The Lakewood BlueClaws won the first game in the SAL championship series last night behind a superior effort by Franklyn Kilome. The lanky, right-hander was perfect for four innings and was barely tested.
Game two is in Rome Tuesday night.
Game four starter, Harold Arauz, has been added to the Lakewood roster. OF Jesus Alastre has been added to the reserve list.
Lakewood (74-65, 2-0, 1-0) Franklyn Kilome stifled the Rome Braves on one hit and two walks for 7.0 innings. He struck out nine on 86 pitches, 56 strikes (65.1%). Kilome retired the first 12 batters he faced. He threw an efficient 39 pitches in those innings (8, 10, 10, 11).
Kilome experienced his only difficulty in the fifth inning. A lead off double put the tying run on second, a one-out walk put the go-ahead run on first, and a two-out wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. But, Kilome ended the inning with a four pitch strike out. He needed 20 pitches to navigate the inning but still had a manageable 59 pitch count.
Kilome was back on track in a 10-pitch sixth inning. And, polished off the the Braves in a 17-pitch seventh that saw him walk his second batter and throw his second wild pitch. He finished his night with his ninth strike out. Kilome threw 15 of 24 first pitch strikes (62.5%).
Grant Dyer finished the game with 2.0 shutout innings. He struck out three and finished the game with two lazy fly balls and his third strike out, looking.
Lakewood out hit the Braves 9-1, but the Rome starter was almost as efficient as Kilome. Four of the BlueClaws’ runs were unearned. The Braves committed 3 errors. Eight starters had a hit, Jose Pujols had two.
The BlueClaws had runners on base in the first two innings, and had runners on third in the second after a ground rule double, but didn’t score. They finally broke through in the third when Pujols reached on fielding error and scored on Damek Tomscha’s RBI double.
They went in order the next two innings, and wasted a lead off single by Pujols in the sixth. But, they scored three runs in the seventh with assistnace from the Braves defense. Carlos Duran singled with one out. He and Emmanuel Marrero reached scoring position on the Braves’ second fielding error. Mark Laird drove in one run with an RBI-single. A wild pitch moved Laird to second, and the Braves’ third fielding error allowed both runners to score.
The BlueClaws scored a run without an error in the eighth when switch-hitting Wilson Garcia greeted the Braves’ first reliever with a home run to right on a 3-1 pitch.
After that, Dyer mopped up and the BlueClaws had a one game lead in the best of five series.
Seranthony Dominguez gets the nod in game two. He faces the Braves’ #10 prospect, Touki Toussaint, the Diamondbacks #1 pick (#16 overall) in the 2014 draft.
- Monday, September 12th: defeated Rome, 5-0 (Franklyn Kilome, 1-0)
- Tuesday, September 13th: @Rome, 7:05 (Seranthony Dominguez)
- Wednesday, September 14th: No game scheduled
- Thursday, September 15th: v. Rome, 7:05 (Alberto Tirado)
- Friday, September 16th: v. Rome, 7:05 (Harold Arauz)
- Saturday, September 17th: v. Rome, 7:05 (TBD)
- 9/12 – Phillies sent Taylor Featherston outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- 9/12 – Harold Arauz assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
- 9/12 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed RF Jesus Alastre on the reserve list.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.