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Catcher Chace Numata of the Lakewood BlueClaws

Chace Numata

Catcher Chace Numata (2) of the Lakewood BlueClaws before a game against the Greenville Drive on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Lakewood won, 7-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Numata has been selected to play for the Northern Division in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game this Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J

Six players suspended one game following brawl

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The benches clear in a brawl after a close play at the plate at the end of the fifth inning in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series between the Greenville Drive and Lakewood BlueClaws on Sept. 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Leandro Castro and Julio Rodriguez of Lakewood and Michael Almanzar and Derrik Gibson were ejected by HP umpire Derek Mollica. Photo by Tom Priddy.
Six players involved in Tuesday night’s brawl at the South Atlantic League Championship Series game in Greenville have been suspended for one game. Most are expected to sit out Game 3 in Lakewood, N.J.
Eric Jarinko, Senior Director, Marketing & Media Services for the Greenville Drive, confirmed the suspensions in an e-mail a few minutes ago. 
Although the suspensions were handed down by South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa, there has been no official press release. Jarinko said players have been fined in addition to the suspensions, but he said no details could be revealed.
Jarinko confirmed the following suspensions: For the Drive, Michael Almanzar, Vladimir Frias and Jeremy Hazelbaker. For Lakewood, Julio Rodriguez, Leandro Castro and Korby Mintken.
All will take Game 3 as their suspended day, with the exception of Rodriguez and Frias, who will sit out Game 4. The best-of-five series is tied 1-1. The remaining games are scheduled for Lakewood.
Game 3 was scheduled for Thursday night, but it has been postponed due to rain.
The benches-clearing brawl broke out after the final out in the fifth inning, when Derrik Gibson of the Drive collided with Lakewood’s catcher, who held on to the ball for the out.

Benches-clearing brawl at Sally League playoff

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The benches clear in a brawl after a close play at the plate at the end of the fifth inning in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series between the Greenville Drive and Lakewood BlueClaws on Sept. 14, 2010, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Leandro Castro and Julio Rodriguez of Lakewood and Michael Almanzar and Derrik Gibson were ejected by HP umpire Derek Mollica. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
And to think, I almost left after the fourth inning . . . I had already gotten the action I needed.
But  . . . it was the last baseball game I’d be able to shoot this year, and I had trouble leaving, so I stayed just a little longer . . . and look what I got.
I’m scanning my memory and I don’t believe I have ever shot a benches-clearing brawl before. I was preparing for Derrik Gibson of the Greenville Drive to score on this play at the end of the fifth inning, but he smashed into Lakewood BlueClaws catcher Sebastian Valle, who hung onto the ball for the inning’s final out.
And then the unplanned fireworks began. Instead of a high-five session in the dugout, I got a benches-clearing brawl than went on and on . . .

A bit late, a photo gallery and links on Game 4

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Sept. 18, 2009: Anthony Gose, left, and Jeremy Hamilton of the Lakewood BlueClaws hug after winning Game 4 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series against the Greenville Drive 5-1 at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Lakewood won the series 3 games to 1. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
A 35-minute rain delay, an overcast evening that means everything will be shot at 3200 — what I call f-dark-30 —  and a game that finally ends after 10 normally don’t make for good night. But it turned out that way anyway.
It was a disappointing night for the local Greenville Drive, however, as they dropped Game 4 to lose the South Atlantic League Championship Series to the visiting Lakewood BlueClaws.
But I got the photos that I wanted, filed them kinda sorta almost on time, and then slept late on Saturday, feeling less than perfect.
So now, a little bit late, here are my photo gallery and some links about the game.

Photos, links from Drive-BlueClaws Game 3

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Pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (18) of the Greenville Drive throws in relief in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series between the Drive and the Lakewood BlueClaws Sept. 17, 2009, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by Tom Priddy.
The Greenville Drive picked up a win Thursday night to stay alive in the South Atlantic League Championship Series.
Drive pitcher Jeremy Kehrt (above) picked up the win following a three-run sixth inning in which the Drive scored all of its runs for a 3-2 victory.
The teams play again tonight in Game 4 of the best-of-five series, with Lakewood leading 2-1.

Gose sets a record for stealing bases

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       July 29, 2009: Greenville Drive second baseman Zach Gentile (7) applies 
       the tag too late as Anthony Gose (24) of the Lakewood BlueClaws steals 
       his Minor League-leading 57th base in the fifth inning of a game at Fluor 
       Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. Photo by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
The Minor League’s top base stealer was in Greenville with the Lakewook BlueClaws. Anthony Gose stole his 57th base that night, and then promptly got caught in a rundown between second and third as he tried to pick up 58.
He later set a team record, and as of this writing he is up to 64.
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       July 29, 2009: Minor League stolen base leader Anthony Gose (24) of the 
       Lakewood BlueClaws is caught off second base as he attempted to steal 
       his 58th base in the fifth inning of a game at Fluor Field at the West End in 
       Greenville, S.C. The Drive’s Will Middlebrooks applied the tag. Photo 
       by: Tom Priddy/MiLB.com