Ryan Howard is back with the BlueClaws tonight to continue a minor league rehab assignment. Howard went 2-4 with three RBIs in a BlueClaws comeback win on Thursday. Howard and Chris Duffy, who homered, had the game winning two-run single in the 9th,
and drove in four, combined to bring in all seven Lakewood runs.
10 Years Ago Today…Ryan Howard homered for the BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park against Hagerstown, the same opponent he’ll face tonight.
(Un)-Retired Numbers…Howard’s #29 was retired by the team in 2010, but it will be unretired tonight for Howard…The other BlueClaws retired numbers are #42, retired across all of baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson, and #50, retired by the South Atlantic League in 2008 in honor of the 50 years of service given to the league by former league president John Henry Moss.
Comeback Kids…The BlueClaws erased a 6-0 deficit on Thursday night to beat West Virginia 7-6…Lakewood had been 0-42 when trailing after eight innings before the comeback win, and the six-run deficit they erased was their largest of the season (previous high was four).
31 and 14…Chris Duffy has reached base by either hit or walk in all 31 games he has played with the BlueClaws this year and has a 14-game hitting streak…He is 42-104 with 14 walks and has walked in the four games that he has not hit safely…The on-base streak spans two stints with Lakewood – seven games from Opening Day through April 17th and 24 games since returning to the BlueClaws on May 29th…He’s hit three home this season, including two during the current homestand.
BlueClaws Transactions…C John Hill was transferred to Clearwater and SS Stephen Malcolm was transferred to Williamsport before Friday’s game…The BlueClaws added two new players to the roster…SS Tim Carver was activated after signing his contract with the Phillies…He was a 19th round pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Arkansas…LHP Hoby Milner also joins the BlueClaws after allowing one run in 5.1 innings with Williamsport…Milner was a 7th round pick this year out of the University of Texas.
Another New BlueClaw…LHP Blake Mascarello has been added to the BlueClaws roster…Mascarello was signed as a non-drafted free agent this year out of Purdue University, where he was a second-team all Big-Ten relief pitcher this season…Mascarello went 8-1, 1.86 with the Boilermakers, helping them to their first conference title since 1907…He had thrown 2.1 scoreless innings with the GCL Phillies before his promotion to Lakewood.