A week ago, they Lakewood BlueClaws left on a seven-game road trip. When they did, they departed New Jersey sporting a 7-7 record. So they were firmly on the .500 line and bunched with several other teams in the Northern Division standings in the South Atlantic League. As they return home, they now sport an 11-10 record, just above that mark.
Over the course of the past week, the team played four games in West Virginia and three in Delmarva. Two days saw the rain wash things out, but those games were made up the following days in doubleheaders. In West Virginia, the Claws took three of four from the Power. The Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates now sport a 9-12 record.
Then it was onto Delmarva. Against the Shorebirds, who are a Baltimore Orioles affiliate, Lakewood took just one of the three games. This brought Delmarva’s record to 10-11, which puts them third in the division. That is just one spot behind the Claws, who hold second at the moment. First place is currently held by the 13-7 Hagerstown Suns.
So while it was not the greatest road trip, it still leaves the team from New Jersey in a slightly better spot than they were at a week prior. They won’t be home for very long however.
Tonight is the first of a four-game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Following this series, the Philadelphia Phillies affiliates will hit the road for another seven-game road trip. This time they will head to Charleston for three, followed by four at Columbia.
But back to the series that starts tonight. Tonight’s game will see the first pitch at 6:35 pm EST and see Adonis Medina toe the rubber for Lakewood. He will be opposed by Bernardo Flores. I am pleased to announce that I personally will be in attendance for this game tonight for the Inscriber Magazine.
The series will continue with games on Friday (7:05), Saturday (4:05) and Sunday (1:05). I will once again be in attendance for Saturday’s game as well.