The BlueClaws will send LHP Yoel Mecias to the mound tonight at FirstEnergy Park (6:35 first pitch) against Lexington. The Legends (Royals) have taken the first two games in the four-game series, which wraps up tomorrow night.
State of the Clubs…Lakewood enters the game at 9-20, and the BlueClaws are 8-11 after starting the season 1-9…They are currently 11-games under .500 and 8.5 games out of first place, both season-highs…They won two of three from Charleston in their most recent series…Lexington has won five games in a row and six out of seven after starting the season 8-15…They swept a three-game series from Delmarva before coming up to Lakewood.
Hot Hittin’ Willie C…Willie Carmona is 14-32 over the last eight games after starting the season 10-55… He has hit in the clean-up spot for Lakewood since 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.
Keep Chacing…Since April 19th, Chace Numata is 14-37 with four mult-hit games…He is also 16-41 at home compared to 6-31 on the road…His 7th inning home run on Wednesday was his 3rd professional home run after he hit two with Williamsport last summer…He was a 14th round pick in 2010 from Pearl City, Hawaii.
Two for Tocci…Carlos Tocci had two hits in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games, his fourth and fifth multi-hit games of the season…He is 7-21 thus far in May…Just 17 years old, Tocci is the youngest player in BlueClaws history and will not turn 18 until August 23rd.
A Perfect 12…Brian Pointer is a perfect 12-12 stealing bases this season, including going 4-4 on Sunday vs Lexington…The franchise record for stolen bases in one game is five, set by Javon Moran in 2004…Pointer stole 13 bases in 87 games with Lakewood last year and added 3 in 35 games with Williamsport for a season total of 16.
Speed Machine…Roman Quinn has four stolen bases on the current homestand and is 14-16 on the season, tying him for fourth in the league, seven 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.
Rotation Adjustment…LHP Lino Martinez, who was added to the BlueClaws roster on Sunday from extended spring training, replacing RHP Josh Warner, will start Thursday’s game at Greensboro in Warner’s spot in the rotation…Martinez was with Lakewood last year, going 6-5, 5.55 and was the BlueClaws Opening Day starter.