BlueClaws as “Pine Barrens” Lose to West Virginia Power
There was a different look to the Lakewood BlueClaws on Sunday afternoon. It was the fact that they were not the Lakewood BlueClaws. For one day, and one day only, they were the Lakewood Pine Barrens. Being the Pine Barrens for the day did not help the BlueClaws on the field, however. The “Pine Barrens” lost to the West Virginia Power 4 to 3 and lost their four game series to the Pittsburgh Pirates Single A affiliate, 3 to 1.
Coming off of a walk-off win on Saturday night, Lakewood could not keep their string of luck against the Power going on Sunday. The Power took an early 1 – 0 lead in the top of the second inning by an RBI single that was created early on in the inning caused by an error made by Pine Barrens left fielder Larry Greene Jr. This allowed a Power runner to get into scoring position.
The BlueClaws would fight back and tie the game in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI single by third baseman, Mitch Walding. Walding, who was one of the big heroes for the BlueClaws on Saturday night, said of his recent performance at the plate, “I’ve been pleased with what I’ve been doing the last couple of games. We’ve been working on a few things that would help me improve at the plate, and so far, I have seen results from them.”
The Power, though, would respond and score runs in the third and fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Power earned their run in the fifth when Lakewood shortstop Emmanuel Serra had an error early in the inning. Besides their sloppy play on the field, the Pine Barrens were also sloppy on the base pass. Three Pine Barren runners were called out trying to steal second base by throws made from Power catcher, Cawika Emsley-Pai.
Lakewood, even with their sloppy play, was able to battle back and score runs in the seventh and eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. The Pine Barrens, however, did not have the same luck the BlueClaws did Saturday night in the later innings.
The Power got revenge for their walk-off loss on Saturday and hit a game-winning run of their own in the ninth inning to beat Lakewood 4-3.
“It’s always tough to lose a close one. We battled back all game and to come up short is always tough,” Walding said on the loss.
With the loss, the BlueClaws drop to 1 – 3 in the second half of the season. After this series loss, the BlueClaws will have to bounce back and pick up some wins on the road. Lakewood starts an eight game road trip on Monday night against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
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