Last night, BlueClaws RHP Colin Kleven threw eight shutout innings in a win over Delmarva and he sat down for an interview prior to Tuesday’s game. Here is some background on Kleven’s outing last night:
Just Missed…Colin Kleve
n threw eight shutout innings for Lakewood on Monday night at Perdue Stadium against Delmarva…He became the first BlueClaws pitcher to throw eight innings in a game this year and it was the first time Kleven reached eight innings in his career…The last time a BlueClaw threw a complete game shutout at nine innings was Derek Griffith on July 21, 2005 at West Virginia…Since then, the BlueClaws have had complete game shutouts in shorter games from Maximino de la Cruz (2005, 7), Josh Outman (2006, 7), Matt Maloney (2006, 7), and Jarred Cosart (2010, 6)…Lakewood had nine-inning complete games from Lisalverto Bonilla and David Buchanan last year and prior to that, their most recent nine-inning complete game was from Carlos Monasterios in 2007.
You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.
A few snippets of the interview:
– “Just the fastball command and getting strike one right from the beginning is huge…Going right after them and getting strike one is crucial. Once you get that you get the hitters on the defensive.”
– “When I came back after the 8th they didn’t say anything and I toweled up like usual. When we scored a few runs, Les came up to me and told me that was it. Basically if we stayed at 4-0, I was going to go back out there but since we put up another four spot, they wanted to give (Chris Nichols) some work plus it was a long inning.”
– “All three pitches were working. The slider was still go-to for the strikeout pitch. All around whenever I need to throw it for a strike I could.”