Maloney Pitches BlueClaws To Win

The Lakewood BlueClaws used a strong pitching outing from Matt Maloney and some timely hitting to shutout Hagerstown 3-0. Maloney is quietly putting up impressive numbers on the 2006 season.

Matt Maloney (3-2, 1.77 ERA) pitched another gem on Saturday. Helping to lead the BlueClaws to a 3-0 win over Hagerstown. Maloney had 10 strikeouts on the day, which has moved him into 2nd in the South Atlantic League with 45 in 35 2/3 innings of work. Maloney allowed just four hits and walked two in his 6 2/3 innings. His control has been impressive, having only walked nine batters on the season.

Maloney was a third round pick out of the University of Mississippi for the Phillies in the 2005 draft.

The BlueClaws offense got started by Jeremy Slayden, when he doubled in the second inning. He was moved to third when Sean Gamble contributed a bunt single. Hagerstown starter Deolis Guerra, then walked Fidel Hernandez and Cooper Osteen, which scored Slayden. Gamble later scored when Avelino Asprilla was involved in a fielder's choice.

John Urick doubled in the eighth inning, and scored the final run on a Julian Williams single.

Brett Harker came on in the ninth to record his second save on the season. Harker walked two but a double play would end the game.

On Sunday the BlueClaws and Suns will complete the suspended game from April 26th. That game is tied at seven heading into the 18th inning. Once that game is complete, a full nine inning game will be played. The action will start at 1:05pm.

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