BlueClaws Get Knocked Around by the Shorebirds
It was a rough night for the Lakewood BlueClaws. The BlueClaws seasons woes continued Friday night when they lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 13-1, dropping the first 2 games of their four game series with the Baltimore Orioles Single-A affiliate.
At first, it looked like it wouldn’t be a bad night for the BlueClaws. Lakewood took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI ground out by shortstop JP Crawford, but that lead for the BlueClaws was short lived. In the second inning, the Delmarva offense scored five runs off of BlueClaws starter Ranfi Casimiro and added another five spot in the fourth inning that knocked Casimiro out of the game. Casimiro only lasted 3 and a third innings, giving up eight runs, four of which were earned on six hits, and struck out four.
The Delmarva offense didn’t stop there; they added a few more runs in the later inning to put across 13 runs in the game. The biggest contributor for the Delmarva offense, which had contribution up and down the lineup, was first baseman Trey Mancini. Mancini, who is not known for his power, hit a three run home run, his first of the season in the second inning and added an RBI single in the fourth inning. Overall, Mancini went 2-4, with 4 RBI’s and also has 7 total RBI’s in the first two games of this series against the BlueClaws. On his performance the past few nights Mancini said, “I have been seeing the ball really well the past few games. I have been able to stay with pitches that have fooled me early on and I’m just doing a good job at throwing my hands at the ball.” If Mancini didn’t feel good at the plate already, he definitely does after hitting the home run. “It was one of the best balls I ever hit. I was able to beat him on a inside fastball and it just felt really good,” he stated.
Going into Friday night’s game, the BlueClaws knew they would have the challenge of hitting Delmarva starter Hunter Harvey, who according to Baseball America, is the fourth best prospect in the Orioles farm system. The BlueClaws, as we can see, were not up to the challenge of facing Harvey. Harvey went six innings, giving one unearned run on 2 hits and struck out seven BlueClaws. On his stellar performance, Harvey said “It feels good to get the win. Hitters did an outstanding job tonight putting a lot runs on the board for me and I just had to go out there and do my part by getting outs and helping us win.”
Coming into the game, Harvey had an ERA of 1.89 and after his stellar performance, improved his ERA to 1.68 and his record to 3-3 on the season. Lakewood starter Casimiro with the loss record stands at 2-5 on the season.
With it’s biggest losing margin this season, the BlueClaws record stands now at 20-32. In front of the first sell-out crowd at FirstEnergy Park this season, the BlueClaws put on a terrible performance for the 8,000 people in attendance. The BlueClaws offense only had three hits on the night and defensively the BlueClaws made some costly errors that made you think you were watching a little league team playing. With that said though, this young BlueClaws team needs to put this loss behind them and focus on turning their season around.
The BlueClaws will finish their four game series with Delmarva this weekend with both games on Saturday and Sunday starting at 4.05. With the loss, the BlueClaws are 1-5 so far against Delmarva this season.
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