Greetings from LP Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC where tonight the BlueClaws & Hickory Crawdads open the 2010 South Atlantic League Postseason at LP Frans Stadium. It is a gorgeous evening and should be an exciting game.
LAK: RHP Trevor May (7-3, 2.91)
HIC: RHP Neil Ramirez (10-8, 4.43)
May Day…May, 20 (turns 21 on September 23rd), makes his 12th start for Lakewood after opening the season with Clearwater, where he went 5-5, 5.01…He was sent to Lakewood on July 4th when LHP Matt Way went to Clearwater…He threw 11 shutout innings over two starts in last year’s SAL Post-Season after going 4-1, 2.56 with the BlueClaws during the 2009 regular season…Gave up four runs in five innings on 8/25 at Hickory, his lone start against the Crawdads…He struck out at least nine hitters in six of his 11 starts with Lakewood and the 14 that he struck out on 7/26 at Delmarva tied a franchise record (Robinson Tejeda in 2001 and Jason Knapp in 2009)…Between Clearwater and Lakewood, ranks 3rd in MiLB with 182 Ks on the year and 8th in walks with 81 (4th round pick in 2008).
On Ramirez…Ramirez, 21, makes his 29th appearance and 27th start…He beat Lakewood by allowing one run on three hits over six innings on August 25th…Ramirez had an ERA of 5.47 through June but is at 3.20 since…Has pitched into the seventh inning on just three occassions (last 8/30)…9.02 Ks/9 is second among SAL starters…Went 3-6, 4.75 with Hickory last year…Originally committed to Georgia Tech before signing with the Rangers (44th overall pick in 2007).
Pitching Wins Championships…The BlueClaws finished the 2010 season with a team ERA of just 3.04, the lowest in franchise history and the lowest among the 120 full season Minor League Baseball clubs (Port Charlotte at 3.06 was second)…The BlueClaws had a team ERA of 4.26 in April and 2.81 since May 1st.
You Can’t Lose If They Can’t Score…In 12 post-season games (10-2), the BlueClaws have given up a total of 25 runs, 11 in one game (an 11-1 loss to Augusta in game three of the 2006 SAL Championship Series)…In Lakewood’s 10 all-time playoff wins, they have allowed a total of 11 runs.
Record-Tying…The BlueClaws won 9 of their last 11 games to finish 84-55 on the season, tying a franchise record with 84 wins (set by the 2006 BlueClaws)…The 2006 ‘Claws won the team’s first South Atlantic League title.
7:12: Not a good start…Lakewood down in order, all strikeouts, in the top of the 1st.
7:37: Not much going on…May gave up a bloop single in the 2nd. Lakewood still looking for their first base-runner.
7:48: Lakewood 2-0…one on a wild pitch and another on a SAC fly by Jiwan James…bottom of the 3rd.
8:00: Sebastian Valle goes deep, right down the LF line…3-0 Claws
8:07: Trevor May with 8 Ks through four innings, all swinging…3-0 Lakewood to the 5th.
8:20: Alan Schoenberger hits a 3 run HR and Jonathan Singleton a solo HR…the BlueClaws are pouring it on…7-0 Lakewood!
9:05: May exits after a walk in the 7th to load the bases…1 walk, 13 Ks in 6.2 innings…Eric Pettis now in the game.
9:09: Final line on May: 6.2 innings, 4 hits, 0 run, 1 walk, 13 Ks…7-0 Claws to the 8th. He’s thrown 17.2 shutout innings in 3 Claws playoff gms
9:47: Final was indeed 7-0. More later.