Dugout Seats: Lakewood BlueClaws, April 7

In our new Dugout Seats series, Philly Baseball News brings you a scouting report direct from the game. Get an inside look at what our writers think about the Phillies of the future on a given day.

First off, if you haven't been to Lakewood to see the BlueClaws, plan a trip as soon as possible. It's well worth the trip and the stadium is full of things to see. Plus, as with many minor league facilities, it offers hospitality that you don't always get at a sports venue.

Now, onto scouting today's game.

Darren Byrd: The 20 year old right-hander just didn't get comfortable in his first start of the season for Lakewood. Byrd struggled with his control, walking four in 4.1 innings of work. His delivery never looked comfortable, but on some of his pitches, he seemed to have good stuff.

On the up-side, he put himself into trouble in the third, loading the bases with nobody out. He pulled things together and got out of the inning giving up two runs, but could have gotten out of the inning giving up just one run if not for a ball that was hit sharply and ricocheted to second baseman Adrian Cardenas.

Ben Pfinsgraff: Coming on in relief, Pfinsgraff pitched well. His stuff wasn't overpowering and stayed primarily in the mid-80s.

Andrew Cruse: Watching Cruse throw was impressive. He had great control and good movement on his fastball. He would have thrown a perfect inning if not for an error behind him which extended the inning. Cruse didn't let it bother him, settling back in right where he left off and put down the next hitter.

Gus Milner: The 22 year old right-handed hitter showed a nice, short swing. He hit one ball off his fists, but still took it a long way. His power will develop nicely if he keeps his swing intact.

Brad King: Showed some weak defense at first base, committing one error and failing to make another which should have been made.

Joel Naughton: Playing behind the plate instead of Tuffy Gosewisch, Naughton exhibited a strong arm and quick release throwing out Carlos Piste attempting to steal. His defensive skills looked pretty good. His swing was decent and he finished the day 1-for-3.

Final: Greensboro 3, Lakewood 1
WP: Mike Hyle (1-0)
SV: Blake Jones (1)
LP: Darren Byrd (0-1)

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