BlueClaws Pound Drive to Even Series
Dylan Cozens is 2nd in the whole Philadelphia Phillies minor league organization with 13 home runs this season.
BlueClaws DH Willians Astudillo leads his team with a total of 48 RBI’s.
BlueClaws starting pitcher Jon Prosinski has 5 strikeouts in the game.
Drive score their 1st run in the top of the 6th on an RBI single
BlueClaws third baseman Mitch Walding had a 2 RBI single in the 6th inning.
Walding is 21-56, with 13 doubles and 1 home run.
BlueClaws right fielder Dylan Cozens had a 2 RBI triple in the 7th inning.
BlueClaws had 11 hits as a team in the game.
BlueClaws 8 – Drive 3
The Lakewood BlueClaws had a lot to prove Thursday night after blowing a 2-1 lead Wednesday night, which resulted in a 9-2 loss to the Greenville Drive. The BlueClaws made sure of no such comeback victory this time around. The BlueClaws pounded out eight runs on eleven hits and got great pitching from their starter to their bullpen to beat the Drive 8-3.
The BlueClaws offense began their scoring affair in the second inning when DH Willians Astudillo hit an RBI single that gave Lakewood a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, right fielder Larry Greene Jr. would score on a wild pitch to make the BlueClaws increase their lead to 2-0.
The BlueClaws’ biggest eruption came in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, third baseman Mitch Walding, hit a two-run single to give the BlueClaws a 4-1 lead. Walding, on the hit that got the BlueClaws rolling said, “It felt great you know. It kinda opened things up for us, with the game being 2-1 at the time. It feels great to get a great hit in a key situation in the game.” Recently, Walding has been on a tear for the BlueClaws. After last night’s game, Walding is 21 out of his last 56 at-bats. This comes out to a .375 batting average, including 13 doubles and one home run. On his recent tear at the plate, Walding said, “The coaches came to me and told me that we need to change some things up on how I place my hands on the bat. It has done wonders for me, lately. I’ve also been more relaxed at the plate, and I have had a better approach when I’m at bat and that has helped me out, as well.”
The BlueClaws would add another run in the sixth on Greene’s sac fly to take a 5-1 lead. Lakewood would then have its final offensive eruption in the seventh, when they would have another three-run inning. With men on first and second, right fielder Dylan Cozens hit a two-run triple to give Lakewood a 7-1 lead. “Felt pretty good; I don’t remember the last time I had a triple. Triples are very rare…I was able to put a good swing on it and score a couple of runs and was able to put the nails in the coffin, so to speak, on the game,” Cozens said about his triple. Cozens has had a very good season for the BlueClaws. His 13 home runs is a team high and is second most out of any minor league player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. “Honestly, I feel that more guys need to hit more home runs,” Cozens joked. “It really doesn’t mean much to me. What matters to me is to get up to the big leagues, along with turning the 13 home runs into 20-30 home runs this season.”
The BlueClaws would get one more run in the seventh inning on an RBI double from first baseman Zach Green to take an 8-1 lead that would ultimately lead to an 8-3 win.
Besides getting some great offensive performances at the plate, the BlueClaws also got great performances on the mound. Starting pitcher Jon Prosinski pitched six solid innings, giving up only one run on five hits, but he struck out five, which helped Lakewood attain a victory. “It feels good. It’s the goal every night to go out there and get the win. I’m happy I was able to go out there and do my part and help the team get the win tonight,” Prosinski stated about his performance.
Relief pitcher Delvi Francisco replaced Prosinski after his six innings and then pitched three solid innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and struck out three to close out the game for the BlueClaws.
With the win, the BlueClaws improve to a 12-21 record in the second half of the season and also put an end to a three-game losing streak.
Game Notes: BlueClaws DH Willians Astudillo got his 48th RBI of the season, which is a team high.
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