Skip to main content

BlueClaws' Offensive Onslaught Downs Charleston

With a strong showing at the plate on Tuesday night, first baseman Jim Murphy accomplished a feat rarely seen. When he flew out to the warning track in the bottom of the 8th inning, he received a rousing ovation from the crowd on hand to see the Class A BlueClaws take on Yankees affiliate Charleston RiverDogs.

"It was surprising for sure," Murphy said of the nod he received from the appreciative home crowd of 3,644 after his attempt to mash a third homerun in the game fell short.

Murphy, who stands 6-feet-3-inches tall and weighs in at 230 pounds, went 3-for-4 on the night while driving in a career-high 6 runs with a single and 2 powerful homeruns.

The Phillies' 17th draft selection in the 2007 amateur draft, Murphy, played with Lakewood in 2009 and was with the High A level Clearwater Thresher in 2010.

With his 5th and 6th dingers of the season, Murphy is positioned just 2 homeruns from tying the all-time Lakewood lead in homeruns, 22 currently held by Juan Richardson, who played with the BlueClaws in the team's inaugural season of 2001.

"Holding any record for any team (would be) fun, especially a record like that. Obviously, (Ryan) Howard and a lot of guys, that are up in the big leagues now, played here. So that would be a cool record to hold," Murphy stated.

Teammates Cameron Rupp and Edgar Duran each slammed their first homeruns of the season. For Duran, the shortstop that was named Phillies minor league player of the week on Monday, it was the first of his professional career. Second baseman Jeremy Barnes added 3 safeties for Lakewood, to help the two-time defending South Atlantic League champions lock down an 11-1 victory over the RiverDogs.

The BlueClaws got off to a slow start offensively this season, as they scored just 27 total runs in their first 12 games. However, the lumber has really come alive since last week, as Lakewood has plated 55 runs in the past 6 games.

With 15 hits in Tuesday night's 11-1 victory over Charleston, the 'Claws continued their recent success at the dish. Manager Chris Truby attributes a new zealous approach and the absence of wasted at bats as reasons for the team's change of fortune with the bats.

"It's been nice to see them come out hacking and being aggressive. We've had some big 2-out RBI's. I've thought our at bats have been solid for the most part," Truby said.

The BlueClaws began cracking in the first inning against lefty starter Kramer Sneed. Murphy started things off with a run scoring single and Zach Collier, who received new life in his at bat after a pop foul fell between Sneed and catcher Gary Sanchez, drove in Barnes and Murphy with a triple, that put Lakewood up 3-0.

The runfest rolled on in the 2nd frame, as the home club tacked on 5 more runs. Duran's solo blast was followed by singles from Aaron Altherr and Geancarlo Mendez as well as a double by Barnes that firmed up a BlueClaws cycle after just 4 outs in the game by Lakewood. A 3-run bomb by Murphy to deep left field capped off the inning.

Later, in the 7th inning, Lakewood would notch its second 2-homer inning of the night when Murphy launched his second four-bagger, a 2-run blast, and struggling catcher Cameron Rupp got his first homerun in a BlueClaws uniform, which cranked the home team's runs total up to 11.

Rupp, who is batting .186 this season, has been putting in extra work each day, in order to try to improve his offensive output.

"I've been working with (hitting coach Greg) Legg everyday, coming in early. The results weren't showing for me and I was getting frustrated, but I stayed with my plan, got a pitch and got it off," Rupp stated.

Lost in the story of the collective crush was starting pitcher David Buchanan's 7 innings of shutout baseball. The Phils' 7th round draft pick from 2010 pushed his record to 3-0 on the year and lowered his rotation-best ERA to 1.82.

The BlueClaws and RiverDogs will go back at it on Wednesday at 11:05 AM, as last year's 1st round draft pick by the Phillies, Jesse Biddle, will attempt to earn his first Class A win against right-handed hurler Zach Nudding, who sports a 2-0 record thus far in 2011.


In more minor league news...
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that Double A Reading second baseman Harold Garcia will miss the remainder of the 2011 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Garcia was batting .300 with 3 doubles and 2 homeruns in 12 games this season with the R-Phils.

The Triple A IronPigs were out-hit 12-2 and were defeated by Pawtucket 7-2. Catcher Dane Sardinha's 0-for-3 performance in this contest dropped his batting average to .088 for the season in 11 games.

Against the Erie SeaWolves on Tuesday, Reading lost back to back games for the first time this season, as they dropped both ends of a double header. In game 1, Reading was shut out 4-0 and righty starter Austin Hyatt took his first loss of the season while giving up 4 earned runs over 5 innings. In the second game, Erie walked off with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning (two 7-inning games in minor league double headers) as Justin De Fratus gave up a game ending hit and took the blown save, while Phillippe Aumont was charged with all 3 runs and took the loss.

In more double header action, the High A Clearwater Threshers split 2 games with the Tampa Yankees. In the first contest, RHP Trevor May won his first game of the season, as the Threshers were victorious, 10-1. May tossed a 7 inning complete game, striking out 6 and walking none. In game 2, Tampa won 4-0. Converted pitcher Joe Savery went 3-for-8 with 2 RBI on the day, which puts his season batting average at .456.

__________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

You can also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

Who is Your Favorite Willie 'Mays' Hayes?

PhoulBallz.com is wondering which individual who has portrayed Willie "Mays" Hayes is the favorite of the public. Hayes, of course, is the character made famous in the Major League motion picture series. In Major League , Willie "Mays" Hayes was portrayed by budding Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who would go on to action movie superstardom. Snipes has starred in major motion pictures like the Blade trilogy, Passenger 57 , Undisputed and many more. Snipes remains an impact Hollywood actor, despite legal troubles related to income tax evasion. Snipes was replaced for the sequel, Major League II when his busy career, and possibly the film's budget, would not allow him to return, by Omar Epps. Another budding actor, Epps had previously worked with director David S. Ward, on the film The Program , and landed the role of Hayes, who had become a Hollywood action star over the off-season that occured between the two films. Epps' career portraying athletes rol

Wassup with dat? Vito Friscia edition

Friscia, image- Jay Floyd What's up with that Vito Friscia guy?  Well, he's a 24-year-old righty batting catcher that was drafted by the Phillies out of Hofstra University in 2019 with the team's final selection, 1200th overall, in the 40th round. But what's his deal?  Friscia opened the season with Class A Advanced Jersey Shore, where, in 16 games, he notched a .264 batting average with a pair of home runs, five doubles and seven RBI.  Last week, when Triple-A Lehigh Valley needed a reserve backstop, Friscia was promoted to fill their void.  When Rafael Marchan returned from a short stint in the big leagues, Friscia was assigned to the Double-A Reading roster.   Is he just a backup catcher?  For now, it seems that's his role.  But check out this quote from BlueClaws skipper Chris Adamson from earlier this month when I asked him about which player stood out to him as a guy that deserved recognition, but may not be getting it. "Vito Friscia is a guy that, earl