If it were not for catcher Rodolfo Duran, the Lakewood BlueClaws would be down for the count in the Sally League Championship Series. After catching a Spencer Howard no-hitter to clinch the semi-final series against Kannapolis on Friday, Duran’s two homers have accounted for five of the eight runs they scored in the Championship Series against the Lexington Legends. This includes his three-run blast that set up the 6-5 win in the first game on Monday night.
The 20-year-old represented all of the BlueClaws offense last night when he lined a two- run homer out to left in the eight inning in the 5-2 loss. Watch HERE. The best-of-five series is now tie up 1-1 as the teams head to Lakewood, Thursday night, to start the final three games. When the Legends last came to town in August, they swept a four-game series including three of the games by one run.
In the tradition of Mr. October, Reggie Jackson and Mr. November Derek Jeter, Duran is looking like Mr. September for the BlueClaws. A quick check shows no one has hit more than three home runs in the minor league post season than Duran has done. He has done it in only four games.
Duran’s homer last night tied him with another Phillies organization catcher Deivi Grullon. They both have hit 21 homers for the season. Rodolfo has done it in 325 total at bats compared to Grullon’s 326 at bats in the regular season only, for Reading.
Duran is leading all players in the South Atlantic League post season in homers, RBIs and total bases. As hard as he might try, he can’t do it all alone!
All the BlueClaws need to do is win two of the next three games at home to clinch the Sally League Championship. That might be a tall order if Duran does not get some help with the bat. The Claws have led for only one inning in the two games in Lexington. They will get some help on Friday night when Spencer Howard of no-hit fame gets the start but that still will be not enough unless they can score some runs.