BlueClaws Drop Series to Delmarva
It was not the homestand the Lakewood BlueClaws wanted to have. The BlueClaws lost their four game series to the Delmarva Shorebirds 3-1 with a 10-4 loss on Sunday night.
Following back-to-back 9-8 and 9-2 wins, Delmarva pick up right where they left off scoring two runs off of Lakewood starting pitcher Tyler Viza. The BlueClaws would respond back scoring two runs of their own in the bottom half of the first inning with back-to-back sac flys by third baseman Zach Green and right fielder Dylan Cozens. The BlueClaws even took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second inning, when left fielder Samuel Hiciano got a single and stole three bases to give Lakewood the lead. But the BlueClaws could not hold on to that lead.
Delmarva would score three runs in the fifth inning off of Viza to take a 5-3 lead. After the BlueClaws lowered the deficit to 5-4, the Shorebirds would strike back scoring three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth inning off the BlueClaws bullpen to win the game 10-4.
With the loss, Viza drops to 3-13 on the season and his 13 losses are the most in all the minor leagues. On the tough loss, BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp said “It’s a tough one. You never want to give up a lead and end up losing, but thought we played hard and if we keep battling things are going to start falling our way again.” Knapp has been one of the BlueClaws best hitters in the second half of the season. He recently had a 15 game hitting streak going before it was ended in Saturday night’s game against Delmarva. Knapp on how well he has been swinging the bat lately said “I’ve just been trying to swing at pitches I can hit. Since coming to the minors, I’ve become a more patient hitter. It allows me to wait for the pitches I can hit. Recently, I’ve been seeing the ball better and the hits keep coming through.” Also what’s been helping Knapp at the plate is being back playing catcher now that he is healed from Tommy John surgery. “It helps your hitting not just being the DH and you’re able to be on the field playing defense.”
Another player that’s been swinging the bat well for the BlueClaws lately has been Zach Green. Green has been tearing the cover off the ball, having five multi hit games in the past 10 games. On his recent tear at the plate, Green said “I have just been really looking for fast balls to hit and I’ve been able to drive them as of late and pick up a lot of key hits for the team.” Green also said that the BlueClaws have the ability to turn things around after this tough series loss to Delmarva saying “We have a good offensive team here. We have a lot of guys swinging the bat well right now, so we just got to keep doing our job at the plate and we’ll be able to win some ball games.”
With the loss the BlueClaws drop to 8-17 in the second half of the season and are now on a three game losing streak. The BlueClaws will have an off day on Monday and then will start a seven game road trip, with three against the Hickory Crawdads and four against the Kannapolis Intimidators.
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