“We’ve played real well after the start of the second half so I’m real happy with how the team is playing and feel good about it,” manager Dave Huppert said. “We have real good starters, and we have real good relievers who pick each other up and that’s why we are where we are here right now.”
The BlueClaws have won fifteen of their last twenty games. In addition to their strong team play, individual achievements have been accomplished as well.
Matt Maloney was named Pitcher of the Month for June in the Phillies’ minor league system, while Greg Golson won the Player of the Month for June. Maloney is tied in the South Atlantic League for first in wins (10), first in strikeouts (114) and in earned run average (1.59). “I’m happy with the way things have been going,” Maloney said. “I still feel good. Not really tired at all. Hopefully I can keep it that way the whole rest of the year.”
Golson’s average has sat around the .190 mark all season, but he is now hitting .220 with six home runs, 27 runs batted in, and he’s 17-for-23 in stolen bases.
“He has really stuck with his program, worked hard, and got his batting average up some,” Huppert said. “He put a real good month together and it’s all contributed to him because he’s worked real hard. He has been covering the plate real well, driving the ball the other way, and looking for good pitches to hit.”
Another player who has been struggling at the plate all season and is beginning to improve is Welinson Baez. Baez won Player of the Week in the Phillies minor league system after he hit .393 in seven games last week. He racked up eleven hits, with six doubles. He is now hitting .218/.281/.330 on the year with 25 doubles, two home runs, and 33 runs batted in.