Garcia Makes Impressive Lakewood Debut

Edgar Garcia was nothing short of impressive in his Lakewood debut. Garcia went seven strong innings leading the BlueClaws to a 9-1 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Following a night when BlueClaws' starter, Carlos Monasterios, failed to get out of the first inning, Garcia went deep into the ballgame to earn the victory.

Edgar Garcia pitched seven innings giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks. The lone run given up by Garcia came off the bat of Greensboro's Designated Hitter, Spike McDougal. McDougal hammered a hanging curveball over the leftfield fence to lead off the fifth inning. The hanging curveball was one of few mistakes made by Garcia on the evening.

Garcia had excellent command of his fastball and used a combination of off-speed stuff to keep Greensboro hitters off balance. Manager Steve Roadcap was impressed with Garcia's outing, "He was able to locate his fastball and off-speed pitches while getting ahead in most of his counts". Garcia looked very efficient in his first start of the season. "We've been working with Edgar on his tempo by having him work at a faster pace and he did that well tonight," said Roadcap. Roadcap also gave credit to his catcher, Tuffy Gosewisch, for working with Garcia. "Tuffy did a great job behind the plate working with Edgar". Gosewisch also helped Garcia with his bat going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a homerun.

The BlueClaws bats did most of their damage early in the game, scoring seven runs in the first four innings. Quintin Berry got things going early, leading off the first with a bunt single. Berry stole second, advanced to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Adrian Cardenas' sacrifice fly giving the BlueClaws an early 1-0 lead. They scored three more in the third highlighted by Tuffy Gosewisch's RBI double off the leftfield wall. The BlueClaws added three in the fourth to extend their lead to 7-0. Gus Milner started the inning with a leadoff triple and Jason Donald capped it off with a two-out, two-run double. Gosewisch then hit his first homerun of the season in the seventh and Jason Donald drove in C.J. Henry with two outs in the eighth to put the BlueClaws up 9-1. Jason Donald finished the game with four RBI.

Kyle Drabek made his BlueClaw debut in dominant fashion. Drabek came in to pitch the eighth and struck out the side in order hitting 95 mph on the radar gun at FirstEnergy Park. "I just wanted to go out there and do a good job, I didn't want to screw up", said the 19 year old Drabek on his BlueClaws' debut. Drabek is slated to make his first start of the year on Tuesday when the BlueClaws travel to play the West Virginia Power.

The BlueClaws wrap up their three game series on Saturday afternoon before hitting the road for an eight game road trip to take on the West Virginia Power and the Hickory Crawdads in two, four game sets.

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