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UCF Interview With Chris Duffy – Note the Shirt

Friday, March 1st, 2013

2012 BlueClaws 1B Chris Duffy went to the University of Central Florida and was interviewed at their facility for their website.

Note the shirt. BlueClaws hitting coach Greg Legg gives out these shirts to players after big performances. Duffy is making good use of it.

Anyway, watch the interview.

Dugan Ready for 2013

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

This off-season was a special one for 2012 BlueClaws outfielder Kelly Dugan – he got to enjoy his first “white Christmas.”

“Our family went up to Yosemite with my girlfriend and best friend. They had never seen snow before,” said Dugan. “You don’t get a white Christmas in LA.”

Now that the holidays have passed, however, the only white Dugan will be seeing is a baseball. He’s spent the last few months, and will spend the next month, diligently preparing for the baseball season that will begin when he reports to Clearwater for Spring Training next month.

“Being able to spend time with family is great, but one of the best parts of the off-season is being able to spend so much time in the gym and working on my craft,” he said. “That part makes you feel confident heading into a long year.”

Dugan took about a month off but beginning in October, got back in the weight room and has been hitting with former Dodger Reggie Smith at his facility five minutes from the Dugan residence.

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BlueClaws Year In Review

Friday, December 28th, 2012

We’ve done this the last few years and it’s always a fun post – the BlueClaws Year In Review. Previous years in review are available for 2011, 2010, and 2009. Here’s our 2012 Year In Review (thanks to Adam Giardino for his help as well).

Kurt Bevacqua Award – To Stephen Malcolm…Bevacqua, who hit one home run during the 1984 season and 27 in 2117 career at bats, homered hit a 3-run home run in game two of the ’84 World Series to key the lone Padres win in a series loss to Detroit. Malcolm hadn’t homered in 242 career at bats, until he went deep in the bottom of the 9th inning of the final game of the season. His home run tied the game, though the BlueClaws ended up falling in 10 innings.

Spiderman Award – We stay in the same game, and give this to Brock Stassi, who in the top of the 6th inning jumped on the tarp to catch a pop-up. Unfortunately, he left the field of play in the process, and instead of an out, it was a foul ball. Stassi smiled, but didn’t get the defensive play of the year award.

Mariano Rivera Award – The best finisher award goes to Kelly Dugan, who went 3-3 on the season’s final day to get his average to an even .300, his first time at .300 since going 2-4 on Opening Day. Dugan hit .350 from July 1st through the end of the season.

Best Use of All-Star Break Award – This goes to Maikel Franco, who hit just .207 in the first half with 27 RBIs. After the break, he hit .346 with 57 RBIs and a .925 OPS. This would seem like a good time to mention that the 2013 SAL All-Star Game is coming to Lakewood.

Steve Lyons Award – Colin Kleven didn’t play all nine positions for the BlueClaws in a game this year (he only played one), but he did take on a bunch of different roles during the final game of the season as a BlueClaws staff member (link).

Out of Position Award – This is shared by two players – Carlos Perdomo and Matt Campbell. Perdomo, an infielder, was Lakewood’s emergency pitcher this season, and he threw two scoreless innings. Matt Campbell, a pitcher, had to bat in a game that the BlueClaws lost the DH. He got a single in his June 11th at bat, but eventually took the loss in an 11-inning defeat.

Jordan Award – Jordan’s famous un-retirement was a big headline in 1995, and in BlueClaws-ville 2012, Ryan Howard’s “jersey unretirement” was a big headline. Howard, whose number 29 was retired by the BlueClaws in 2010, but it was un-retired when he rehabbed with the BlueClaws over a three-day period. Technically, he only wore 29 in two of the games because the first game included special jerseys…

Donation of the Year – June 28th was Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, and the BlueClaws wore special “baby-blue” jerseys which were auctioned off for BlueClaws Charities. Howard’s jersey (#52) went for just shy of $5,000.

Game of the Year – That was also our game of the year, as the BlueClaws trailed 6-0 after three innings become coming back to win. In the 9th, down 6-4, Howard came up with the bases loaded and nearly hit a walk-off grand slam; his long fly ball was caught on the warning track in left-center. Chris Duffy stepped in next and his 2-run single capped the comeback and won the game for the BlueClaws. Howard after the game said the following: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.”

Quote of the Year Award – To Ryan Howard, who after the June 28th game in which he hit a SAC fly prior to Chris Duffy’s two-run game-winning single, said: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.” (side note – one of the nicest parts about having a big leaguer around is his interaction with the minor league players, and Howard’s presence and support for Duffy clearly meant a lot to Chris).

8th on Team in Steals Award – To Brock Stassi, who stole six bases on the season. He’s here because on July 3rd, he hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 8th inning of a win over Hagerstown. It was the first inside-the-park home run by a BlueClaw since Domingo Santana hit one on July 13th, 2011.
Will White Award – To Colin Kleven. Will White started 75 games, and completed all 75, for the 1879 Cincinnati Red Stockings. Kleven made all 27 starts for the BlueClaws this year, going 9-8, 3.99 (lowering his ERA under 4 in his final start). He also finished seven innings in six starts, two more than all other BlueClaws starters, combined.

Almost Award – Also to Kleven, for his start on July 30th at Delmarva. In that game, he threw eight shutout innings, facing the minimum 24 batters. He gave up two hits and induced two double-plays. Had the BlueClaws not scored four runs in the top of the ninth and hit for almost 20 minutes, he would have come back out for the bottom of the ninth.

Rivals-Turned-Teammates Award – To Josh Ludy and Hoby Milner. In college, Ludy (Baylor) hit a monster home run off Milner (Texas). Both were drafted by the Phillies this year, a round apart in fact. Ludy ended up catching six of Milner’s 12 BlueClaws starts and Milner gave up just 5 ER in 33.2 IP (1.34 ERA), compared to a 4.04 ERA with other catchers.

Adrian Peterson Award – For carrying his team’s offense, goes to Chris Duffy, who from May 27th – July 30th hit .388 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in just 53 games.

Nice Weekend Award – Also to Chris Duffy, who, in a series against Savannah (July 14-17), started 12-14 with 13 RBIs, 5 runs scored, 2 2b, and 3 HR (including a grand slam). He went hitless in his final three at-bats to only hit .706 in the series.

Mickey Morandini Award – The BlueClaws manager turned an unassisted triple play in 1992. Nobody on the BlueClaws did that this year, but the BlueClaws did turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Delmarva on August 28th. Wynston Sawyer grounded to Maikel Franco, who threw to Alejandro Villalobos at second, who relayed it to Brock Stassi at first. 5-4-3.

Hit Ball Where He Can’t Go Award – This goes to Maikel Franco, who early in the season hit an opposite field home run into the tiki bar (he was 19 at the time and is now 20). It’s the first time that I could, or Superfan John Stanicia could, remember a right-handed hitter hitting a ball into the tiki bar above a 24-foot high wall in right-center field.

Anti-Hershiser Award – 2011 first round picks Dylan Bundy of the Orioles and Matt Barnes of the Red Sox combined to allow one earned run and three runs total in 56.2 innings in the Sally League this year. The BlueClaws scored one of the two unearned runs charged to Bundy and the only run off Barnes (though he left with two out and a runner at first – that inherited runner, and six others scored off Hunter Cervenka in a 7-run sixth inning in Lakewood on April 29th).

That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed. Have a great New Year’s. We’ll check back in soon with a Phillies/Baseball America Top Ten Q&A.

Franco Ranks 16th Among SAL Prospects

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Yesterday, we shared Baseball America’s NY-Penn League rankings, with possible

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2013 BlueClaws shortstop Roman Quinn ranking 3rd in that league. Today, they released their South Atlantic League rankings, and BlueClaws third baseman Maikel Franco ranked 16th.

Franco, who played much of the year at 19 years of age (he turned 20 on August 26th), hit .280 with 14 HRs and 84 RBIs, but it was a tale of two halves for Franco. Before the All-Star break, he hit just .207-6-27 (OPS of .607) and in the second half, he hit .346-8-57 (OPS of .925).

His 2nd half ranked 4th in the league in average, 1st in RBIs, and 5th in OPS.

Mickey Morandini on Franco’s improved 2nd half: “Shorter to the ball. Starting to use all fields a bit more. He realizes he doesn’t have to swing for a home run every time and he’s done a great job laying off the curveball in the dirt to put himself in more hitters counts.”

In the scouting report section (subscriber-only), Augusta manager Lipso Nava said that Franco’s game reminded him of Adrian Beltre’s.

It’s worth noting as well that Franco was ranked as the 2nd best 3rd base prospect, though they were all bunched up (Greenville’s Garin Cechhini was 15th on this list while Hagerstown’s Matt Skole, who won the league MVP, was 19th).

The BlueClaws had two on this list last year – Jesse Biddle (6) and Domingo Santana (18), who was traded to Houston in August of 2011.

Video: Howard, Duffy Comeback Win

Monday, October 1st, 2012

(Thanks to Twitter follower @BrogdenJames for tipping us off to this video and thanks to YouTube user JulianBabyRuth, not sure if they are the same, for uploading it)

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think any was as exciting as the one that they played on June 28th against West Virginia at FirstEnergy Park.

First off, it was the first of what turned into a three-day Ryan Howard rehab assignment, a Thirsty Thursday, and included a jersey auction (old-school Phillies baby-blues which brought over $10,000 to BlueClaws Charities). It was a beautiful night, 90 degrees at first pitch, though the beginning didn’t go quite as planned. The BlueClaws fell behind 6-0 after three innings, but battled back and cut it to 6-4 on a Chris Duffy home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.

The BlueClaws started the bottom of the 9th inning by loading the bases with nobody out. Aaron Altherr then flew out to right field, though not deep enough to score an runs. That set up, of course, Ryan Howard, coming to bat with the bases loaded, down 6-4, bottom of the 9th, one out. Chris Duffy is on deck.

Howard after the game said the following: “My focus was (in the ninth inning) making sure to get one run home and let big Duff take care of the rest.”

What did big Duff say? “Man it’s the craziest thing,” Duffy said. “Just a few years ago I was playing my brother in video games and playing as Ryan Howard. And now this? It’s crazy.”

End Of Year Podcasts with Morandini, Lancaster

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Last weekend we recorded two season wrap-up podcasts with BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini and pitching coach Les Lancaster, talking about some of the players and performances we saw with the BlueClaws in 2012.

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First, some snippets from the interviews.

Morandini

On Maikel Franco – “Shorter to the ball. Starting to use all fields a bit more. He realizes he doesn’t have to swing for a home run every time and he’s done a great job laying off the curveball in the dirt to put himself in more hitters counts.”

On Kelly Dugan – “Once Duffy left, he didn’t lose anything…I think the thing that he’s gotten better at is hitting left-handed pitching, which is something he had to work on. If he can continue to hit lefties he’s going to be a force offensively. He hits the ball the other way as good as anybody and drives it that way, and once he gets better at recognizing off-speed stuff, he’s going to be a force offensively.”

What are you looking for, outside the numbers, do you look for – “How they’ve progressed. We told them at the All-Star Break, that it doesn’t matter what you did in April. It’s what you do in July and August that’s going to determine what you’re going to do this year. A lot of guys have been very consistent. How they’ve improved, is there anything else they need to learn in this league or are they ready for that next challenge?”

That’s just two snippets, but here are comments on Aaron Altherr, Tim Carver, Josh Ludy, Willie Carmona, Kyrell Hudson, and much more.

Les Lancaster

Noted that many of the bullpen guys from the start of the season have been moved up (including Ryan Duke, Mike Nesseth, Colton Murray, Kenny Giles)

Most important thing a player learns over a 140-game season – “They definitely have to stay strong through starts and relief appearances, the weight program, conditioning program. But they have to make adjustments on their own without having someone come out and tell them, and they’ve done that, within one or two pitches, plus trust their fastball and pitch inside.”

On Colin Kleven – “Believing in himself more and pitching more inside. We taught him a new slider grip during spring training and it’s been a big out pitch for him against righties and lefties. We finally found a change-up grip he’s had success with and he’s a better pitcher for it.”

On Ethan Stwart – “Pitching inside. He still shies away a little bit but he’s getting better. He’s always had a plus-curveball and the change-up is coming along a bit too.”

On Hoby Milner – “When he first got here, most of the time in college he was a reliever so it took a little bit to get the starting routine down, and he stopped trying to strike out everyone and make the perfect pitch, he just took off.”

On Kenny Giles – “I had him last year for the first time. The velocity and arm speed were there. He was wild, just rearing back and throwing, wherever it went it went. We slowed his delivery down, and smoothed it a bit and he can still get it with good angle without losing velocity. Middle part of the way, once he went back into the reliever role, we changed his grip on his slider and the slider became 86-89 and nobody could sit on.”

Again, there are comments in the interview on several more players than what we just covered here.

Listen to the interviews in the player or clicking here (Morandini, Lancaster).

Mickey Morandini:

Les Lancaster:

Franco Goes Out With a Bang

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Maikel Franco finished the season 15-27 with mutiple hits in each of his last six(!) games, and for his work, earned the final South Atlantic League Player of the Week Award of the 2012 season.

Hoby Milner won Pitcher of the Week for the week

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of July 30th, the only other BlueClaws player to be so honored this season.

Franco, who hit just .207 in the first half, had a magnificent second half, hitting .346 with a league-high 57 RBIs (he had 27 in the first half) and solidified his status as one of the top Phillies prospects, and perhaps the top position-player prospect.

He’ll head to Clearwater for Instructional League in a few weeks and likely be their Opening Day third baseman this year. We wouldn’t be surprised at all if he sneaks into some of the top 100 prospect lists at the end of the year – especially if you consider that his 14 home runs would have been 20 or 25 had he played in a more friendly park (for context, there were 60 home runs hit at FirstEnergy Park this year compared to 128 in Greensboro, 130 in Asheville, the most in the league).

Congratulations to Kelly Dugan, who went 3-3 on Monday to finish right at .300 (he finished the season 11-24 to get there from .291 after the game on August 28th).

Dugan, a 2nd round pick in 2009, hit .350 (78-223) from July 1st through the end of the season to raise his average 54 points from .246.

Colin Kleven gave up two runs in 6.1 innings on Sunday to lower his ERA to 3.99 at the finish of the season. He ended up allowing just five earned runs in his final 31.2 innings to finish his season. (Kleven also had a lot of fun at the Labor Day game, doing everything from taking tickets, to running in the pork roll, egg and cheese race – he won as cheese – to coming on the radio to helping with musical chairs between innings).

We taped interviews with Mickey Morandini and Les Lancaster about these players and many more that we’ll post soon as kind of a season wrap-up, so look out for those.

Greetings From Greensboro

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Welcome to NewBridge Bank Park on a Chamber of Commerce evening in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tonight the BlueClaws open a four-game series and finish up their seven-game road trip on which they started 0-3 after being swept in Augusta, the four

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th time they have been swept in a series this year.

Click here for today’s game notes.

State of the Claws…After being swept in Augusta, the fourth time they’ve been swept in a series this year, the BlueClaws are three games out of first place behind division-leading Hagerstown and in a tie for fourth place with Greensboro…Lakewood was last tied for first place entering August 3rd’s game at West Virginia…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 second-half deficit has been four games.

Needing a Win…The BlueClaws have lost three straight games…They have five losing streaks of at least four games this year, all of which were in the first half…A loss bythe BlueClaws tonight and a win by Hagerstown at Delmarva would put Lakewood four games out of first place, equaling their largest deficit of the half.

RISP Issues…The BlueClaws are 1-28 with runners in scoring position on the current road trip…That includes going 0-13 with 11 left on base on Monday night in Augusta.

.500…The BlueClaws are 26-26, at .500…They have not been under .500 in the second half since they were 3-4 after their game on June 27th against West Virginia.

August Hitting…Alejandro Villalobos is 14-44 in August (.318) with five multi-hit games…Villalobos missed two weeks with a groin strain and returned to the BlueClaws lineup on July 25th in Hagerstown…Villalobos hit .285 with the GCL Phillies last year and turns 21 on August 20th.

Lineup…Villalobos 4, Stassi 7, Dugan DH, Franco 5, Pointer 9, Ford 3, Lino 2, Malcolm 6, Gonzalez 8, Kleven RHP

BlueClaws Look to Avoid Sweep Tonight in Augusta

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Important game tonight for the BlueClaws, who have fallen to 2.5 games back of Hagerstown in the SAL Northern Division with 19 games to play. After dropping the first two games of the series, the BlueClaws send RHP Gabriel Arias to the mound toni

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Click here for today’s game notes.

On Arias… RHP Gabriel Arias (4-6, 3.76) makes his 34th appearance and 5th start for Lakewood…In his last three starts, Arias has allowed just one earned run (three total) over 15.2 innings pitched…He threw a season-long six innings on Thursday against Kannapolis, allowing one run…Since June 1st, he has walked just 10 and struck out 52 in 49.1 innings pitched…He went 1-2, 2.97 with Williamsport in 2011.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws continue a three-game series in Augusta and a seven-game road trip that will also take them to Greensboro for four games…The BlueClaws are in fourth place, 2.5 games out of first place behind Hagerstown, 2 back of West Virginia, 1 back of Hickory, and tied with Greensboro for fourth place…Lakewood was last tied for first place entering August 3rd’s game at West Virginia…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 second-half deficit has been four games.

Needing a Win…The BlueClaws have lost two straight games to start the current series with Augusta and need a win to avoid being swept in a series for the 4th time this year (last was 5/31 – 6/3 at Kannapolis) and first in the second half…A loss would also mark their 9th losing streak of at least three games, fourth in the second half.

Going Up…Kelly Dugan entered July hitting .246 but since July 1st, he is 54-155 (.348) raising his average to .291…He peaked at .294 through games on July 22nd…The last BlueClaw to hit .300 with a minimum of 300 at bats was Quintin Berry in 2007 (.312)…The last to hit .290 with a minimum of 300 at bats was Jonathan Singleton, who hit .290 in 2010.

On Point…Brian Pointer had a two-run triple on Tuesday night and is hitting .284 since rejoining the BlueClaws from Williamsport on July 25th, with 12 RBIs…Pointer hit .222 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs with the BlueClaws in the first half and then went to Williamsport, where he hit .245 with three home runs…Pointer was a 28th round pick in 2010 from Reno.

Cooper: Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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s player of the week award as he’s named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week for last week. The full review from Larry Shenk (read his blog here).

Players of the Week

**Pitcher: RHR Zach Cooper, Lakewood. Relieved 3 times and posted 3 saves, 4 scoreless innings, 3 hits, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts. Selected by the Phillies in the 15th round this summer out of Central Michigan University and signed by David Seifert. Began pro career at Williamsport, 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 saves in 6 games. Promoted to Lakewood on July 13. At Lakewood, 0-1, 0.69 ERA, 5 saves 10 games; hasn’t allowed a run since July 23 (9 innings). One of 5 2012 draftees on the BlueClaws’ roster.

**Player: 1B Darin Ruf, Reading. Hit .385 in 6 games, with organization-high 10 hits, including 3 homers, 2 doubles. Scored 6 times and drove in 5. Has 7 homers, 9 RBI this month. Also had 7 homers in May with 27 RBI. Batting .395 in last 10 games. Leads league in homers (25), total bases and slugging percentage and among the top 5 in average, runs, hits and doubles. In 3 previous seasons, he totaled 29 home runs in 319 games while hitting .300. Won player of the week honors for April 16-22 this season. Selected in the 20th round in 2009 out of Creighton University and signed by David Seifert.

Team by team reports:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division

2-4, 3rd place, 3.5 games out; ended the week scoreless over 20 innings, being shut out Saturday and Sunday . . . OF Steve Susdorf, .412; led club with 7 hits and 3 doubles; hitting .371 in last 10 games . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez has hit in 13 of his last 15 AA-AAA games . . . C Sebastian Valle has 3 hits since joining AAA, 2 being homers, 1 in each of Pettibone’s last 2 starts . . . RHS Tyler Cloyd had no decision on Wednesday, 4 runs in 6.2 innings, the most runs he’s allowed since May 20 when he gave up a season-high 5 . . . RHS Jonathan Pettibone (2-0) won on Friday, 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts; recorded 15 ground ball outs; 11-7 this season (AA-AAA) . . . RHR J. C. Ramirez (3-1) was winner in Wednesday’s 12-inning win, 3 strikeouts in 2 scoreless innings . . . LHR Joe Savery hasn’t allowed a run in last 8 games, 9 total innings, 9 strikeouts . . . LHR Jake Diekman, 0 runs in 10 of last 11 AAA outings.

Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division

3-3, 3rd place, 6 games out . . . 3B Cody Asche, .333, with organization-high 6 doubles among his 9 hits; drove in 5; 6 doubles came in final 4 games; ended week on an 8-game hitting streak, raising his average from .229 to .249 . . . OF D’Arby Myers, leads the club with a .361 average in August . . . OF Tyson Gillies, 4-13, in 3 games since returning to Reading; has hit in 11 straight AA games in which he has appeared . . . RHS Ethan Martin (2-0) won on Tuesday, 2 runs, 1 earned, 6.1 innings . . . LHS Adam Morgan (1-0) won his AA debut the next night, 1 hit (lead-off single in the 2nd), 7 innings, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts . . . RHS Trevor May (9-10) ended a personal 2-game losing streak on Sunday, 2 runs, 6 innings, 8 strikeouts . . . RHR Justin Friend (18) and RHR Michael Cisco (2) posted saves.

Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division

2-4, 5th place, 3.5 games out; won last 2, ending a 7-game losing streak . . . RF Anthony Hewitt, .368, 7 hits including 2 doubles, 13th home run; went into the season with 16 career homers in 329 minor league games over 4 seasons . . . 1B Jim Murphy, leads club with 107 hits, 36 doubles, 14 homers, 73 RBI; hitting .308 vs. LHP, 7 homers, 22 RBI . . . OF Peter Lavin, 4-13, over last 3 games . . . C Cameron Rupp, 5 games, 5 hits, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts . . . RHS Perci Garner (5-8) won on Saturday . . . LHS Jesse Biddle (8-5) was Sunday’s winner, 2 runs, 6 innings . . . RHR Kenny Giles posted his first Clearwater save in that game . . . Tim Kennelly, being converted to a pitcher, 2 games, 2 innings, 2 strikeouts; including Reading, 5 games, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts.

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division

4-1, 4th place, 1 game out; ended 3-game losing streak and began 3-game winning streak on Monday . . . RF Kelly Dugan, .381, 8 hits in 5 games; ended week on a 7-game hitting streak . . . 3B Maikel Franco, .353, 6 hits, 5 runs; has played every day since June 1; during second half, .315, 6 homers, 39 RBI; first half, .207, 6 homers, 27 RBI . . . 2B Alejandro Villalobos, 5 hits, including 3 doubles, in last 4 games . . . C Gabriel Lino, hit his first homer at Lakewood on Saturday; after a 10-70 start in 21 games following the trade, he’s 5-13 in last 4 games. At 19 years of age, he’s the youngest player on the club . . . 1B Brock Stassi had a pair of 3-hit games and won Monday’s game with a 3-run double . . . LHS Lino Martinez (6-5) was Monday’s winner . . . LHS Hoby Milner (4-2) won the next night, 0 runs, 6.1 innings stretching his scoreless streak to 18.2 innings . . . RH Gabriel Arias (4-6) picked up Wednesday’s win, 1 run, 6 innings, 7 strikeouts; in 4 starts, 3 earned runs in 18.1 innings . . . Saturday’s win went to RHR Luis Paulino (5-2).

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division

4-2, 6th place . . . SS Roman Quinn, .389, 7 hits, 4 games; hitting 341 in last 10 games . . . 1B-DH Cameron Perkins, .360, 9 hits, 4 RBI . . . CF Kyle Hoppy, .346, 9 hits, 3 RBI; ended week on an 8-game hitting streak . . . 1B Chris Serritella, 6 hits, including 3 doubles; leads league with 20 doubles; leads club with 33 RBI . . . C Chace Numata, .313, led club with 6 runs scored on 5 hits which included 2 homers; drove in 3 . . . Wins went to RHS Kevin Brady (1-1), 0 earned runs, 5.2 innings, 7 strikeouts; RHS Ulises Joaquin (1-1), 0 runs, 5 innings; RHR Jonathan Musser (1-4), 0 runs, 3 innings and RHR Greg Broussard (2-0), 0 runs 2 innings.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, North Division

1-5, losing last 4; 4th place . . . 3B Zach Green, .300, 2 doubles among 6 hits; leads club with 12 doubles; hitting .342 in last 10 . . . RF Dylan Cozens, club-high 3rd homer on Saturday; had walk-off single in 10th inning on Tuesday . . . Cozens, Zach Green and 1B William Carmona, now at Lakewood, share the club RBI high with 20 each . . . OF Jiandido Tomp, his first 4-hit game that day . . . RHR Keivy Rojas (3-1) won on Tuesday . . . RH Shane Watson, relieved twice, 2 innings, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts.

Milner Puts Streak On Line in Augusta

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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After a tough 7-4 loss last night dropped them to two games out of first place, the BlueClaws take on Augusta tonight in game two of their three-game series here and of their seven-game road trip.

Click here for today’s game notes.

On the Mound…LHP Hoby Milner takes the mound for the BlueClaws tonight, riding a streak of 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings covering his last three starts…Josh Outman threw 24 consecutive scoreless innings in 2006 and 34 straight without allowing an earned run…BJ Rosneberg threw 26.1 straight scoreless innings in 2009, and 27.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run.

On Milner: LHP Hoby Milner (4-2, 2.68) makes his 9th start with the BlueClaws after allowing one run in 5.2 innings with Williamsport…Milner has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts, all wins, covering 18.2 innings pitched…In those 18.2 innings, Milner has allowed 10 hits, four walks, and struck out 16…His longest outing was seven innings on August 2nd at Delmarva…He has lowered his ERA from 5.25 down to 2.68…Milner was a 7th round pick this year from Texas…His father Brian spent five years in the Blue Jays organization.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws continue a three-game series in Augusta and a seven-game road trip that will also take them to Greensboro for four games…The BlueClaws are in fourth place, two games out of first place behind West Virginia, with Hagerstown ½ game out and Hickory 1 game out…Lakewood was last tied for first place entering August 3rd’s game at West Virginia…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 second-half deficit has been four games.

Going Up…3B Maikel Franco hit .207 with six home runs 27 RBIs in the first half and is now hitting .319 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in the second half…He had three hits in the game on Wednesday night and has 17 multi-hit games in the second half after having just 14 in the entire first half…Franco is Lakewood’s youngest regular and will not turn 20 until August 26th.

Going Up (2)…Kelly Dugan entered July hitting .246 but since July 1st, he is 52-151 (.344) raising his average to .288…He peaked at .294 through games on July 22nd…The last BlueClaw to hit .300 with a minimum of 300 at bats was Quintin Berry in 2007 (.312)…The last to hit .290 with a minimum of 300 at bats was Jonathan Singleton, who hit .290 in 2010.

August Hitting…Alejandro Villalobos is 13-40 in August (.325) with five multi-hit games…Villalobos missed two weeks with a groin strain and returned to the BlueClaws lineup on July 25th in Hagerstown…Villalobos hit .285 with the GCL Phillies last year and turns 21 on August 20th.

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Do You Believe in…Jinxes?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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I guess we’re going to put out a little “test of jinxes.” Let’s see how it goes: BlueClaws playoff tickets are now on sale. Hopefully: no jinx.

The BlueClaws have won four of their last five games but currently sit one game out of first place, alone in fourth, with 21 games remaining.

The BlueClaws, should they get in, are 15-4 in the playoffs and have won a league title in all three seasons that they’ve qualified: 2006, 2009, and 2010.

Below, find more information about playoff tickets going on sale.

LAKEWOOD, NJ – BlueClaws 2012 playoff four-packs are now on sale, the team announced Monday. The BlueClaws are currently just one game out of first place and looking for their fourth South Atlantic League title. They can qualify for the playoffs by winning the second-half title.

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BlueClaws Kick Off Key Road Trip Tonight

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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The BlueClaws are in Augusta, Georgia where tonight they open a seven-game road trip that will take them to Greensboro after three games here in Augusta. Lakewood is just one game out of first place, but they sit in fourth, one game ahead of resurgent Greensboro, who’s won six in a row.

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State of the Claws…The BlueClaws open a three-game series in Augusta and a seven-game road trip that will also take them to Greensboro for four games…The BlueClaws are in fourth place but just one game out of first place (Hickory, West Virginia are tied with Hagerstown one-half game back)…Lakewood was last tied for first place entering August 3rd’s game at West Virginia…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 second-half deficit has been four games and their largest in the first was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

On the Road Again…The BlueClaws start a seven-game road trip (three in Augusta and four in Greensboro)…The BlueClaws are finishing a stretch where they will play 23 of 30 games away from FirstEnergy Park (11-12) after playing 17 of the previous 22 games in Lakewood (13-9)…The BlueClaws are 19-39 on the road this year, 11-14 in the second half after going 8-25 on the road in the first half…Lakewood’s team ERA is 5.17 on the road compared to 3.70 at home.

A Tale of Two Halves…3B Maikel Franco hit .207 with six home runs 27 RBIs in the first half and is now hitting..315 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in the second half…He had three hits in the game on Wednesday night and has 16 multi-hit games in the second half after having just 14 in the entire first half…Franco is Lakewood’s youngest regular and will not turn 20 until August 26th.

Flying The Coop…RHP Zach Cooper has allowed just one earned run in 15 innings since joining the BlueClaws on July 13th and has four saves, including one in each of his last three appearances…Cooper has allowed just three earned runs in 25.2 innings between Lakewood and Williamsport…He was a 15th round pick this year from Central Michigan.

Lino Launches One…Gabriel Lino hit his first home run as a BlueClaw on Saturday night at FirstEnergy Park…Lino, who joined the BlueClaws on July 1st after being acquired from the Orioles (with RHP Kyle Simon, now with Reading for Jim Thome), hit four home runs with Delmarva prior to the trade…Lino is the youngest BlueClaw and will not turn 20 until May 17th, 2013…Lino has hit safely in his last four games (5-13) after starting his BlueClaws tenure at 10-70.

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Claws Push Along – Go For Fourth Straight Tonight

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The BlueClaws go for their fourth straight win tonight as they take on Kannapolis at 7:05. So far in this series, Lakewood has won the first two games and allowed a whopping one run.

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On Kleven…RHP Colin Kleven (6-8, 4.68) makes his 23rd start for Lakewood on Friday against Kannapolis…Last time out, Kleven gave up six runs in 4.2 innings at West Virginia on Saturday…In his previous outing, he threw a career-long eight shutout innings on two hits with six strikeouts on July 30th at Delmarva…Kleven has a career-high of 11 strikeouts, from his outing on July 3rd vs Hagerstown in Lakewood…He spent last year with Williamsport, going 4-6, 4.84…Originally from Kamloops, BC.

Strong Pitching…The BlueClaws have allowed one run in the last two games…Their shutout on Monday was their 8th thrown this season, and fifth since July 12th…The BlueClaws have held their opponent to three runs or less 14 times since July 11th, a span of 28 games (the BlueClaws are 15-13 in those games).

With a Win…With a win, the BlueClaws would win four games in a row…It would be their fourth four-game winning streak of the season…Their season-long win streak is five – from July 11-15.

Close and Low-Scoring…Thursday’s 2-1 win for the BlueClaws was the shortest game of the season (2:00)…It was the 7th win for Lakewood in which they’ve scored three runs or less and the 10th in which they’ve had fewer hits than an opponent.

State of the Claws…The BlueClaws continue a four-game series against Kannapolis (2-0)…The BlueClaws are one game out of first place behind West Virginia, one-half game in back of Hickory, who was rained out last night, and Lakewood is tied for Hagerstown for third place…Lakewood was last tied for first place entering August 3rd’s game at West Virginia…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 second-half deficit has been four games and their largest in the first was 22 games behind eventual champion Greensboro.

Close It Down…The BlueClaws have seven saves on their active roster…Zach Cooper has three and Luis Paulino has two, while Yari Sosa and Gabriel Arias each have one…Arias is currently in the starting rotation…Matt Campbell, presently on the disabled list, has three saves…Cooper’s save on August 6th at West Virginia was Lakewood’s first non-Kenny Giles save since Cooper on July 13th vs Hickory and Cooper added another save on August 9th vs Kannapolis…Kenny Giles (5), Colton Murray (4), Mike Nesseth (3), Ryan Duke (3) have all been promoted to Clearwater.