BlueClaws Killed by the Long Ball
The Lakewood BlueClaws aren’t having much success down in the state of North Carolina this week. The BlueClaws dropped their second straight game in their three game set against the Greensboro Grasshoppers 6-3, last night in Greensboro, NC.
The BlueClaws were killed by three two-run homers by the Grasshoppers. Right off the bat in the bottom of the first inning, Grasshoppers left fielder Carlos Lopez took BlueClaws starting pitcher Mark Leiter Jr deep with two run bomb to put the Grasshoppers ahead 2-0. After the BlueClaws cut the lead to 2-1 in the third inning on a 2 out RBI single by center fielder Carlos Tocci, Leiter was taken deep again in 5th inning by Grasshoppers second baseman Justin Bohn that pushed the Grasshoppers lead to 4-1
Leiter finished going six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, dropping him to 4-4 on the season.
The Grasshoppers added to their lead in the 8th inning when their catcher Sharif Othman hit a tun run home run off of BlueClaws reliever Ulises Joaquin to make the score 6-1.
The BlueClaws though wouldn’t go away quietly, and showed some home run power of their own. BlueClaws left fielder Samuel Hiciano hit a two run home, which was his only hit of the night, to cut the deficit to 6-3.
The BlueClaws offense only managed to get six in the ballgame and were held in check by Grasshoppers starter Jarlin Garcia who went seven innings giving up only one run on three hits. Both BlueClaws right fielder Jiandido Tromp and first baseman Williams Astudillo did though extend their hitting streaks to 11 games apiece.
The loss extends the BlueClaws losing streak to three straight games and to 19-30 overall on the season.
The BlueClaws will try to avoid the series sweep Wednesday afternoon against the Grasshoppers, with start pitcher Jon Prosinski, who will be making his BlueClaws debut after starting the season down with the Clearwater Crashers the Phillies rookie level farm team against Grasshoppers starter Matt Milroy.
After the Wednesday afternoons game, BlueClaws will back home to FirstEnergy Park from their seven game road trip, to start a four game series Thursday night, against the Delmarva Shorebirds a Baltimore Orioles Single-A Affiliate.
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