Below, find some Ryan Howard related notes as he gets set to begin a rehab assignment with the BlueClaws.
BlueClaws are 21-11 when a Phillies player rehabs, and they are 1-2 when Ryan Howard rehabs. The BlueClaws are 21-10 in rehab assignment games in Lakewood, with an additional loss last year when Joe Blanton threw a scoreless inning with the BlueClaws in Hagerstown.
The 2002 Season
Howard was drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2001 draft from Missouri State University, and after one year with Batavia, he joined the BlueClaws in 2002. He spent the whole season in Lakewood, managed by current White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto.
With the BlueClaws that year, he hit .280 with 19 home runs and 87 RBIs. The 19 home runs are the third highest single-season total in franchise history (Juan Richardson in 2001 and Jim Murphy in 2011 each hit 22). His 87 RBIs are the 3rd highest single-season total as well (in 2004, Randy Ruiz had 91 and Jake Blalock had 90)
2007 Rehab Appearance
Howard rehabbed in Lakewood on May 23rd and 24th in 2007, going 2-6 with a home run and four RBIs. The BlueClaws welcomed crowds of 8,063 and 8,168 for those two games.
2010 Rehab Appearance
Howard was back in Lakewood on August 20th, 2010 for another rehab assignment, and he went 1-2 with an RBI double.
Before the game that night, the BlueClaws retired the #29 worn by Howard when he was with the BlueClaws in 2002. The team was scheduled to retire his number on September 2nd of that season, but a Phillies snow-out in Colorado forced a make-up game on that day. The BlueClaws then retired his number in a pre-game ceremony when he rehabbed in 2010. The attendance that night was 10,032, the second largest crowd in team history.
Here are today’s Lakewood game notes.
30 and 13…Chris Duffy has reached base by either hit or walk in all 30 games he has played with the BlueClaws this year and has a 13-game hitting streak…He is 40-100 with 14 walks and has walked in the four games that he has not hit safely…The on-base streak spans two stints with Lakewood – seven games from Opening Day through April 17th and 23 games since returning to the BlueClaws on May 29th…He’s hit two home runs with Lakewood and two with Clearwater this year.
About the Hitting Streak… Duffy is 23-47 over the current 13-game hitting streak…Duffy’s 13-game hitting streak includes one game in which he delivered a pinch-hit single in his lone at bat…The hitting streak includes seven two-hit games and two three-hit games (nine multi-hit games of 13)…It’s the longest by a BlueClaw this season…Last year, Jim Murphy had a 16-game hitting streak…The franchise record is 24, set by Jiwan James in 2010.
BlueClaws Transactions…RHP Mike Nesseth (5-1, 3.06) has been promoted from Lakewood to Clearwater…Nesseth had allowed just three earned runs in his last 29 innings pitched and got his third save of the season on Monday night…In addition, LHP Ervis Manzanillo (1-5, 5.37) has been transferred to the seven-day disabled list (left elbow strain).
The Newest BlueClaw…LHP Blake Mascarello has been added to the BlueClaws roster…Mascarello was signed as a non-drafted free agent this year out of Purdue University, where he was a second-team all Big-Ten relief pitcher this season…Mascarello went 8-1, 1.86 with the Boilermakers, helping them to their first conference title since 1907…He had thrown 2.1 scoreless innings with the GCL Phillies before his promotion to Lakewood.