The Lakewood BlueClaws were pretty well set when it came to closing out games. Addison Russ had notched 13 saves and Kyle Dohy had seven of his own. If Russ and Dohy were Plan-A and Plan-B, the BlueClaws now need a Plan-C. Both relievers were promoted to high-a Clearwater Tuesday night following the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Both pitchers have been lights out for Lakewood this season with Russ converting all 13 of his save opportunities and Dohy locking down seven of his nine opportunities.
Russ, 23, had actually “slumped” lately and has a 4.05 ERA in June. Dating back to May 28th, Russ has a 4.69 ERA in his last seven outings with Lakewood. Prior to that, the right-hander had a 0.73 ERA on the season. The Phillies drafted Russ in the 19th round of last year’s draft out of Houston Baptist University and he pitched with Lakewood last season after just two appearances with Williamsport. In 17 combined relief appearances last season he posted a 3.98 ERA (3.49 in 15 games with Lakewood).
Dohy was drafted three rounds ahead of Russ last year and spent all summer with Williamsport where he made 13 relief appearances with a 3.60 ERA. The 21-year old opened the season with 13 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run and finished his time with the BlueClaws on a stretch of 13 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Dohy, who was 3-3 with a 0.80 ERA at Lakewood had only allowed earned runs in two of his 24 relief appearances this season.
The Threshers have had a number of injuries to their pitching staff of late. Left-hander Nick Fanti and righty Ismael Cabrera went on the DL which created the spots for Dohy and Russ. On Tuesday, J.D. Hammer also wound up on the DL for the Threshers.