BlueClaws Win Thriller to Even Up Series
BlueClaws third baseman Mitch Walding had an RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
BlueClaws scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning.
BlueClaws catcher Jose Mayorga’s game winning double in the 8th gave Lakewood the win 6-5
BlueClaws 5 – Tourists 5
Nothing like a thriller to start the week. The Lakewood BlueClaws and the Asheville Tourists played a great nail-biter game that saw the BlueClaws come out victorious, 6-5. It was a back and forth game the whole way. The Tourists struck first with an RBI single off of BlueClaws starter Tyler Viza to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Viza, who coming into the game was 3-14 on the season, was trying to avoid his 15th loss, which would be a franchise record for most losses by a starter in a season. Luckily for Viza, his offense picked him up.
The BlueClaws would score four runs in the second inning on an RBI double by third baseman Mitch Walding, an RBI single by left fielder Larry Greene Jr. and a two-run double by shortstop Malquin Canelo, to take a 4-1 lead. The Tourists would strike back with two runs in the third inning to make it a 4-3 ball game. They are the team with the most wins in the South Atlantic league. After, the BlueClaws would add a run in the bottom half of the third off of an RBI double by right fielder Dylan Cozens to make it a 5-3 game. The Tourists would score a run in the fifth to make it 5-4 and knock Viza out of the game.
With the game still at 5-4 in the top of the sixth, the Tourists would get in another run to tie the game at 5-5. The Tourists would get all of their 13 hits in the first six innings of the game. That’s because BlueClaws reliever Aaron Baker would come in and shut the Tourist offense down. Baker pitched three solid innings giving up no hits and no runs with two strikeouts. Baker on his solid performance said, “ It was a good one. I was ahead in the count most of the time, so that allowed me to use my curve ball more effectively and get outs.”
The game was still tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth. The BlueClaws would then get some late inning dramatics from an unlikely source. With men on first and second and one out, catcher Jose Mayorga would come up big in the clutch moment, hitting an RBI double to give the BlueClaws a 6-5 lead. On his game winning hit Mayorga said, “It was a great AB for me. I was just trying to get the ball in the air and I was able to dump it between the outfielders and I was able to help the team get the win.”
With the win, the BlueClaws improve to 18-26 in the second half of the season and even the series with Asheville 1-1. Baker picked up his first win with the BlueClaws as well.
BlueClaws Notes: Over the weekend, The BlueClaws took their three games series 2-1 over the Delmarva Shorebirds. The BlueClaws are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
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