The Lakewood BlueClaws’ season came to an end last night. Their stellar second-half run fell short of an SAL championship when they were bested by the Rome Braves in a best of five series, three games to one. Rome’s array of first round starting pitchers proved to be too strong for the BlueClaws’ hitters. They were held to two runs while losing the final three games of the series.
Lakewood (74-65, 2-0, 1-3) Harold Arauz’ home field dominance came to an end last night as the BlueClaws lost to Rome, 6-1. Arauz started off strong. He retired the Braves in order in 3 of the first 4 innings. He allowed only a single in the third inning. Arauz ran into trouble in the fifth inning. Gran Dyer limited the damage to 3 runs, but ran into his own trouble in the seventh inning. But by then, Rome’s Max Fried had the game in hand. He held Lakewood to one run on four hits and struck out 13 batters.
Grenny Cumana gave the ‘Claws a short-lived 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the fourth inning. He had two of the BlueClaws five hits. They went 1-7 with RISP and struck out a total of 15 times. Damek Tomscha went 1-4 and batted .500 for the post season. Mark Laird also went 1-4 and batted .360.
In the end, the Rome’s starting pitching proved to be better than Lakewood’s. All four starters were first round picks. In addition to Tomscha and Laird, Jose Pujols batted .269 and Jan Hernandez posted a .250 in 4 AB. The rest of the BlueClaws hit between .211 and .000, with most between .182 and .118 during the playoffs.
The Braves’ starters combined line was – 28.0 IP, 21 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 34 K, 1 HR.
- Monday, September 12th: defeated Rome, 5-0 (Franklyn Kilome, 1-0)
- Tuesday, September 13th: lost to Rome, 6-1 (Seranthony Dominguez, 0-1)
- Thursday, September 15th: lost to Rome, 2-0 (Alberto Tirado, 0-1)
- Friday, September 16th: lost to Rome, 6-1 (Harold Arauz, 0-1)
- No transactions, but J.P. Crawford had surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee. His recovery time is 4 weeks, and is not expected to cause any limitations going into the 2017 season.
- Aaron Nola is “on track” according to GM Matt Klentak. Nola had undergone a platelet-rich plasma treatment for his elbow. Per Klentak, he is expected to throw within the next week or two. “The idea is before he goes into his offseason, he’s been up on the mound, he’s thrown to hitters and everything feels good and he goes into his offseason feeling very confident,” said Klentak. “We’re hopeful we’ll be able to time that with instructional league, but if it stretches beyond that, we’ll have to figure it out.” (Oh please, oh please, let it be during Instructs!!!)
- Jeff Todd’s MLB Trade Rumors story.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.