BlueClaws drop 2nd Half Opener
It was the start of a new season in the South Atlantic League on Thursday night. After the All-Star break earlier in the week, all South Atlantic teams had a fresh start coming into Thursday to improve from the first half of the season and make a run at a division crown for the second half.
The Lakewood BlueClaws are hoping that their second half of the season fairs much better then their first half where they went 27-42 . Thursday nights game though was not so different for the BlueClaws as most of their first half season games went.
The BlueClaws lost a tough one to the West Virginia Power last night 2-1 and start off the second half of the season at 0-1. After taking a lead on a solo home run by first baseman Zach Green in the 2nd inning, the BlueClaws were unable to stay ahead. A throwing error by BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp allowed a Power run to score to tie the game and then a RBI single in the 5th gave West Virginia the lead for good at 2-1. Adding more salt in the wound, this was the first win for the Power, a Pittsburgh Pirates Single-A affiliate since May 30th.
There were however some good things the BlueClaws took out of Thursday nights lost. Starting pitcher Mark Leiter Jr, gave Lakewood a great performance on the mound again going seven strong innings, giving up one earned run on four hits and had nine strikeouts.
Leiter on his play in his past few starts said, “Just been improving. I have been doing a good job of getting ahead of the hitters and walking batters. Unfortunately tonight it wasn’t enough to get the win for us, but it’s something to build on again for my next start.”
Another strong performance the BlueClaws were happy to see last night was from Green who had a good night at the plate going 2-for-3 and hit his first home run of the season after rejoining the team from injury last week.
Green on his performance and getting hit swing back at the plate said, “It felt good. I felt good at the plate tonight. The leg feels better. I felt more balanced at the plate tonight, and there aren’t many better feelings than hitting a home run, so I’m on the right track.”
The BlueClaws will play the last three games of their four game series with the Power this weekend and will to get their first win of the second half on Friday night at FirstEnergy Park.
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