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New Interview: RHP Colin Kleven

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

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

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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.”

‘Claws Go For Two in a Row Tonight in Delmarva

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

After a series opening 8-0 win last night, the BlueClaws go for their second straight win tonight at Perdue Stadium in game two of their series with Delmarva.

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Good Pitching…The BlueClaws have not allowed an earned run in their last three games…They shut-out West Virginia on Saturday 2-0 behind Hoby Milner…All four runs West Virginia scored on Sunday were unearned after three errors…Lakewood then shut-out Delmarva on Monday night behind Colin Kleven…They have thrown 27 straight innings without allowing an earned run since West Virginia scored in the 9th inning on Friday night.

From Stony Brook to Lakewood…New BlueClaws IF Willie Carmona helped Stony Brook reach the College World Series this year and was drafted by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2012 draft…Carmona hit .393 with 12 home runs with Stony Brook this year and was Most Outstanding Player of the Coral Gables Regional…After hitting .348 with two home runs in 25 games with the GCL Phillies, Carmona joined the BlueClaws on July 29th.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws continue their 8-game road trip (1-0)…After losses last night by Hagerstown and Hickory, the BlueClaws are one-game in back of a three-way tie for first place between those two clubs and West Virginia…Lakewood is 5-9 in their last 14 games dating to July 16th, when they lost a 6-1 lead in the 6th inning against Savannah…The BlueClaws have not yet held sole possession of first place in the second half, but have been tied for first in seven days…Their largest first-half deficit was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

Flying the Coop…New BlueClaws RHP Zach Cooper has allowed just one earned run in five appearances so far this year with the BlueClaws, covering nine innings…Cooper, a 15th round pick this year from Central Michigan, was drafted in the 46th round last year by the Marlins but chose not to sign…He gave up one run in three innings on Monday night in Hagerstown…He earned his first Lakewood (and third pro) save on July 13th against Hickory.

Two Moves

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Congratulations to BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy and RHP Kenny Giles, who were both promoted to Clearwater.

Duffy hit .384-11-56 with the BlueClaws in 60 games, including .401-10-43 in the second half, which led

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the league in all three categories during that period. He hit a 2-home run game on July 16th, the only one by a BlueClaw this year. On Wednesday at Hagerstown, Duffy went 5-6, tying a franchise record with five hits with six other BlueClaws, last set by Jiwan James in 2010. In July alone he had two three-hit games, two four-hit games, and a five-hit game.

“The BlueClaws were good to me,” he said. “I want to say thank you to the fans, I love the fans, I want to wish everybody the best.” – Read more here from APP.com.

Giles went 3-3, 3.61 with five saves and had really picked it up lately. In his last six outings, he threw 11 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits with 22 strikeouts. He was a 7th round pick in 2011 from Yavapai Community College.

Good luck to both players!

Who’s Here? The BlueClaws added two new players to the roster, IF William Carmona and RHP Chris Nichols. Both names might be familiar for different reasons.

Carmona was an 11th round pick this year from Stony Brook, where he helped the Seawolves reach the College World Series. The Hempsted, NY native hit .348 with the GCL Phillies before his promotion, including a grand slam on Wednesday.

Nichols is the son of Rod Nichols, Lakewood’s original pitching coach in 2001 and currently the pitching coach with Lehigh Valley. Between the GCL Phillies and Williamsport, Nichols was 3-0, 3.10 with 14 Ks and 1 walk in 20.1 innings pitched.

Two R-Phils Notes From Last Night

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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We have to congratulate two former BlueClaws, both with Reading.

First, 2010 BlueClaws RHP Jonathan Pettibone had quite the day yesterday. He threw seven innings and beat his former high school rival Gerrit Cole, last year taken #1 overall by the Pirates out of UCLA (both are from Southern California). He got the game-winning hit off a 98 mph fastball. And he was promoted.

“His command gets better and better as he goes,” said Reading manager Dusty Wathan (Reading Eagle). “It’s just a young guy maturing into a better pitcher. It’s fun to watch a guy grow up like that and get better by every start.”

With Lakewood in 2010, he went 8-6 with a 3.49 ERA that was well below 3 during the second half. He also won the clinching games in each round of the post-season – against Hickory in game three of the Division Series and against Greenville in game four of the Championship Series.

Congrats to Jon.

Also – congratulations to 2009 BlueClaws manager Dusty Wathan, who will manage Peoria. He played twice in the AFL, in 1999 and 1996.

“It’s a neat way for me to meet guys, players from other organizations and form lasting friendships,” Wathan said (MLB.com). “Eric Valent and I played together in the Fall League. My first year managing, he was my hitting coach. You have lasting friendships from other clubs. It’s another way to see how other organizations run things, play for a different manager, who maybe has a different style.

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Claws Can Earn Split With Win Tonight

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The BlueClaws finish up an eight-game road trip tonight in Hagerstown, and after dropping the first two games of the series, can earn a split of the trip and the series with a win tonight. RHP Moises Rivas takes the mound for the BlueClaws. First pitch is at 7:05.

Click here for today’s game notes.

What’s At Stake Today…The BlueClaws sit in third place in the Northern Division, tied with West Virginia and one game back of both Hagerstown and Hickory…The BlueClaws started the current road trip in a three-way tie with Hickory and Hagerstown for first place and have not yet held sole possession of first place in the second half, but have been tied for first in seven days…Their largest first-half deficit was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro…A win today means the BlueClaws split this series and the eight-game road trip.

Nice Game…Chris Duffy went 5-6 in Wednesday night’s game and in the process tied the BlueClaws franchise record for most hits in a game…He is the 7th person to reach that mark, the previous being Jiwan James in July of 2010 against Kannapolis…His fifth hit was his 10th home run of the year and came with two outs in the top of the 9th inning.

Top of the Table…BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy leads the South Atlantic League in all three triple crown categories during the second half (beginning June 21st)…In the second half, he’s batting .397 with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 33 games…Since Duffy’s 19-game hitting streak ended on July 3rd, he is 27-69 (.391) with two grand slams, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, and 12 walks (17 games)…Since re-joining the BlueClaws on Memorial Day, Duffy is hitting .385 (69-179) with 49 RBIs in 49 games…He has been named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week in two of the last three weeks.

A Friendly July…Kelly Dugan entered July hitting .246 but has raised his average to .291 (highest since going 2-4 on Opening Day was .296 through July 21st)…In July, Dugan is 35-87 (.402) with 22 runs scored in 23 games…That average is the third best in the league during the current month behind West Virginia’s Greg Polanco, who is hitting .423…Dugan has 11 multi-hit games in July.

A Tale of Two Halves…3B Maikel Franco hit .207 with 27 RBIs in the first half and is now hitting .310 with 32 RBIs in the second half…Franco is Lakewood’s youngest regular and will not turn 20 until August 26th.

Four Pitches – From Jesse Biddle

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Cool article from MiLB.com in which Jesse Biddle, now with Clearwater and a 2011 BlueClaw, talks about his four pitch repertoire. Click here to read the full article. Here’s a snippet:

Pitch one: Four-seam fastball

Origin: That’s the first pitch every kid should learn how to throw. It’s the most important one. At Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, I usually just threw that until hitters started hitting it and then I changed it up. The biggest thing as a pitcher — at least what the Phillies preach — is fastball command first and foremost. If you don’t have that, you’re not going to be successful.

Purpose: I probably throw 75 percent fastballs in a game and I don’t try to fool anybody, just get quick outs. It’s my go-to in any count, and I feel comfortable throwing it.

Read the whole thing. Well worth it.

Weekly Minor League Review

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

This, as always, comes from the desk of the great Larry Shenk. Read his Phillies Insider blog here.

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHP Austin Hyatt, Reading. 2-0 for 2

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starts, 13.2 innings, 9 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 13 strikeouts. Has won 3 of his last 4 starts. Began season in AAA, 2-6, 5.47 and was moved to AA on June 2. With Reading, 4-3, 4.64 for 10 starts. Has 33-20 record in three-plus minor league seasons. Named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com. The 26-year-old was selected in the 15th round in 2009 out of the University of Alabama and signed by Mike Stauffer.

**Player: SS Edgar Duran, Clearwater. Hit .444 in 6 games. Included among his 8 hits were 3 doubles and 2 homers, his first pro 2-home run game. Drove in 6 runs, scored 6 runs and stole 2 bases. Was 6-12 over his last 3 games and is hitting .323 in his last 10. For the season, .262 in 86 games, 3 homers, 28 RBI. Named the Florida State League Player of the Week by MiLB.com. The 20-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2007 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.\

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Pointer Returns, Game Three In Hagerstown Tonight

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Brian Pointer, who spent the first half with the BlueClaws, is back and was added to the roster earlier today. The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown, having lost three straight games on the trip and the first two games here. RHP Moises Rivas takes the moun

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Welcome Back…OF Brian Pointer, who spent the first half of the season with Lakewood, was added to the roster prior to Wednesday’s game in Hagerstown…Pointer hit .222 with 7 home runs (including a grand slam) in the first half with Lakewood and was hitting .246 with 3 home runs with Williamsport…He was a 28th round pick in 2010 from Reno, Nevada who committed to Oregon State before signing with the Phillies…LHP Ethan Stewart was placed on the disabled list to make room on the roster.

Where They Stand…The BlueClaws now sit in third place in the Northern Division, two games in back of Hagerstown and one game in back of Hickory…West Virginia is tied for the BlueClaws in third place…The BlueClaws started the current road trip in a three-way tie with Hickory and Hagerstown for first place and have not yet held sole possession of first place in the second half, but have been tied for first in seven days…Their largest first-half deficit was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

Needing a Win…The BlueClaws have lost three straight games, their 7th such losing streak this year…They have four losing streaks of at least four games thus far.

Leading the Way…BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy leads the Sally League in the second half of the season in RBIs (36) and is tied for first in home runs (8, with Brandon Merideth of Lexington, Matt Skole of Hagerstown, and Steven Souza of Hagerstown)…His .375 batting average ranks 5th in the league in the second half…Since Duffy’s 19-game hitting streak ended on July 3rd, he is 22-64 with two grand slams, 4 HRs, 21 RBIs, and 12 walks (16 games)…Since re-joining the BlueClaws on Memorial Day, Duffy is hitting .368 (64-174) with 47 RBIs in 48 games…He has been named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week in two of the last three weeks.

Top of the Morning to You

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

No rest of the weary – first pitch of this morning’s game in Hagerstown comes 10 hours and 27 minutes after the BlueClaws dropped a tough 5-4 decision on Monday night. The game dropped the BlueClaws out of a three-way tie for first place with Hickory

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Click here for today’s game notes.

LHP Ethan Stewart (4-8, 3.43) vs LHP Christian Meza (5-1, 2.86)

About Stewart…LHP Ethan Stewart (4-8, 3.43) makes his 20th appearance and 19th start on Tuesday morning at Hagerstown…He last pitched on July 15th against Savannah, allowing one run in four innings before leaving with a blister…He has not allowed an earned run in two second-half starts against Hagerstown, covering 12 innings…Stewart is one of two BlueClaws pitchers from Canada (Colin Kleven) and spent one year at New Mexico Junior College before signing with the Phillies out of the 2010 draft…The BlueClaws have scored 56 runs in his 18 starts.

Top of the Morning To You…The BlueClaws and Suns meet this morning at 10:35, Lakewood’s final morning game of the season…The BlueClaws are 3-2 in morning games this year, beating Delmarva 7-1 on May 16th in their only morning game on the road…Lakewood is 15-6 in day games (any game that starts before 5 pm) this year, and they have just three more day games on the schedule: August 5 at West Virginia, August 19 at Greensboro, and September 3 vs Greensboro.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws and Suns meet in a four-game series this week, the final four meetings of the year between the two clubs…The BlueClaws are 10-12 against Hagerstown this year, including 2-5 at Municipal Stadium and 4-3 in the second half…The teams split a four-game series here June 21-24, the first four games of the second half…Lakewood took four of five from Hagerstown in Lakewood June 29-July 3.

Where They Stand…The BlueClaws now sit in third place in the Northern Division, one game in back of Hickory and Hagerstown, who each won last night…West Virginia is two games back in fourth place…The BlueClaws started the current road trip in a three-way tie with Hickory and Hagerstown for first place and have not yet held sole possession of first place in the second half, but have been tied for first in seven days…Their largest first-half deficit was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

Going, Going…The BlueClaws hit two home runs on Monday night, one each by Maikel Franco (10) and Aaron Altherr (7)…It was the 9th game this year in which the BlueClaws hit multiple home runs, fifth time in July…This year, the BlueClaws have hit 51 home runs, 26 at home and 25 on the road…In the last five years (2007-2011), the BlueClaws hit 227 home runs on the road and 126 home runs at home…The closest they have come to hitting more home runs at home was in 2007 when they hit 23 in Lakewood and 30 on the road.

Meet Blake Mascarello

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

BlueClaws LHP Blake Mascarello signed as a non-drafted free agent in June out of Purdue University, and after two outings with the GCL Phillies, is 3-0 with the BlueClaws, having allowed three ER in 13.2 innings pitched.

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You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.

But the most interesting part about Mascarello is his connection to his current manager, Mickey Morandini.

“My junior year of high school, Mickey came to coach a team in our conference (Valparaiso), one of our rivals. that was a big story back then and it was coll to play against them. I got a few wins against them. Small world that I’ve come full circle and now I’m playing for him…The first day I got here, when I showed up after BP, I came to talk to him and he’s like ‘Man, I knew I recognized that name. You used to play for Crown Point. We hated you guys.’ It was pretty good.”

Tied For First Place, Back in Hagerstown

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

The BlueClaws are back in Hagerstown for the third and final time this year. They’ve won 10 of 21 meetings with the Suns this year and the teams are both 17-13 and, along with Hickory, in a three-way tie for first place.

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Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws and Suns meet in a four-game series this week, the final four meetings of the year between the two clubs…The BlueClaws are 10-11 against Hagerstown this year, including 2-4 at Municipal Stadium…The teams split a four-game series here June 21-24, the first four games of the second half…Lakewood took four of five from Hagerstown in Lakewood June 29-July 3.

Where They Stand…The BlueClaws, Hagerstown, and Hickory are all tied for first place at 17-13 in the Northern Division, two games ahead of West Virginia…The BlueClaws started the current road trip in a three-way tie with Hickory and Hagerstown for first place and have not yet held sole possession of first place in the second half, but have been tied for first in seven days…Their largest first-half deficit was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

Leading the Way…BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy leads the Sally League in the second half of the season in RBIs (36) and is tied for first in home runs (8, with Brandon Merideth of Lexington)…Since Duffy’s 19-game hitting streak ended on July 3rd, he is 21-57 with two grand slams, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, and 11 walks (14 games)…Since re-joining the BlueClaws on Memorial Day, Duffy is hitting .377 (63-167) with 46 RBIs in 46 games…He has been named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week in two of the last three weeks.

Hot Hitting…Kelly Dugan entered July hitting .246 but has raised his average to .294 (highest since going 2-4 on Opening Day was .296 through July 21st)…In July, Dugan is 32-75 (.427) with 19 runs scored in 20 games…That average is the third best in the league during the current month behind West Virginia’s Greg Polanco, who is hitting .456…Dugan has 10 multi-hit games in July.

Here’s Ludy…BlueClaws C Josh Ludy has four multi-hit games since July 7th and since then is 12-32…Ludy joined the BlueClaws after signing with Philadelphia out of the 8th round in this year’s draft…The Indiana native played four years at Baylor and hit .362 with 17 home runs this year.

Lakewood throws the following, in order: LHP Hoby Milner, LHP Ethan Stewart, RHP Colin Kleven, RHP Moises Rivas this week. LHP Lino Martinez is slated to start the first game of the homestand against West Virginia on Friday.

Checking In With Greg Legg

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Before Sunday’s double-header, which Hickory and Lakewood enter in a tie for first place, we sat down with BlueClaws hitting coach Greg Legg for an interview in which he talks about the hot hitting of the team his month (hitting .302 and averaging 5.

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8 runs per game).

You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.

We also talked about 2009 BlueClaws OF Anthony Gose, who made his big league debut with the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

“That’s the biggest reward we get here in player development, seeing our guys goi to the big leagues. The only thing I wish is that it was with the Phillies. I knew he was going to make it. It was just a matter of when…That first time he got on base in the playoffs he said ‘Hey Legger we’re going to win this thing – and we’re going to win it for you.’ I’ll take it.”

Rained Out

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

The BlueClaws and Crawdads were rained out on Saturday night due to a torrential storm that knocked out both the game and a Selah concert schedule for after the game.

Double-header on Sunday starts at 3 pm. LHP Lino Martinez and RHP Gabriel Arias

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Checking In With Kelly Dugan

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

BlueClaws RF Kelly Dugan is hitting .426 in July (29-68) and added two more hits last night to go along with two walks, a SAC fly, and three RBIs. He sat down before today’s game and talked about the state of the team, the importance of last night’s

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come-from-behind 8-7 win, and his hot hitting.

You can listen to the interview by clicking here or by listening below.

“With my swing, I’m 6-3 and I have to understand that I’m going to come up on the ball a bit naturally, and so if I understand that, and I work down a bit more on the ball, I’ll keep my bat through the zone a bit longer. I’ve been emphasizing that a bit more in the warm-ups and staying on top of it.”