HAGERSTOWN, MD -The Lakewood BlueClaws split a doubleheader against the Hagerstown Suns Tuesday night.
Marcus Jones hit a walkoff two-run shot in the ninth inning in game one of a doubleheader to beat the BlueClaws 5-3.
Jones hit his fourth homer of the season off Luke Wertz (4-4) to bring the extra inning affair to an end (doubleheader games are usually just seven innings each.)
Through the first five innings the BlueClaws (32-24) had a runner reach in each inning (four via doubles) before ultimately stranding them there. The Claws went 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded ten.
Destin Hood opened the scoring for Hagerstown (25-32) in the first, hitting a sacrifice-fly with a runners on the corners for an early 1-0 lead.
That’s where the score would stay until the fifth. The Suns scored two in the top half but stranded the bases loaded against Brody Colvin. Brett Newsome singled in one, and Justino Cuevas grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring in another.
Lakewood would answer back in the sixth. With one out Sebastian Valle would single, and Stephen Batts hit a potential double-play ball to Rick Hague at short that would sneak between his legs for an error to score a run. Jeremy Barnes would follow with an RBI double, and Kenoi Ruth with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3.
Barnes finished the night 3-for-3 with three doubles before being pulled for a pinch runner in the sixth.
It the top of the seventh, Josh Smoker walked the bases loaded with one out, but he struck out Batts and Korby Mintken to work out of the jam.
In game two, the BlueClaws scored two runs in the second inning; that was all they would need against the Suns, winning 2-1 to force a series split.
Jeremy Barnes hit a leadoff single to start the second, and Anthony Hewitt added a one out base hit of his own.
With two outs Alan Schoenberger reached on an error by shortstop Rick Hague that scored Barnes, and Jiwan James hit an RBI single to push the lead to 2-0.
Eric Massingham (4-2) threw three scoreless out of the pen for the win. He, Mike McGuire, and Ebelin Lugo combined to hold the Suns to a run on five hits in seven innings.
The Suns cut the deficit in half in the third. Eury Perez singled with one out, stole second for his 51st stolen base of the season, and came in on a Hague single to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
Wednesday at 7:05 pm the BlueClaws will take on the Hickory Crawdads, three-and a half games back in the Northern Division. This is the first time the two teams will meet this season.
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