Tuesday the Suns (28-24) were once again one out from a win, but the BlueClaws (29-23) battled back and won 8-7 on a walk-off Leandro Castro solo shot to right-center field in the bottom of the 14th inning.
Action resumed where it was stopped on the 27th: with the BlueClaws batting in the bottom of the fifth inning with two outs. Lakewood wasted no time rallying for two runs to tie the game in the same inning on an RBI triple by Leandro Castro and an RBI single by Jeremy Barnes.
Luke Wertz held the Suns at bay through three solid innings to bring his total for the game to 4.2. Unfortunately for the BlueClaws Josh Zeid didn’t have similar success in the ninth.
Zeid allowed two solo home runs; one to JP Ramirez and another to JR Higley, and Hagerstown took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
With their backs against the wall and down to their last three outs Lakewood responded to tie the game. Alan Schoenberger led off with a triple, and Jiwan James grounded out to second to bring in the run and make it a 7-6 game.
Castro then singled with two outs, and came home on a Jonathan SIngleton double to tie the game and force extra innings.
The BlueClaws finally won in the 14th in a rare walk- off win on the road, 8-7. The win moved the BlueClaws into sole possession of second place in the SAL North.
Ebelin Lugo (1-1) pitched three hitless innings for the win and Patrick Arnold (1-1) took the loss.
In the originally scheduled game, Jonathan Singleton doubled in three runs in the first inning, and that was all the support Jarred Cosart would need as the BlueClaws cruised to a 3-0 win Tuesday night.
Jonathan Villar, Adam Buschini, and Leandro Castro all hit singles on the first three pitches of the game from lefty Dan Rosenbaum (L, 1-2) to load the bases for Singleton.
The 18-year old first baseman took full advantage of the opportunity clearing the bases with a double to deep center to make it 3-0 early. Singleton has now driven in 20 runs in his 20 games as a BlueClaw.
Jarred Cosart (W, 6-1) took over from there, pitching a complete game shutout (seven innings), giving up just three hits and striking out five.
Lakewood is now two games up on Hagerstown (28-25) in the SAL North, three games back of first place Hickory.
Wednesday at 7:05 pm RHP Brody Colvin (3-6, 5.69) goes against RHP Josh Smoker (0-5, 7.67). Colvin has allowed only three earned runs in his last 19 innings of work.
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