BlueClaws Split Doubleheader
Game 1 Notes:
Willians Astudillo’s 18 game hitting streak comes to an end going 0-3 in game 1 of doubleheader.
BlueClaws 0 – Grasshoppers 1
Game 2 Notes:
Willians Astudillo hits team leading 33rd RBI of the season.
BlueClaws 1 – Grasshoppers 0
It wasn’t a perfect day for the Lakewood BlueClaws, but it wasn’t a bad day either. The BlueClaws split their doubleheader with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and lost the first game 1-0, but then came back to win the second game 2-0. In both games, the starting pitching was phenomenal and it took clutch hitting by both teams to win each game.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Lakewood’s starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro had a great bounce back start. Casimiro pitched 5 shutout innings, giving up only 3 hits, and walking two batters. He was outdone though by Greensboro starter Ryan Newell, who pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only 4 hits and striking out three BlueClaws.
The Lakewood bullpen, like in Monday night’s game, blew the game for the BlueClaws. BlueClaws reliever, Cody Forsythe, gave up a run on an RBI groundout by Grasshoppers first baseman Felix Munoz that allowed Greensboro to break the 0-0 tie and take the lead 1-0. That lone run proved to be the difference, as the BlueClaws lost game one of the doubleheader 1-0.
The BlueClaws battled back in game two of the doubleheader. Right off the bat, the BlueClaws took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off of an RBI single by catcher Willians Astudillo, who now leads the team 34 RBI’s so far this season. The BlueClaws would then add to their lead in the bottom of the 6th inning, off a sac fly by third baseman Mitch Walding, who was just happy that he was able to get a fastball to hit. Walding on his sac fly in the 6th said, “I just got a heater. I was looking for a fastball and I got on it and was able to drive to center, far enough to get the run home.”
In game two of the doubleheader, Lakewood’s starting pitcher Julio Reyes, gave the BlueClaws a great outing. In a spot start, Reyes pitched 5 shutout innings allowing only 5 hits, and struck out 2 Grasshopper batters to get the win. BlueClaws reliever, Ulises Joaquin, would then come for two more shutout innings to close out the game for the BlueClaws and earn the save.
The biggest start though for the BlueClaws in the game was right fielder Dylan Cozens. Cozens made traffic play in the top of the 6th innings, throwing out a Greensboro runner at home plate to save a run and keep the game at 1-0. Cozens, on the play and his overall performance in the game said, “It feels great. That’s how I feel I should be playing and it’s not a surprise to me to be making those plays to help the team.” In both games, Cozens went 1-2 at the plate, with a walk. “It’s good to go out and at least split the series against a good team like them and it feels good to get the win,” Cozens said.
Another BlueClaws player that had a great game two of the doubleheader at the plate was designated hitter Andrew Knapp. Knapp, who went 2-3 at the plate in the second game, now has 5 hits and 4 RBI’s since joining the BlueClaws on Monday from Clearwater. Knapp, on his first couple of games with the BlueClaws this season said, “I like playing here. I have been getting in great counts and getting pitches to hit and I’m not missing on them. We also have a stacked lineup, so it give guys chances to get good pitches to hit.”
With the split in the doubleheader, the BlueClaws record now stands at 22-36 on the season. The BlueClaws also manage to split the 4 game series with Greensboro and have now won two out of their last three games. The BlueClaws will go on the road to face the Delmarva Shorebirds for another 4 game series that starts on Thursday night.
Game Notes: After going 0-3 in game one of the doubleheader, BlueClaws Willians Astudillo’s 18 game hitting streak comes to an end.
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