The BlueClaws continue their 8-game homestand (including two on Tuesday) with a 4:05 game today against Delmarva. Lakewood has dropped the first two games of the series including a 13-1 setback last night.
With a Win…The BlueClaws need a win to avoid falling to 13 games under .500, which would be a season-high…A loss would be their third straight, and mark the seventh losing streak of at least three games for the BlueClaws.
Welcome Home…After playing 21 of 27 games away from home (they went 13-14), the BlueClaws are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play 19 home games in 25 days (they are 0-2 in the current stretch)…15 of Lakewood’s last 19 games (0-2) in the first half will take place at FirstEnergy Park, where they are 8-13 this year.
Beach Battle…The BlueClaws and Shorebirds meet in a four-game series this week in Lakewood (Delmarva took three of four from the BlueClaws in Salisbury May 10-13)…Between May 29th and the end of the season, the 23 of the last 90 BlueClaws games this season will be against Delmarva…The BlueClaws went 61-32 against Delmarva from 2010-2013 but are 1-5 so far this year.
14 Strong…Willians Astudillo is 19-57 over his current 14-game hitting streak (though his average has gone down from .349 to .339…he had a 12-game hitting streak earlier in the year)…JP Crawford also has a 13-game hitting streak this year…Jiandido Tromp had an 11-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday…The longest hitting streak in the league this year is 22 by Asheville’s Pat Valaika.
Quiet Bats…The BlueClaws have not scored more than three runs in a game since their 7-0 win over West Virginia last Saturday…In those six games, they have score 10 runs and are hitting .195 as a team (37-190)…They also had a 19-inning scoreless stretch that ended Tuesday in Greensboro.
Lakewood – Tyler Viza
About: 19 year old, 6-3, 170 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 32nd round pick, 2013 draft
Stats: 9 st – 2-5, 3.88 ERA, 51 IP, 59 H, 7 BB, 29 K…2013 (GCL): 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 32 IP, 21 H, 10 BB, 20 K
Notes: Makes his 10th start and first against Delmarva…Gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings last time out against Greensboro on Memorial Day, taking the loss…Has dropped three straight starts but has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of those three starts (and has allowed three earned runs or less in all but one start)…Has two outings of seven innings so far this year…Committed to the University of Utah before signing with the Phillies.
Season Highs…IP (7, 2x last 5/14 at HAG)…Rs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…ERs (3, 4/4 at SAV)…Ks (3, 4/4 at SAV)…BBs (2, 4/4 at SAV)
Last Three Appearances: 5/23 at GBO (L): 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 K…5/19 vs ROM (L): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R/2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K…5/14 at HAG (L): 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K