After a tough loss last night, 12-9 in a game they led 8-2, the BlueClaws are back in action tonight in Hagerstown against the Suns. 7:05 first pitch. The loss last night snapped Lakewood’s six-game winning streak.
Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)
State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-5 in their last 16 games but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They are 3-0-1 in their last four series and enter off a four-game sweep over West Virginia.
Snapped at Six…The BlueClaws’ six-game winning streak, which was snapped on Monday, was their longest since 2013 when they won six straight between July 6 & 12 against Greensboro, Rome, and Hickory…The franchise record is seven, which they’ve done three times – once in 2006, 2007, & 2008.
Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for a three-game series with the Suns (Hagerstown leads this series 1-0)…Lakewood is 0-7 against Hagerstown this year, with the first six times among the first 14 games of the season…The BlueClaws have been outscored 57-29 in those seven games and have a staff ERA of 7.58 against Hagerstown.
Go Go Garcia…Wilson Garcia is 20-60 over his last 15 games with hits in 14 of them – he had a 13-game hitting streak snapped against West Virginia on Saturday…Garcia, who began the year as the bullpen catcher, has hit third or fourth in every game he’s played with Lakewood…He’s in his sixth year with the Phillies third in the US.
Magnificent Marrero…Emmanuel Marrero is 32-90 (.356) since April 21st after beginning the year 11-46…Marrero has 13 multi-hit games already this year after having eight with Lakewood in the entire second-half last year…He already has two four-hit games and a five-hit game (4/24 at Greensboro which tied the franchise record for most hits in a game).
Down to the Wire…The last eight BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-2)…14 of the first 36 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (4-8) and 25 of the first 36 have been decided by three runs or less or in extra innings (10-15)…In all but two of their losses by three runs or less, the game has ended with the BlueClaws having the tying run no worse than in the batters box.
Surging Pitching…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 56 earned runs over 145 innings in their last 17 games (for an ERA of 3.48)…They gave up seven runs in four games against West Virginia over the weekend but 12 (nine earned) against Hagerstown on Monday.
Hip Hip, Jose…Jose Pujols is 32-104 (.308) since starting the season 6-33…He homered in three straight games (May 5-7) in Asheville/Kannapolis and is leads the league with eight home runs while sitting in third with 27 RBIs…He hit just four home runs with Williamsport all of last year…All of his home runs have come since April 17th…Pujols is the Phillies #25 prospect per MLB.com.
Going, Going Jan…Jan Hernandez homered on Thursday and Friday, the second BlueClaw to homer in back to back games this year (Jose Pujols homered in three straight games May 5-7)…Hernandez now has four home runs this year (he hit 10 with Williamsport last year)… After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 25-77 (.325) since April 19th.
Lakewood – LHP Tyler Gilbert
About: 22 year old, 6-3, 190 pound LHP from Santa Cruz, California
How Acquired: 6th round pick, 2015 draft (University of Southern California)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 6 st, 1-3, 4.96 ERA, 32.2 IP, 36 H, 8 BB, 25 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and second against Hagerstown (4 IP, 10 H, 7 ER on 4/20)……Has thrown seven innings in each of last two starts, allowing two runs in each game, 5/4 at ASH and 5/10 at KAN…Earned first win of the year in his last start…Has walked two or less in all 16 professional appearances…Went 4-3, 2.79 with Williamsport last year (44/6 K/BB ratio in 42 innings) after being drafted in Round 6 from USC.
Last Appearance: 5/10 at KAN (W) – 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (7)…ERs (7)…Ks (6)…BBs (2)