Third game the charm for Way (Baseball)

April 21, 2010
Matt Way

Former Washington State University stud Matt Way enjoyed his best pitching performance last night with the Lakewood Blue Claws, a minor league team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Way, of Sitka fame, came in relief of Joe Blanton, a former World Series winner now making a rehab start. The left-handed Alaskan tossed six innings but didn’t get the decision in a 4-3 win over the Hagerstown Suns in 11 innings.

It was the first relief appearance for Way, who started his first two games.

He lowered his ERA to 7.07, with nearly half of his 14 innings on the season coming last night. He has surrendered 21 hits and 11 earned runs while flashing a 15-4 strikeout-to walk ratio.

The Lakewood Blue Claws are based out of New Jersey and play in the Class A South Atlantic League, a few steps below the Show.

In 2009 Way was drafted in the fifth round by the Phillies. In his first season of pro ball, the lefty went 6-4 with a sparking 2.39 ERA in 75 1/3 innings with two clubs.

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