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Lakewood Falls to Hagerstown For Sixth Straight Loss

by Ryan Gaydos | Posted on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

LAKEWOOD—Hagerstown Suns’ right fielder Estarlin Martinez had a hot bat early and played a huge part in the team’s 6-2 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws.

Martinez finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the second inning.

In the second, an error from catcher Gabriel Lino allowed Spencer Kieboom to second. After a Carlos Lopez walk, Martinez homered.

BlueClaws starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro bobbled the ball on the next at-bat. Two of Lakewood’s three errors came in the second. The third error occurred in the next inning when Larry Greene, Jr. misplayed a fly ball in left field as he battled the sun.

Shortstop JP Crawford Photo Credit: DAVID M. SCHOFIELD/LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS

Shortstop JP Crawford
Photo Credit: DAVID M. SCHOFIELD/LAKEWOOD BLUECLAWS

“The physical errors – we just keep practicing because they are just part of the game,” BlueClaws manager Greg Legg said. “Guys are going to miss ground balls and throw a ball high. They’re just part of the game. The mental errors are the ones that frustrate you.”

Casimiro only lasted 2.2 innings and allowed five runs—three earned—struck out three and walked two. Keivi Rojas was sent in for relief lasting 3.1, allowing only one hit and striking out two. Jesen Therrien and Tyler Buckley closed out the rest of the game combing for one run and two strikeouts.

Unlike the last few games, Lakewood did have some base runners to work with. Lakewood left nine on base the entire game, only driving in two runs.

In the third inning, Lakewood got one run back. After Samuel Hiciano walked and Willians Astudillo grounded out, Crawford singled off of Suns’ starter Dixon Anderson for his second RBI of the season.

Later in the seventh inning, Lakewood started to threaten again. Lino singled to start off the inning against Matthew Spann. Spann then hit Greene, Jr. Hiciano put one in play in the next at-bat scoring Lino from second.

However, Spann would get control of the inning and retire the next three batters.

“Perfect hitters up; we couldn’t have chosen a better three,” Legg said. “[The Suns] made pitches when they had to.  [JP] Crawford [struck out] on a borderline pitch. [Andrew] Pullin had just missed a fly ball to center and [Dylan] Cozens grounded out. That’s baseball.”

The season is still very early, even though Lakewood (2-7) has run into a bit of a rough patch in the series against the Suns. With the loss Saturday, the BlueClaws dropped its sixth straight.

“I think the way Hagerstown is playing baseball is going to make us better down the road because they’re a pretty good ball club. In order to beat them, you better be engaged every pitch. I think they’re going to make us better by playing them.”

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