LAKEWOOD, NJ – The Charleston RiverDogs scored five runs in the top of the fourteenth inning Monday night to beat the BlueClaws 6-1.
Lakewood (13-12) has now dropped three games in a row for the first time this season. The BlueClaws had been 4-0 after losing two games in a row.
The BlueClaws had countless chances to end the game in extra innings, but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth innings.
Lakewood had the bases loaded with just one out in the twelfth, but Jonathan Villar struck out and Jiwan James grounded out to end the inning. Again in the thirteenth the winning run was on second for Lakewood, but they couldn’t get him home.
The BlueClaws blown chances came back to haunt them in the fourteenth. With two outs the RiverDogs (11-14) had three base hits in a row off Siulman Lebron (0-1), the last of which plated the go-ahead run.
Jimmy Paredes then hit a grounder to second baseman Jeremy Barnes that could have ended the inning, but Barnes bobbled it allowing another run to score. Luke Murton then hit a three-run shot to left-center to make it a 6-1 game.
BlueClaws starter Jonathan Pettibone struck out five, walked two, and gave up two hits in seven innings for his best start of the 2010 season. Charleston starter Kelvin Perez matched Pettibone’s dominance up until the fourth inning.
Jiwan James led off with a base hit, stole second, and was brought home by a Darin Ruf double to give the BlueClaws a 1-0 lead. Perez gave up four hits and a run in seven innings, striking out two.
Trailing 1-0 going into the eighth Charlestown had a terrific opportunity to tie the game.
The RiverDogs loaded the bases with one out against Lakewood reliever Eric Massingham, but Josh Zeid stepped in and induced a fly out and a strikeout looking to retire the side.
The RiverDogs however weren’t done, and would finally tie the game in the ninth off Zeid. With a runner on second and two outs, Kelvin Castro doubled off the wall in left center to tie the game at one. Castro came into the game hitting just .200.
The blown save was the first of the season for Zeid.
Ryan Acosta (1-1) pitched two hitless innings for the win.
Tuesday night Jarred Cosart (3-1 3.26) will return from the disabled list for Lakewood to face Shaeffer Hall (1-0 0.81). First pitch is set for 6:35 pm.
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