Sorry we never got around to posting this last night or earlier today, but last night when Jim Murphy hit a three-run HR that short-hopped the OF billboards and gave the BlueClaws an 8-6 lead, he passed Ryan Howard and moved into 2nd place on the BlueClaws all-time home run list.
He’s one back of Juan Richardson, who hit 22 home runs in 2001. Murphy hit 14 in 2009 and already has seven this year, and five in his last eight games.
The 10 runs the BlueClaws scored in the 7th inning last night was a franchise record.
Providing the Offensive Punch…The BlueClaws have scored 80 runs in their last 10 games and are hitting .296 (113-382) over that stretch…Jeremy Barnes is 13-40 and Geancarlo Mendez is 12-33…In that stretch, they have scored at least 10 runs in a game four times…The BlueClaws had hit three home runs over their first 11 games but have hit 14 in their last 10 (five by Murphy)…Lakewood has already hit eight home runs at FirstEnergy Park (in 12 games), and by comparison they hit 29 at home in 2010 and 22 in 2009.
Going for Three…With a win today, the BlueClaws would win their third straight game (first three-game win streak of the year) and get back to .500 for the first time since starting the season 4-4.
Ten in a Row…Anthony Hewitt has hit safely in ten straight games (14-43 with five doubles and two triples), a career long hit streak…Hewitt celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday…He is one of six Phillies first round picks to play for the BlueClaws (Floyd, Hamels, Golson, Drabek, Biddle).
RHP Garett Claypool will move into the starting rotation and start Tuesday. He’s allowed four ER in 18 innings this year while striking out 23.