Lakewood BlueClaws Elniery Garcia had little trouble in picking up the win in seven shutout innings as he pickup his fifth win of the season in defeating the Hickory Crawdads 9-0 on Sunday. He goes to a record of 5-6 this season.
Baseball Betsy and I completed our three game trip to Hickory, North Carolina to watch the BlueClaws and they won all three game we attended. Sunday’s game they dominated, paced by two hits and a RBI by left fielder Cord Sandberg, See HERE, and two hits and two RBIs by first baseman Kyle Martin, See HERE.
But it was the work of Lakewood’s starter Garcia that shutdown the ‘Dads over seven innings on four hits. The 20-year old lefty induced two double play ground balls. Overall he struck out four and walked one. See HERE, HERE, HERE. He kept the ball on the ground by forcing eight ground outs to only three pop fly outs. Lefty reliever Joey DeNato came on and pitched shutout ball over the final two innings.
Garcia had some of his best stuff of the season with his 91-93 fastball and a devastating curve ball in the mid-70’s that resulted in three of his strikeouts.
We knew early on Garcia would have a good game. He looked sharp in the bullpen warming up before the game.
After Elinery was done he flipped the ball up to us and then signed it after the game.
We have seen the BlueClaws play six games so far this season. They have won all six, winning three in Savannah back during the first week of May and now three more in Hickory while Baseball Betsy and I were in attendance. We hope to see them again in July as they make another trip into the South visiting Rome, Georgia and Kannapolis, North Carolina. They always play good baseball when they know we are in the stands.