Archive for June, 2012

Wing Fling – Wednesday Night

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Wing Fling, presented by 105.7 The Hawk, where we find out who has the best chicken wings at the Jersey Shore, returns

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Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park.

Wings will be sold for 50-cents apiece, with restaurants being judged on Best Overall, Hottest, Most Unique, and Fan Favorite. Judges will come from 105.7 The Hawk and you, the fans!

There will also be a wing-eating contest, at which Joel “The Cannon” Podelsky (pictured) is the 5-time defending champion.

Participating Restaurants: Ivy League Bar & Grill, T.G.I. Friday’s, Parker House, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Shore House Bar & Grill, Idle Hour, Tommy’s Coal Fired Pizza, Mad Hatter, Jack & Mike’s Brickhouse

For information about participating in the wing-eating contest or other Wing Fling events, call Kevin at 732-901-7000 extension 115 or email kfenstermacher@blueclaws.com.

Tuesday Notes Sees an 11-Game Hitting Streak

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Chris Duffy, 19-40 over a current 11-game hitting streak, and the BlueClaws take on West Virginia tonight at FirstEnergy Park in the second game of a four-game series. LHP Ervis Manzanillo, who got his first win of the year on Thursday at Hagerstown,

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takes the mound for the BlueClaws.

Click here for today’s game notes.

Home Cooking…Lakewood is now 1-0 in a stretch where they will play 17 of 22 games at FirstEnergy Park, with the only road games coming from July 4-8 in West Virginia…It’s the longest such stretch of the season, and will be followed by 16 of 19 games on the road between July 19 and August 6…The BlueClaws are 19-18 at home this year with a 3.64 ERA compared to 10-27 on the road with a 5.58 ERA.

28 and 11…Chris Duffy has reached base by either hit or walk in all 28 games he has played with the BlueClaws this year and has a 11-game hitting streak…He is 36-94 with 13 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 21 games since returning to the BlueClaws on May 29th…He hit his first home run with Lakewood (he hit two with Clearwater) on June 11th.

About the Hitting Streak… Duffy is 19-40 over the current 11-game hitting streak…Duffy’s 11-game hitting streak includes one game in which he delivered a pinch-hit single in his lone at bat…The hitting streak includes five two-hit games and two three-hit games (seven multi-hit games of 11)…It’s the longest by a BlueClaw this season…Last year, Jim Murphy had a 16-game hitting streak…The franchise record is 24, set by Jiwan James in 2010.

BlueClaws and On-Base Streaks…Chris Duffy has a current 28-game on-base streak for the BlueClaws, the longest such streak by a BlueClaw this season…Following are the longest on-base streaks for the BlueClaws in the last several seasons…2011 – Zach Collier, 26…2010 – Leandro Castro, 30…2009 – Jeremy Hamilton, 32.

Nine in Four…Aaron Altherr has nine hits over the last four days, going 2-4, 3-5, 2-3, and 2-4 (9-16) raising his average from .231 to .251…Altherr has 16 multi-hit games to tie Maikel Franco for the team lead…His home run on Sunday was his fifth of the season…All of his home runs have come on the road.

Battlefield Attire

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

We’re in Hagerstown tonight, about 10 miles from Antietam, t

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he famous Civil War battle site where the bloodiest battle in American history was fought on September 17, 1862. That’s 150 years ago later this year.

Last weekend, the area is hosted a series of events in commemoration of the Maryland Campaign, and there will be additional events next year to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and another in 2014 to commemorate the Battle of Monocacy in Frederick.

The local baseball team is taking part too, and tonight Hagerstown will wear these Civil War-themed jerseys. (I suppose Lakewood will have to wear their road grays instead of their red mesh jerseys they wore yesterday due to the heat).

The uniforms are not the wool ones however, the ones worn by the Union Army.

More background:

Civil War uniforms worn by Union troops were all made of wool, with no apparent consideration for their use in warm weather. It was not unusual for soldiers to dress more casually while on campaign, but the standards of the day were unforgiving and gentlemen did not appear in public in their shirtsleeves. Heat stroke was a common occurrence while the troops were on the march in hot weather. Blue had become the traditional Army uniform color during the Revolutionary War. The official uniform for enlisted men was supposed to have been made of dark blue cloth, but it was often sky blue in color, in part because sky blue cloth was much less expensive than dark blue.

During the Battle of Antietam, the temperature ranged from 69-76 degrees, about 20 degrees cooler than it will be today.

Weekly Minor League Review

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read his great blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHR Lisalberto Bonilla, Reading. In 2 appearances, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 innings, 4 hits,

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0 walks, 7 strikeouts. Win came in Wednesday’s 2nd game, 2 scoreless innings; other appearance, 3 scoreless innings on Saturday, 2nd game, striking out 5; threw 40 pitches, 30 for strikes. Hasn’t allowed a run since May 27, 11 total innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts. Began season at Clearwater and joined Reading on May 5. Combined, 3-2, 2.02 ERA, for 24 appearances, 2 saves, 35.2 innings, 49 strikeouts, opponents batting .195. The 6-0, 175-pound right-hander turned 22 on June 18. He was signed as an amateur free agent out of Samana, DR, by Sal Agostinelli and Bernardo Perez in 2008.

**Player: RF Anthony Hewitt, Clearwater. In a week shortened by the All-Star Game break, he hit .375 in 4 games. Of his 6 hits, he had a double and 3 homers and led the organization with 8 RBI, coming on back-to-back 4 RBI games. Raised average from .227 to .244, highest in a month. For the season, 8 homers, 28 RBI, 6 doubles, 6 stolen bases in 47 games. Home run total is second in the organization to Darin Ruff (11). The 23-year-old was selected out of high school in the 1st round (24th overall) in 2008 and signed by Gene Schall. Also named the MiLB.com player of the week in the FSL.

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Rosenberg Called Up to Phillies

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Congratulations to 2009 BlueClaws RHP BJ Rosenberg, who had his contract selected today by the Phillies and will soon make his big league debut.

Rosenberg, a 13th round pick in 2008 from the University of Louisville, was a dynamite reliever with Lakewood in 2009, going 7-2, with a 0.89 ERA and throwing 28.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run from Memorial Day until August 6th when he was promoted straight to Double-A Reading.

Injuries slowed him down in 2010 and he bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation with Reading last year. This year, in 16 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley, he’s allowed just five ER in 28.2 innings pitched with 36 strikeouts and eight walks.

Here is a Q&A we did with Rosenberg after the 2009 season. That year, he pitched for Team USA in Pan-Am qualifying. One of his coaches there was Kannapolis manager Ernie Young. This was going on at the same time that Lakewood and Kannapolis were facing off in the first round of the 2009 SAL playoffs.

Rosenberg will be the 45th Shore to the Show players and sixth BlueClaws alum to make his big league debut this year, following Freddy Galvis, Lendy Castillo, Adrian Cardenas, Jake Diekman, and and Quintin Berry.

UPDATE: Rosenberg was added to this list after making his debut on Saturday. He threw a scoreless 11th inning before allowing a walk-off home run to Adam Jones. Despite the loss, he still called it “the greatest day of my life,” and who’s to say differently?

“This happened so quick,” Rosenberg said. “I was pitching really well, so you never really know. But if you told me at the beginning of the year that I would be here right now, I would have called them a liar. I’m just thankful for the opportunity.”

We did want to share this tweet from Mark Zaiger, who was an intern with the BlueClaws in 2009 and is now with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Congrats to BJ Rosenberg for making it to the big leagues. He was awesome with the youth when I ran the 2009 @blueclaws kids baseball clinic

Another reason to root for Rosenberg.

Kleven to Represent Claws in All-Star Game

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Congratulations to BlueClaws RHP Colin Kleven – he’ll be Lakewood’s All-Star representative this year at the 2012 SAL ASG on June 19th

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in Charleston, SC.

From the release:

Kleven is 3-4 with a 3.59 ERA over 10 starts this season. He has allowed three earned runs or less in eight of those 10 starts.

On May 14th, he allowed just one unearned run over a season-long seven innings to earn a win at Delmarva and on May 19th at Greensboro, he gave up just one run over five innings to win his third game of the year, in the process helping to snap Greensboro’s 16-game home winning streak.

Kleven was a 33rd round pick in 2009 from RE Mountain High School in Kamloops, British Columbia and, along with Ethan Stewart, is one of two Canadian pitchers in Lakewood’s rotation.

He is the 40th BlueClaws player to be selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in the team’s first 12 seasons.

For additional information on the 2012 South Atlantic League All-Star Game and related events, please visit RiverDogs.com.

Three 2011 BlueClaws (LHP Jesse Biddle, LHP Austin Wright, and C Cameron Rupp) will represent Clearwater in the 2012 Florida State League All-Star Game.

The full SAL ASG teams are listed below the fold.

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From the Queen…to Buster

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Mark Ballas of Dancing With the Stars spent the weekend with the Queen of England at the Epsom Derby, a day chronicled here by People Magazine. He

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almost didn’t make it, struggling to find a jacket he was required to wear.

“I ended up finding one 10 minutes before the shop closed,” the ballroom pro, 26, told PEOPLE of his day-long hunt around London for the old-school accessory required for the horse race.

Ballas had been invited to Saturday’s event – for which men are also required to wear tails or “morning jackets” – by former Dancing partner (and season runner-up) Katherine Jenkins, the Welsh opera star who sang the British national anthem for the Queen and the 130,000-strong crowd.

Ballas, who finished second with partner Katherine Jenkins on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars, will sign autographs at Wednesday night’s BlueClaws game.