Bats Alive For 'Claws in 18-8 Win

You never know when a team is going to break out of a slump. That's exactly the story for the Lakewood BlueClaws who wound up setting a franchise record for runs scored even though they were the weakest hitting team in all of minor league baseball coming into the game.

Through the first 12 games of the season, Lakewood wasn't showing much of anything at the plate. In fact, they were last in all of minor league baseball in runs scored (27) and hitting (.179). You wouldn't know that by looking at Wednesday's box score.

The previously quiet 'Claws offense came to life in a big way, pounding out 21 hits and setting a franchise record with 18 runs scored.

Stephen Batts started at first base for the first time in the season and went 3-for-5 at the plate two home runs and five RBI. Besides Batts, Miguel Alvareza had four hits, while Domingo Santana and Jeremy Barnes each picked up three hits in the game.

On the down side, Carlos Perdomo was the only player in the starting lineup to not get a hit. Perdomo still chipped in by getting hit by two pitches, scoring a run and knocking in a run.

David Buchanan (2-0, 2.55) was the lucky recipient of all the run support, but allowed three earned runs in five innings of work. Bryan Morgado threw one perfect inning and Eric Pettis threw two shutout innings in relief.

Ricardo Ferrer got the loss for Asheville as he falls to 0-1.

Twice in the game, the BlueClaws scored six runs in an inning and scored at least one run in five of the nine innings of the ballgame. Lakewood picked up nine extra base hits and scored in five of the nine innings, while striking out just six times on the day.

Lakewood is now 6-7 on the season and if you're keeping track at home, their outburst boosted their team batting average from .179 to .208 on the season.



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