All-Stars All Around For BlueClaws

The 2007 South Atlantic League All-Star game will feature five Lakewood players. Manager Steve Roadcap and Pitching Coach Ed Hodge have also been elected as coaches for the game which will be played June 19th Rome, Georgia, home of the Rome Braves. The seven BlueClaw representatives mark the most players and coaches sent to an All-Star game in the franchises' seven year history.

The five players selected from the BlueClaws were pitchers Kyle Drabek and Ben Pfinsgraff, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, and middle infielders Jason Donald and Adrian Cardenas. Jason Donald was promoted to High Class-A Clearwater last week, but was selected as the starting shortstop for the Northern Division. Kyle Drabek who has been on the DL since May 28th is expected to be back in time for the game. Drabek is 5-1 on the season with a 4.17 ERA which is the lowest ERA among starting pitchers for the BlueClaws.

Despite spending a month on the DL, Ben Pfinsgraff is an All-Star for the second straight year. Pfinsgraff was selected to the New York Penn League All-Star team in 2006, and has an ERA of 1.86 and has struck out 35 batters in 29 innings. Pfinsgraff recently made the switch from the bullpen to the BlueClaws' starting rotation. In two games as a starter, Pfinsgraff has a 4.69 ERA with two no-decisions.

Tuffy Gosewisch made the team primarily on his defense, throwing out runners at 41% clip. He is batting just .241 on the year with 4 homeruns and 24 RBI. Jason Donald was hitting .310 with 4 homeruns and 30 RBI before being called up to Clearwater. Donald was also a New York Penn League All-Star last season last season.

Adrian Cardenas is hitting .270 with 7 homeruns and a team leading 42 RBI.

The BlueClaws evened their record at 30-30 with a 10-4 win at Delmarva on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Howard powered the BlueClaws to victory with a career day at the plate. Howard had a career high 7 RBI in the win. The BlueClaws are currently in fourth place in the Northern Division 13 games behind a West Virginia team that has already clinched the first half title.


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