LAKEWOOD – Alan Schoenberger scored from third on a wild pitch in the ninth, and the BlueClaws picked up their second straight walk-off win Wednesday afternoon.
With one out in the ninth, Schoenberger stuck out but reached on a wild pitch by Suns reliever Kyle Morrison (2-5). Jonathan Villar’s two out single put runners on the corners for Leandro Castro, who had the best seat in the house as Schoenberger slid into home to clinch the win on Morrison’s second wild pitch of the inning, a fastball in the dirt that eluded catcher Adrian Nieto.
It is the ninth walk-off win of the season for Lakewood in just 37 home games.
Hagerstown jumped ahead in the first thanks in large part to the baserunning skills of shortstop Francisco Soriano. After walking in his at bat, Soriano stole second and third, and came home on a Kyle Lafrenz throwing error to make it 1-0.
The BlueClaws finally solved Suns starter Mitchell Clegg and took the lead in the sixth after being held to two hits through five.
Schoenberger led off with a double, advanced to third on a Jiwan James groundout, and scored on a Villar bunt base hit. Jonathan Singleton then doubled home Villar to put the Claws up 2-1.
The lead wouldn’t last. BlueClaws righty Colby Shreve carried a no-hitter into the seventh, but gave up a solo home run to Justin Bloxom to tie the game. It was the only hit Shreve would allow through seven solid innings of work.
Lakewood stranded five runners over the next two innings before finally breaking through in the ninth. Jordan Ellis (3-2) recorded an out in relief of Luke Wertz with the bases loaded in the ninth to keep the game tied.
Thursday at 7:05 pm RHP Jonathan Pettibone (3-2, 5.04) takes the hill for the Claws against Suns LHP Graham Hicks (1-0, 5.40).
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