KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – With runners on first and second and nobody out for the Intimidators in the bottom of the eighth inning, Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium was evacuated and the game was delayed 40 minutes because of a gas leak.
When play resumed Jordan Ellis took over, and the BlueClaws won 4-3 in 10 innings.
Ellis (1-1) relieved Chad Poe after the 40 minute delay and pitched three innings, giving up a hit and striking out four for his first win of the season.
With the score tied in the tenth Domingo Santana drew a lead off walk, and was sacrificed over to second by Alan Schoenberger. Santana made it to third after a Drew O’Neill (1-1) pickoff attempt sailed into centerfield, and Anthony Hewitt brought Santana home on a groundout to third to give Lakewood a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish.
With the win the BlueClaws remain a half-game up in first in the SAL North with a 12-9 record.
The Intimidators scored first Wednesday night, but it almost didn’t happen.
22-year old first baseman Ian Gac popped up a Nick Hernandez pitch in foul territory that could have ended the fourth inning, but Anthony Hewitt had the ball bounce out of his glove for an error to keep Gac’s at- bat alive.
He’d make Lakewood pay by belting his second home run of the season to give Kannapolis a 1-0 lead.
The BlueClaws would answer back with two runs of their own in the fifth.
After Darin Ruf drew a lead-off walk, Sebastian Valle doubled him home to tie the game, with Valle ending up on third after a throwing error by right fielder Nicholas Ciolli. Adam Buschini then grounded out to short allowing Valle to score to give the BlueClaws a 2- 1 edge.
Lakewood starter Nick Hernandez would protect the lead through six innings, striking out seven and giving up just three hits and an unearned run.
With Hernandez out of the game in the seventh and Siulman Lebron in, the Intimidators would jump back ahead 3-2 only to have Lakewood tie the game on a Jeremy Barnes sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth.
Thursday night Colby Shreve will make the first professional start of his career for the BlueClaws. Shreve was a sixth round pick of the Phillies back in 2008, but missed a season because of Tommy John surgery.
Shreve will be opposed by Justin Collop (0-1 9.00). First pitch is at 7:05 pm.
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