BlueClaws Win First of Four Against Delmarva
BlueClaws 5 – Shorebirds 4
BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
BlueClaws catcher Andrew Knapp threw out a runner trying to steal 2nd in the 9th.
BlueClaws starter Jon Prosinski was perfect through 3 innings and had 13 ground ball outs.
BlueClaws closer Ulises Joaquin got his 7th save of the season.
BlueClaws first baseman went 2-4 on the night, and now has four multi-hit games in the past five games.
It felt great to be back home for the Lakewood BlueClaws after going 2-4 on their six game road trip. The BlueClaws came home to get a huge 5-4 victory against the Delmarva Shorebirds. Lakewood used timely hitting and good pitching to get the win in the first of four games of the series against Delmarva. It all began with starting pitcher, Jon Prosinski .
Prosinski gave the BlueClaws a good outing by going six plus innings only giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits, and struck out one. Prosinski, on his outing, said, “It felt good. I had some rough starts the past couple of outings. It feels good to have a good one and help the team get the W.” At the start of the game, Prosinski looked unhittable retiring the first 11 batters that he faced. On what was working for him tonight, Prosinski said, “I was doing a good job mixing up my pitching and using my fast ball a lot. For the most part part, I used my sinking fastball, which got the batters to pound the balls into the dirt for us to get ground ball outs.” Talk about ground ball outs, 13 of Prosinski’s 18 outs were ground ball outs.
Another reason the BlueClaws won the game was because of their timely hitting in key situations. Lakewood scored their first two runs of the game on good situational hitting. First, it was right fielder Dylan Cozens who hit an RBI groundout to give the Blueclaws a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Then, it was third baseman Mitch Walding who hit an RBI double with two outs to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
The biggest timely hit of all came in the bottom of the sixth inning from left fielder Larry Greene Jr.. Greene, with the bases loaded, hit a two-run RBI double to break a 2-2 tie and give the BlueClaws a 4-2 lead. Greene, on his big hit said, “It’s a great feeling to give your team the lead. I was just trying to get the ball up in the air and get the runner from third home. I was able to put a good swing on it, get a double and drive in two runs.”
The BlueClaws would add to their lead with another good situational hit by shortstop Malquin Canelo with a sack fly in the sixth inning that gave Lakewood a 5-2 lead and proved to be the difference maker at the end of the game.
With the win, the BlueClaws improve to 8 – 14 in the second half of the season, and now have a two-game winning streak.
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