The Lakewood BlueClaws snapped their first 3-game losing streak of the season with 2 runs in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night, to take a 5-4 win from the Hickory Crawdads. Travis d'Arnaud had 2 hits and 2 RBI for Lakewood, and Anthony Gose stole his 58th base of the year to pull within 1 of the team record.
Trevor May threw another good game, going the first 7 innings, and giving up just 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, striking out 9 in an impressive performance. The young man from Washington has allowed just 8 hits in his last 3 starts and is looking more comfortable with each outing. Speaking of comfortable, Jacob Diekman has really turned around his season. "Diek" came in for the 8th inning, recording 2 outs, before yielding to B.J. Rosenberg. BJ recorded 4 outs, 3 on Ks, to extend his streak to 25.2 innings without allowing an earned run. His ERA for the season is 0.95!
Jordan Ellis (2-2) was the winning pitcher, despite giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Down by a run, Lakewood rallied with a double by Troy Hanzawa, and an RBI hit for Korby Mintkin, who came in for Harold Garcia when Garcia hurt his hand in an earlier at bat. A walk to Gose pushed Mintkin into scoring position, and Korby scored the winning run when Jim Murphy smacked a 2-out single into left field.
The BlueClaws are now 61-42 on the year, their 19-16 mark in the second half placing them 1.5 games out of first place, just .5 games behind Hickory, who they will face again this evening, with Justin De Fratus (5-3) going to the mound.