Archive for July, 2010

Game 106: BlueClaws (65-40) vs West Virginia (45-60)

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park as the BlueClaws look for their ninth win in the last 11 games and to take three of the four from West Virginia.

Game Notes
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LAK: RHP Brody Colvin (5-6, 3.33)
WVA: RHP Quinton Miller (1-1, 10.80)

On Colvin…Colvin makes his 21st start for Lakewood on Saturday…Since May 13th, Colvin is 3-1, 1.38 having allowed just 61 hits in 78 innings (13 starts)…He has not allowed an ER in his last four starts (20 innings) though he has allowed 10 unearned runs in that stretch…He has allowed six ER in his last 53.2 innings (to June 8th, 1.01 ERA)…Colvin was 2-5, 8.40 after giving up seven runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings at Greenville on May 12th…Since then he has the best ERA in the league by .6 runs (Robert Erlin, HIC)…Each of his last four starts have been five innings.


Game 105: BlueClaws (64-40) vs West Virginia (45-59)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park. One night after a dramatic 7-6 comeback win, Lakewood and West Virginia meet in the third game of this four game series.

Game Notes
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LAK: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (3-5, 4.08)
WV: RHP Bret Lorin (1-0, 2.89)

Late Inning Heroics…The BlueClaws have won 24 games this year by taking the lead in their last at bat…12 of those have been walk-off home wins…Four times they took the lead in the 8th inning at home and eight times they took the lead in their last at bat on the road…The BlueClaws have won eight games this year that they have trailed entering the 9th inning…Hickory is second in the SAL having won just four such games.

The Walk-Off ‘Claws…The BlueClaws have 12 walk-off wins among their 51 home games (30-21)…Jiwan James leads the team with three walk-off hits…Jonathan Villar has two…Leandro Castro has a HR (plus a fielder’s choice)…Anthony Hewitt and Domingo Santana each have one (Santana HR)…Jonathan Singleton has a game ending walk…Alan Schoenberger scored on a wild pitch and Keoni DeRenne has an RBI double.

Jumpin’ Jiwan…Since going 0-9 on Saturday in an 18-inning game at Delmarva, Jiwan James is 12-26 including four hits in Wednesday’s game against West Virginia…James had a 24-game hitting streak (BlueClaws franchise record) from June 18th through July 18th…James hit .306 in June and is 41-114 (.360) in July.


Two From the APP

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Two articles from the APP in the last two days that are definitely worth the read…

This article from Thursday’s paper has comments from several BlueClaws on the big league debut of Domonic Brown:

James said he’s called Brown a few times this season. “Just to get advice and what not,” said James.

He said he first met Brown during Instructional League in 2007. “We’ve been talking ever since,” James said. “We have a lot of talks away from the baseball field back in the hotel in Clearwater (Fla.).

“We talk about how to handle yourself, what needs to be done, how to carry yourself on and off the field.

“He looks out for the young guys. He said he was just doing the same things older guys did for him when he was younger.”

This article, from today’s paper, details the win last night and the BlueClaws end of the Roy Oswalt trade:

The 18-year old Singleton said the day was “crazy” for him and that a friend had informed him of all the trade rumors.

“Today was a little learning point, that this is a game and has emotional value and it’s a business at the same time,” Singleton said. “That’s the balance between it.”


Some Villar/Gose Leftovers

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

A couple of things…

  • If you missed it, OF Anthony Gose was traded by Houston to Toronto for IF Brett Wallace.
  • Wallace was acquired for Michael Taylor, but apparently the Jays wanted Gose at the time and the Phillies balked…
  • “He’s someone who we’ve been after for a long time,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a radio interview on the FAN 590 in Toronto. “We tried very strongly in the winter to make him part of the [Roy] Halladay trade and we could not do it. We tried to acquire him again during the spring and could not do it. We continued to try to have talks to try to acquire him in a trade.
  • Wallace has now been a part of deals for Matt Holliday, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt in a 12-month span.
  • Think of the Phillies system. In the last 366 days, they have traded 10 players (nine prospects and Happ, who was already in the big leagues), and still have Domonic Brown, Jarred Cosart, Brody Colvin, and Jonathan Singleton in their system. All are probably among the top 100 prospects in the game, though Brown will lose prospect status soon.
  • Players who have been traded as BlueClaws: Jason Knapp in 09 as part of a deal for Cliff Lee, Andy Barb in 06 as part of a deal for Jamie Moyer, Michael Dubee in 07 for Tad Iguchi, Javon Moran and Joe Wilson in 04 for Cory Lidle.
  • Gose is re-united with his buddy, 2009 BlueClaws C Travis d’Arnaud, who is in the Jays system after being a part of the Halladay deal. Presumably, they’ll be teammates again with Dunedin.
  • Villar was told of the deal by manager Mark Parent at about 3:00 after Parent received a call from Chuck LaMar, Phillies assistant GM. Villar sprinted up the steps and into the clubhouse before awaiting a call from the Astros.
  • He was replaced in the lineup by Keoni DeRenne.

If I think of more I’ll post below.

Game 104: BlueClaws (63-40) vs West Virginia (45-58)

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The story of the day is the trade of BlueClaws SS Jonathan Villar to Houston as part of the Roy Oswalt trade, but the game must go on. After an 11-inning loss last night, the BlueClaws are back in action in game two against West Virginia.

Game Notes
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LAK: RHP Colby Shreve (6-5, 3.36)
WVA: RHP Phillip Irwin (5-1, 2.44)

Jumpin’ Jiwan…Since going 0-9 on Saturday in an 18-inning game at Delmarva, Jiwan James is 11-22 including four hits in Wednesday’s opener against West Virginia…James had a 24-game hitting streak (BlueClaws franchise record) from June 18th through July 18th…Since that hitting streak began, his average has jumped from .249 to .283, it’s highest point April 14th…James hit .306 in June and is 40-110 (.364) in July.

Power Surge…Leandro Castro and Sebastian Valle each homered on Wednesday night, marking just the third time the BlueClaws have hit two home runs in one game in Lakewood this year (Valle and Singleton on June 8th and Singleton twice on June 20th)…It was Castro’s first home run since June 4th…Valle has hit two in the last three days after not homering in the previous 33 games…Only 17 of Lakewood’s 58 home runs this year have come at FirstEnergy Park.

Oswalt Official: Happ, Gose, Villar

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

oswaltfullThree BlueClaws, including current Lakewood shortstop Jonathan Villar, have been traded by the Phillies to the Houston Astros as part of a deal to land coveted starting pitcher Roy Oswalt.

The Phillies announced the deal on Thursday afternoon.

Villar, 19, was hitting .272 with Lakewood and was fourth in the South Atlantic League with 38 stolen bases. He entered the season as the 20th ranked prospect in the system per Baseball America.

He is the sixth active BlueClaw to be traded (2004, Javon Moran and Joe Wilson for Cory Lidle; 2006, Andy Barb in a package for Jamie Moyer; 2007, Michael Dubee for Tadahito Iguchi; 2009, Jason Knapp in a package for Cliff Lee).


Happy Anniversary

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Phillies acquiring Cliff Lee for four prospects, including then-BlueClaws RHP Jason Knapp (the others were Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Carlos Carrasco).

Here is a running log of the day last year when Knapp was traded.

About 2:00: Knapp, walking around the mall with BlueClaws relief pitcher Rob Roth, hears first from his agent that a deal went through.

2:45: On the bus to the ballpark with SportsCenter on the tv, Jayson Stark notes that Knapp was the centerpiece of the deal from the Indians perspective, leading to ooohs, aaahs, and nagging from Knapp’s soon-to-be former teammates.

3:00: At the ballpark, Knapp waits to hear something official, while the BlueClaws head out onto the field to begin stretching, or head to the cages to start hitting, without him. Everyone shook his hand and wished him well in case he was gone before they came back inside.

Seems fitting to bring this up with a bunch of rumors swirling around today about a possible Phillies trade for Roy Oswalt.

  • We’ve seen Jonathan Singleton in the deal, we’ve seen Singleton not in the deal.
  • We’ve seen Vance Worley in the deal, we’ve seen Vance Worley not in the deal.
  • We’ve seen Matt Rizzotti in the deal, we’ve seen Matt Rizzotti not in the deal.

Who knows? Just pay attention.

UPDATE: Today’s BlueClaws lineup: James CF, Villar SS, Castro LF, Singleton 1B, Valle C, Dabbs RF, Batts 3B, Barnes DH, Schoenberger 2B, Shreve P

Players who have been traded as BlueClaws:

  • Jason Knapp in 09 as part of a deal for Cliff Lee
  • Michael Dubee in 07 for Tad Iguchi
  • Andy Barb in 06 as part of a deal for Jamie Moyer
  • Javon Moran and Joe Wilson in 04 for Cory Lidle

Knapp is rehabbing in Arizona and should join Hi-A Kinston next month.

Here are tonight’s game notes.

Wing Fling Results

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Below are the results from our first Wing Fling last night. There’s another on September 1st.

Joel “The Cannon” Podelsky of Iselin ate 26 wings in five minutes to take the Wing Eating Contest (pictured at right, Dave Schofield photo).

Wings were judged in the following categories:

  • Best Overall: Winner, Leggett’s Jack Daniels Wings; Runner-up, Harpoon Willy’s Asian Wings.
  • Most Original: Winner, Harpoon Willy’s Asian Wings; Runner-up, TGI Friday’s Captain Morgan’s Wings
  • Fan Favorite: Winner, Mad Hatter’s Old Bay Wings; Runner-up, Farrell’s XXX Wings
  • Hottest: TGI Friday’s Inferno Wings; Runner-up (tie), Famous Dave’s Buffalo Wings and Ivy League’s Buffalo Wings

The BlueClaws will host another Wing Fling on Wednesday, September 1st at their 7:05 pm game.

Restaurants interested in participating or fans who would like to sign up for the wing eating contest can contact Kevin Fenstermacher at 732-901-7000 ext 115. Space is limited in both wing vending and the eating contest.

Phillies On Verge of Oswalt?

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

So says multiple media reports.

Here’s one from

The Astros have a deal in place to trade right-hander Roy Oswalt to the Phillies if the ace pitcher agrees to waive his no-trade clause, Houston television station KRIV reported late Wednesday.

The report, citing league sources, said the Astros have approached Oswalt about the trade and are awaiting his response. The story also says the teams have agreed upon the amount of money the Astros will absorb to help offset some of Oswalt’s contract, as well as the players going to Houston.

The Astros have scouted Phillies left-hander J.A. Happ’s most recent starts, and he likely would be included in the deal.

Last year, on this day, July 29th, the Phillies acquired Cliff Lee for four players, including 2009 BlueClaw Jason Knapp, who learned of the trade at a Greenville (SC) mall.

Also, funny Tweet from @Meechone: RT @meechone @blueclaws Quick! Go hide Singleton.

Domonic Brown Called Up

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

With Shane Victorino having been placed on the disabled list (oblique strain), the Phillies have called up 2008 BlueClaws OF Domonic Brown who will make his big league debut tonight.

Here is Brown’s player page. He was hitting .346-5-21 in 28 games with Lehigh Valley after going .315-15-47 with Reading (65 games) to start the year.

He will be the 35th former BlueClaw to make the big leagues (following Vance Worley on Saturday).

He’s been the top prospect in the system for the last two years and a few weeks ago was named the top prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America.

Brown has also been the subject of speculation in recent weeks regarding Jayson Werth. If Werth had been traded, Brown was going to take his place. As it turned out, all it took was an injury to Shane Victorino.

He will wear number 9, bat sixth and play right.

Game 103: BlueClaws (63-39) vs West Virginia (44-58)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park where tonight the BlueClaws look to win their fourth game in a row as they open a four-game series with West Virginia.

Game Notes
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LAK: RHP Josh Zeid (5-4, 3.20)
WVA: RHP Melkin Laureano (2-3, 3.13)

Glad to Be Home…The BlueClaws return to FirstEnergy Park tonight to open a series with West Virginia…In their most recent series, Lakewood took four of five from Delmarva in a weekend that included an 18-inning game, 88 minute rain delay, and a 17-inning day on Monday in which game one of a double-header went 10 innings…All told, Lakewood’s bullpen threw 26 innings over the four days and there were 15 hours and 1 minute of baseball.

Welcome Back…Leandro Castro went 2-5 on Tuesday, the day he was activated off the disabled list…He missed 10 games with a left oblique strain.

Chasing the Franchise Record…At 63-39, the BlueClaws are currently on pace to challenge the franchise wins record of 84 set in 2006 (84-55)…Lakewood would need to go 21-17 to tie the wins record and 22-16 to win 85 games and set a new single-season franchise wins record…The BlueClaws had a winning record in three of the first ten halves in team history (2001-2005) but have had a winning record in the last nine halves (beginning with the first half of the 2006 season). (more…)

May Day

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Trevor May struck out 14 Delmarva Shorebirds last night, tying a BlueClaws franchise record set in 2001 by Robinson Tejeda and equaled last year by Jason Knapp.

May threw seven shutout innings in what was a 9-0 BlueClaws win.

“For the first time in a while, all three pitches worked pretty well,” May told “I was able to spot up better than I’ve been able to. I was able to throw my curve pretty much whenever I wanted to. A lot of things just worked out.”

He’s now 3-1 in five starts with Lakewood (where he went 4-1, 2.56 last year) after going 5-5, 5.01 with Clearwater.

“I hit a rough patch,” May said. “Going into the end of the first half, there were six or seven straight starts where I couldn’t get through five (innings). It was growing pains. I couldn’t blow past guys as much. When you get in grooves, you think about it a lot. When you slump, you think about that too.

“It looked like my confidence was down,” he added. “They sent me to where I had success last year, and hopefully I can continue the success I had earlier in the year.”

BlueClaws starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run since Thursday, a span of 31 innings (three unearned runs).

Because his start was cut short after one inning by rain on Sunday, Josh Zeid will start the series opener tonight against West Virginia. Colby Shreve and Jonathan Pettibone get an extra day of rest and Brody Colvin starts the series finale on Saturday.

Getting to Know: BlueClaws Pitcher Mike McGuire

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

mcguireblogHe grew up just outside Philly, a lifelong Phillies and Philadelphia sports fan. Now, Mike McGuire is pitching in the Phillies organization. The right-hander sat down for a few minutes before Monday’s double-header in Delmarva.

How did it come about where you ended up here from Sussex in the Can-Am League?
It was a quick transaction. I went to the park, we were playing the NJ Jackals, I get a call from the manager and he said I might get a call from a team, I don’t know what team. 10 minutes later I did, it happened to be the Phillies and I was in a Lakewood uniform two days later.

What was your reaction when you found out that it was the Phillies?
The biggest thing is I couldn’t wait to tell my parents. They’ve been Phillies fans longer than I have. It was real exciting and it’s been fun so far.

Favorite player growing up?
My favorite player was Curt Schilling. I loved how he pitched. Even when he was with the Diamondbacks or Boston. I lvoe his demeanor on the mound and the way he throws the ball. It’s a pleasure to watch.

Delaware to the Indians…
I thought I pitched pretty well last year. I made some strides and got called up to Hi-A halfway through the year last year. But when I got to spring training, they took a different direction. That’s the way it goes.

The independent leagues gives guys an extra chance…
Absolutely. It’s a great opportunity. Not only is that a great way to keep in shape, but it’s a great learning experience .You face guys that were in the big leagues, AAA, AA. You’re definitely learning. And if you get that second chance, hopefully you take advantage of it.

At 6-7, were you a basketball player?
Football player, basketball. I loved it all. I picked baseball because we were a baseball family. It was my first sport. I love football just as much but a few surgeries ended that. But I love baseball.

Five Innings on Sunday, how’d you feel…
Not bad. I felt like the location of the fastball could have been a little better but I made some quality pithces and attacked hitters. They put some in play & got a few runs but overall it was a good outing. I need to go five innings to help the pen out after the 18 inning game from the night before.

At what point did you figure out you were coming in Sunday rather than Monday which was the original plan?
It was before the game. Schrenky asked if I could be ready and I said ‘Absolutely.’ I’ll take the bsall whenever I can.

Game 102: BlueClaws (62-39) at Delmarva (47-54)

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Lakewood goes for four out of five tonight in Salisbury, MD against Delmarva. Last night, they swept a double-header from the Shorebirds, 4-3 in 10 innings in game one and 5-0 behind Julio Rodriguez in game two.

Game Notes
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LAK: RHP Trevor May (2-1, 4.09)
DEL: RHP Kenny Moreland (6-3, 2.97)

The Keoni De Renne Eastern Tour…IF Keoni De Renne has rejoined the BlueClaws, his third stint with the team this year…He began the season with the BlueClaws before going to Reading for two weeks (where he was the only R-Phil to get a hit off Stephen Strasburg)…He then went to Clearwater, was sent to extended spring training, then was re- activated by Clearwater…In early June, he was sent to Lakewood again, where he finished the half…On June 21st, it was back to Clearwater…In early July, he was sent to Reading and then Lehigh Valley, before re-joining the BlueClaws…Overall he is 24-78 (.308) and has played with four Phillies affiliates this year.

Long Time Coming…Sebastian Valle’s home run on Monday at Delmarva was his first since June 17th, a span of 33 games…He had hit eight in the previous 18 games and now has 10 on the season.

Good Friends and a Strong Bullpen…In this series with Delmarva, the BlueClaws bullpen has thrown a total of 24 innings in the four games (and allowed eight earned runs, five in the ninth inning on Saturday, the game that ended up going 18 innings)…Overall this year, the BlueClaws bullpen is 26-10 with a 2.88 ERA.

He’s Back…After his 24-game hitting streak ended last week, Jiwan James went 5-28, including 0-9 in the 18-inning game on Saturday…Since, he is 6-12 with two hits in each of the last three games and five RBIs in the double-header Monday (he drove in five of Lakewood’s nine runs)…He is batting .350 (35-100) in July after hitting .306 (24-98) in June.