It’s the Lakewood BlueClaws vs. the Lexington Legends, the SAL farm team of the Royals. It should be a good best-of- five series with games tonight and tomorrow in Lexington Kentucky and Thursday and if needed Friday and Saturday night in Lakewood. Read HERE.
Lakewood’s starting pitching, which is so important in a short series, has Damon Jones (4.13 ERA, Aug.) tonight and Kyle Young (4.50 ERA, Sept.) Tuesday. Back in Lakewood the starters will be Andrew Brown (2.27 ERA, Aug.) on Thursday and Spencer Howard (1.64 ERA, Aug.) on Friday, if needed.
Brown started the first game in the semi-finals and went six inning allowing two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out four in a no decision. The game was won by Lakewood 4-2 with James McArthur getting the two inning win and Zach Warren the save. Howard won the second game 1-0 with his no-hit, no run, nine inning game.
Lakewood’s third baseman Jose Antequera leads the BlueClaws in the two games going 3 for 7 with a RBI. Catcher, Rodolfo Duran homered in the first game.
The teams played eight games this year with Lexington winning six of the eight. In the first round both played two games winning both. Lakewood out scored Kannapolis 5-2 and Lexington outscored Rome 9-1.
In the regular season as a team, Lakewood hit .251, (.694 OPS) and Lexington hit .258, (.699 OPS). Pitching, Lakewood’s staff had a league leading 2.74 ERA and Lexington’s staff pitched to a 3.61 ERA.
Looks like a good series with both team evenly matched and Lakewood needing to reverse the regular season 2-6 record against the Legends. The key matchup will be Lexington offense vs. Lakewood’s pitching. The games can be watched on MiLB-TV.
Tonight game starts at 7:05 ET. from Lexington Ky.
If the series goes to a Game 4, the key Lakewood players will be Spencer Howard and his catcher Rodolfo Duran. They reminded me, after in Friday’s “no-no”, of Don Larsen and Yogi Berra after the 1956 World Series Perfect Game.