Hagerstown Stifles BlueClaws Offense
LAKEWOOD—A three-run fourth inning for the Hagerstown Suns sunk the Lakewood BlueClaws Friday night at FirstEnergy Park solidifying a 5-1 victory.
The lack of energy seen on the field led to a team meeting after the game.
“We just talked about how we played in spring training and let’s go back to that,” said BlueClaws manager Greg Legg. “[The Suns] are playing exactly the way we did in spring training. They’re running, bunting, taking advantage of our mistakes and doing what we did all spring.”
The solid pitching from Alejandro Arteaga could not translate into offense for the BlueClaws. Arteaga gave Lakewood six innings of work striking out three batters, walking one, but allowing four earned runs picking up his first loss of the year.
One run was on an error from the first baseman in the first inning, which allowed Wilmer Difo to score. Another was from a passed ball which allowed Khayyan Norfork to score. It was just that kind of night for Lakewood.
“It was a good game,” Legg said. “They took advantage of our mistakes. Arteaga pitched great. That’s all you could ask from your starters to give you a chance to win and he did that.”
The BlueClaws only managed five hits against four Hagerstown pitchers.
The lone Lakewood (2-7) run crossed the plate in the fifth inning when first baseman Willians Astudillo singled home catcher Gabriel Lino, who doubled earlier in the inning. Astudillo finished 1-for-3, as did Lino.
The BlueClaws and Suns play in a mid-afternoon game Saturday, as Lakewood sends right-handed pitcher Ranfi Casimiro to the mound to face Suns’ right-handed pitcher Dixon Anderson.
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