Don't look now, but the Lakewood BlueClaws are one of the hotter teams in minor league baseball. The 'Claws have gone 9-4 in their last 13 games, thanks to a winning streak that was stretched to five straight games Saturday when outfielder Damek Tomscha delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give Lakewood a 2-1 walk-off victory over West Virginia.
Lakewood had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Emmanuel Marrero led off the inning with a base-hit and then stole second. Two outs later, Jose Pujols singled to left to score Marrero with the game's first run. Tomscha then picked up his first of two hits on the night when he doubled, but Pujols was held at third. Starter Dario Argazal then struck out Austin Bossart to get out of the jam with no further damage.
The Power tied the game in the top of the ninth on a solo home run from Cole Tucker off Robert Tasin, who blew his fourth save of the season. Tomscha's game winning hit came in the bottom of the inning, driving in Josh Tobias, who led off the ninth with a walk against Daniel Zamora. Wilson Garcia, who finished the night 0-for-3, breaking his 13-game hitting streak, bunted Tobias to second. One out later, Tomscha lined a 2-0 pitch to right field to drive in the winning run.
Tasin (1-3) wound up being the winning pitcher even though he allowed a run in his one inning of work. Zamora (2-1) took the loss.
Harold Arauz started for the BlueClaws and threw seven shutout innings, giving up just four hits and one walk, while striking out a career-high eight batters. Reliever Sutter McLoughlin made his Lakewood debut throwing a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
WP: Aaron Nola (3-2, 2.89), LP: T. Adleman (1-1), SV: David Hernandez (1)
HR: CIN - none; PHIL - Odubel Herrera (4)
Tyler Goeddel threw out the tying run at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Lehigh Valley 5
WP: David Buchanan (2-2, 4.42), LP: B. Farmer (0-2), SV: none
HR: LV - Cedric Hunter (2); TOL - none
Buchanan allowed just one run over eight innings of work for Lehigh Valley.
WP: D. Camarena (1-0, 1.76), LP: John Richy (0-1, 6.91), SV: none
HR: RDG - none; TRE - K. Higashioka (2)
Michael Mariot allowed two runs in two innings of work in a rehab appearance with Lehigh Valley.
WP: Elniery Garcia (3-1, 2.27), LP: J. Rogers (0-2, 5.63), SV: Joely Rodriguez (3)
HR: CLW - Derek Campbell (1), Cody Asche (1); TAM - none
Scott Kingery had three hits and a stolen base for Clearwater.
Sunday's Probable Starters
No transactions reported on Saturday