Archive for May, 2010

How Would You Like to Mow the Lawn at FirstEnergy Park?

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Well, sort of…The BlueClaws have partnered with Thunder 98.5 and Ace Outdoor Power Equipment for a program called Father Mows Best, through which you can win a lawn mower or other prizes.

The race winner will recieve a Husqvarna Self Propelled Walk Behind Mower, and all runner-ups will recieve a prize back courtesy of the Lakewood BlueClaws!

Enter for a chance to join the lawn mower race, which will be held between innings at the June 19th BlueClaws game. We said “sort of” above because you won’t actually get to cut the grass, but rather race lawn mowers. Should be an awesome event…

Sign up through Thunder 98.5 by clicking here.

Worth a Mention

Monday, May 31st, 2010

While four of his teammates will play in the Florida State League All-Star Game on June 12th, Jesus Sanchez will get to take a few days off. But that doesn’t mean the right-hander didn’t deserve a spot in the game.

In just his second-year as a pitcher, Sanchez is 5-4, 2.97 with Clearwater this year having been a model of consistency for the Threshers.

In his 10 appearances, he has allowed more than two earned runs just twice (three runs both times) and in his last five starts, he’s gone at least six innings, has given up two earned runs or less, and is 4-1.

Still just 22, keep in mind that he began pitching in Instructional League back in 2008. We remember his first start, Easter Sunday of 2009, when he didn’t get out of the first inning. But from May 10 last year (31 appearances), Sanchez is 14-8, 3.0 over two leagues.

Not bad for a guy who was considered the least important part of the Bobby Abreu trade in 2006, and is the last one standing in the Phillies organization from the trade.

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Game 50: BlueClaws (26-23) at Delmarva (22-28)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Welcome back to Salisbury, MD and Perdue Stadium as Lakewood looks to end a two-game losing streak, having dropped the first two games here 2-0 and 8-4.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 1:50)

LAK: LHP Matt Way (3-4, 4.50)
DEL: RHP Jesse Beal (3-2, 2.44)

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Next Sunday: Kids Expo and the Debut of the ZOOClaws

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

zooclawsThe BlueClaws cordially invite everyone coming to the game next Sunday (June 6th) to come dressed as their favorite animal as we debut the ZOOClaws. Tigers, elephants, mice, fish, the whole gamut of animals. We hope you all particiapte!

Further details on the Kids Expo to be held that day:

Pre-game concert from Mr. Scott the Music Man, the Silliest One in the Land:

There will be games from Gamin’ Ride in front of the ballpark before the game.

Inside and outside, there will be different vendors such as Tutor Time, Jay Faigen Baseball, Kids That Smile, Kids Dental Kare, Jenkinsons, Ocean Health Innovative, Sahara Sams, Moms Like Me, Chubby Penguin Parties, Total Golf Adventures, and Bay Safety and Securities.

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Perfection

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Here are a few good stories we found on Roy Halladay’s perfect game from last night.

  • Jayson Stark on ESPN.com notes: “I us

    ed to think I got to the park early,” Phillies hitting coach Milt Thompson said of Halladay this spring. “But I get here at 6:15 [a.m.], and he’s already on his second shirt.”

  • From Dave Murphy and High Cheese: It’s the sixth 1-0 perfect game in history and in all six, the run was unearned.
  • Tom Verducci on SI.com: Roy Halladay was influenced by, wait for it…David Wells? “He talked a lot to me about his confidence — and his confidence didn’t come from working out obviously,” Halladay said with a chuckle. “It came from the belief he had in himself and just going out and doing it.”
  • Here’s a great stat from Verducci: In 29 years almost as many men have thrown perfect games (11) as have managed the Yankees (12). It’s not as easy as it looks, kids.
  • From the Inquirer: Charlie Manuel says “He did a hell of a job, man.”

Game 49: BlueClaws (26-22) at Delmarva (21-28)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

After mustering just one hit in a 2-0 loss at the hands of Delmarva last night, the BlueClaws look to get back on the horse and even this series at a game apiece with a win tonight. 7:05 start.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:50)

LAK: RHP Colby Shreve (3-1, 2.70)
DEL: RHP Matt Hobgood (2-4, 5.05)

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Philly Inquirer on Cosart, Singleton

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Two articles in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer on two BlueClaws: RHP Jarred Cosart and 1B Jonathan Singleton (pictured).

First, on Singleton (click here):

“You can see a lot of big-league qualities in him,” Lakewood manager Mark Parent said. “He enjoys being the guy. He enjoys hitting cleanup, and having guys depend on him to drive in runs.”

And on Cosart (click here):

“He’s had two games where I thought I could have taken him into a big-league game and he’d have been real competitive even at 19,” said Mark Parent, the first-year manager of the Phillies’ single-A Lakewood club. “Not to say he’s ready. But in those games he had enough command and enough zip, and his off-speed stuff was good.”

We recommend that you read both articles, they’re very good and very informative.

Some Quick Saturday Notes

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

First off, here are tonight’s game notes, with some interesting tidbits.

Lakewood got a bad break last night when Hickory scored three in the 9th to tie and one in the 10th to beat West Virginia, putting the BlueClaws a season-high 4.5 games out of first place. Including the conclusion of the suspended game on Tuesday (from Thursday), 22 games to go).

BlueClaws Facing High Pick…Delmarva starter Matt Hobgood is the highest draft pick (5th overall, 2009) that the BlueClaws have faced this year…Last year, they faced the #1 overall pick from 2008 (Tim Beckham, Rays), the #4 pick from 2008 (Tony Sanchez, Pirates) and the #6 pick from 2008 (Kyle Skipworth, Marlins, also faced this year)…Lakewood also faced last year’s #10 overall pick Drew Storen, who gave up a home run to Travis d’Arnaud on his first professional pitch in Hagerstown last June.

(Storen is now in the big leagues with the Nationals).

Singleton’s Hit Streak Ends at 11, Will Extend to 12 on Tuesday…Jonathan Singleton went 0-4 last night, just the second time in 15 games with Lakewood that he failed to get a hit. His 11-game hitting streak ended, but it will become a 12-game hitting streak after stats are counted from Thursday’s suspended game (which will be resumed Tuesday). Singleton is 2-2 in that game.

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New Promo Video

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

D-Bo and a fireman.

While we’re on the subject, note that the BlueClaws have added post-game fireworks to the menu on June 5th, Fire Fighter Night. These fireworks are a make-up from the April 23rd game which went 15 innings.

Game Suspended / Ticket Exchange

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Just a few quick notes on the suspended game from Thursday night.

  • It will be resumed Tuesday night in Hagerstown. It can’t be resumed the next time Hagerstown comes to Lakewood because it’s not until the second half (June 29 – July 3rd)
  • Stats don’t count until the game is official (so Jonathan Singleton’s hitting streak is technically still at 11 even though he “extended” it with two hits yesterday)
  • Hagerstown was one out away from making it an official game
  • Suns starter Dan Rosenbaum could theoretically come back in on Tuesday to finish the game on his normal rest. That would be a unique complete game, though I imagine he would start the nine-inning game that follows

On tickets…

  • They can be exchanged for any remaining 2010 BlueClaws home game, subject to availability.
  • All tickets must be brought to the box office so they can be exchanged.

And one more…

  • Read here from Tony Graham on the day with some comments from scouts like this one on Jonathan Singleton:
  • ”He’s in the top 2 or 3 guys I’ve ever seen as A ball teenagers  that  have his approach,” said a scout.

Game 48: BlueClaws (26-21) vs Hagerstown (26-21)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

One team after tonight will be in second place, the other in third. Game four of four between the BlueClaws and Hagerstown Suns with a tremendous pitching matchup to boot. Should be fun.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:20)

LAK: RHP Jarred Cosart (5-1, 3.12)
HAG: LHP Dan Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.53)

More on the pitchers and the rest below the fold.

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Game 47: BlueClaws (25-21) vs Hagerstown (26-20)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Morning baseball today in Lakewood as Lakewood and Hagerstown meet in game three of a four game series. Lakewood won last night 9-2. Enjoy.

Game Notes
Listen Live (11:05 am)

LAK: RHP Julio Rodriguez (–)
HAG: RHP Paul Demny (2-1, 3.29)

Meet Julio…Rodriguez, 19, makes his first appearance of the season. Rodriguez was added from extended spring training last week when RHP Jonathan Pettibone was placed on the disabled list (right shoulder weakness). Rodriguez was an 8th round pick in 2008 (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico)…He spent 2008 in the GCL (14 ER in 10.1 IP) and 2009 in the GCL as well (1-2, 3.08, 56 K, 49 IP)…He pitched at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

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Can’t Do Much Better Than This

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Jonathan Singleton is off to a 19-44 start to his BlueClaws career, and hit his fourth home run tonight in a 9-2 win over Hagerstown. After starting 3-12 (what was he thinking?), Singleton is 16-32 over a current 10-game hitting streak.

His home run tonight was lined right down the line and fair by about 5 feet, there was never a doubt that it had enough distance. (Note, click here for the updated Home Runs for Heroes standings).

I thought Greg Legg, BlueClaws hitting coach, had the best line of all:

He’s one of those guys that when he comes up, you’re not going to get some popcorn.

Singleton leads the team in home runs, but he’s hit his four in 44 at bats. By contrast, Darin Ruf had 115 and Anthony Hewitt sits at 158.

“For an 18 year old, he sees the ball way beyond those years. You’ve probably seen him already laying off those change-ups,” said Legg. “He doesn’t waste at bats. I’m not tinkering with him.”

Here is a podcast with Singleton from Monday.

Singleton joins Darin Ruf (four and five) and Jonathan Villar as BlueClaws with four-hit games this year.

Legg said he was “in heaven” watching Sebastian Valle get two hits, one to right and one to center. Legg has been trying to get Valle to do that all year, and now Valle is 10-25 over his last seven games.

Game 46: BlueClaws (24-21) vs Hagerstown (26-19)

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park for game two of a four-game series with the Hagerstown Suns. After a 6-3 loss last night, Lakewood sends LHP Matt Way to the mound to try to even the series.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:20)

LAK: LHP Matt Way (2-4, 5.35)
HAG: LHP Paul Applebee (1-1, 2.92)

The Chase…The BlueClaws sit in third place, three games behind first place Hickory (and two games behind second place Hagerstown) with 25 games remaining…Lakewood’s largest deficit this year has been four games (last time on May 23rd)…The BlueClaws have seven games remaining with Hagerstown in the first half but will not play Hickory until the second half (four games, August 25-28 at Hickory).
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