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.
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.
Chasing the Franchise Record…At 64-40, the BlueClaws are currently on pace to challenge the franchise wins record of 84 set in 2006 (84-55)…Lakewood would need to go 20-16 to tie the wins record and 21-15 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).
7:25: RBI 1B for Jonathan Singleton (other way w/ the shift on) makes it 1-0 Lakewood in the first.
7:47: Castro airmails third on a throw from LF which leads to two unearned runs against Pettibone…2-1 West Virginia.
8:15: RBIs for Dabbs, Batts and Barnes as part of a four run, four hit 5th…5-2 Lakewood.
8:56: Pettibone through seven…3 runs and 2 earned…very nice performance…third time in last five starts he’s lasted seven.
9:43: Two out save for Wertz…2nd save of the year and 3rd as a pro. 25 games over .500 for the first time.