The Lakewood BlueClaws are heating up, having won five of their last six games.

After a slow start to the second half of the season, the Lakewood BlueClaws are starting to put things together. Two impressive outings from starting pitchers helped lead the 'Claws to a sweep of a double-header against West Virginia on Saturday.

The BlueClaws swept a double-header from West Virginia on Saturday, winning the first game 4-0 and the second game 2-1 in 12 innings.

Lakewood has now won five of their last six games and they are back over .500 in the second half at 9-8/38-48 while West Virginia falls to 7-10/42-44. The BlueClaws are 7-0 against the Power at FirstEnergy Park this year.

In game one, Carlos Duran hit a first inning home run and two BlueClaws pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as Lakewood topped the Power 4-0.

Edgar Garcia (3-0) gave up one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings in his first start of the season, earning the win. Sutter McLoughlin threw two perfect innings in relief for his first save and has thrown nine scoreless innings in his last four appearances.

Lakewood added three runs in the sixth off Logan Sendelbach, including one on a safety squeeze from Damek Tomscha and another on an RBI double by Jose Pujols.

In game two, the Power took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on an RBI single by John Borman through a drawn-in infield. The single scored Logan Hill who led off the inning with a double.

Lakewood tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on Tomscha's RBI double. After the double, they had runners at second and third with one out, but Pujols and Duran both struck out against Dario Agrazal to end the inning.

Neither team scored until the 12th, when Lakewood's Zack Coppola came home on a game-ending wild pitch with two outs. Skylar Hunter (1-1) earned the win.

Tyler Gilbert gave up one run over eight innings for the BlueClaws. Tomscha had three hits and Josh Tobias had two.

The series with the Power wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 pm. right-hander Alberto Tirado (1-0) starts for Lakewood against RHP Bret Helton (4-5).


Philadelphia 3
Colorado 8
WP: Tyler Anderson (1-3), LP: Jerad Eickhoff (6-10), SV: Jordan Lyles (1)
HR: PHI - Tommy Joseph (11); COL - Tyler Anderson (1)
Tommy Joseph homered for the second straight game, doubled, and went 4-for-4, scoring all three Phillies runs.

Lehigh Valley 9
Buffalo 1
WP: James Russell (3-5), LP: Scott Diamond (6-8), SV: none
HR: LV - Cam Perkins (6), Taylor Featherston (11), J.P. Crawford (2); BUFF - Matt Dominguez (10)
Crawford finished the day 2-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI. Russell threw six shutout innings and Phil Klein added two innings of shutout relief.

Bowie 7
Reading 2
WP: Matthew Grimes (1-1), LP: John Richy (2-3), SV: none
HR: BOW - Chris O'Brien (5); RDG - none
Reading committed six errors - two each on Rhys Hoskins and Jesmuel Valentin and one each on Harold Martinez and K.C. Serna - which led to two unearned runs.

St. Lucie 3
Clearwater 4
WP: Ulises Joaquin (1-1), LP: Domingo Tapia (0-1), SV: none
HR: STL - none; CLW - Derek Campbell 2 (6)
Derek Campbell's second HR of the game was a leadoff, walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth for the Threshers. Campbell finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two home runs and two RBI, upping his average to .333 (29-for-87) with Clearwater this season.

Aberdeen 5
Williamsport 2
WP: Parker Birdwell (1-0), LP: Julian Garcia (0-1), SV: none
HR: none
Williamsport collected just four hits in the game. Gregori Rivero had the lone extra-base hit, his first triple of the season. Evan Rogers went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his first game with the Crosscutters.

GCL Tigers West 1
GCL Phillies 0
WP: Jose Vasquez (1-0), LP: Kevin Gowdy (0-1), SV: Jose Lopez (3)
HR: none
Kevin Gowdy allowed just one unearned run on one hit through two innings, striking out two in his first start for Williamsport. Will Stewart threw five innings of shutout ball in relief of Gowdy, striking out four. Jimmy Cordero allowed a walk and struck out two in one inning on a rehab stint. Aaron Altherr went 0-for2.

Saturday's Transactions

OF Dylan Cozens and RHP Ricardo Pinto placed on the Temporary Inactive List to play in Sunday's Futures Game in San Diego.
RHP Nick Pivetta activated from the DL
RHP John Richy reassigned to Reading from Clearwater.

INF Evan Rogers reassigned to Williamsport from the GCL Phillies.

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