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Lakewood Playoff Recap / Preview

The BlueClaws won the best of three first-round series against Hickory in impressive fashion on Saturday night.  Jonathan Pettibone struck out a career high nine in seven innings, alowing just one hit (with two outs in the sixth).  Sebastian Valle got the ‘Claws on the board in the first with a two-run homer.  Lakewood tacked on an additional run in the first on a Jeremy Barnes RBI single, then added another in the 4th and two more in the 7th.  Luke Wertz pitched the final two innings to complete the 6-0 shutout.

The Championship series gets underway tonight at 7:05 at Greenville (Red Sox).  It’s a rematch of last year’s championship series.  Trevor May and Julio Rodriguez get the call for the first two games on the road.  The series will return to Lakewood on Thursday for Game 3 and, if necessary, Games 4 and 5 on Friday and Saturday.  Lakewood’s roatation through the rest of the series will feature Brody Colvin in Game 3, followed by Pettibone in Game 4, and May coming back for Game 5.

Lakewood Playoff Report (9/10): Game 3 Tomorrow Night

Holy moly, what a ball game.  Before the largest playoff crowd in BlueClaws history, Lakewood and Hickory swapped runs in the top of the first, then shut each other out through the next 8 innings.  Finally, Hickory poked through with a run in the 10th.  Despite getting two runners on in the bottom of the 10th, the BlueClaws could not score, and we’re back for Game 3 on the shoulders of Jonathan Pettibone tomorrow night at 7:05. Continue reading Lakewood Playoff Report (9/10): Game 3 Tomorrow Night

Lakewood Weekly Report (8/30-9/5)

Recap:  Abbreviated weekly recap this week in lieu of a first-hand report from last night’s game and a lengthier season-ending writeup whenever the playoffs end.  Lakewood went 5-2 on the week and won the SAL North second-half title.  They’ll start the playoffs on Wednesday at Hickory with Trevor May on the mound.  Good starts this week from May and Pettibone, another really good start from Julio Rodriguez.  A quick glance through the box scores for the week doesn’t show anyone jumping off the page with a great performance, although Leandro Castro went on a bit of an RBI binge at the end of the week and looks like he’ll end up leading the team in that category.  The most interesting things to look for in today’s regular season finale are whether Jiwan James can get the two hits he needs to tie Quintin Berry’s Lakewood single-season record and whether the ‘Claws can tie their single-season record for wins. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/30-9/5)

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. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/23-8/29)

Lakewood Weekly Report (8/16-8/22)

Recap:  Lakewood went 2-5 on the week, losing a few games late, although the starting pitching also wasn’t as strong as it has been.  The highlights of the week were Trevor May’s 12-strikeout no-walk performance and a two-HR game from Jiwan James.  The ‘Claws are now 32-23 in the second half, 74-51 overall, and remain in first place in the SAL North with 14 games remaining in the regular season. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/16-8/22)

Lakewood Weekly Report (8/9-8/15)

Recap: Lakewood went 5-1 this week, a combination of continued excellent starting pitching and some offensive outbursts (three games of 10+ runs including a 17-run explosion). They’re now 30-18 in the second half, 3.5 games ahead of Hickory. Overall, the ‘Claws are 72-46, the second best record in minor league baseball (Durham is 74-47).
Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/9-8/15)

Lakewood Weekly Report (8/2-8/8)

Recap: Lakewood had an uncharacteristic week, going 2-4-1 (including a suspended game that ended in a 2-2 tie, but won’t be resumed although the stats will count).  Nonetheless, the ‘Claws remain in first place in the SAL North at 25-17, 1.5 games ahead of Hickory.  Overall, they are 67-45.  Lakewood needs to go 18-9 over the last month of the year to set a franchise record for wins.  Somewhat of an abbreviated report this week due to time constraints on my end… Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (8/2-8/8)

Lakewood Weekly Report (7/26-8/1)

Recap:  Lakewood went 5-2 on the week, leaving them at 23-13 for the second half, two games ahead of Hickory in the SAL North.  Overall, the BlueClaws are 65-41, which leaves them with the third best record in all of the minor leagues behind the Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers Low-A) at 70-33 and the Durham Bulls (Rays AAA) at 67-40.  Lakewood is off Sunday before starting on a nine-game roadtrip to Greenville and West Virginia. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (7/26-8/1)

Lakewood Weekly Report (7/19-7/25)

Recap:  Lakewood went 3-3 on the week, leaving their record at 18-11 for the second half, still 1.5 games ahead of Hickory in the SAL North.  The week featured an 18-inning marathon the ‘Claws won on Saturday behind excellent starting pitching from Jonathan Pettibone and very strong relief work from a quartet of hurlers.  The outcome left Lakewood at 11-4 in extra innings this year.  In personnel moves, Adam Buschini (finger) and Leandro Castro (oblique) were placed on the DL this week.  Also, some conflicting reports on Jarred Cosart–per the Asbury Park Press, Steve Noworyta stated it’s possible Cosart is done for the year and won’t pitch again until Instructional League, however in a scout.com article, Gorman Heimueller says he’ll start throwing around August 1st and the headline leads one to believe he could be back before season’s end. Continue reading Lakewood Weekly Report (7/19-7/25)