Sunday, June 29, 2008

Hamels wins #8

Cole Hamels battled his way through 7 innings in Arlington, Texas last night, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, striking out 8 en route t an 8-6 win over the Rangers. Cole improved to 8-5, 3.38 on the year. Ryan Howard blasted his 20th home run of the season to give him 67 RBI on the year. The average is low, at .215, but the power numbers are still there for Ryno.

Staying in the Lone Star State, in Houston Michael Bourn had 2 hits and walk and stole his 31st base of the year in the Astros' 11-10 win over the Red Sox. Bourn's average continues to climb, now at .235.

Harris' 3 home runs lead Threshers

Clay Harris belted 3 home runs on Saturday, driving in 6 runs, to back another solid performance by Edgar Garcia as the Threshers beat the Mets, 11-1. Harris has had an injury plagues season, but since becoming healthy has been on fire. He is hitting .342 (on base percentage at .426), with 7 homers and 31 RBI in just 38 games so far. John Urick (.275) added 3 hits and 2 RBI (46) for Clearwater, and Adrian Cardenas (.315) and Fidel Hernandez chipped in with 2 hits each. Michael Taylor picked up a single in 5 at bats and is just 6 for 35 (.171) in his 9 games with the Threshers.

As for Garcia, the 20-year old from the DR was strong for 6 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits and to improve to 8-2, 3.97 in this breakout season. Edgar was 4-9 in 20 starts for the BlueClaws last year. After Brian Schlitter (2.36) threw a 1-2-3 7th, Alex Concepcion returned to action to throw a scoreless 8th inning. Ron Hill (4.05)continued to struggle, allowing 4 hits and a run in the bottom of the 9th.

In Lakewood, the BlueClaws got contributions up and down the lineup in an 11-2 beating of Delmarva Saturday night. Chance Chapman worked his way out of trouble constantly, aided by 3 double plays. In 7 innings of work, Chapman gave up 9 hits and 2 walks, but no runs, to improve to 5-4, 2.81 on the year. With Tyson Brummett in Reading and Drew Naylor in Clearwater, Chapman, Darren Byrd, and Julian Sampson have stepped up for the 'Claws. Byrd will get the ball Sunday afternoon.

Derrick Mitchell (2 doubles) and Moose Mattair drove in 2 runs each for Lakewood. Mitchell, batting lead off for the first time this year, now has 46 RBI for Lakewood, which is tops on the team with Taylor now in Clearwater. Joel Naughton (great picture of him in this morning's Press) hit his second home run of the year leading off the second inning, and Freddy Galvis had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs.

In Akron, Mike Spidale (.292), Joey Hammond and Jake Blalock (.311) had 3 hits each as Reading topped Akron, 7-2. Jeremy Slayden belted his 9th home run and leads all HomeSiders with 54 RBI in 2008. J.D. Durbin won his 2nd game of the year, going 7 strong innings, allowing 2 runs (just 1 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks to lower his ERA to 2.77. Josh Outman an Pat Overholt threw a scoreless frame each to finish it off.

In Allentown, J.A. Happ pitched another strong game, going 7.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 5, receiving a no decision in Lehigh Valley's 2-1 victory. Jason Jaramillo had a hit and a walk to raise his average to a season high .261.

In Rochester, Randy Ruiz (.303) had 3 hits and drove in 2 more runs in the Red Wings' 8-6 triumph over Pawtucket. "Homie" now has 48 RBI. Can you say "September call-up?"

In Sacramento late last night, Jesus Merchan (.319) smacked a triple and drove in 3 runs for Tucson in the Sidewinder's 8-6 win over the River Cats. Jesus has driven in 35 runs in a back up role for the D-Backs affiliate.

On Friday night, Zack Segovia pitched 2 innings in the GCL for the Nationals and picked up a win over the Mets. Look for Zack to be moved up after 1 more outing in Florida.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Myers to Williamsport

Struggling D'Arby Myers was sent from Lakewood to Williamsport this morning. Myers got the news when the bus returned from Lake County after the BlueClaws lost both ends of a doubleheader in Ohio last night. D'Arby hit .240 for the Crosscutters in 46 games last year, but was hitting just .174 for Lakewood. This opens a spot on the roster, which could be taken up by Matt Rizzotti, who may be able to come off the DL soon. This is just my speculation.

Alex Concepcion was activated from the DL and placed on the Clearwater roster. Alex had taken a line drive off his knee back in May, and hasn't played since then.

Reading review

It has not been a good week in the Phillies system, but this morning I will focus on Reading. There is some good news, but the results on the field have not been there. After losing 3 of 4 to Harrisburg this week, the R-Phils moved into Akron last night and Carlos Carassco and Brett Harker (recently promoted from Clearwater) gave up 8 runs each in the Aero's 16-6 win.

We begin on Tuesday, when Jason Donald got Reading off to a fast start with a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. It was Donald's 9th dinger and increased his RBI total to 38. Neil Sellers also homered(#9), Mike Spidale added 2 hits, Lou Marson picked up RBI #37, and Javon Moran stole his 18th base in 19 tries. Tyson Brummett made his second start for Reading, pitching 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Joe Bisenius pitched a 1-2-3 7th, before Pat Overholt (2-3, 4.14) pitched the final 2 frames, allowing 3 earned runs and picking up the loss.

On Wednesday, the Phillies got their only win of the series, a 5-3 triumph behind strong pitching from Kip Bouknight. Bouknight went 6.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, getting no decision. Josh Outman came in to relieve him and walked 2 of the 3 men he faced before yielding to Bisenius. "Bis" restored order, throwing the final 2.2 innings to record his second win of the year and lower his ERA to an impressive 2.60. Mike Eylward had a single, a double and 3 RBI, and Jeremy Slayden drove in the other 2 runs, to make it 50 RBI on the year for Slay.

Slayden continued hot on Thursday, going 3 for 3 in the Senator's 6-2 win in the series finale. Fabio Castro suffered his first loss of the year, allowing 4 runs in 5.2 innings. Brad Harman picked up 2 more hits, he has been coming on lately, and the Phillies hit the road for Akron.

Friday's opener in Akron was not one of Carassco's best outings. Only 3 innings, 8 runs (7 earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks, to fall to 5-7, 4.18 for the year. Moran (.276) picked up 2 more hits and Slayden drove in 3 more runs (53 for those who are counting). Harker made his Reading debut and was shell shocked!! 8 earned runs on 10 hits in just 2 innings. Hang in there, Hark, things can only get better!!

In another note from Friday, Randy Ruiz belted his 11th home run of the year for Rochester in the Red Wings 4-2 loss. Randy is batting .298, with 46 RBI for the Minnesota affiliate.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Future Stars named

For the 3rd year in a row, Phillies #1 prospect Carlos Carassco (pictured pitching last Sunday) has been named to pitch in the future stars game at the Major League All-Star break. This year's game will take place in Yankee Stadium. Also named to the World Team, but unable to participate due to injury is Antonio Bastardo. Named to the USA team were 3 former 'Claws: Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Greg Golson. The 3 USA players will also be under consideration for the USA Oylympic Baseball Team which will compete in China this August. Good Luck to all our boys!!!

Kendrick at his best

I am running out the door to work, but I had to mention Kyle Kendrick, who had his best outing as a major leaguer late last night in Oakland. 8 shut out innings, just 4 hits and a walk in Phillies 4-0 win over the A's. Kendrick is now 7-3, 4.59 for the year and 17-7 for his career in a little over one full season.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Tejeda on the move again

The Texas Rangers designated Robinson Tejeda for assignment last week when the team was here at Shea to play the Mets. He did NOT clear waivers and was claimed by Kansas City yesterday. He has not joined the Royals yet and they will have to make room for him on the roster.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

'Claws eclipse Suns

The Lakewood BlueClaws got back in the win column on Monday, beating Hagerstown 2-1 behind a strong effort by Darren Byrd. Byrd picked up his first win of the year by throwing 6 shut out innings, allowing just 2 hits and NO walks, striking out 4. Darren has pitched well since returning to Lakewood, posting a 3.18 ERA in his 5 starts over 28.1 innings. Sergio Escalona recorded 5 outs (3 strike outs) to post his 5th "hold" and Jared Simon recorded his 11th save despite allowing an unearned run in the 9th. Freddy Galvis picked up 2 hits for the BlueClaws, the RBI's going to Dennis Winn (#21) and Moose Mattair (#29). Lakewood will go for 2 in a row with Julian Sampson (4-1, 4.60) on Tuesday.

Also Monday, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mario Delgado hit his 8th home run of the year as the Lincoln Saltdogs topped the St. Paul Saints, 3-0. Mario is hitting .342 for the Saltdogs.

Garcia wins 7th

The Clearwater Threshers topped Vero Beach 7-3 Monday behind another strong outing by Edgar Garcia. Edgar went 7 innings and made just one mistake, a home run ball to Vero's Matthew Fields. Otherwise 1 walk and 4 other his while striking out 8 to improve to 7-2, 4.05. Brian Schlitter (2.41) pitched the final 2 frames. Clay Harris had 3 hits, including his 4th home run, and drove in 5 runs for Clearwater. Harris, who will turn 26 this August, is batting .324 in 33 games since coming off the DL and would be in Reading if it were up to me. Carlos Leon also had 3 hits for the Threshers and Adrian Cardenas (.316) had 2 hits, a walk, and stole his 9th base without being caught this year. Gus Milner (.298) had a hit, a walk, and an RBI with a sac fly.
In Reading, Harrisburg beat the R-Phils 9-5. Brad Harman (pictured) homered for the 7th time this year(and the second day in a row) and Mike Spidale (.287) and Jeremy Slayden (.282) added 2 hits each for Reading. Spidale has been hot, raising his average from under .200 to it's current .287 and looking like the Mike Spidale we saw here in Lakewood in 2006 when he led the SAL in batting.

Happ stops Bulls..Ole!!

J.A. Happ continues to be one of the bright spots for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. James was on his game Monday, tossing 6 1-hit innings in Durham as the 'Pigs shut out the Bulls, 7-0. He walked 2 and struck out 9 to up his mark to 5-6, 3.73 on the year. R.J. Swindel (2.08) pitched a scoreless 7th for Lehigh Valley. Jason Jaramillo (.259) had a hit and his 19th RBI in the game. J.J. is 11 for 35 in his last 9 games and continues to come on after a very slow start to 2008.

Bobby Korecky picked up his 9th save of the year for Rochester last night in the Red Wing's 8-5 victory over Louisville. After a call-up to Minnesota where he got only 10.1 innings of work for the Twins, Bobby has been back with the Red Wings for about 3 weeks and back in his role as the closer.

Nats test Segovia in GCL

The Washington Nationals assigned Zack Segovia to their GCL affiliate apparently to monitor and assess him. He started on Sunday against the Mets and threw 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk, striking out 5. I'm sure we will see him move up soon.

Meanwhile, on Monday in Frisco, Texas, Tim Gradoville picked up 2 hits and a walk in Frisco's 15-7 slugfest win over Corpus Christi. For Grado, it was his 14th game for the Ranger's affiliate, that's 12 more than he got into with the Phillies, and bumped his average to .205. At least he is getting a chance to play!!

A few miles north of there, in Oklahoma City, Elizardo Ramirez notched his 6th win of the season in the Redhawk's 9-4 triumph over Round Rock. "Easy" went 7.1 innings, giving up just 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, NO walks and 3 strike outs. Ramirez threw 86 pitches, 60 for strikes to improve to 6-3, 4.48 on the year.

The news was not so good in Salt Lake City, where Gio Gonzalez was roughed up by the Bees. Gio lasted just 2.2 frames, allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits (2 HR)and 4 walks to fall to 3-6 with a 5.51 ERA for the Sacramento River Cats.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Miller to Lakewood;Segovia signs with Nats

Jay Miller has been transferred from Clearwater to Lakewood. Jay played most of 2007 for Lakewood and was hitting .301 for the Threshers this year. It was a numbers game, with Michael Taylor going to Clearwater, something had to give with the Thresher's outfielders. Miller cannot be happy, nor would I expect him to be, but what can he (we) do except play (root for him) hard. is experiencing some problems this morning and I cannot get on, but I received an e-mail from Zack Segovia telling me he has signed with the Nationals and is NOT giving up the chase for a major league career. In his words, he is too close and has fought too hard to get healthy again to give up now. I applaud this attitude. When I determine where he gets assigned, I will post it here.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Let's check on some former BlueClaws outside the system:

Juan Richardson- this original BlueClaw is in the Kansas City system, and leads the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in hitting. Juan is batting .293 with 15 doubles, a triple, 6 homers and 35 RBI.

Mike Dubee-Mike is in high A with the White Sox' Winston-Salem Warthogs and has been getting a regular turn in the rotation. In 11 appearances so far (9 starts), Dubee is 3-4 with a 4.69 ERA. In his last start Tuesday, he only pitched 2 innings before being removed from the game and placed on the DL. I have an inquiry in at the Warthogs office hoping to find out what the injury and prognosis are.

Eude Brito- another original BlueClaw, Eude had a tough start in the Nationals system this year and was released by Washington. The Mets have signed him, he has been assigned to Binghamton in the Eastern League and seems to have found his groove. He is 3-1, 2.80 in 18 games with the Mets, giving up just 11 earned runs on 30 hits in 35.1 innings of work.

C.J.Henry- one of our champions is back in the Yankees system and has recently come off the DL to start his 2008 season with the Tampa Yanks. He made his debut against Clearwater last Monday and has played just 4 games so far, going 3 for 16. I know I am in the minority around Lakewood, but I persist in my belief that the ability is in this player and he could move up through the ranks of the New York system. I, for one, will be rooting for him.

Scott Mitchinson- Scott is having a great year for the Kane County Cougars, single A team in the Oakland system. In 11 starts, Mitchinson is 5-2 with a stellar 1.80 ERA in 67.1 innings of work. He has 65 strike outs with only 10 walks. The only fly in this ointment is the fact that he has not pitched in 11 days. He has not been put on the DL, and I have inquired at the Cougars office about him. I will post when I receive a reply.

Let's go off the beaten track here into some independent leagues where we find

Vinny DeChristofaro- Yes, the big lefty is still chasing the dream with the Grand Prairie Airhogs(I kid you not!!). Vinny is having a good year closing games for the Airhogs, posting a 1-0 record with a 1.40 ERA and 3 saves in 20 appearances so far in the American Association. Opponents are hitting just .214 against him.

Paige Dumont- The former Phillies draft pick and 2007 BlueClaw is also in the American Association pitching for the Sioux City Explorers. He has posted a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 25.2 innings of work. He has struck out 25 and walked just 2.

Lee Gwaltney- signed by the Fort Worth Cats on May 29, Gwaltney has a 3-0 record in 5 appearances (4 starts), posting a 1.63 ERA so far, as the American Association continues to provide a home for wayward 'Claws!!

Mario Delgado- signed by the Lincoln Saltdogs on May 21. Mario is hitting .333, with 4 doubles, 4 home runs and 11 RBI in 27 games with Lincoln.

Sean Gamble was released by the Pensacola Pelicans on June 3, I have not found him anywhere else, yet. But I did find Zack Cline playing for the Pelicans!! Zack is 2-2 with a 3.31 ERA in 5 starts for the Pelicans.

Closer to home, I notice that Matt Sweeney is still pitching for the Newark Bears. Matt is 1-5 with a 6.75 ERA(ouch!!) in 11 games. Also on the Newark roster, for my Clearwater friends, is Cory Willey. Cory is having a very good season, going 5-0, 2.79 in 22 games for the Bears.

Danny Gonzalez-Danny seems to have found a home with the Lancaster Barnstormers. In 53 games this year, Danny is hitting .283, with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, and 30 RBI in his 3rd season with Lancaster.

Matt Padgett- I had the pleasure of meeting Padgett and his parents in spring training in 2007, and while he never played in Lakewood, it is good to see him still playing. Matt is with the York Revolution, batting .248 in 48 games.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Michael Taylor, Drew Naylor, Ben Pfinsgraff and Herman Demmink have all been promoted from Lakewood to Clearwater. This leaves an overflow of outfielders with the Threshers. (The Demmink promotion was made necessary by the move of Welinson Baez to become a pitcher. The Phillies have been considering this for a long time and Baez' inconsistency at the plate forced the move. It is better than a release, but Welinson will go back to square one.) The BlueClaws will have a drastically different team for the second half.

Also, Antonio Bastardo was placed on the DL with Reading and Tyson Brummett has been promoted and will make his AA debut tonight for the R-Phils.

I have gotten conflicting stories on Michael Durant, but I believe his promotion has been delayed due to Matt Rizzotti being on the DL, and Karl Bolt still playing with a broken nose.

The BlueClaws began the second half tonight against first half champ Lake County and I am sure there will be some new faces in uniform when I get to the ballpark.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Our 4 Stars

Starting from second from left: Joel Naughton, Drew Naylor, Michael Durant and Michael Taylor before the game last night in Greensboro. Naylor was voted the best pitcher in the game!!Thanks to Kathy Palamara for a great photo.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Claws lead North to win

The Lakewood BlueClaws sent 4 men to the S.A.L. All Star game and got big contributions from all of them. Michael Taylor had a single and a double, driving in a run, and Mike Durant made his return to action, as the DH for the North squad. Durant, down since May 20, did not miss a beat, singling and belting a 2-run home run. Joel Naughton also contributed with a single and run scored and Drew Naylor pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out 2 of the 3 hitters he faced. In all, a very successful evening for Lakewood in the North's 13-4 victory.

In another HomeSide note from Monday, Chris Roberson hit a game-winning, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Norfolk a victory over Scranton. It was Robey's 3rd dinger of the year.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

check out the future on TV

Phillies draft choice OF Steve Susdorf will be participating in the College World Series for Fresno State this afternoon at 2:00 on ESPN. Many of our past BlueClaws have previewed their talent for us in this forum. I guess we are all Bulldog fans this week, with the exception of our guys who went to other colleges that are involved. (Michael Taylor is surely rooting for his alma mater, Stanford)

Threshers shine in FSL Star game

The Clearwater Threshers had 4 representatives in the FSL All-Star game last night and they all played well. Gus Milner played the whole game, batting 2nd in the line up, and got 5 at bats. Gus got a single and a walk and scored both times. Edgar Garcia pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 2nd inning, Brett Harker threw a scoreless 6th inning, striking out 2, and Matt German got the final out in the 7th and the first out in the 8th without allowing a run. A total of 2.2 innings pitched, with no runs in the West's 8-3 win. Drew Stubbs of Sarasota was named "Star of Stars".

Clearwater resumes regular play on Monday at home against Tampa.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Segovia released;Guevara DL'd again;Durant to play

2003 Lakewood BlueClaw and long time Phillies prospect Zack Segovia was released Friday, after battling but not being able to come back from repeated injuries. Zack is a new father, I was lucky enough to meet his lovely wife and adorable daughter when I was in Florida last month, and I wish him all the luck in the world.

Hang in there, Zack!! If you decide to keep playing, the HomeSide will always be on YOUR side.

Orlando Guevara was placed on the DL AGAIN, this time with a knee injury. Orlando has had nothing but bad luck with injuries the last few years.

On the bright side, Michael Durant has been cleared to play in the S.A.L. All Star game Tuesday night in Greensboro. Michael hasn't played since he hurt his ankle on May 20.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

round up

Here are the stats on our boys, starting in the majors:

Ryan Howard-although he is hitting just .208, he is 5th in the NL in RBI with 49, and one of the guys ahead of him is Chase Utley, who just happens to hit right in front of him! Ryno also has 11 doubles and a triple for the Phillies.

Carlos Ruiz-struggling at .221, Carlos is losing playing time to a red hot Chris Coste (who is hitting .313 with 6 HR). Ruiz has 5 doubles, 2 HR and 16 RBI in just 140 AB.

Brad Harman was 1 for 10 in his short stint with the big club.

Cole Hamels has been, well, Cole! The cool one is 6-4, with a 3.27 ERA in 99 innings of work, with 2 complete game shut outs, and is 3rd in the NL with 86 strike outs.

Kyle Kendrick-who said he was a flash in the pan!? Kyle has a 5-2, 4.87 mark this year to follow up last year's 10-win season and looks like he really does belong in the major leagues.

Gavin Floyd has made 12 starts at the back of the White Sox rotation and has posted a 7-3, 3.10 line. In 78.1 innings, he has struck out 45 and walked just 28. At age 25, he looks like he has come into his own.

Michael Bourn-Mike seems to have gotten over a rough early season, moving his average up to .224. After a .195 April and a .214 May, Bourn is hitting .346 in June. He has 4 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and is 24 for 28 in steal attempts, which is tops in the National League. For his career, Bourn is 43 for 50 (that's 86%). He also has 5 outfield assists.

Taylor Buchholz has had a stellar season so far for the Rockies. Being used basically as a 6th and 7th inning guy in games when his team is ahead, Buchholz has been in 22 games, throwing 33.1 innings. He has 2 wins, 2 loses, a save in his only opportunity, giving up just 20 hits and 6 earned runs, posting a 1.62 ERA.

Bobby Korecky has been in 9 games since being called up to Minnesota in late April. With Joe Nathan closing games for the Twins, Bobby has been eased into the bullpen rotation. He has worked a total of 10.1 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 8 hits. He has picked up a win, and has a 3.48 ERA. He is also 1 for 1 as a hitter, and has handled all 5 chances in the field flawlessly. At 29 years old, it is probably his best chance to stick in the majors leagues right now.

Robinson Tejeda has been used by the Rangers 3 times this month with mixed results. After a disastrous first appearance when all three batters he faced reached base and scored in a 9-run Oakland inning, Robinson pitched 2.1 hit less innings against the Indians, but then was roughed up by the Rays last Sunday. In a total of 4 innings, he has allowed 6 runs, on 5 hits and 5 walks. The Rangers come to Shea this weekend to face the limping Mets.

Last week, the Rangers called up Elizardo Ramirez and threw him into a game against Cleveland. Taking no mercy on him, Texas left him in the game for 2.2 innings. Plenty of time to give up 9 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks! ERA: 30.37!! He has been returned to Oklahoma.


Jason Jaramillo has been coming on strong for Lehigh Valley. JJ is batting .343 in his last 10 games to raise his average to .250 overall. The switch hitting catcher has 10 doubles, 3 homers and 17 RBI after a brutal start this year. Some people think he may have damaged his status as a prospect, but I disagree. Jason has always made the adjustments necessary at each new level of play, and I believe he will catch in the majors one day.

J.A.Happ has also come on, picking up 4 wins in his last 6 starts. Happ is now 4-5, with a 3.95 ERA in his 14 starts. He has given up just 78 hits in 82 innings of work, striking out 87 while walking just 32. When you think about the start this team had, these are very good numbers.

R.J.Swindel is our third boy with the IronPigs. Picked up from the Newark Bears last season, R.J. was a very effective pitcher here for Lakewood last season. In 24 games this year with Reading and Lehigh Valley, his combined numbers are 33.1 innings, just 24 hits, 2 wins, 1.35 ERA, 35 strike outs, ONLY 5 WALKS.

Randy Ruiz is batting .294 in 63 games so far for the Rochester Red Wings. Homie has 15 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs and 36 RBI for the Minnesota affiliate.

Matt Maloney- After a slow start in Louisville, Matt has come on recently. In 13 starts for the Reds AAA team, he has posted a 6-3 record (with 1 shut out) and a 4.64 ERA. In 73.2 innings, he has allowed 73 hits, striking out 67 while walking just 22. He would seem to be the perfect compliment to the Reds' young rotation, which already includes Edinson Volquez, and Homer Bailey.

Kevin Howard is on the disabled list for the Las Vegas 51s. He has not played since May 18, when he was hitting .263 for the Dodger's affiliate, with 8 doubles, 3 HR, and 22 RBI in 36 games. I will try to find out the nature of his injury. If anybody knows anything, please don't hesitate drop me an e-mail at or just click on the comments section below and send me the info.

Andrew Baldwin has made 13 appearances, 8 starts for the Tacoma Rainiers, posting a 2-4 mark with a 6.51 ERA. Traded to the Mariners in the Jamie Moyer trade, Andy has struggled in the heavy hitting PCL, giving up 34 earned runs on 72 hits in just 47 innings of work. He also has a very high 1.94 WHIP.(which stands for walks + hits per innings pitched)

Chris Roberson is batting .242 for the Norfolk Tides. Robey has 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR and 27 RBI for the Orioles affiliate. He is also 10 for 16 in steal attempts. Remember Robey is the BlueClaw's career stolen base leader with 59 steals in 2003. One of Roberson's teammates is Mike Costanzo, who is batting .240 in 60 games for the Tides, with 6 doubles, 5 home runs and 22 RBI. Costanzo has made 10 errors, the most on Norfolk's roster.

Jesus Merchan is playing a utility role for the Tucson Sidewinders and playing it well. Jesus had come up with 50 hits in just 44 games, with 9 doubles, a home run, 24 RBI and a .327 batting average. His 153 at bats do not qualify him for the league leader board, but this average would place him 10th in the league.

Gio Gonzalez has made 13 starts for the Sacramento River Cats, with mixed results. He has a 2-4 record, and a 5.71 ERA for the Athletics's affiliate, allowing 41 earned runs on 74 hits in just 64.2 innings of work.

I will run down the AA, single A, and independent players this weekend and then try to get back to a more regular posting routine.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Welcome to Lakewood

The HomeSide welcomes Bob, Donna and Brittney, here from Delmarva to watch their team with us. I met these great folks on my travels to Maryland last summer and the friendships we have developed have carried over. As you can see, we have got Brittney onto our side!!

'Claws stay hot, in the hunt

The Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the Delmarva Shorebirds, 6-4 Friday night, to remain 2 games behind the Lake County Captains for first place in the division with 10 games to go in the first half. The win makes 6 of 7 (and 15 of 18) for the red-hot BlueClaws. Lakewood got contributions from all over the line up, but we will start with the pitching. Julian Sampson made his first appearance since being hit in the ribs by a line drive back on May 18, and made it through 3.2 innings before needing relief. Sergio Escalona came in for 2.1 innings, and picked up the win. Escalona gave up just 1 hit, a home run to Kieron Pope, to improve to 3-1, 3.63 on the year. Ben Pfinsgraff threw 2 scoreless frames, striking out 4, to record his 4th "hold", and Jared Simon picked up his 10th save with a 1-2-3 9th inning.

Joel Naughton had 3 hits, including his first home run of the year, to up his average to .296, and Dominic Brown (.295) drove in 3 runs, one in each of his first 3 at bats, and Matt Rizzotti and Dereck Mitchell had 2 hits apiece. Mitchell, who his just .188 in April, had a .313 May and has continued his hot hitting here in June when the games have become very important.

the week that was

Good Morning HomeSiders-

After a busy week that kept me away from the computer, here are just some of the week's highlights.

On Tuesday night in Chicago, Gavin Floyd defeated the Royals, going 6 strong innings, allowing just 2 earned runs on 6 hits, NO walks, striking out 4 in the Sox' 9-5 win. Gavin improved to 6-3, 3.15 for the year. It is a career high win total for a season in Gavin's major league career, no doubt due to the fact that he has been left in the rotation all season, and makes his career mark 14-13. It looks like the Whits Sox are getting the pitcher that the Phillies saw when they drafted Floyd out of high school in the 2001 draft.

Speaking of the Phillies, on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, Cole Hamels was spectacular, pitching a 3-hit shut out over the Reds to lead the Phillies to a 5-0 win. Cole is now 6-4, with a 3.36 ERA this year.

Also on Thursday night, in Clearwater, the Threshers trailed the St. Lucie Mets 8-5 with 2 out in the 9th inning, when Quintin Berry belted a 3-run home run to tie the game at 8-8. Jay Miller (.313) followed with a pinch hit single, followed by a John Urick single and when Gus Milner hit a ground ball that the Mets shortstop Rueben Tejada could not handle, the Threshers had a thrilling 9-8 come from behind win.

Monday, June 2, 2008

S.A.L. announces All-Stars

The South Atlantic League announced it's All-Star selections tonight and the Lakewood BlueClaws are well represented. First baseman Michael Durant, who is currently rehabbing his ankle in Clearwater has received the honor, along with outfielder Michael Taylor, who belted his 9th home run of the season in tonight's 8-7 Lakewood victory over Hagerstown. Also named were pitcher Drew Naylor, who leads the S.A.L in strikeouts with 78, and catcher Joel Naughton, who has been very consistent both at bat and behind the plate. Congratulations to all our stars!!

Tonight's Lakewood win, combined with Delmarva's victory over Lake County, has the BlueClaws just 2 games out of first place with 13 games remaining in the first half. The BlueClaws have won 13 of their last 15 games and are the hottest team in baseball!!