LAKEWOOD – The Grasshoppers scored three runs in the tenth inning Thursday night to beat the BlueClaws 8-5, dropping Lakewood to 13-8 in extra inning games this season.
Jose Torres singled in a run, Chad Cregar came in on a wild pitch by Eric Massingham, and Wes Long picked up an RBI single of his own to give the Hoppers (26-26) a lead they would not relinquish.
Arquimedes Caminero (5-2) got the win, while Alejandro Ramos threw a scoreless tenth for his league-leading 27th save.
The BlueClaws (31-21) tied the game in dramatic fashion in the eighth. Trailing 5-4 with one out, Jiwan James hit an inside the park home run to right center. Jose Duarte dove but couldn’t get to the ball, and it rolled to the wall enabling James to score. It was his fifth homer of the season and the second of the night.
Lakewood took a 1-0 lead in the first courtesy of a Jonathan Singleton solo shot, his 14th of the season. Greensboro came back in the second with two runs off starter Josh Zeid on RBI base hits for Jose Torres and Jose Duarte.
Kyle Skipworth pushed the lead to 3-1 with a third inning RBI single, but after a walk, stolen base, and wild pitch moved Leandro Castro to third Sebastian Valle hit a fourth inning sac-fly to make it 3-2.
James put the Claws ahead in the fifth. With Korby Mintken on second and one out, James blasted his fourth home run of the season out to right to give Lakewood a 5-4 edge. The lead wouldn’t last.
With two outs in the seventh, Wes Long and Jeff Corsaletti each singled in runs off Zeid to put the Hoppers back in front. James would then hit his second homer of the night to ultimately force extras.
Friday at 7:05 pm, Ryan Howard will make a rehab start with the BlueClaws and will have his #29 jersey retired by the team. RHP Julio Rodriguez will start against LHP Chad James.
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