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South Atlantic League Championship Series, Game Four

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Today could be the day. Lakewood goes for their third (and second straight) South Atlantic League title today as they take on Greenville at 4:05.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 3:50)

LAK: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (8-6, 3.49)
GRE: LHP Drake Britton (2-3, 2.97)

Championship Decided Today…Lakewood and Greenville, with Lakewood leading 2-1, play game four at 4:05…If Lakewood wins, then they take their third South Atlantic League title in five years (and in team history), becoming the first team since Savannah in 1993-94 to win back-to-back SAL titles…If Greenville wins, then a winner-take-all game five will follow 45 minutes after the conclusion of game four.

The Walk-Off Win…Jeremy Barnes’ hit to win game three marked Lakewood’s 14th walk-off win this year and the 28th time they won a game in their final at bat.

Happy Birthday…Today marks the 19th birthday of BlueClaws first baseman Jonathan Singleton, who was earlier named the SAL’s Most Outstanding Prospect.

Favorite Day?…Lakewood beat Greenville in game four of the 2009 SAL Championship Series 5-1 in Greenville, also on September 18th.

Jumpin’ Jiwan…BlueClaws CF Jiwan James had been 1-16 in the playoffs before going 3-5 in game two of the Championship Series and then 2-5 in Game Three…In Game Two, he led off the first inning with a double and scored the first run…He later drove in Lakewood’s 2nd run with a fifth inning RBI double…In Game Three, he singled to start the 9th inning and scored the winning run on Jeremy Barnes’ RBI single.

4:09: Pettibone with a 95 mph fastball to strike out Rodriguez to end a 1-2-3 first inning.

4:40: Still no score, Lakewood had two on and two out in the 2nd but Britton struck out Schoenberger.

4:51: Three Drive hits key a two-run inning for Greenville (they loaded the bases with nobody out)…2-0 Drive.

5:06: Diving catch by Jiwan James maybe saves a run to end the 4th inning.

5:23: Huge DP…Pettibone induces Almanzar into a 6-4-3 DP with the bases loaded to end the 5th. Still 2-0 Greenville.

5:40: Sebastian Valle launches a 3 run HR into the LF berm…4-2 Claws, top 6!

6:07: Zeid stays out for the 8th (his 3rd inning of work)…up 4-2.

6:15: 1-2-3 for Zeid with three Ks in the 8th…he’s faced 8 batters, struck out 5, and gotten 9 outs (including a DP).

6:21: 3 outs away…Zeid starts the 9th up 4-2.

Game Four Pitching Matchup

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The pitching matchup for game four includes two good youngsters, Jonathan Pettibone for Lakewood and Drake Britton, who takes the mound for Greenville…Pettibone threw seven shutout in game three of the division series while Britton is 2-0 in the playoffs and threw five shutout to win game one of this series.

RHP Jonathan Pettibone
8-6, 3.49, 131.1 IP, 114 H, 41 BB, 84 K

*9/10 vs HIC (W): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K
9/3 vs KAN (W): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K
8/27 at HIC (W): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 K
8/21 at HAG (W): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Acquired: Supplemental 3rd round pick, 2008 Yorba Linda, California
Pettibone, who turned 20 on July 19th, makes his second playoff start…He threw seven shutout innings in game three of the Division Series against Hickory…He has won four starts in a row and five of his last six…Over his last 15 starts of the regular season, since allowing six runs in 1/3 of an inning on June 6th, Pettibone is 6-4, 2.38, the third best ERA in the league over that time period…He has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start since June 6th and has only allowed three earned runs once in that period (7/18 at Kannapolis)…After his June 6th start, his ERA sat at 5.98…He is 5-1, 2.06 over his last eight starts…Two starts vs Greenville (5/14: 5 IP, 4 ER, 8/5: 6 IP, 2 ER)…Drafted between Vance Worley (now in big leagues) and Trevor May (current teammate) in 2008…Committed to USC before signing.

Greenville: LHP Drake Britton
R: 7-7, 3.30, 114.2 IP, 91 H, 19 BB, 120 K

*9/13 vs LAK (W): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
*9/8 vs SAV (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 K
9/2 at CHA (W): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
8/27 vs ASH (L): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Acquired: 23rd round pick, 2007 Waco, Texas
Britton, 21, makes his 3rd playoff start after winning game one of the Championship Series…He also won game two if the Division Series against Savannah…Has a 2.72 ERA since July 1st (3.70 before)…Made two starts before going on DL in April and came back on May 24th…Did not get to five innings until July 25th and has not exceeded five innings this year…Signed in August of 2007 for $700,000 after committing to Texas A&M…Had TJ surgery in the fall of 2008.

Here are the Saturday game notes.

‘Claws Win 2-1; One Win Away

Friday, September 17th, 2010

barnesblog1Before Jeremy Barnes’ RBI single in the bottom 9th inning on Friday night, the BlueClaws were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and had left 11 runners on base, nine of which were in scoring position.

But they only needed one run, and they got it, on an 0-2 fastball from Dennis Neuman. Barnes delivered what was the 14th walk-off win for the BlueClaws this year.

“This is an amazing feeling,” he said after getting doused with shaving cream. “Gump got me pretty good (with shaving cream). I’ve hit a lot of balls hard right at people, but I just haven’t quite come through. I’ve had a good year but not a game winning hit until now.

“Neuman has a great slider. He went fastball away and I just tried to stay short to the ball and thank goodness it went over the shortstop’s head.”

With the win, the BlueClaws can now clinch the SAL title with one win on Saturday. Game 4 comes up at 4:05 pm and if necessary, Game 5 would follow. Order tickets here.

More photos here.

Note: Greenville flipped pitchers, bumping their ace Drake Britton (2-0 in the playoffs) up to Game 4 (on normal rest because of Thursday’s rain out). Manuel Rivera will now pitch Game 5. Lakewood will throw Jonathan Pettibone first and if necessary Trevor May.

I find this amusing: Barnes went to Notre Dame. Drive President Craig Brown went to Michigan State. Guess which two old rivals are meeting tomorrow in East Lansing? Guess which new rivals are meeting tomorrow in Lakewood?

SAL Championship Series Game Three (Take Two)

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Let’s try this again.

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park for the pivotal game three of the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship Series. Greenville won game one 3-1 and Lakewood game two 6-1. This game was originally rained out last night.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:50)

LAK: RHP Brody Colvin (6-8, 3.39)
GRE: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller (7-7, 3.30)

Fight Fallout…Six players, three from each team, were suspended for one game due to the benches-clearing brawl from game two on Tuesday…(indicates what game of the series the suspensions will be served)…Lakewood: Leandro Castro (3), Julio Rodriguez (4), Korby Mintken (3)…Greenville: Michael Almanzar (3), Vladimir Frias (4), Jeremy Hazelbaker (3)…The suspensions were announced Tuesday by league President Eric Krupa.

Jumpin’ Jiwan…BlueClaws CF Jiwan James had been 1-16 in the playoffs before going 3-5 in game two of the Championship Series on Tuesday…In that game, he led off the first inning with a double and scored the first run…He later drove in Lakewood’s 2nd run with a fifth inning RBI double.

Surf’s Up…BlueClaws 2B Keoni Ruth, a Honolulu native who was playing for Na Koa Ikaika Maui in the Golden League when the Phillies signed him in August, is 7-20 during the playoffs and has hit safely in four of the five playoff games while reaching base in all five.

7:18: Colvin hits the first batter, Gibson, who steals second, but works through a 22 pitch first inning without allowing a run.

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Meet Eric Petts

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Before Thursday’s game four of the SAL Championship Series, we sat down with BlueClaws RHP Eric Pettis, who joined the team from Williamsport just before the start of the 2010 playoffs.

How did you find out you were coming to Lakewood: I had my flight booked and everything was ready to go, to come home and I get called to the front of the bus and Truby, the manager of Williamsport, calls me up to the front of the bus and tells me I’m going to Williamsport, so I had to change my mindset pretty quick.

What was your reaction? It was real weird because you’re excited to go home. It’s been a long year. At first you’re disappointed because you’re not going home but then you realize you get a chance to play for a ring.

Emotionally, I know you got knocked out right before: I twas a roller-coaster. You want to play for the playoffs in Williamsport and you’re so close, a big low, then a high because you think you are going home, then a low because you’re not, but a high because you get moved up.

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Flag Football at FirstEnergy Park

Friday, September 17th, 2010

How would you like to play Flag Football at FirstEnergy Park?

The BlueClaws will host a Flag Football Tournament on October 23rd at FirstEnergy Park with the winning team earning a 40-person party deck outing in 2011, a $1,400 value.

The games will be seven-on-seven but each team can have up to 10 players on their roster.

The tournament will be held on one day (October 23rd) and be a 16-team double-elimination tournament beginning at 7:30 am.

Each team must provide their own uniforms, though each player will receive two drink (beer or soda) vouchers.

Registration is $250 per team. For more information, call Steve Farago at 732-901-7000 ext 120 or email sfarago@blueclaws.com.

Click here to download a registration form that can be returned to the BlueClaws.

Game Three Postponed

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Thursday’s SAL Championship Series Game Three between the BlueClaws and Greenville Drive has been postponed due to rain. The details on the remainder of the series:

  • Game three will now be played on Friday at 7:05 pm.
  • Game four will be at 4:05 on Saturday, and if necessary, game five will follow 45 minutes later.
  • All tickets from Thursday’s game can be exchanged for Friday or Saturday.

Thanks. Will have more later.

9:04: The same pitchers, Chris Balcom-Miller of Greenville and Brody Colvin of Lakewood will pitch on Friday in game three. Learn about them here.

9:32 am: Just to clarify on the ticket end of things…

  • As a guide, use the date on your ticket (Friday tickets are good for today, Saturday tickets for Saturday, and Thursday tickets can be exchanged.
  • Reminder that Saturday’s game will start at 4:05 and tickets for Saturday are good for both games of the (possible) double-header.

SAL Championship Series, Game Three

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park for the pivotal game three of the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship Series. Greenville won game one 3-1 and Lakewood game two 6-1. The winner tonight plays for the title tomorrow.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:50)

LAK: RHP Brody Colvin (6-8, 3.39)
GRE: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller (7-7, 3.30)

Fight Fallout…Six players, three from each team, were suspended for one game due to the benches-clearing brawl from game two on Tuesday…(indicates what game of the series the suspensions will be served)…Lakewood: Leandro Castro (3), Julio Rodriguez (4), Korby Mintken (3)…Greenville: Michael Almanzar (3), Vladimir Frias (4), Jeremy Hazelbaker (3)…The suspensions were announced Tuesday by league President Eric Krupa.

Jumpin’ Jiwan…BlueClaws CF Jiwan James had been 1-16 in the playoffs before going 3-5 in game two of the Championship Series on Tuesday…In that game, he led off the first inning with a double and scored the first run…He later drove in Lakewood’s 2nd run with a fifth inning RBI double.

Surf’s Up…BlueClaws 2B Keoni Ruth, a Honolulu native who was playing for Na Koa Ikaika Maui in the Golden League when the Phillies signed him in August, is 7-20 during the playoffs and has hit safely in four of the five playoff games while reaching base in all five.

Drabek’s Debut

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

2007 BlueClaws pitcher Kyle Drabek made his big league debut last night, allowing three runs in six innings at Baltimore, losing 3-1 to Brad Bergessen. Here is a report from the Toronto Sun.

“He did a good job and kept us in the ball game,” manager Cito Gaston said. “I’ve said it many times that guys who stay calm under pressure are the ones who stay up here and he stayed calm. He got in trouble a few times and gave up only three runs.”

He gave up a run in the nervous first inning, then two more in the fourth when he allowed three singles and a walk.

“It kind of felt like any other day, a normal day but it was nice to have my family here to share it,” Drabek said.

“I felt great. This team was real good about settling me down, welcoming me. It almost felt normal.”

Game Three Pitching Matchup

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Below, a look at the two starting pitchers, Brody Colvin of Lakewood and Chris Balcom-Miller of Greenville (Balcom-Miller was with Asheville for most of the season before being acquired by the Red Sox on August 30th and assigned to Greenville).

Lakewood: RHP Brody Colvin
R: 6-8, 3.39, 138 IP, 138 H, 42 BB, 120 K

*9/10 vs HIC (ND): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
9/5 vs KAN (ND): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K
8/31 vs AUG (L): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K
8/24 at HAG (ND): 5 IP, 10 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Acquired: 7th round pick, 2009 Lafayette, Louisiana
Colvin, who turned 20 on August 14th, makes his 2nd start of the postseason and was the only member of Lakewood’s opening rotation who did not miss a turn all season…He gave up one unearned run in game two of the Division Series against Hickory…Since a May 12th start in Greenville when he allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings, Colvin went 4-3, 2.00 in the regular season…The 5/12 start was his lone start against Greenville this year…One win since July 4th but on year has 11 starts this year in which he has given up zero or one earned run and not gotten the win…Won the first half clincher (6/20 vs Kannapolis in Lakewood)…Finished 8th in the league in ERA…Was on campus at LSU when he decided to sign with the Phillies at the deadline last August.

Greenville: RHP Chris Balcom-Miller
R: 7-7, 3.30, 114.2 IP, 91 H, 19 BB, 120 K

*9/10 at SAV (W): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 6 K
9/4 vs HIC (W): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K
8/29 at GRE (L): 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 K
8/23 vs SAV (W): 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 11 K

Acquired: trade (with COL, 8/30/10) West Valley College
Balcom-Miller, 21, makes his second playoff start and third start with Greenville…He was acquired from the Rockies for Manny Delcarmen on 8/30, the day after he lost to Greenville as a member of Asheville (who at the time of the deal was 1⁄2 game behind Greenville)…Has won seven of his last eight starts overall (with the lone loss TO his current team)…Had one win in his first 13 starts and has seven in his last eight…A 6th round pick last year by the Rockies…13 HBP vs 19 BB this year…Went 4-0, 1.58 in Pioneer League last year and was 23rd ranked Rockies prospect.

Here are tonight’s game notes.

Post-Game Comments From Josh Zeid

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Just spoke with BlueClaws reliever Josh Zeid who threw three shutout innings in relief tonight and came right in after the benches clearing brawl. Click here to listen.

“I was warming up in the bullpen, everyone screamed ‘FIGHT’ and we went in. It’s a really tough situation. It’s a really important game, you have to win, so you have to be smart. You can’t punch anyone. You don’t want to hit anyone. But going back warming up, I knew I was going back in the game, had to slow everything down.”

SAL Championship Series, Game Two

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Down 1-0, the BlueClaws turn to Julio Rodriguez in game two of the SAL Championship Series here in Greenville. Last night, the Drive picked up a 3-1 win behind Drake Britton, and a loss tonight means the BlueClaws have to win three in a row to win the series.

Game Notes
Listen Live (at 6:50)

LAK: RHP Julio Rodriguez (5-1, 1.44)
GRE: RHP Ryan Pressly (5-7, 3.72)

Hit Or Miss…The BlueClaws have scored 7, 1, 6 and 1 runs in their four playoff games…They are just 3-22 with runners in scoring position over the first four games of the playoffs and are batting as a team just .175 (22-126)…Keoni Ruth has six of Lakewood’s 22 hits…Not including Ruth (6-17) and Jeremy Barnes (4-12), the BlueClaws are just 12-97 (.124).

They’re Pitching, Though…Despite the offensive struggles, the BlueClaws have allowed a total of five runs (four earned) in 36 innings with opponents batting just .172 against them.

7:14: Got one on three hits…Singleton reached on a FC to drive in Jiwan James, who led off the inning with a double…Here’s Julio.

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Today’s Pitchers

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Trailing one game to none in the SAL Championship Series, the BlueClaws turn to RHP Julio Rodriguez tonight in game two, a

Levitra order online

pitcher who has been nothing short of sensational with Lakewood this year…

Lakewood: RHP Julio Rodriguez
R: 5-1, 1.44, 56.1 IP, 32 H, 22 BB, 90 K

*9/10 vs HIC (ND): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
9/4 vs KAN (W): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
8/28 at HIC (W): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K
8/24 at HAG (ND): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Acquired: 8th round pick, 2008 Toa Alta, Puerto Rico
Rodriguez, who turned 20 on August 29th, makes his second appearance of the postseason for Lakewood after throwing three shutout innings of relief behind Brody Colvin’s game two start in the division series…Rodriguez re-joined the BlueClaws from Williamsport on 7/26 and since then has allowed three runs in 42 innings pitched (19 hits, 68 strikeouts)…He first came to Lakewood on 5/26 and went to Williamsport (2-2, 2.65) when their season opened on June 18th…This will be his first appearance against Greenville…His season long outing is six innings (twice, vs KAN 9/4 and at DEL 7/26)…He spent the last two years in the GCL after being drafted out of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico in 2008.

Greenville: RHP Ryan Pressly
R: 5-7, 3.72, 113 IP, 110 H, 43 BB, 96 K

9/5 vs HIC (L): .2 IP, 5 H, 4 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
8/30 at CHA (ND): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
8/24 vs CHA (W): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K
8/19 at LEX (ND): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Acquired: 12th round pick, 2007 Dallas, Texas
Pressly, 21, makes his first appearance of the postseason after 26 in the regular season…He got knocked out in the 1st inning of his last regular season start, the day Greenville clinched a playoff spot due to Asheville’s loss to Savannah…Had a 4.56 ERA through June and just 2.98 after, including the 9/5 outing of just 2/3 of an inning…Faced Lakewood on 8/3, allowing two runs in six innings, including a home run to Sebastian Valle…Spent 2008 in the GCL, 2009 with Lowell in the NY-Penn League (6-4, 3.17) and was sent to Greenville to start 2010.

Little + Little = Big

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

“Little things (hurt Lakewood). You don’t take care of little things you’ve got big things, called a loss.”
—Mark Parent

That was what BlueClaws manager Mark Parent said on Monday night after Greenville’s Game One win over Lakewood in the SAL Championship Series.

Lakewood made four outs on the bases, a line-drive double play, two caught stealings, and a pickoff at first base by the catcher, costing them opportunities on a night when Greenville’s pitchers threw the ball quite well.

Tony Graham’s blog on APP.com has a rundown with some more quotes.