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.
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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.