Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park. After the final day off of the regular season, the BlueClaws are set to kick off an eight-game homestand beginning with four against the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants). The teams haven’t met since 2008 and Lakewood beat Augusta in the 2006 SAL Championship Series.
LAK: RHP Mike Bolsenbroek (0-1, 3.00)
AUG: LHP Kelvin Marte (1-0, 2.70)
Do You Believe in Magic?…The BlueClaws are trying to become the first team since Capital City in 2004 and just the 3rd (Piedmont, a Phillies affiliate managed by current Lakewood hitting coach Greg Legg, in 2000 and Lake County in 2003) to win both halves…They currently lead Greensboro by 4.5 games in the second half standings with eight games left…The BlueClaws magic number is four over Greensboro and three over Hickory and Kannapolis, meaning any combo of four BlueClaws wins and Grasshoppers losses plus any combo of three BlueClaws wins and Kannapolis/Hickory losses would clinch the half for Lakewood.
Barnes Burning Up…On the strength of a 13-30 week, Jeremy Barnes has raised his average up to .296 …Barnes has not been at .300 since May 31st…He is 31-82 (.375) in August with 10 multi-hit games this month…He hit .346 in April, .268 in May, .176 in June, .247 in July.
The Bat-man…Stephen Batts went 8-15 in Hickory with five RBIs and is batting .364 (32-88) in August…He has raised his average up from .255 this month.
The Beal Deal…BlueClaws RHP Justin Beal has has only allowed one run in his last 10.1 innings pitched, including 4.2 scoreless on the current road trip…Beal joined the BlueClaws on 6/27 from Williamsport…He began pitching during his senior year of college at Missouri Southern State.
7:42: The rare but effective 7-7 DP. Castro catches a fly ball in LF, runner was going, he runs in back in and steps on 1st for DP…1-0 Augusta.
8:46: A pretty quiet night here, with Lakewood down 2-0 at the stretch. Bolsenbroek gave up two runs in four. Two scoreless from Kyle Carr and Eric Massingham pitched the 7th.
8:54: A SAC fly by Michael Dabbs cuts it to 2-1 Augusta…1st and 3rd one out for Anthony Hewitt. Jonathan Singleton started the inning with a double.
8:56: Hewitt ties the game with an RBI single…1st/3rd for Schoenberger w/ 2 outs.
8:57: Schoenberger pops up to first…2-2 to the 8th inning.
9:18: This would be walk-off win number 13 for Lakewood.
9:57: Walk-off single for Kyle Lafrenz wins it for Lakewood…3-2 final…13th walk-off win of the year. More later.