Watson to Clearwater; Anderson Activated

May 20th, 2016

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BlueClaws RHP Shane Watson has been promoted to Clearwater and will move into the Threshers starting rotation, while RHP Drew Anderson has been activated by the BlueClaws off the disabled list and will start Sunday against Delmarva.

Watson went 2-2, 3.20 with Lakewood this year and gave up two runs over six innings in his last BlueClaws start, Wednesday at Hagerstown. He was the 40th overall pick in the 2012 draft from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, California.

Anderson, a 21st round pick in the same 2012 draft from Reno, Nevada, pitched for Lakewood in 2014, going 4-4, 3.68 in nine starts. However, he was injured in a June 8th game at Delmarva and has been on the disabled list since then, missing last year after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Anderson will make his 2016 debut, and his first Lakewood appearance in 714 days on Sunday against the same Shorebirds club.

UPDATE: Reading SS JP Crawford has been promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley, it was announced today by the Phillies. Crawford, who spent about a year in Reading – he joined the Fightin’ Phils in May of last year, was hitting .265 with 3 HRs and 5 SBs with 30 walks and just 21 strikeouts this year. He’s now the youngest player in the International League, surpassing his new teammates, RHP Jake Thompson and OF Nick Williams.

Crawford was drafted in 2013 and became the first (and still only) player ever to play for the BlueClaws in the year he was drafted out of high school.

Here is a story we did with Watson in 2013 upon the Phillies selection of Crawford.

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Game Notes – May 19 vs Delmarva

May 19th, 2016

Sorry for the late post but here is today’s preview with the notes here.

Last Game Recap…Victor Robles broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth inning RBI double to give Hagerstown a 2-1 win over the BlueClaws on Wednesday afternoon at Municipal Stadium…Jefry Rodriguez earned the win, allowing one run over five innings while Shane Watson gave up two runs over six innings to take the loss…Tommy Peterson got the last six outs for a save as the Suns swept the three-game series from the BlueClaws.

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-7 in their last 18 games (after a 4-16 start to the season) but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They have lost three straight games entering the series with Delmarva.

The Jersey Shore and the Eastern Shore…The BlueClaws welcome Delmarva to town for a four-game series – this is the Shorebirds’ only trip to Lakewood this year…Lakewood will play 18 games over five road trips in Salisbury beginning next Thursday (18 of Lakewood’s remaining 49 road games will be at Delmarva).

Transactions… RHP Alejandro Arteaga has been released by the Phillies…RHP Kenny Koplove, who opened the season with the BlueClaws, has re-joined the team from extended spring training.

Down to the WireThe last 10 BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-4)…13 of the first 38 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (5-8) and 27 of the first 38 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (10-17)…In all but three 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.

No More Hagerstown (For The Weekend)…The BlueClaws are 15-14 against everyone in the league but Hagerstown, against whom they are 0-9…The Suns will be in Lakewood for a three-game series starting Monday.

Lakewood – RHP Luke Leftwich
About: 21 year old, 6-3, 205 pound RHP from Phoenix, Arizona
How Acquired: 7th round pick, 2015 draft (Wofford College)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 6 st, 3-1, 2.10 ERA, 30 IP, 27 H, 12 BB, 44 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Delmarva…Last time out, gave up one run on three hits over six innings against West Virginia on Friday, earning his third win…Has allowed no more than one run in his last five starts (4 ER in 26 IP with 38 Ks)…Has won his last three starts…5th in league with 44 Ks…Went 2-2, 2.76 with Williamsport last year after being taken out of Wofford…Went to same HS (Desert Vista, Phoenix) as 2014-15 BlueClaws RHP Tyler Viza.
Last Appearance: 5/13 vs WV (W) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Season Highs…IP (6)…Rs (3)…ERs (3)…Ks (11)…BBs (3)

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Game Notes – May 18 at Hagerstown

May 18th, 2016

It’s morning baseball for the BlueClaws today in Hagerstown, the final game of this three-game series. Lakewood has dropped the first two games and send Shane Watson to the mound today in the series finale.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 10:20)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws are 11-6 in their last 17 games but saw their six-game winning streak snapped on Monday night at Hagerstown…They have dropped the first two games of this three-game series with the Suns.

With a Win…The BlueClaws need a win today to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Suns…They have been swept twice by Hagerstown this year (three-game series April 11-13 in Hagerstown and 18-20 in Lakewood).

Against the Suns…The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for a three-game series with the Suns (Hagerstown leads this series 2-0)…Lakewood is 0-8 against Hagerstown this year, with the first six times among the first 14 games of the season…The BlueClaws have been outscored 61-30 in those eight games and have a staff ERA of 6.95 against Hagerstown.

Go Go Garcia…Wilson Garcia is 22-64 over his last 16 games with hits in 15 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 MarreroEmmanuel Marrero is 34-94 (.362) since April 21st after beginning the year 11-46…Marrero has 14 multi-hit games already this year (leads the team) 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 WireThe last nine BlueClaws games have been decided by three runs or less (6-3)…12 of the first 37 BlueClaws games have been decided by one run (4-8) and 26 of the first 37 have been decided by three runs or less  or in extra innings (10-16)…In all but three 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.

Lakewood – RHP Shane Watson
About: 22 year old, 6-4, 200 pound RHP from Long Beach, California
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round pick, 40th overall, 2012 draft (Lakewood High School)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 6 st, 2-1, 3-24 ERA, 33.1 IP, 27 H, 11 BB, 29 K
News & Notes: Makes his seventh start of the year and first against Hagerstown…Gave up three runs, two earned last time against West Virginia on Thursday…22 strikeouts and 5 walks in 23.1 innings over his last 4 starts…Threw seven innings in two starts, April 21 and 27, the first two times he’s thrown seven innings in his career…Pitched for Lakewood in 2013 and missed 2014 with injury…Went 1-5, 4.33 in nine starts with the BlueClaws in 2015.
Last Appearance: 5/12 vs WV – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R/2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (6)…ERs (4)…Ks (8)…BBs (3)

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Talking ALS Celebrity Waiter Event With Jim DeAngelis

May 17th, 2016

Jim DeAngelis has been with the BlueClaws since 2001 and his current title is Vice President of Community Relations. One of the biggest events that Jim helps plan and run each year is the annual ALS Celebrity Waiter Event, which this year is May 25th at Tuscan House in Toms River. From the press release:

The ALS Celebrity Waiter Event features all BlueClaws players serving as the waiters and BlueClaws coaches serving as the bartenders. The players will pose for pictures and sign autographs throughout the night while helping to raise money for a great cause.

20% of all bills and 100% of all tips will be donated directly to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia. This event has raised over $150,000 for the ALS Association in its first 15 years of existence.

We had Jim on the BlueClaws radio broadcast last Friday night to talk about the event, which, like the BlueClaws, is in its 16th season. It’s a great event, and we hope you can join us (more here). You can listen to the interview, which includes fun facts on the origin of the event, the origin of the Phillies relationship with the ALS Association, and more, below.

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Game Notes – May 17 at Hagerstown

May 17th, 2016

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 MarreroEmmanuel 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 WireThe 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, JoseJose 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)

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Hernandez is “Crack of the Bat” Player of the Homestand

May 17th, 2016

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Jan Hernandez is this week’s Jersey Shore Wellness Center / Garrow Family Chiropractic Crack of the Back BlueClaws Player of the Homestand Award after he hit home runs in wins on Thursday and Friday against West Virginia.

Hernandez’s first home run, on Thursday, was onto the grass berm in left field, and added a home run on Friday night off the chain link fence atop the padded wall in right-center (which wouldn’t have been a home run last year, as noted in this post).

2016 Standings
Josh Tobias – 1
Jan Hernandez – 1

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Phillies Minor League Week In Review

May 17th, 2016

Phillies minor league week in review…

Players of the Week

Player – OF Dylan Cozens, Reading… The 21-year-old Cozens batted .385 (10-26) with six runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, four RBI, three walks and two stolen bases in seven games. He slugged .808 for the week with a 1.256 OPS. Cozens’ three home runs came in consecutive games, which finished off a six-game span during which he hit five home runs. He currently ranks first in the Eastern League in home runs, extra-base hits (20), slugging percentage (.581) and total bases (79), is tied for fourth in hits (39) and RBI (26) and ranks 10th in average (.287). Cozens was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2012 draft.

Pitcher – RHP Ben Lively, Reading…Lively, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after going 2-0 with 13.0 scoreless innings pitched, 14 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP (5 BB, 8 H) in his two starts last week. He scattered four hits in 6.0 shutout innings against Binghamton on May 10, and followed that by striking out a career-high 12 batters in 7.0 scoreless innings on May 15 against Trenton. Four of Lively’s eight starts have been scoreless and he has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them. His 1.53 ERA (8 ER, 47.0 IP) and 46 strikeouts lead the Eastern League, and he ranks third in innings pitched and fifth in opponents’ batting average (.185). Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014, and was originally selected by the Reds in the fourth round of the June 2013 Draft.

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Pirate & Princess Picnic at Kids Expo on Sunday

May 17th, 2016

The BlueClaws Kids Expo is jammed with fun on Sunday, May 22nd, including a Pirate & Princess Party & Picnic, inflatable rides, and other fun at the 1:05 game.

As part of the Kids Expo, the gates will open one hour earlier than normal, with an 11:00 am opening at this game. There will be free inflatable rides and fun near Dr. Bernard’s Kids Zone on the third base concourse.

Pirate & Princess Pincic – The picnic runs from 12 pm – 2 pm in the 3rd Base Picnic Area and includes a two-hour all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, mac-and-cheese, chicken tenders, french fries, cookies, soda, and water.

Pirates & Princesses will be at the party for pictures and fun including a treasure hunt and costume contest.

Registration: Space is limited for the picnic. Register by calling Ashley Lonsway at 732-901-7000 ext 147 or click here to book online. Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $21.95 for children (your picnic ticket includes admission to the game).

For single-game tickets (non-picnic) to the game, call 732-901-7000 option 2 or click here.

Since it’s a Sunday, it’s also a Sunday FUNDay – Kids Eat Free (ShopRite), Kids Run the Bases after the game, fans can bring their dogs for Yappy Hour, and it’s a Corona Sunday with $2 Coronas for adults.

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Craft Beer Rundown – May 19 – 25

May 17th, 2016

The BlueClaws are back home this weekend at FirstEnergy Park and have a great mix of craft beers that are available at the Craft Brew House on the right field concourse.

New Belgium Heavy Melon
Hot summer nights, jam out to the cooling waves of Heavy Melon Ale, our newest seasonal track. Brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel, this crushable ale rips with a blast of melon notes. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus climax with an enticing aroma, and set up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness. Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat.

Traveler GrapeFruit Shandy
Curious Traveler is our take on a classic European Shandy that has been brewed for generations. We started with an American craft wheat ale, which delivers a crisp, light body. We then added fresh lemon and just a touch of lime to bring out a bright, juicy citrus aroma and flavor. Simply, the Curious Traveler is “Quite a Refresher!”

Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
Mermaid Pilsner is a light-bodied, crisp drinking, nicely hopped lager. A heavy-handed addition of rye malt adds a mild spiciness, which is balanced by a light, fruity, floral hop aroma.

Shiner Prickly Pear
Doubly good in triple digits, our unique summer seasonal is made with the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to Shiner, Texas. With a tart, citrusy flavor and a crisp finish, it’s the best use of cactus yet.

Ranger IPA
Bring out the hops with Ranger IPA, beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is the newest addition to the Rebel family of IPAs, which are brewed to showcase a wide range of hop intensities and characteristics. Rebel Grapefruit is brewed with real grapefruit for a big punch of citrus that amplifies the tropical fruit and citrus notes.

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Game Notes – May 16 at Hagerstown

May 16th, 2016

The BlueClaws look for their seventh straight win – it would tie a franchise record – tonight in Hagerstown. They’re 0-6 against the Suns this year but all six games came during their 3-14 start to the season.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:50)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws have won six straight games for the first time this season, winning the last two in Kannapolis and taking four games from West Virginia…The BlueClaws are 11-4 in their last 15 games, since a loss to Charleston on April 27th.

Super-Six…The BlueClaws have won six straight games, their longest winning streak since they won six straight games between July 6 and 12 vs Greensboro, Rome, and Hickory…They had seven game winning streaks in 2008, 2007, and 2006, but none longer in the last 10 years.

Welcome to Hagerstown…The BlueClaws are in Hagerstown for a three-game series with the Suns…Lakewood is 0-6 against Hagerstown this year, meeting six times among the first 14 games of the season…The BlueClaws were outscored 45-20 in those six games and have a staff ERA of 7.19 against Hagerstown.

Surging Pitching…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 47 earned runs over 137 innings in their last 16 games (for an ERA of 3.09)…They gave up seven runs in four games against West Virginia over the weekend.

Hip Hip, JoseJose Pujols is 31-99 (.313) 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 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 last week)…Hernandez now has four home runs this year (he hit 10 with Williamsport last year)… After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 24-73 (.329) since April 19th.

Magnificent MarreroEmmanuel Marrero is 30-86 (.349) since April 21st after beginning the year 11-46…Marrero has 12 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).

Lakewood – RHP Jose Taveras
About: 22 year old, 6-4, 210 pound RHP from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2013
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 7 g/2 st, 1-2, 2.28 ERA, 27.2 IP, 19 H, 5 BB, 33 K
News & Notes: Makes his eighth appearance and third start of the year…Last time out, struck out five over seven scoreless innings (retiring 21 of the 23 hitters he faced) on Monday at Kannapolis…Made his first start of the year on 5/2 against Greenville, allowing four runs (all in the first inning), while striking out five over five innings…Three back on 4/24, struck out eight Grasshoppers over 3.2 innings at GBO…Was a starter with Williamsport last year, going 7-4, 3.88 with 59 Ks in 62.2 innings pitched.
Last Appearance: 5/9 at KAN (W) – 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (4)…ERs (4)…Ks (8)…BBs (2)

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Taveras Named NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week

May 16th, 2016

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Jose Taveras is this weeks’ NJIT BlueClaws Player of the Week after he retired 21 of the 23 hitters he faced in a win over Kannapolis last Monday at CMC Northeast Stadium.

Taveras, a 22-year old from the Dominican Republic, began the year in the BlueClaws bullpen, but several strong outings earned him a spot in the rotation. In two starts, he’s allowed four runs in 12 innings, but all four were in the first inning against Greenville in his first start on May 2. Taveras has 33 Ks against just 5 BBs in 27.2 innings pitched this year. He will next pitch tonight for the BlueClaws in Hagerstown.

2016 Standings
Jose Taveras – 1
Jose Pujols – 1
Luke Leftwich – 1
Shane Watson – 1
Zach Coppola – 1

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Game Notes – May 15 vs West Virginia

May 15th, 2016

The BlueClaws are looking for win number six in a row this afternoon against West Virginia with a 1:05 first pitch.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 12:50)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws have won five straight games for the first time this season, winning the last two in Kannapolis and the first three games of this series…The BlueClaws are 14-20 overall but are 12-8 after a 2-12 start to the year…The BlueClaws are 10-4 in their last 14 games.

High-Five…The BlueClaws’ longest winning streak of the last two years is five (one each in 2015 and 2014)…Their last winning streak longer than five was in 2013, when they won six straight games between July 6 and 12 vs Greensboro, Rome, and Hickory…They had seven game winning streaks in 2008, 2007, and 2006 as well.

Looking for the Sweep…A win today gives the BlueClaws a sweep of the four-game series with West Virginia…The BlueClaws swept just one series last year, a three-game series with Greensboro from August 10-12…The BlueClaws last swept a four-game series in 2011 from August 22 – 25 at Delmarva.

Power Time…The BlueClaws welcome the West Virginia Power (Pirates) to FirstEnergy Park for a four-game weekend series (Lakewood leads 3-0)…They will meet 14 times this year, eight in Lakewood and six in West Virginia…Today, the BlueClaws will wear special Superman jerseys with the Power wearing Batman jerseys…The teams will do the same in West Virginia on May 31st.

Walk-Off This Way…Damek Tomscha’s RBI single in the ninth inning on Saturday gave the BlueClaws their first walk-off win of 2016…They had five walk-off wins last year.

Pitching Improvement…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 46 earned runs over 128 innings in their last 15 games (for an ERA of 3.23).

Snapped…Wilson Garcia’s 13-game hitting streak snapped on Saturday when he went 0-3…He went 19-53 over the 13 games…Garcia has hit 3rd or 4th in each game he’s played with the BlueClaws and has hit safely in all but four games since joining the BlueClaws on April 15.

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) – 5 st, 0-4, 9.00 ERA, 19 IP, 30 H, 14 BB, 18 K
News & Notes: Makes his sixth start of the year and first against West Virginia…Gave up two runs over five innings at Kannapolis on Sunday and has allowed two runs in 9.1 innings over his last two starts…Had gone 0-3 over his first three starts with a 15.43 ERA (17 ER in 9.2 IP)…Was Lakewood’s Opening Day starter…Phillies #7 prospect per Baseball America and #8 prospect per MLB.com…Went 3-2, 3.28 ERA with Williamsport last year.
Last Appearance: 5/8 at KAN (L) – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Season Highs…IP (5)…Rs (6)…ERs (6)…Ks (6)…BBs (4)

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Game Notes – May 14 vs West Virginia

May 14th, 2016

The BlueClaws have won four straight games, topping West Virginia last night 4-1 behind Luke Leftwich, who gave up one run over six innings, and Jan Hernandez, who homered for the second straight day.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 3:50)

State of the Claws...The BlueClaws have won four straight games for the first time this season, winning the last two in Kannapolis and the first two games of this series…The BlueClaws are 13-20 overall but are 11-8 after a 2-12 start to the year…The BlueClaws are 9-4 in their last 13 games…The BlueClaws enter this series after a 4-3 road trip and are 2-0-1 in their last three series.

With a Win…With a win today, the BlueClaws would win their fifth straight game – they had one five-game winning streak last year (August 28 – September 1 against Greensboro and Hagerstown).

Power Time…The BlueClaws welcome the West Virginia Power (Pirates) to FirstEnergy Park for a four-game weekend series (Lakewood leads 2-0)…They will meet 14 times this year, eight in Lakewood and six in West Virginia…On Sunday, the BlueClaws will wear special Superman jerseys with the Power wearing Batman jerseys…The teams will do the same in West Virginia on May 31st.

Pitching Improvement…After allowing 112 earned runs in 169 innings over their first 19 games (5.96 ERA), the BlueClaws have given up 45 earned runs over 119 innings in their last 14 games (for an ERA of 3.40).

13-Game Hitting Streak…Wilson Garcia is 19-53 over his last 13 games and has an active hitting streak, passing Zach Coppola for the longest by a BlueClaw this year (Coppola’s eight-game hitting streak is active, but he was placed on the disabled list on 4/22 after getting injured in Greensboro)…Garcia has hit 3rd or 4th in each game he’s played with the BlueClaws and has hit safely in all but three.

Going, Going Jan…Jan Hernandez has homered in each of the last two games, the second BlueClaw to homer in back to back games this year (Jose Pujols homered in three straight games last week)…Hernandez now has four home runs this year (he hit 10 with Williamsport last year)… After starting the season 5-34, Hernandez is 23-67 (.342) since April 19th.

Lakewood – RHP Harold Arauz
About: 20 year old, 6-2, 185 pound RHP from Chiriqui, Panama
How Acquired: Trade (from Houston, 12/2015 in deal that sent Ken Giles to Houston)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 5 st, 1-3, 5.40 ERA, 21.2 IP, 19 H, 11 BB, 15 K
News & Notes: Makes his 6th start of the year and first against West Virginia…Had his shortest outing of the year last time, going just .2 innings against Kannapolis, allowing four runs on two hits with three walks…Has not thrown more than four innings in his last three starts, since throwing seven scoreless against Greensboro on 4/17…One of five to join Phillies in deal that sent Ken Giles to Houston…Spent last year with Tri-City in NY-Penn League (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .405 BAPIP).
Last Appearance: 5/7 at KAN (L) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (4)…ERs (4)…Ks (5)…BBs (3)

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Game Notes – May 12 vs West Virginia

May 12th, 2016

After a week on the road, the BlueClaws are back home tonight to take on the West Virginia Power in the first of a four-game series.

Game Notes / Listen Live (at 6:20)

Power Time…The BlueClaws welcome the West Virginia Power (Pirates) to FirstEnergy Park for a four-game weekend series, their first meetings of the year…They will meet 14 times this year, eight in Lakewood and six in West Virginia…On Sunday, the BlueClaws will wear special Superman jerseys with the Power wearing Batman jerseys…The teams will do the same in West Virginia on May 31st.

State of the ClawsThe BlueClaws are 11-20 overall but are 9-8 after a 2-12 start to the year…The BlueClaws are 7-4 in their last 11 games…The BlueClaws enter this series after a 4-3 road trip and are 2-0-1 in their last three series.

BlueClaws Transactions…RHP Edgar Garcia (1-2, 3.31 with GCL Phillies last year) and RHP Sutter McLaughlin (4-0, 2.30 between GCL Phillies and Williamsport last year) have joined the BlueClaws, with both players coming from extended spring training…RHP Mitch Gueller and RHP Anthony Sequeira have been released by the Phillies.

11-Game Hitting Streak…Wilson Garcia is 16-45 over his last 11 games and has an active hitting streak, passing Zach Coppola for the longest by a BlueClaw this year (Coppola’s eight-game hitting streak is active, but he was placed on the disabled list on 4/22 after getting injured in Greensboro)…Garcia has hit 3rd or 4th in each game he’s played with the BlueClaws and has hit safely in all but three.

Tobias Among Leaders…Josh Tobias is 8th in the league in hitting at .330 and has hit safely in 21 of the 29 games he’s played with nine multi-hit games…Tobias hit his 3rd home run of the season on Tuesday night at Kannapois…He is also 4th in the league with a .435 on-base percentage…Tobias hit .321 with Williamsport last year in the NY-Penn League.

Save Index…Robert Tasin has all five BlueClaws saves so far this year, with the first one on April 10th and the other four all since April 30th…In Tasin’s last seven appearances, he’s allowed three ER in 7.2 innings, with two of the runs in the ninth inning of a game Lakewood led 11-0…Tasin had 17 saves with Williamsport last year (in 18 chances)…He was a 19th round pick a year ago out of the University of Oklahoma.

Lakewood – RHP Shane Watson
About: 22 year old, 6-4, 200 pound RHP from Long Beach, California
How Acquired: Supplemental first-round pick, 40th overall, 2012 draft (Lakewood High School)
Stats: 2016 (LAK) – 5 st, 2-1, 3.10 ERA, 29 IP, 25 H, 8 BB, 27 K
News & Notes: Makes his sixth start of the year and first against West Virginia…20 strikeouts and 2 walks in 19 innings over his last 3 starts…Gave up six runs, three earned, in five innings at Asheville on Thursday, earning his second win…Threw seven innings in his two previous starts, the first two times he’s thrown seven innings in his career, striking out a combined 13 hitters…Pitched for Lakewood in 2013 and missed 2014 with injury…Went 1-5, 4.33 in nine starts with the BlueClaws in 2015.
Last Appearance: 5/5 at ASH (W) – 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R/3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Season Highs…IP (7)…Rs (6)…ERs (4)…Ks (8)…BBs (2)

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