LAKEWOOD– A Jeremy Barnes eleventh inning error proved costly, as the BlueClaws fell 5-4 in extras to the West Virginia Power (Pirates) Wednesday night.
With a runner on second in the eleventh and two outs, reliever Justin Beal got Evan Chambers to send a high chopper to Barnes, who dropped the ball to let the go-ahead run score.
Chambers finished the night 4-for-6, and made several marvelous defensive plays in center, including one the saved the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Barnes had his chance at redemption later in the eleventh. Sebastian Valle was hit by a pitch to lead things off, and stood on second with two outs and Barnes at the plate. Jeremy lined a ball to deep left-center, but Chambers was able to range over to make the running catch and end the game.
Beal (2-2) took the hard-luck loss, while Ryan Kelly (1-2) threw two scoreless innings for for the win.
West Virginia (14-19) drew first blood in the top of the third, with a run scoring on a fielder’s choice ground out by Jarek Cunningham.
A Jiwan James RBI single tied the score in the bottom of the inning, but a two-run shot by Cunningham in the fifth pushed the Power ahead 3-1.
Lakewood (21-12) cut the deficit in half on a run-scoring double by Keoni DeRenne in the fifth, but West Virginia again answered with a tally of their own coming in on a Jesus Brito fielder’s choice grounder to make it 4-2.
DeRenne is in his third stint with Lakewood this season, and went 2-for-3 Wednesday with two doubles. He has appeared with each of the Phillies four minor league teams in the past month.
The BlueClaws tied things up in the sixth with the help of the long ball. Leandro Castro started the inning with a solo shot to left, his seventh homer of the season to make it a one run game. Sebastian Valle then hit his 11th homer to left, another solo blast, to draw the Claws even with the Power at four.
Thursday at 7:05 pm RHP Colby Shreve (6-5, 3.36) will look to tie Jarred Cosart for the team lead in wins. He’ll be opposed by RHP Phillip Irwin (5-1, 2.44).
ClawsNotes: Domonic Brown made his big league debut Wednesday, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Brown becomes the 35th former BlueClaw to make it to the bigs.
Vance Worley was the 34th earlier this month, throwing a scoring inning of relief for the Phils.
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