From Fluor Field in Greenville, it’s time for game one of the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship Series.
LAK: RHP Trevor May (7-3, 2.91)
GRE: LHP Drake Britton (2-3, 2.97)
Going For Two In a Row…The BlueClaws are trying to become the first team since Savannah in 1993 and 1994 to back-to-back South Atlantic League titles…Savannah was then a Cardinals affiliate.
Now THAT’S Pitching…Lakewood’s four Championship Series starters (Trevor May, Julio Rodriguez, Brody Colvin, Jonathan Pettibone) are a combined 13-5 with a 1.97 ERA (151 IP, 96 H, 33 ER, 182 Ks) since August 1st…Rodriguez has allowed three earned runs in 42 innings since re-joining the BlueClaws on July 27th from Williamsport…Pettibone is 6-1 over his last nine starts with a 1.82 ERA including the post-season.
Valle The Power…Sebastian Valle has hit four home runs in 14 career playoff games (one with the 2008 GCL Phillies, one with Lakewood last year, and two with the BlueClaws this year—games one and three against Hickory in the Division Series).
You Can’t Lose If They Can’t Score…In 15 post-season games (12-3), the BlueClaws have given up a total of 27 runs, 11 in one game (an 11-1 loss to Augusta in game three of the 2006 SAL Championship Series)…In Lakewood’s 12 all-time playoff wins, they have allowed a total of 11 runs…The BlueClaws have pitched five playoff shutouts and allowed two runs or less in 11 of the 15 games.
7:21: May a nice 1-2-3 first inning with a pair of strikeouts.
7:33: Castro gunned out stealing 3rd to end the top of the 2nd.
7:40: Nice job by May getting around a leadoff double…he’s got four strikeouts through two.
8:01: Greenville takes the lead as Reynaldo Rodriguez drives in a run on an 0-2 pitch with two outs…1-0 Greenville.
8:47: Pettis relieves May to start the 6th inning. Singleton just got picked off first base to end the 6th.
9:01: Greenville tacks on another run, a fielder’s choice groundout to first from Fuentes who was too fast to double up.
9:11: Solo HR for Leandro Castro…2-1 Greenville at the 7th inning stretch.
9:45: Final was 3-1…Lakewood didn’t do much offensively tonight, just four hits, and they drop game one.