The Lakewood BlueClaws wasted some fine pitching last night as they were shut out by the Rome Braves. They trail the Braves in the SAL championship series, two games to one. Lakewood ran into another tough pitcher in Kolby Allard. The BlueClaws’ Alberto Tirado was almost as effective, and the bull pen was efficient, again.
Game four is an elimination game for the BlueClaws. It will be played in Lakewood on Thursday night.
Lakewood (74-65, 2-0, 1-2) Alberto Tirado pitched well, just not well enough. While he threw 88 pitches in 5.0 innings, he struck out seven and walked only one. Except for the fourth inning, Tirado kept the Braves in check.
In the first inning, Tirado got a pop up before giving up a line drive double to right field. He shut down the Braves with two strike outs to nullify the threat.
The Braves opened the second inning with a single, but Tirado got two fly balls and a strike out to end the inning.
Tirado struck out the side in the third inning.
The Braves finally broke through with a lead off home run in the fourth inning. They continued to apply pressure with a bunt single and a throwing error. A ground out moved the runner to third, but another ground out kept him there. A single brought home the run, another single closed out the hits the Braves got off Tirado. A third ground out brought the inning to an end.
Tirado issued his first and only walk to lead off the fifth inning. He induced a double play ground ball, and closed out the inning and his night with his seventh strike out. All seven came swinging.
Jake Waguespack retired all six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh innings.
Zach Morris successfully navigated around a lead off double and sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning. After an intentional base on balls, he got a key strike out for the second out and escaped the threat with a ground out.
Sutter McLoughlin pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The BlueClaws had few scoring opportunities, and squandered those they did have. They managed 10 base runners on seven hits, two walks, and a Braves’ fielding error. They were 1-5 with RISP, and left 9 runners on base. Their best and last chance came in the eighth inning. Jose Pujols led off with a single and Damek Tomscha walked. But Wilason Garcia attempted a sacrifice bunt that resulted in a put outs at third and first.
Tirado’s line was 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 88 pitches/58 strikes (65.9%). He threw 14 of 21 first pitch strikes (66.7%). He ran four, three-ball counts that resulted in a K, F8, 1-3, and his only BB. His pitch count was affected by two long at bats of 10 (F8)and 8 pitches (BB); and 22 foul balls (37.9% of his strikes).
Jose Pujols (.304) went 2-4. Damek Tomscha (.571) went 2-2 with 2 walks. Mark Laird, Cornelius Randolph, and Jan Hernandez each went 1-4. The BlueClaws struck out 11 times, Hernandez and Emmanuel Marrero three times each.
The BluClaws face elimination in game four. Harold Arauz (6-6, 3.18) and his gaudy home split (6-0, 0.98) goes for the ‘Claws on Friday night. They draw another Braves’ pitcher with a high pedigree, Max Fried (8-7, 3.93). He was SanDiego’s 1st round pick (7th overall) in 2012. The LHP is the Braves’ #11 prospect according to MLB.
- Monday, September 12th: defeated Rome, 5-0 (Franklyn Kilome, 1-0)
- Tuesday, September 13th: lost to Rome, 6-1 (Seranthony Dominguez, 0-1)
- Wednesday, September 14th: No game scheduled
- Thursday, September 15th: lost to Rome, 2-0 (Alberto Tirado, 0-1)
- Friday, September 16th: v. Rome, 7:05 (Harold Arauz)
- Saturday, September 17th: v. Rome, 7:05 (TBD)
- Phillies receive Joey Curletta from the Dodgers as the PTBNL in the Carlos Ruiz trade.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.