Lakewood Weekly Report (8/23-8/29)

Recap:  Lakewood went 4-2 in the second-to-last week of the regular season.  The week left them at 36-25 for the second half, 4.5 games ahead of Greensboro in the SAL North.  Their magic number for clinching the second half title is 4 entering Monday night.  The remaining schedule is all at home, with 4 against Augusta and 4 against Kannapolis.  They are 78-53 overall and assuming they end up clinching the second half title, the ‘Claws would open the playoffs at Hickory on 9/8.  A 6-2 finish would allow them to tie the franchise record for wins in a season.  As an aside, I will finally get to my first Lakewood game of the year on Sunday, so if there’s anything anyone wants me to look for in particular, please leave it in the comments.

Hitting:  Nice week for Jonathan Singleton as it appears he’s making adequate adjustments.  Jeremy Barnes had another strong week…as a college guy who’s had a nice year in Lakewood, I’m starting to wonder if he gets pushed to Reading next year.  And Anthony Hewitt had his best week in recent memory.

  • Michael Dabbs:  1-17, RBI
  • Jonathan Singleton:  7-22, 2 2B, 3B, RBI, 8 K / 4 BB, SB
  • Jiwan James:  6-27, RBI, 7 K / 2 BB, 3 SB / 1 CS
  • Jeremy Barnes:  8-20, 5 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 1 K / 2 BB
  • Alan Schoenberger:  3-14, 2B, RBI, 5 K / 2 BB, SB, E
  • Leandro Castro:  3-16, 2 RBI, 3 K / 1 BB, SB
  • Sebastian Valle:  5-15, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K / 2 BB
  • Anthony Hewitt:  5-16, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 K / 0 BB

Notes:  Jiwan James is six hits shy of the franchise record for hits in a season (plate discipline aside, a pretty good showing in his first full season as a hitter)…James is also closing in on the team record for runs scored…Jeremy Barnes has had 10 multi-hit games in August…

Pitching:  Julio Rodriguez highlighted the week with a 5.2 IP / 10 K start among his two appearances.

  • Brody Colvin:  5 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 K / 1 BB
  • Jonathan Pettibone:  6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 K / 4 BB
  • Colby Shreve:  did not pitch (see below)
  • Josh Zeid:  6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 7 K / 4 BB
  • Luke Wertz:  3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K / 1 BB
  • Ebelin Lugo:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K / 1 BB
  • Trevor May:  5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 6 K / 1 BB
  • Julio Rodriguez:  6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 13 K / 5 BB

Notes:  Zeid now has a 2.79 ERA in 60+ innings as a starter…Colby Shreve was placed on the DL.  Not exactly sure why as I can’t find a report and the BlueClaws official game notes and the milb.com transactions both omit the cause…K/BB and K/9 IP ratios with a week left in the year:

  • Colvin:  2.8, 7.7
  • Pettibone:  1.9, 5.6
  • Shreve:  2.5, 6.3
  • Zeid:  3.8, 9.1
  • Wertz:  4.5, 7.9
  • Lugo:  2.8, 8.1
  • May:  4.5, 13.0
  • Rodriguez:  3.8, 14.2

11 thoughts on “Lakewood Weekly Report (8/23-8/29)

  1. I hope Shreve is okay as far as his elbow goes. I’d hate to see it be something major. Hopefully with his background, this DL trip is more precautionary in nature than anything.

    I think Singleton will be the real deal and that he’ll really start surprising us next year in Clearwater.

  2. I see Valle was put on the DL…looks like they might be resting some guys who are beat up…Valle can return before end of season/playoffs…Klocke got called up

  3. I’m surprised Colvin’s K rates are as low as they are. Not that they’re low; they’re actually quite good. It’s just that I thought his stuff was right up there with, say, Trevor May’s. But May is striking out way more per 9, and per BB.

  4. Valle move was made tonight retroactive to the 27th. Right hamstring strain…eligible to return Friday.

  5. I believe Lakewood clinched a playoff spot simply by winning the first half title per Sally league rules right? So get some guys rested up for the playoffs makes sense.

  6. Yeah, I didn’t write that clearly enough. Since they won the first half, winning the second half means they play the team from the SAL North with the next best overall record (Hickory). If they somehow fold and Greensboro catches them, they’d play Greensboro.

  7. I am not too worried about Colvin’s K/9 rate at this point. I dont know if he has ever pitched this many innings before. He was above 8 most of the year and his first 4 starts were dreadful this year. I bet his number rise. I know by mid season was when his fastball was at it’s best.

    I hate hearing different reports on Rodriguez. I wish we had a real time on his fastball. But I am excited to see him and May pitch in the playoffs. I take it Colvin will probably be shut down? It would have been nice to have a rotation of Cosart, Colvin, and May in the playoffs, but they are more important to our future than SAL championships.

  8. Davput, the number that jumps out at me is the tremendous progress May has made on reducing his walks since returning to Lakewood. Let’s hope that he can keep that control at the next level. Both he and Rodriquez have amazing strikeout numbers! If Rodriguez pitches at the game your at, please check out his velocity for us; I know that I saw many fastballs above 90 when I was there but apparently the velocity wasn’t there in other games.

  9. davput, thanks for all the write-ups you’ve done this year. Regarding your attendance at the Lakewood game, I don’t know if it’s possible but could you ask May if he thinks he can translate his success in Lakewood to Clearwater next year? He’s pitched at both levels so he knows (hopefully) what didn’t work at Clearwater and what changes he’s had to make to be successful again.

  10. Nice job davput. I would like you to look very deeply into the psyche of Anthony Hewitt and tell us all that he’s going to make it to the show.
    All that power reduced to feeble swings and misses must be frustrating to him as well as Phillies officials. Think late bloomer ala Raul Ibanez.

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