BlueClaws starting pitcher to last at least six innings in any start…Matt Way (three), Brody Colvin (four), and Jonathan Pettibone (four and a third) could not get through the fifth inning in their first starts.
17, Who Cares…Domingo Santana, the youngest player in the South Atlantic League this year, and the youngest player in BlueClaws history, hit his first Lakewood home run on Tuesday night, tying the game in the 7th inning…After starting 2-11, Santana is 4-7 with a home run and two doubles…He is the 10th ranked prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.
On Cosart…Cosart, 19, makes his second start of the season after pitching last year with the GCL Phillies…Drafted in 2008, he signed with the Phillies over a commitment to Missouri…He is the 8th ranked prospect in the system according to Baseball America… Phillies Assistant GM Chuck LaMar on Cosart (via CSNPhilly.com): “Arm speed, acceleration, looseness of the wrist. If you could teach that, you’d make a lot of money. In the old days, we used to call it buggy-whip. With some kids, the ball just comes out of the hand easier and with more life. This is one of those guys. He might be our most improved minor-league pitching prospect from this time a year ago.”
6:02: Now playing on the PA system, the theme song to Las Vegas, which followed Barbara Ann, which followed Surfin’ Bird.
6:30: 62 degrees, clear.
6:50: Two Ks in the first for Cosart, who made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, but got through it. 0-0.
7:01: Bushini and Barnes have back-to-back doubles…eventually Santana brings Barnes in w/ a SAC fly. 2-0 Lakewood.
7:33: A little trouble for Cosart in the 3rd. Two wild pitches, hit a batter and gave up two runs on two hits. But has now fanned six through three. 3-2 Lakewood. Cosart is at 59 pitches.
7:56: Leandro Castro smacks a 2r triple to right-center field. 5-2 Lakewood, still going here in the 5th.
8:07: Cosart so far: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K. 85 pitches. 5-2 Lakewood to the 6th.
8:19: Another run…RBI single for Anthony Hewitt through a drawn-in infield. Cosart stays in for the 6th.
8:37: Cosart goes 5.1, throws 95 pitches. Put one runner on in the 6th before coming out, but leaves with the lead and Lebron comes in to get the last two (after loading the bases). 6-2 Lakewood to the 7th.
8:57: Four run inning for Lakewood includes a Valle opposite-field home run and a two-run single for Anthony Hewitt. 10-2.
9:12: Uh oh. Lebron gives up three. Diekman in one out in the 7th 10-5.
9:18: Diekman fans a lefty and gets a righty to ground out to end the inning. Good job out of the pen. 10-5 to the 8th.
9:47: Three outs to go…Doss in for Valle behind the plate, who had a ball fouled off his foot.
10:04: Well, a win is a win. Jordan Ellis gets his 8th pro save, gives up two in the ninth on three hits, all of them infield hits. He then strikes out Kobernus, who had six hits in the last two games, to end it w/ the tying run at 3rd. Just as Mark Parent drew it up. 10-9 final.