LAKEWOOD – The BlueClaws blew yet another late lead Thursday night, falling to the West Virginia Power 4-3.
Josh Zeid (2-2) suffered his third blown save of the season and second in the last three days. After allowing a lead off base hit, Zeid hit the next a batter and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Center fielder David Rubenstein then brought them home on a base hit to right to give the Power their first lead since the top of the third.
Duke Welker shut down Lakewood (22-19) in the ninth for his first save of the season, and Gabriel Alvarado (1-2) pitched three perfect innings out of the pen for the Power (19-21) for his first win.
BlueClaws starter Jonathan Pettibone limited the Power to four hit and two runs in five innings before leaving after just 64 pitches. Jordan Ellis picked up where Pettibone left off, throwing three perfect innings to preserve the lead.
The Power jumped ahead 1-0 in the third on an RBI single by Josue Peley, but Lakewood answered with two in the bottom half of the inning.
With runners on second and third, Leandro Castro doubled to center to give the BlueClaws a 2-1 advantage. Castro now has 30 RBI this season.
The lead didn’t last. West Virginia left fielder Rogelio Noris hit his sixth home run of the season to left to tie the score at two in the fourth. However the BlueClaws once again had an answer in the bottom half of the inning.
Adam Buschini drew a leadoff walk, Sebastian Valle was hit by a pitch, and Domingo Santana grounded out to move both runners into scoring position for Villar. While the BlueClaws shortstop couldn’t extend his 12 game hit streak, he did manage to bring in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to right.
Friday night at 7:05 pm Jarred Cosart (4-1, 3.51) takes the mound for the BlueClaws against Jason Erickson (3-2, 2.22).
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