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BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/23 at Rome (1:00pm)

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Today’s Notes

Game #32/99 Lakewood (14-17/40-58) vs Rome (12-18/48-51)

RHP Jonathan Musser (1-5, 5.40) vs RHP Lucas Sims (4-4, 3.28)

Series: Meeting 4 of 4 (Lakewood leads season series 4-2 of 7)

Last Game Recap…The BlueClaws were held scoreless over the first eight innings and the Braves blasted them 10-2 Monday night at State Mutual Stadium….Jeb Stefan was tagged for eight runs, two earned, over five innings…Jonathan Roof committed two errors on the night, including one that began the six run fifth…Larry Greene extended his road on-base streak to 17 games with a walk in the first…

 

Road Woes…The BlueClaws dropped to 18-32 on the road after last night’s loss to Rome…This season Lakewood is hitting better on the road that at home by 26-points, .258-to-.232…but the real woes come on the mound for the Claws’ arms…In the 48 games away from FirstEnergy Park, the pitchers have accrued a 5.38 ERA…At home the pitchers are 22-26 with a 3.35 ERA…However, through all of this the BlueClaws have won 5 of their last 8 on the road.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 14-13 against Southern Division through the first 27 games against Southern foes this season…They would again climb to within two games of .500 in the second half…Lakewood has not been at an even .500 since  they began the second-half 1-1…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Rough Go For Roof…Jonathan Roof began his time with the BlueClaws 10-for-24 (..417), but is just 7-for-31 (.226) since…He joined the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Crushing Carmona…Over his last 33 games, Willie Carmona is 47-126 (.373) with 19 multi-hit games (10 of 17)…He hit his fifth home run of the year (9th professional) on July 19th against Augusta…Carmona has 31 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 67-189 (.354) since May 21st…He is hitting .332 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

LGJ…Not LBJ…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 36-115 (.313) in the second half with 13 multi-hit games…He has reached safely in his last 17 road games and is hitting .375 (24-64) during those games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .284 in the second half (25-88) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 14 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 14-58 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Rome…Lakewood travels to Rome for their lone visit to State Mutual Stadium this year and their first visit in nine years…The Braves come in with the 5th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .256 average….Through 99 games they have plated 427 runs and hit 46 home runs, 6th best in the league…They are also in the middle of the pack in pitching…Their 8th ranked staff has logged a 4.11 ERA and has allowed 463 runs on 797 hits…Shae Simmons serves as the closer for Rome and leads the league with 22 saves.

 

Off the Schnide…Finally…Lakewood plated three runs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Augusta GreenJackets and earned their first win of the season when trailing after eight frames…They are now 1-43 when trailing after eight and 2-44 when trailing after seven innings.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 10 wins in 15 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 80.1 innings and allowed just 40 runs, 28 earned, on 80 hits, with 26 walks and 54 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.95 ERA in three starts…

 

Viva Villa…After hitting .247 in the first half, Alejandro Villalobos is hitting .324 in the second half (22-68) with four doubles (one double in the first half)…Villalobos, who hit .271 with Lakewood last year, opened the season in extended spring training before joining the BlueClaws on April 18th.

 

No-No-No…The no-hitter on last Thursday night was the 4th in BlueClaws history – Keith Bucktrot (4/12/2011, 7 innings), Gavin Floyd (7/24/2002, 9 innings, loss), and a 8/13/2006 combined no-hitter between Carlos Carrasco and Andy Barb…All four of the no-hitters have come at FirstEnergy Park.

BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/22 at Rome (7:00pm)

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Today’s Notes

Game #31/98 Lakewood (14-16/40-57) vs Rome (11-18/47-51)

RHP Jeb Stefan (3-4, 3.78) vs RHP Jason Hursh (0-0, 0.00)

Series: Meeting 3 of 4 (Lakewood leads season series 4-1 of 7)

Last Game Recap…The BlueClaws picked up seven strong innings from Nic Hanson and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning…Lino Martinez gave it right back in the bottom of the eighth and the Braves tacked on another run in the ninth on a walk-off single from Joey Meneses…Larry Greene, Jr had two hits and an RBI in the losing effort.

 

Road Woes…The BlueClaws dropped to 18-31 on the road after last night’s loss to Rome…This season Lakewood is hitting better on the road that at home by 26-points, .258-to-.232…but the real woes come on the mound for the Claws’ arms…In the 48 games away from FirstEnergy Park, the pitchers have accrued a 5.40 ERA…At home the pitchers are 22-26 with a 3.35 ERA…However, through all of this the BlueClaws have won 5 of their last 7 on the road.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 14-12 against Southern Division through the first 26 games against Southern foes this season…They would again climb to within one game of .500 in the second half…Lakewood has not been at an even .500 since  they began the second-half 1-1…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had two hits on Wednesday and is 16-51 (.314) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Crushing Carmona…Over his last 32 games, Willie Carmona is 46-122 (.377) with 19 multi-hit games (10 of 16)…He hit his fifth home run of the year (9th professional) on July 19th against Augusta…Carmona has 31 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 66-185 (.357) since May 21st…He is hitting .335 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

LGJ…Not LBJ…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 36-112 (.321) in the second half with 13 multi-hit games…He has reached safely in his last 16 road games and is hitting .393 (24-61) during those games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .284 in the second half (25-88) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 14 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 14-58 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Rome…Lakewood travels to Rome for their lone visit to State Mutual Stadium this year and their first visit in nine years…The Braves come in with the 5th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .254 average….Through 98 games they have plated 417 runs and hit 45 home runs, 6th best in the league…They are also in the middle of the pack in pitching…Their 9th ranked staff has logged a 4.13 ERA and has allowed 461 runs on 790 hits…Shae Simmons serves as the closer for Rome and leads the league with 22 saves.

 

Off the Schnide…Finally…Lakewood plated three runs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Augusta GreenJackets and earned their first win of the season when trailing after eight frames…They are now 1-43 when trailing after eight and 2-44 when trailing after seven innings.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 10 wins in 14 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 75.1 innings and allowed just 32 runs, 26 earned, on 70 hits, with 26 walks and 52 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.95 ERA in three starts…

 

Viva Villa…After hitting .247 in the first half, Alejandro Villalobos is hitting .328 in the second half (21-64) with four doubles (one double in the first half)…Villalobos, who hit .271 with Lakewood last year, opened the season in extended spring training before joining the BlueClaws on April 18th.

 

No-No-No…The no-hitter on last Thursday night was the 4th in BlueClaws history – Keith Bucktrot (4/12/2011, 7 innings), Gavin Floyd (7/24/2002, 9 innings, loss), and a 8/13/2006 combined no-hitter between Carlos Carrasco and Andy Barb…All four of the no-hitters have come at FirstEnergy Park.

BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/21 at Rome (5:00pm)

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Today’s Notes

Game #30/97 Lakewood (14-15/40-56) vs Rome (10-18/46-51)

RHP Nic Hanson (2-2, 2.95) vs RHP Mauricio Cabrera (2-5, 4.29)

Series: Meeting 2 of 4 (Lakewood leads season series 4-0 of 7)

Last Game Recap…The BlueClaws jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the second inning and upped it to  9-0 with a run in the fourth, but the game was far from over…Miguel Nunez was tagged for five runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to make it 9-6…Lakewood grabbed an insurance run in the seventh and made it 10-6 heading to the 9th…Rome plated three runs and made it 10-9 before Delvi Francisco locked down the final out and preserved the win.

 

Road Woes…The BlueClaws improved to 18-30 on the road after last night’s win over Rome…This season Lakewood is hitting better on the road that at home by 29-points, .261-to-.232…but the real woes come on the mound for the Claws’ arms…In the 48 games away from FirstEnergy Park, the pitchers have accrued a 5.47 ERA…At home the pitchers are 22-26 with a 3.35 ERA…Howerver through all of this the BlueClaws have won 5 of their last 6 on the road.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 14-11 against Southern Division through the first 25 games against Southern foes this season…They would also climb to .500 in the second half…Lakewood has not been at an even .500 since  they began the second-half 1-1…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had two hits on Wednesday and is 16-49 (.327) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Crushing Carmona…Over his last 30 games, Willie Carmona is 46-118 (.390) with 19 multi-hit games (10 of 15)…He hit his fifth home run of the year (9th professional) on July 19th against Augusta…Carmona has 31 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 66-181 (.365) since May 21st…He is hitting .338 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

A New Greene…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 34-109 (.312) in the second half with 12 multi-hit games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39thoverall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .284 in the second half (25-88) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 14 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 14-58 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Rome…Lakewood travels to Rome for their lone visit to State Mutual Stadium this year and their first visit in nine years…The Braves come in with the 5th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .255 average….Through 97 games they have plated 414 runs and hit 45 home runs, 6th best in the league…They are also in the middle of the pack in pitching…Their 8th ranked staff has logged a 4.17 ERA and has allowed 459 runs on 787 hits…Shae Simmons serves as the closer for Rome and leads the league with 22 saves.

 

Off the Schnide…Finally…Lakewood plated three runs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Augusta GreenJackets and earned their first win of the season when trailing after eight frames…They are now 1-43 when trailing after eight and 2-44 when trailing after seven innings.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 10 wins in 13 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 68.1 innings and allowed just 31 runs, 25 earned, on 66 hits, with 24 walks and 49 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.75 ERA in two starts…

 

Viva Villa…After hitting .247 in the first half, Alejandro Villalobos is hitting .328 in the second half (21-64) with four doubles (one double in the first half)…Villalobos, who hit .271 with Lakewood last year, opened the season in extended spring training before joining the BlueClaws on April 18th.

 

BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/20 at Rome (7:00pm)

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Today’s Notes

Last Game Recap…Chris Stratton and Jorge Bucardo kept the BlueClaws off the board over the first eight innings, but Lakewood plated three in the ninth and held on for the 3-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Friday night…Trailing 2-0 in the top of the ninth, Larry Greene, Jr. led off the inning with a single and Willie Carmona followed with a 2-run blast to right that tied the game…With two down, Mitch Walding and Carlos Tocci singled to put runners at the corners and Chad Carman singled to left and plated the go-ahead run…Delvi Francisco got three outs with the tying run at third and earned his fifth save of the season.

 

Road Woes…The BlueClaws improved to 17-30 on the road after last night’s win over Augusta…This season Lakewood is hitting better on the road that at home by 27-points, .259-to-.232…but the real woes come on the mound for the Claws’ arms…In the 47 games away from FirstEnergy Park, the pitchers have accrued a 5.41 ERA…At home the pitchers are 22-26 with a 3.35 ERA.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 13-11 against Southern Division through the first 24 games against Southern foes this season…They would also climb to within one games of .500 in the second half…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had two hits on Wednesday and is 16-49 (.327) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Crushing Carmona…Over his last 30 games, Willie Carmona is 44-113 (.389) with 18 multi-hit games (nine of 14)…He hit his fifth home run of the year (9th professional) on July 19th against Augusta…Carmona has 30 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 64-176 (.364) since May 21st…He is hitting .337 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

A New Greene…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 32-104 (.308) in the second half with 11 multi-hit games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .284 in the second half (25-88) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 14 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 14-58 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Rome…Lakewood travels to Rome for their lone visit to State Mutual Stadium this year…The Braves come in with the 5th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .254 average….Through 96 games they have plated 405 runs and hit 45 home runs, 6th best in the league…They are also in the middle of the pack in pitching…Their 8th ranked staff has logged a 4.13 ERA and has allowed 449 runs on 774 hits…Shae Simmons serves as the closer for Rome and leads the league with 22 saves.

 

Off the Schnide…Finally…Lakewood plated three runs in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Augusta GreenJackets and earned their first win of the season when trailing after eight frames…They are now 1-43 when trailing after eight and 2-44 when trailing after seven innings.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 9 wins in 12 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 64 innings and allowed just 25 runs, 20 earned, on 59 hits, with 21 walks and 49 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.75 ERA in two starts…

 

Viva Villa…After hitting .247 in the first half, Alejandro Villalobos is hitting .344 in the second half (21-61) with four doubles (one double in the first half)…Villalobos, who hit .271 with Lakewood last year, opened the season in extended spring training before joining the BlueClaws on April 18th.

BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/19 at Augusta (7:05pm)

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Today’s Notes

Game #28/95 Lakewood (12-15/38-56) vs Augusta (12-12/50-43)

RHP Jon Prosinski (0-0, -.–) vs RHP Chris Stratton (7-3, 3.81)

Series: Meeting 3 of 3 (Season series tied at 1-1 of 3)

Last Game Recap…Joan Gregorio held the BlueClaws hitless over the first seven frames and the Augusta offense chipped in with eight runs of support in the 8-0 loss for Lakewood Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium…Jonathan Musser gave up six runs over five innings and dropped to 0-5 over his last 10 starts…Angelo Mora and Carlos Tocci picked up the lone hits for Lakewood on the night.

 

 

Road Woes…The BlueClaws dropped to 16-30 on the road after last night’s loss to Augusta…This season Lakewood is hitting better on the road that at home by 26-points, .258-to-.232…but the real woes come on the mound for the Claws’ arms…In the 46 games away from FirstEnergy Park, the pitchers have accrued a 5.54 ERA…At home the pitchers are 22-26 with a 3.35 ERA.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 12-11 against Southern Division through the first 23 games against Southern foes this season…They would also climb to within two games of .500 in the second half…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had two hits on Wednesday and is 16-46 (.348) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Dirty 32…Over his last 32 games, Willie Carmona is 47-121 (.388) with 18 multi-hit games (nine of 13)…He hit his fourth home run of the year (8th professional) on July 2nd against Delmarva…Carmona has 30 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 63-173 (.364) since May 21st…He is hitting .337 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

A New Greene…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 30-101 (.297) in the second half with 10 multi-hit games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .284 in the second half (25-88) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 14 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 14-58 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Augusta…Lakewood travels to Augusta for their lone visit to Lake Olmstead Stadium this year…The GreenJackets come in with the 13th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .244 average….Through 93 games they have plated 412 runs and hit 39 home runs, 12th best in the league…Their strength as a team lies in pitching…As a team they rank fourth in team ERA with a 3.56 clip…They mark third in the league in saves with 30…Martin Agosta and Kendry Flores rank in the top 10 in individual pitching and closer Tyler Mizenko is second in saves with 21.

 

A Tale of Two Defenses…The Lakewood BlueClaws and Augusta GreenJackets are on the opposite sides of the defensive spectrum in the Sally League…Augusta leads the league in fielding percentage at .977 and has committed 80 errors…The BlueClaws rank 13th with a .960 fielding percentage and have committed 139 errors…The only spot where Lakewood has an advantage is in double plays 81 to 71.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 8 wins in 11 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 59 innings and allowed just 24 runs, 19 earned, on 56 hits, with 20 walks and 45 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.75 ERA in two starts…

 

Viva Villa…After hitting .247 in the first half, Alejandro Villalobos is hitting .344 in the second half (21-61) with four doubles (one double in the first half)…Villalobos, who hit .271 with Lakewood last year, opened the season in extended spring training before joining the BlueClaws on April 18th.

BlueClaws Game Notes 7/18 at Augusta (7:05)

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
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Willie Carmona had two hits last night and is hitting a league best .402 over the last 31 games.

Game #27/94 Lakewood (12-14/38-55) vs Augusta (11-12/49-43)

RHP Jonathan Musser (1-4, 5.21) vs RHP Joan Gregorio (5-2, 3.52)

Series: Meeting 2 of 3 (Lakewood leads season series 1-0 of 3)

 

Last Game Recap…The BlueClaws held a 4-3 lead in the eight, but Ramon Oviedo blaked home the tying run and the game headed to extras…With runners at the corners and two-down in the 10th Mitch Walding scored on a ball-four, wild pitch and gave Lakewood the 5-4 lead…Delvi Francisco came on and pitched a perfect 10th and locked down his fourth save of the season…The win marked the first in five attempts for the BlueClaws in extra innings.

 

Coming Off a Sweet Homestand…The BlueClaws finished the homestand with five wins and two losses…they gave up three runs or less in all five of their wins…They tossed two shutouts, gave up one run in two other games, and allowed just 13 runs in the seven games on the homestand.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 12-10 against Southern Division through the first 22 games against Southern foes this season…They would also climb to within one game of .500 in the second half for the first time since they were 2-3 after a June 24th loss at Delmarva…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had two hits on Wednesday and is 16-42 (.381) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Dirty 31…Over his last 31 games, Willie Carmona is 47-117 (.402) with 18 multi-hit games (nine of 12)…He hit his fourth home run of the year (8th professional) on July 2nd against Delmarva…Carmona has 30 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 63-169 (.373) since May 21st…He is hitting .343 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the SeaWolves reach last year’s College World Series.

 

A New Greene…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 30-99 (.303) in the second half with 10 multi-hit games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .298 in the second half (25-84) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 11 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 13-49 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Augusta…Lakewood travels to Augusta for their lone visit to Lake Olmstead Stadium this year…The GreenJackets come in with the 13th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .243 average….Through 92 games they have plated 404 runs and hit 39 home runs, 12th best in the league…Their strength as a team lies in pitching…As a team they rank fourth in team ERA with a 3.60 clip…They mark third in the league in saves with 30…Martin Agosta and Kendry Flores rank in the top 10 in individual pitching and closer Tyler Mizenko is second in saves with 21.

 

A Tale of Two Defenses…The Lakewood BlueClaws and Augusta GreenJackets are on the opposite sides of the defensive spectrum in the Sally League…Augusta leads the league in fielding percentage at .977 and has committed 79 errors…The BlueClaws rank 13th with a 960 fielding percentage and have committed 138 errors…The only spot where Lakewood has an advantage is in double plays 81 to 71.

 

Sterling Starters…Over this stretch of 8 wins in 10 games the BlueClaws starters have been superb…They have logged 54 innings and allowed just 18 runs, 15 earned, on 49 hits, with 18 walks and 42 strikeouts…Nic Hanson has been among the best with a 0.75 ERA in two starts…

BlueClaws Game Notes, 7/17 at Augusta (7:05 PM)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Game #26/93 Lakewood (11-14/37-55) vs Augusta (11-11/49-42)

RHP Jeb Stefan (3-4, 3.78) vs RHP Kendry Flores (6-6, 2.97) 

Series: Meeting 1 of 3 (Season series tied at 0-0 of 3)

Today’s Notes

Last Game Recap…The Hickory Crawdads took advantage of four BlueClaws errors and downed the Claws in the finale of the four game set and seven game homestand, 3-0. Nic Hanson took the loss, but finished six innings without allowing an earned run…LHP Andrew Faulkner allowed a hit and walk in the first, but settled down and retired the final 16 Blueclaws he faced in the win…

 

Coming Off a Sweet Homestand…The BlueClaws finished the homestand with five wins and two losses…they gave up three runs or less in all five of their wins…They tossed two shutouts, gave up one run in two other games, and allowed just 13 runs in the seven games on the homestand.

 

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would move to 11-10 against Southern Division through the first 21 games against Southern foes this season…They would also climb to within two games of .500 in the second half for the first time since they were 2-4 after a June 25th loss at Delmarva…The BlueClaws had been as many as 8-games under .500 at 4-12 after dropping the first two games in Greensboro on July 4th and 5th.

 

Raise the Roof…Jonathan Roof had one hit on Monday and is 14-37 (.378) since joining the BlueClaws on July 5th from Clearwater, where he hit .280 with 3 home runs…Roof has five home runs (including two with Lakewood)…He had just two in 2010-2012 (two years with the Rangers and one with the Padres)…Roof has three multi-hit games, two home runs, and 12 RBIs in nine games with the BlueClaws.

 

Snapped…Willie Carmona went 0-3 on Saturday night and his 10-game hitting streak was snapped (18-38)…Carmona has two 10-game hitting streaks this year and Art Charles has Lakewood’s third…The franchise record is 24, set by Jiwan James in 2010….That said…

 

Dirty 30…Over his last 30 games, Willie Carmona is 45-109 (.413) with 17 multi-hit games (eight of 11)…He hit his fourth home run of the year (8th professional) on July 2nd against Delmarva…Carmona has 29 multi-hit games to lead the BlueClaws in that category…He is 60-162 (.370) since May 21st…He is hitting .342 since starting the season 10-55…Carmona was an 11th round pick last year from Stony Brook and he helped the reach last year’s College World Series.

 

A New Greene…After hitting .182 in the first half, Larry Greene Jr. is 29-95 (.305) in the second half with 10 multi-hit games…He had just three mutli-hit games in 46 games played before the All-Star break….Greene was the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft from Nashville, Georgia.

 

Point of Blast…Brian Pointer hit his 5th home run of the year (21st professional) on Saturday night against Hickory…Pointer joins Roman Quinn, Art Charles and Willie Carmona as the only players to hit at least two HRs in Lakewood this year (Quinn has three, one was inside-the-park)…Pointer is hitting .304 in the second half (24-79) after hitting .210 in the first half…Pointer has led off 11 times since Roman Quinn’s injury and is 13-49 in the lead-off spot.

 

Scouting Augusta…Lakewood travels to Augusta for their lone visit to Lake Olmstead Stadium this year…The GreenJackets come in with the 13th ranked offense in the South Atlantic League with a .244 average….Through 91 games they have plated an even 400 runs and hit 39 home runs, 12th best in the league…Their strength as a team lies in pitching…As a team they rank fourth in team ERA with a 3.59 clip…They mark third in the league in saves with 30…Martin Agosta and Kendry Flores rank in the top 10 in individual pitching and closer Tyler Mizenko is second in saves with 21.

BlueClaws at Greensboro Game Notes 5/12 (4:00 pm)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Game #35: Lakewood BlueClaws (12-22) at Greensboro Grasshoppers (15-19)

RHP Yoel Mecias (0-2, 5.48) vs RHP Austin Brice (2-3, 5.26)

Series: Meeting 4 of 4 (Greensboro leads season series 4-3 of 23)

Last Game Recap…The Lakewood BlueClaws used another six run inning to take down the Greensboro Grasshoppers 9-4 Saturday night at NewBridge Bank Park…Alejandro Villalobos singled home the first run of the game in the third and Brian Pointer put the second on the board with an RBI single as well…Art Charles finished off the inning with a sacrifice fly that made it 3-0…Greensboro responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning off of Miguel Nunez…In the fourth it was Zach Taylor with a two-run homer and Art Charles with a two-run blast to cap off the 6 run fourth…Nunez earned the win (4-0) with the 9-4 victory…

Hopping to Greensboro…The Lakewood BlueClaws travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to take on the Grasshoppers (Marlins) in a four game series…GBO is the only stop on the road trip for Lakewood before they return home for seven more games on Monday…This series marks the second time the BlueClaws visit NewBridge Bank Park in 2013…The first visit went 3-1 in favor of the hometown ‘Hoppers (4/11-14).

Got That Wood Right Here…BlueClaws had just eight home runs through the first 32 games of the season, but have recorded six in the last two games in Greensboro…Art Charles leads the team with five homers…Roman Quinn is second on the squad with three and Numata, Pointer, and Taylor all have two each…Numata has the lone grand slam of the season (5/10 at GBO)…

Newest BlueClaw…C Justin Dalles has joined the BlueClaws from extended spring training…He was signed by the Phillies in December after spending four years in the Orioles system (was a 6th round pick in 2009 by the Orioles out of the University of South Carolina)…Last year, Dalles hit .329 in 20 games with Delmarva and .234 in 41 games with Hi-A Frederick)…Through 2012, he hit .229 in 225 career games with 15 home runs…Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Boynton Beach at age eight.

State of the Clubs…Lakewood enters the game won three out their last four games and come in with an 12-22 record…The BlueClaws are 11-13 after starting the season 1-9…They are currently 10-games under .500 and 8.5 games out of first place…They won just one of four from Lexington in their most recent series…Greensboro lost to Kannapolis the finale of their rain shortened series, but took two of three from the Intimidators…Over the last 10 games the Grasshoppers have dropped six of them…

Handsome Hanson…Nicholas Hanson has made two starts in the 2013 for the Lakewood BlueClaws and has delivered a total of 11 scoreless innings…Opponents have tallied just five hits and five walks against the 6’7” righty who has fanned eight over his two starts…In 2012 Hanson made three starts with the Williamsport Crosscutters and took two losses…In 10 innings he allowed 16 earned runs on 21 hits.

Nunez Keeps Rolling…RHP Miguel Nunez has been the BlueClaws best pitcher this season…With the win Saturday the righty improved to 4-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.76…Whether out of the bullpen or the starting role Nunez has delivered… In 32.2 innings this season the Dominican righty has allowed 13 runs, 10 earned, on30 hits; he has walked 11 and struck out 17…

Hawaiian Punch…Chace Numata has been a pleasant surprise for the Lakewood BlueClaws in all facets this season…At the plate the switch hitter is batting .315 (28-for- 89) with two home runs and 16 RBI…He hit his first career grand slam on Friday night (5/10) and has reached base safely in 16 straight games…Against lefties he is hitting 8-for-16 (.500) with a home run and nine RBI…

Today’s Notes

BlueClaws at Greensboro Game Notes 5/11 (7:00 pm)

Saturday, May 11th, 2013

Game #34: Lakewood BlueClaws (11-22) at Greensboro Grasshoppers (15-18)

RHP Miguel Nunez (3-0, 2.70) vs RHP Ramon del Orbe (0-2, 5.19)

                       Series: Meeting 3 of 4 (Greensboro leads season series 4-2 of 23)

Last Game Recap…The Lakewood BlueClaws powered four home runs and took down the Greensboro Grasshoppers 10-3 Friday night at NewBridge Bank Park…Brian Pointer got the scoring going with a two run shot in the first, but the ‘Hoppers came back and scored three runs in the bottom of the frame…In the third, Zach Taylor and Roman Quinn hit back-to-back solo shots to begin the inning and Chace Numata finished the inning with a grand slam that put the ‘Claws up 8-3…A run in the seventh and eighth capped off the scoring for Lakewood…Goeff Broussard earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Hopping to Greensboro…The Lakewood BlueClaws travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to take on the Grasshoppers (Marlins) in a four game series…GBO is the only stop on the road trip for Lakewood before they return home for seven more games on Monday…This series marks the second time the BlueClaws visit NewBridge Bank Park in 2013…The first visit went 3-1 in favor of the hometown ‘Hoppers (4/11-14).

Goose-eggs…The BlueClaws have been shutout three of their last five games including on Monday night, and five times overall this year… In addition, they have pitched two shutouts in two of the last three wins… Charleston has also been shutout five times and Greenville leads the league in that category at six…The BlueClaws were shutout eight times last year and eight times in 2011…The BlueClaws have scored 109 runs in 31 games, the fewest total in the league.

Newest BlueClaw…C Justin Dalles has joined the BlueClaws from extended spring training…He was signed by the Phillies in December after spending four years in the Orioles system (was a 6th round pick in 2009 by the Orioles out of the University of South Carolina)…Last year, Dalles hit .329 in 20 games with Delmarva and .234 in 41 games with Hi-A Frederick)…Through 2012, he hit .229 in 225 career games with 15 home runs…Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Boynton Beach at age eight.

State of the Clubs…Lakewood enters the game having dropped six of their last 10 games, and come in with an 11-22 record…The BlueClaws are 10-13 after starting the season 1-9…They are currently 11-games under .500 and 9.0 games out of first place…They won just one of four from Lexington in their most recent series…Greensboro lost to Kannapolis the finale of their rain shortened series, but took two of three from the Intimidators…Over the last 10 games the Grasshoppers have dropped six of them…

Hot Hittin’ Willie C…Willie Carmona is 15-45 over the last 10 games after starting the season 10-55… He hit in the clean-up spot for Lakewood when Art Charles was injured in the first game of the April 29th double-header at Asheville…His four-hit game on April 26th was the first of his career…Carmona was an 11th round pick from Stony Brook and helped the Seawolves reach the College World Series.

Handsome Hanson…Nicholas Hanson has made two starts in the 2013 for the Lakewood BlueClaws and has delivered a total of 11 scoreless innings…Opponents have tallied just five hits and five walks against the 6’7” righty who has fanned eight over his two starts…In 2012 Hanson made three starts with the Williamsport Crosscutters and took two losses…In 10 innings he allowed 16 earned runs on 21 hits.

Hawaiian Punch…Chace Numata has been a pleasant surprise for the Lakewood BlueClaws in all facets this season…At the plate the switch hitter is batting .310 (26-for- 84) with two home runs and 16 RBI…He hit his first career grand slam on Friday night (5/10) and has reached base safely in 15 straight games…Against lefties he is hitting 8-for-16 (.500) with a home run and nine RBI…

Today’s Notes

BlueClaws vs. Greensboro Game Notes 5/10 7:00 pm

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Game #33: Lakewood BlueClaws (10-22) at Greensboro Grasshoppers (15-17)

RHP Shane Watson (1-3, 6.11) vs RHP Scott Lyman (1-2, 5.33)

                       Series: Meeting 2 of 4 (Greensboro leads season series 4-1 of 23)

 

Last Game Recap…The Lakewood BlueClaws scored first with a run in the top of the second inning, but could not hold the lead as Greensboro notched a run in the bottom of the frame and two more in the third. The BlueClaws made a couple of runs late, but ultimately fell 5-4…In the seventh Art Charles plated a run on a sacrifice fly and in the eighth Roman Quinn hit a single that scored two and cut the deficit to one, but that was as close as they could get.

Hopping to Greensboro…The Lakewood BlueClaws travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to take on the Grasshoppers (Marlins) in a four game series…GBO is the only stop on the road trip for Lakewood before they return home for seven more games on Monday…This series marks the second time the BlueClaws visit NewBridge Bank Park in 2013…The first visit went 3-1 in favor of the hometown ‘Hoppers (4/11-14).

Goose-eggs…The BlueClaws have been shutout three of their last five games including on Monday night, and five times overall this year… In addition, they have pitched two shutouts in their last two wins… Charleston has also been shutout five times and Greenville leads the league in that category at six…The BlueClaws were shutout eight times last year and eight times in 2011…The BlueClaws have scored 109 runs in 31 games, the fewest total in the league.

Newest BlueClaw…C Justin Dalles has joined the BlueClaws from extended spring training…He was signed by the Phillies in December after spending four years in the Orioles system (was a 6th round pick in 2009 by the Orioles out of the University of South Carolina)…Last year, Dalles hit .329 in 20 games with Delmarva and .234 in 41 games with Hi-A Frederick)…Through 2012, he hit .229 in 225 career games with 15 home runs…Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Boynton Beach at age eight.

State of the Clubs…Lakewood enters the game having dropped seven of their last 10 games, and come in with a 10-22 record…The BlueClaws are 9-13 after starting the season 1-9…They are currently 12-games under .500 and 9.5 games out of first place…They won just one of four from Lexington in their most recent series…Greensboro lost to Kannapolis the finale of their rain shortened series, but took two of three from the Intimidators…Over the last 10 games the Grasshoppers have dropped six of them…

Hot Hittin’ Willie C…Willie Carmona is 15-45 over the last 10 games after starting the season 10-55… Hehit in the clean-up spot for Lakewood when Art Charles was injured in the first game of the April 29th double-header at Asheville…His four-hit game on April 26th was the first of his career…Carmona was an 11th round pick from Stony Brook and helped the Seawolves reach the College World Series.

Handsome Hanson…Nicholas Hanson has made two starts in the 2013 for the Lakewood BlueClaws and has delivered a total of 11 scoreless innings…Opponents have tallied just five hits and five walks against the 6’7” righty who has fanned eight over his two starts…In 2012 Hanson made three starts with the Williamsport Crosscutters and took two losses…In 10 innings he allowed 16 earned runs on 21 hits.

No, No, No, Not Today…The Lakewood BlueClaws catchers have thrown out 24 of 81 attempted base stealers (29.6%) this season, which ranks 7th among teams in the Sally League…Chace Numata threw out three runners on Tuesday against Lexington, and has earned the 5th spot in the league in throwing out baserunners with 19-of-61 cut down trying to steal…

Speed Machine…Roman Quinn picked up four stolen bases on the last homestand and is 14-16 on the season, tying him for fourth in the league, 11 behind Kannapolis’ Micah Johnson…Quinn stole 30 bases last year with Williamsport, leading the NY-Penn League…On two occasions, Quinn has stolen second and third base in the same sequence.

Today’s Notes

A Lot More to Come

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Just back from the clubhouse. We have some interviews for you and photos too. Check back later tonight. But the BlueClaws are going back to the post-season! Hickory is 30 minutes from the start of their game against Greenville, and they know that it is for naught. O well.

Catch of the Day

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Here’s the Catch of the Day program cover for the second homestand. Jiwan James and Michael Taylor featured.

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Game 20: BlueClaws (10-9) at Greensboro (7-12)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Good morning everyone. Lakewood looks to even this series 2-2 here on getaway day in Greensboro.

Listen Live (10:45)

LAK: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 5.52)
GBO: RHP Curtis Petersen (0-2, 9.72)

Walk This Way…The BlueClaws are third in the league in walks, having walked 74 times in their first 19 games. Jeremy Barnes is 4th in the league with 12, but Domingo Santana and Darin Ruf have drawn 11 and Adam Buschini 10 walks on the year.

One More Hit
…The BlueClaws lead the league with a .299 average as a team this year. Four regulars (Ruf .338, Castro .329, Barnes .329 and Buschini .323) are hitting over .300. Ruf is 10th in the league to this point.

Just Grand…The BlueClaws did not hit a grand slam in 2009, and Adam Bushini’s grand slam on Monday was their first of the season. It was Buschini’s third home run of the year and just Lakewood’s second home run in the last 12 games.

Boosh the Bat…Adam Buschini has hit in seven straight games (13-30) over that stretch and hit a grand slam on Monday night. He began the year 8-35 before his current hot streak…He was a 4th round pick last year out of Cal-Poly.

One More Hit Streak…Jeremy Barnes is also on a seven-game hitting streak (12-29)…The two seven game hitting streaks are the longest of the season for the BlueClaws. Travis d’Arnaud had a 15-game hitting streak last year, but the team record is Ambiorix Reyes, who hit in 21 straight in 2001.

“I’m Probably the Only Player Who Wanted a Chance to Lower His Career Batting Average”

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Dusty Wathan was featured in an article in the Buffalo News that ran today (read here). Wathan was a very popular player in Buffalo, where he played for three seasons, including a three home run game in 2005.

That promoted then Toldeo manager Larry Parrish to say: ”When he hits three, you’ve got to start buying lottery tickets.”

But the best line belonged to Wathan, who went 3-5 in the big leagues back in 2002 with Kansas City.

“I’m probably the only baseball player you’ll ever talk to who would have wanted a chance to lower his career batting average.”

Wathan is now managing Clearwater.