LIVE BLOG: Greensboro at Lakewood
Rand Smith - CF
Terrence Dayleg - SS
Kyle Jensen - LF
Kyle Skipworth - C
Carlos Paulino - DH
Chad Cregar - 1B
Brent Weaver - 3B
Sequoyah Stonecipher - RF
Jose Torres - 2B
Curtis Petersen - P
Jiwan James - CF
Leandro Castro - DH
Anthony Hewitt - LF
Sebastian Valle - C
Adam Buschini - 3B
Jeremy Barnes - 2B
Darin Ruf - 1B
Domingo Santana - RF
Jonathan Villar - SS
Jonathan Pettibone - P
I'm here in Lakewood to bear witness to the magnificent outfield that is James, Hewitt and Santana. That's three of the top prospects in the Phillies system, all patrolling the same swath of grass. This is a prospect watcher's dream. I'll be here tomorrow, too.
First inning: Pettibone starts the day with a walk to leadoff man Rand Smith, but is spared any damage when 17-year-old right fielder Domingo Santana makes two fantastic plays.
In the bottom half, Jiwan James walks on four pitches before being erased on Leandro Castro's fielder's choice. Castro steals second before Anthony Hewitt waves at a Curtis Petersen hook. Sebastian Valle is up next, and this is what he does:
Second inning: Greensboro scores on a double from Brent Weaver that brings home Carlos Paulino. Pettibone gets a pair of grounders back to the mound to extricate himself from further trouble.
The BlueClaws followed by exploding for six runs, including two on bases-loaded walks to Jonathan Villar and Jiwan James, and three more on a single to left from Anthony Hewitt that was fumbled a bit by Jensen. 6-1 Claws after two innings.
Third inning: Pettibone gets the Grasshoppers 1-2-3, including a popout off the bat of Kyle Skipworth. Domingo Santana's fielder's choice plates another for the Claws, who now lead 7-1.
Fourth and Fifth innings: As team photographer David Schofield points out, Jon Pettibone is clearly a different pitcher with a lead. He's retired the side in the last two frames with just two walks and a hit. After five, it's still 7-1 Claws.
Sixth inning: Santana reaches on an infield single, but is caught stealing by Skipworth, who has an absolute hose behind the plate. That proves costly when Villar smacks a ground-rule double into the corner. Jiwan James bounces into a fielder's choice to end the frame and keep it 7-1 Claws.
Seventh inning: Jiwan James makes a FANTASTIC catch in center. He went full-extension to rob a Greensboro of a sure double.
Lakewood also goes quietly, with Sebastian Valle fanning to end the frame.
Eighth inning: Greensboro goes quietly in its half, ended when Siulman Lebron freezes Carlos Paulino on a 90-mph fastball on the black.
After a two-out single from Darin Ruf, Santana fans to end the eighth. Claws three outs from a win.
Ninth inning: Jordan Ellis gives up three in the ninth, but recovered to keep the Grasshoppers off the board and put a win in the books.