Carlos Tocci has led off every game for Lakewood since June 29th and in those games he is hitting .324 with 10 mutli-hit games, including another one last night. He leads the BruceClaws on the field tonight against Kannapolis at 7:05 (tonight is Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night).
BruceClaws…The BlueClaws become the BruceClaws tonight for Bruce Springsteen Appreciation Night, wearing special BruceClaws jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities…They are 4-2 as the BruceClaws and lost to Greenville last year 4-3.
An Intimidating Foe…The BlueClaws welcome in Kannapolis for a five-game, four-day series that incldues a double-header on Sunday…Kannapolis leads the season series 4-1, taking two of three last weekend in Kannapolis and two straight in Lakewood in May.
A Link From the Past…Before the BlueClaws debuted in 2001, the Phillies SAL affiliate was in Kannapolis as the Piedmont Boll Weevils…Lakewood manager Greg Legg led the 2000 Boll Weevils to a 90-47 record and the post-season.
Leading-Off…Carlos Tocci has hit safely in five straight games (9-20)…He is 33-102 (.324) since June 29th with 10 multi-hit games since moving into the lead-off spot in the order – he’s led off every game since then afer Samuel Hiciano led off seven of the first nine times in the second half…Tocci hit his first professional home run on 7/16 in Hickory, which came in his 862nd professional at bat – he debuted with the GCL Phillies in 2012 and has spent the last two years with the BlueClaws.
An Offensive Month…The BlueClaws are hitting .269 in July having scored 97 runs in 22 games (4.4 runs per game)…They hit .248 over the first three months of the season and scored 3.9 runs per game…Dylan Cozens (.333) and Carlos Tocci (.326) are hitting over .300 for the BlueClaws this month.
Pullin Along…Andrew Pullin has hit safely in four straight games and eight of his last nine (13-38) and is 60-187 (.321) since June 1st after hitting .232 in April and May…The left-handed hitting second baseman has struck out a total of 50 times in 289 at bats since the start of May after striking out 25 times in 79 April at bats.
Cozens Party…Dylan Cozens is 28-84 (.333) in July (hit safely in 16 of 22) with eight multi-hit games and four home runs after hitting two on 7/15 at Hickory…He had an eight-game hitting streak snapped on 7/8 at Hagerstown…His 13 home runs lead the BlueClaws and the Phillies minor league system…Cozens was a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Scottsdale, Arizona.
Lakewood – Ranfi Casimiro
About: 22 year old, 6-8, 200 pound RHP from Santiago, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 19 st, 2-9, 5.80 ERA, 90 IP, 98 H, 50 BB, 59 K…2013 (GCL) – 2-6, 5.21 ERA, 48.1 IP, 66 H, 15 BB, 30 K
News & Notes: Makes his 20th start of the year and 3rd against Kannapolis (7 ER in 9.2 IP)…Faced Kannapolis last time out last Friday, allowing four runs in five innings…In his last five starts, Casimiro has allowed 23 ER in 24 innings pitched on 32 hits with 17 walks and 15 strikeouts…He had a 2.80 ERA in his previous eight starts after an 8.39 ERA in his first six starts of the year…One two members of Lakewood’s rotation (Tyler Viza) that has been in rotation all year…Spent last two season in Gulf Coast League before joining Lakewood.
Season Highs…IP (7, 7/2 vs HAG)…Rs (9, 4/18 at HAG)…ERs (6, 7/7 at HAG)…Ks (8, 2x last 6/9 vs HAG)…BBs (7, 6/27 at WV)
Last Three Appearances: 7/18 at KAN: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K…7/12 vs DEL (L): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K…7/7 at HAG (L): 3 IP, 10 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 K