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.