CHARLESTON, WV – Tuesday night was a historic one for the Lakewood BlueClaws, as they tied two franchise records in a 17-3 rout of the West Virginia Power.
The Claws (27-17) tied two longstanding franchise records with 17 runs and five homers in the game, and handed Power starter Phillip Irwin (5-2) the worst loss of his young career.
Irwin’s ERA ballooned from 2.54 to 3.44, as he surrendered ten runs on ten hits in just four innings.
Alan Schoenberger went 4-for-4 scoring five runs, and Leandro Castro hit two homers and drove in four. Jonathan Pettibone (5-5) let up just three runs (one earned) in six innings of work for the BlueClaws.
The offensive onslaught began in the second inning, where Lakewood scored six runs on six hits and hit three homers.
Sebastian Valle led off with a double, Stephen Batts singled, and Jeremy Barnes hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Keoni Ruth followed with an RBI double and Anthony Hewitt hit a two-run shot to push the lead to 4-0.
It was Hewitt’s first long ball since June 4th, and his eighth of the season.
Lakewood wasn’t finished. Alan Schoenberger hit his fourth home run of the season in the very next at-bat, and one out later Leandro Castro hit his eighth of the season to complete the six-run rampage.
The Power (21-24) did manage to score two runs in the second, but the BlueClaws pulled away in the fourth with four more runs.
Schoenberger singled with one out, and Jiwan James tripled him in to extend the lead to 7-2. Jonathan Singleton walked, and Valle belted his team-leading 15th home run for a 10-2 edge.
In the sixth, Schoenberger doubled to start the inning and one out later Castro hit his second homer of the night and his ninth of 2010 for a 12-2 advantage.
West Virginia came back with a lone run in the sixth, and the Claws answered back with one in the eighth. Schoenberger scored after walking and coming home on a Singleton RBI base hit.
The beat down continued in the ninth. Batts doubled, Barnes singled, Ruth grounded out to score a run, and Hewitt reached on an E5.
Schoenberger then picked up an RBI single, James walked, another runner scored on a wild pitch, and Castro grounded out to plate the 17th run of the game for Lakewood.
In the last two games of their series with the Power, the BlueClaws scored a whopping 27 runs on 31 hits in 21 innings. They also went 13-for-32 with runners in scoring position.
Wednesday is a travel day for the Claws, and they’ll start a nine game homestand Thursday at 7:05 pm against the Delmarva Shorebirds. RHP Brody Colvin (6-7, 3.31) will get the nod for Lakewood against Birds RHP Brent Allar (2-2, 5.44).
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