Cornelius Randolph went 3-3 with two walks for the BlueClaws who also had multi-hit games from Zack Coppola, Wilson Garcia and Deivi Grullon on Thursday night. Unfortunately for Lakewood, it would be a home run from Ti'Quan Forbes that broke a 3-3 tie, as Hickory topped the BlueClaws 4-3.
Lakewood had a chance for a sweep, but took two of three in the series from the Crawdads, their lone visit to Hickory this year. The BlueClaws have still won seven of their last 10 games since a five-game losing streak was snapped on July 4th.
The three-hit game for Randolph was his third straight, putting him at 8-for-13 during those three games. Randolph spent much of the early part of the season on the DL and struggled when he returned, going 0-for-8 before starting his current streak. The Phillies picked Randolph with their first round pick in the 2015 Draft, but injuries have slowed him in the early part of his career. On the season, he's batting .282 in 18 games with the BlueClaws this season.
Forbes' home run came off Ismael Cabrera (0-1), who took the loss in his BlueClaws debut after allowing that one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
The BlueClaws scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. They took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Grullon before Hickory tied the game. The BlueClaws took a 2-1 lead on a Damek Tomscha sacrifice fly before the Crawdads tied the game again. Then in the third, Deivi Grullon hit an opposite field home run, his third straight game with a home run and his sixth of the season to put the BlueClaws up 3-2.
Hickory, however, would tie the game in the fifth on a fielding error by first baseman Wilson Garcia and took the lead when Forbes homered in the sixth off Cabrera.
Lakewood threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, but both Josh Tobias and Tomscha popped out on the infield to end the inning off Garrett Brummett, who earned his first save.
BlueClaws starter Jose Taveras allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings and wasn't involved in the decision. Crawdads starter Dillon Tate gave up three runs in four innings and also didn't factor in the decision.
Philadelphia was off again Thursday night. They host the Mets in a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight.
Lehigh Valley 6
WP: David Buchanan (5-5), LP: Wilmer Font (0-2), SV: none
HR: BUF - none; LV - J.P. Crawford (3)
David Buchanan: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. Crawford had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs. He now has a seven-game hitting streak, hitting .500 (15-for-30) with 3 HR, 8 RBI.
WP: Tyler Viza (3-2), LP: Ronald Herrera (6-6), SV: Miguel Nunez (11)
HR: RDG - Jake Fox (16); TRE - Miguel Andujar (1)
Tyler Viza: 8 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.
Palm Beach 6
WP: Jimmy Cordero (1-0), LP: Ian McKinney (6-6), SV: Matt Hockenberry (1)
Kyle Martin 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
WP: Bailey Falter (1-3), LP: Brendan Butler (1-1), SV: none
Arquimedes Gamboa, three hits and scored three runs. Bailey Falter 6 IP, 2 ER.
GCL Blue Jays 10
GCL Phillies 4
WP: Joel Espinal (3-0), LP: Mauricio Llovera (2-1), SV: none
Cole Stobbe a single, double and a run scored. Now batting .286 in the GCL. Aaron Altherr 1-for-3, now batting .333 on rehab assignment.
LHP Adam Morgan and RHP Severino Gonzalez added to the roster.
RHP Anthony Vasquez reassigned to Reading.
RHP Edward Mujica granted his unconditional release.
LHP Mario Hollands outrighted to Reading by Philadelphia.
RHP John Richy reassigned to Clearwater from Reading.