LAKEWOOD – The BlueClaws on Sunday announced the starting rotation for the 2010 South Atlantic League Championship Series which opens Monday night in Greenville against the Drive (Red Sox).
The BlueClaws turn to RHP Trevor May for game one, who threw 6.2 scoreless innings, with 13 strikeouts, to earn the win in game one of the Division Series at Hickory on Wednesday.
The 20 year-old, was drafted in the 4th round in 2008 (Kelso, Washington), has thrown 17.2 shutout innings in three post-season starts with Lakewood (including two last year). He went 7-3, 2.91 with the BlueClaws this year after going 5-5, 5.01 with Clearwater to open the season.
RHP Julio Rodriguez, a 20 year-old from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico will start game two on Tuesday night. Rodriguez, who went 5-1, 1.44 with Lakewood during the regular season, threw three shutout innings of relief in game two of the Division Series. He has allowed three earned runs in 42 innings, with 72 strikeouts, since re-joining the BlueClaws from Williamsport on July 26th. He was an 8th round pick in 2008.
After a day off Wednesday, the series shifts to Lakewood for game three on Thursday, where the BlueClaws will send RHP Brody Colvin to the mound. Another 20-year old, Colvin gave up one run in five innings in the game two of the Division Series. He went 4-2, 2.00 over his final 17 starts and went 6-8, 3.38 during the regular season.
RHP Jonathan Pettibone, a 3rd round pick in 2008 from Yorba Linda, California, would start game four (if necessary) at FirstEnergy Park on Friday. Pettibone, who went 8-6, 3.49 during the regular season, threw seven shutout innings on just one hit in the deciding game three of the division series on Saturday night. He is 6-1 over his last eight starts.
May would pitch game five, if necessary, in Lakewood on Saturday.
Greenville will start LHP Drake Britton (2-3, 2.97) in game one and RHP Ryan Pressly (5-7, 3.72) in game two. In Lakewood, RHP Chris Balcom-Miller (7-7, 3.30) gets the start in game three while LHP Manuel Rivera (5-9, 4.10) would start game four.
The series marks the first re-match in the SAL Championship Series since 1964-65 (Rock Hill and Salisbury) when the league was known as the Western Carolinas League. The BlueClaws defeated the Drive three games to one last year.
With a win in the series, the BlueClaws would become the first team since 1993-94 to win back-to-back SAL titles (Savannah).
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