After a tough 4-3 loss last night, the BlueClaws take on Asheville in the series finale tonight at 7:05.
RHP Colin Kleven takes the mound for Lakewood. He gave up three runs, but none earned, the last time he pitched in Lakewood back on April 14th against Hagerstown and tonight tries to slow down an offense that leads the league in runs and has scored nine or more runs in 8 of their last 12 games.
One Run Games…The BlueClaws have played three straight one-run games (2-1), and are 2-3 in one-run games this year…Last year, they led the league in one-run games, playing 51 and going 26-25…They also led the league in 2010, playing 46 one-run games and going 27-19.
On an Altherr…Aaron Altherr had three hits in Thursday’s game and is hitting .319 with seven multi-hit games, two more than he had in the first half with the BlueClaws last year, when he hit .211…Altherr’s lone HR this season came in Greenville in the second game of the season on April 6th…He also has eight stolen bases in ten attempts and over the past two seasons, between Lakewood and Williamsport, Altherr is 45-49 on the bases (.918).
Run, Run BlueClaws… The BlueClaws lead the league in stolen bases with 41, in 50 attempts…Only four of the nine BlueClaws caught stealings have been from the opposing catcher, while the other five have been pick-offs by left-handed pitchers.
Running Claws…Lakewood’s Gauntlett Eldemire leads the team in stolen bases with 12, three more than teammate Kyrell Hudson…Eldemire leads Delino Deshields Jr of Lexington by one stolen base for the league lead…Billy Hamilton of the Reds (Bakersfield) leads the minor leagues with 23 stolen bases.