BlueClaws Fall Behind Early, Lose 6-3 To Hagerstown

LAKEWOOD – The BlueClaws fell behind 5-0 early Monday night against the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals) and couldn’t recover, losing 6-3.

With the win the Suns (26-19) jump two games ahead of Lakewood (24-21).


Trevor Holder (4-1) dominated the BlueClaws through six innings, giving up an unearned run and four hits. Holder has allowed just one earned run in his last 19 innings of work.

Hagerstown scored two in the third on a base hit by Francisco Soriano and three in the fourth to make it 5-0 early. J.R. Higley came into the day hitting .135, but went 2-for-4 with a two-run double.

BlueClaws starter Colby Shreve (3-1) settled down from there on out, making it through six innings but taking his first loss as a professional.

Jeremy Barnes had the Claws only two hits of the game up until the sixth, when Jonathan Villar singled and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.

After the Suns came back with a run of their own to start the seventh, the BlueClaws rallied to get back into the game.

Sebastian Valle led off with a hit, and scored on a Stephen Batts double. Jiwan James then singled in Batts, and the Claws suddenly trailed 6-3. The rally was short-lived however; James was caught stealing second and Villar grounded out to the pitcher to end the threat.

That was the last chance for the BlueClaws to come back, as Dean Weaver slammed the door shut in two scoreless innings (S, 8).

Tuesday at 6:35 pm Matt Way (2-4, 5.23) will face Paul Appleby (1-1, 2.92) as Lakewood looks to make up ground in the Northern Division.

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