The BlueClaws send RHP Franklyn Kilome to the mound today at FirstEnergy Park in game two of their series with Hagerstown. First pitch is at 6:35.
Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:20)
Hello Hagerstown…Hagerstown makes the first of four visits to FirstEnergy Park this year for a three-game series…The Suns lead the season series 4-0, sweeping a three-game set at Municipal Stadium last week…The teams next meet May 16-18 in Hagerstown.
Going, Going…The BlueClaws have hit seven home runs so far, two at FirstEnergy Park (hit by Jose Pujols on Sunday and Monday)…Jiandido Tromp and Pujols each have hit two home runs so far…Tromp hit nine with Lakewood last year while Pujols hit four with Williamsport.
The Jack Rabbit…Zach Coppola (who played for the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits) did not play the first two BlueClaws games this year, but since moving into the lineup in the third game, he is 17-42 with six walks, having reached base in 23 of 48 plate appearances while adding two stolen bases and five RBIs…He leads the BlueClaws with six multi-hit games and is 3rd in the league, hitting .405…Coppola was a 13th round pick last year from South Dakota State and stole 19 bases with Williamsport.
Back to Back For Pujols…Jose Pujols has homered in back to back games, his first two of the season…The last BlueClaw to homere in three straight games was Jim Murphy – May 25-27, 2011…He is 3-7 in his two games since starting the season 6-33…The 20 year old hit four HRs with Williamsport last year and has 17 career home runs since debuting with the GCL Phillies in 2013…He is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.
Stellar Homestand for Tobias…Josh Tobias is 9-15 on the current homestand and became the first BlueClaw with four hits in a game when he went 4-5 on Opening Night at FirstEnergy Park…He is tied for 3rd with 10 RBIs and 8th in the league at .366 among SAL hitters…Tobias hit .321 in the NY-Penn League with Williamsport last year, finishing third in the league…He was a 10th round pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Florida.
Little Middle…The BlueClaws have scored three runs or less (0-6) or seven runs or more (2-1) in 9 of their 12 games so far.
From Extended to the Clean-Up Spot…C Wilson Garcia began the year on the extended spring trianing roster, but was added to the roster on Friday…Since then, he is 6-16 incluidng a three-hit game on Sunday…He was 21-53 with 5 RBIs last year between Clearwater and Williamsport (this is his first stint with the BlueClaws since signing with the Phillies in 2011).
Down to the Wire…7 of the first 12 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (1-6) and 9 of the first 12 have been decided by three runs or less (1-8)…In each of their eight losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box, and five times, they have had the tying run on base.
Lakewood – RHP Franklyn Kilome
About: 20 year old, 6-6, 175 pound RHP from La Romana, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2013
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 2 st, 0-2, 14.85 ERA, 6.2 IP, 13 H, 11 R/ER, 8 BB, 3 K
News & Notes: Makes his third start of the year and second against Hagerstown…Was the BlueClaws Opening Day starter in Lexington but gave up five runs in two innings…Allowed six runs in 4.2 innings last time out against Hagerstown on Wednesday…Phillies #7 prospect per Baseball America and #8 prospect per MLB.com…Went 3-2, 3.28 ERA with Williamsport last year.
Last Appearance: 4/13 at HAG (L) – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 K
Season Highs…IP (4.2)…Rs (6)…ERs (6)…Ks (2)…BBs (4)