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May 3, 2011 | By JOE BERKERY, berkerj@phillynews.com
Tell Lakewood's David Buchanan to get a grip and he might reply, "Sure, which one?" It's clear that pitching is a language the affable righthander speaks fluently. He had just finished a bullpen session, during which he worked meticulously to get his slider "tighter" so he can backdoor righthanded hitters. He's also working to better locate his changeup. He then discussed his sinker, which is actually a two-seam fastball, his "out" pitch. "I use that pitch to get ground balls," said the native of suburban Atlanta.
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June 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - There were times last season when Matt Hockenberry said he would look into the dugout and wonder if his manager would be taking him out. The former Temple ace struggled in his first season with single-A Lakewood. "I would go out there and get maybe one or two outs," Hockenberry said. "Then when it would rain, it would pour. Guys would be running around the bases and I'd just be standing there. " The righthander pitched last season as a reliever with a starter's mind-set.
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May 29, 2010
If first impressions are lasting, the second coming of Ryan Howard may have arrived at single-A Lakewood a couple of weeks ago. Jonathan Singleton, an 18-year-old first baseman taken by the Phillies in the eighth round of last year's draft, is off to an incredible start with the BlueClaws after opening the season in extended spring training. Singleton, a lefthanded hitter out of Lakewood, Calif., near Los Angeles, hit safely in 14 of his first 15 games, batting .451 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
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August 11, 2010 | The Inquirer Staff
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Lakewood BlueClaws scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back as they beat the West Virginia Power, 17-3, in the South Atlantic League. The BlueClaws were sparked by a two-run homer by Alan Schoenberger in the second inning. The long ball ruled as four players slugged homers. Leandro Castro hit two, a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the sixth. The BlueClaws also had five doubles. ALLENTOWN - The Bisons' Pat Misch pitched five shutout innings, scattering two hits and striking out three as Buffalo blanked the IronPigs in the International League game.
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April 27, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Angel Pagan collected four RBIs as the Binghamton Mets beat the Trenton Thunder, 5-2, last night in the Eastern League. Pagan hit two-run singles in the second and seventh innings. Chris Basak's solo home run to right field in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winner. J.T. Stotts hit a solo homer for the Thunder in the sixth inning. Columbus 5, Lakewood 3 COLUMBUS, Ga. - Andy Laroche scored the deciding run on second baseman Timothy Moss' error in the fifth inning as the Catfish beat the BlueClaws in the South Atlantic League.
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September 19, 2009 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Lakewood BlueClaws claimed the South Atlantic League championship last night with a 5-1 victory over the Greenville Drive. The BlueClaws won the five-game series, three games to one. They led, 4-0, after four innings, while Greenville scored its only run in the seventh inning. Korey Noles went seven innings to pick up the win. Long Island 7, Camden 2 WEST ISLIP, N.Y. - The Ducks had a 5-0 lead after six innings in their Atlantic League win over the Riversharks.
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July 12, 2013
RIGHTHANDERS Jeb Stefan, Ramon Oviedo and Chris Burgess held the Rome Braves hitless last night to notch a 1-0 victory and record the fourth no-hitter in Lakewood BlueClaws history. Stefan (3-4) walked four and struck out five in six innings for the Phillies' low Class A South Atlantic club. Oviedo struck out four in his two perfect innings, and Burgess survived a leadoff walk in the ninth to save the no-hitter and the win. Carlos Tocci scored Jonathan Roof with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly for the game's only run.
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June 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - There were times last season when Matt Hockenberry said he would look into the dugout and wonder if his manager would be taking him out. The former Temple ace struggled in his first season with single-A Lakewood. "I would go out there and get maybe one or two outs," Hockenberry said. "Then when it would rain, it would pour. Guys would be running around the bases and I'd just be standing there. " The righthander pitched last season as a reliever with a starter's mind-set.
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May 9, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - There was not much happening here on Wednesday night. The BlueClaws were already trailing, 8-0, by the bottom of the fourth inning on a chilly, rainy night by the Shore. The lone bright spot on the field for the Low-A affiliate of the Phillies was a 19-year-old prospect. J.P. Crawford went 2-for-5 with two doubles in the BlueClaws' 10-2 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators. He is currently the third-ranked prospect in the Phillies farm system after being drafted 16th overall in 2013.
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September 2, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The first thing you notice is how Carlos Tocci's white Lakewood BlueClaws jersey hangs from his lean torso. A few hairs dot his face - the result of two months without shaving. His English is timid, but the 18-year-old Venezuelan laughs when he hears the word cheeseburger. "I'm the skinniest guy here," Tocci said through a translator. "But, I mean, a lot of these guys have six or seven years on me. " It is what makes a .211 batting average and .513 OPS entering the weekend superficial because Tocci survived.
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July 12, 2013
RIGHTHANDERS Jeb Stefan, Ramon Oviedo and Chris Burgess held the Rome Braves hitless last night to notch a 1-0 victory and record the fourth no-hitter in Lakewood BlueClaws history. Stefan (3-4) walked four and struck out five in six innings for the Phillies' low Class A South Atlantic club. Oviedo struck out four in his two perfect innings, and Burgess survived a leadoff walk in the ninth to save the no-hitter and the win. Carlos Tocci scored Jonathan Roof with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly for the game's only run.
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June 10, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Lakewood will host the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 18 and two BlueClaws will represent the home team - reliever Steven Inch and catcher Chace Numata. Inch, a 22-year-old righhanded relief pitcher from Alberta, Canada, entered the weekend 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA and seven saves in 282/3 innings. "It's pretty exciting and a great opportunity," Inch said in a phone interview. Last season he was 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA at Williamsport and said that he started throwing a sinker halfway through last year and that has contributed to his success.
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April 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Brady didn't lose sight of the significance that his first win for the Lakewood BlueClaws came not too far from where he competed in college at Clemson University. The 6-foot-3 righthander pitched five hitless innings, but also walked five in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over the Greenville Drive in South Carolina. "It feels good to get my first win close to where I competed in college and a lot of people came out to support me," Brady said in a phone interview from South Carolina.
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June 29, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Four hundred feet from home plate, where a large man wearing a powder-blue No. 52 jersey stood, was the No. 29 plastered on the center field wall with "HOWARD" arching over it. The man at the plate wasn't paying attention to that. The man at the plate was just trying to get solid at-bats against live pitching in the first game of his rehab assignment. The man at the plate was Ryan Howard - or at least the 6-foot-4 shell of the player Phillies fans came to know so well, and the shell of the man the Phillies hope will provide the necessary spark for a struggling team.
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June 29, 2012 | By Chad Graff, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Four hundred feet from home plate, where a large man wearing a powder-blue No. 52 jersey stood, was the No. 29 plastered on the center field wall with "HOWARD" arching over it. The man at the plate wasn't paying attention to that. The man at the plate was just trying to get solid at-bats against live pitching in the first game of his rehab assignment. The man at the plate was Ryan Howard - or at least the 6-foot-4 shell of the player Phillies fans came to know so well, and the shell of the man the Phillies hope will provide the necessary spark for a struggling team.
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May 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Ramon Oviedo enjoyed a strong debut for Lakewood on Tuesday, and the Phillies brass got a firsthand look at the 6-foot-6, 175-pound righthander from the Dominican Republic. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, attended the game, a 3-1 win by the BlueClaws over the visiting Delmarva Shorebirds, the low single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Oviedo, who turns 22 in July, earned the win, pitching six innings while allowing five hits.
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March 7, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, mahont@phillynews.com
LAKEWOOD BlueClaws fans take heart - the team feels your pain. Your pain as you wait in long concession lines for a few cold ones. Your pain as you wait in long bathroom lines to relieve yourself after those cold ones. Starting this season, attendance at games at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J., will not exceed 8,000. The BlueClaws, the Phillies Class A affiliate that plays in the South Atlantic League, have exceeded the 8,000 mark on at least 14 occasions over the last five seasons.
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