A five-run eighth inning propelled the BlueClaws to an important 11-6 win over Hagerstown on Sunday as Lakewood wins their second straight game and pulls within 1 1/2 games of the first place Suns.
The BlueClaws lost a 5-0 lead, but at 6-6, took the lead on a fielder's choice groundout by Cornelius Randolph. Jose Pujols added an RBI single, Wilson Garcia an RBI double, and Deivi Grullon a two-run double for an 11-6 lead. Sutter McLoughlin threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the win.
Lakewood (23-19/52-59) won the last two games with Hagerstown (25-18/68-45) after dropping the first two in their four game series.
Zach Morris (7-2), who allowed two runs in two innings, earned the win while Grant Borne (3-1) took the loss.
Lakewood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run double by Pujols, driving in Mark Laird and Randolph.
The BlueClaws scored twice more in the second. The rally began when Emmanuel Marrero worked a walk with two out and none on, and Marrero down 0-2 in the count. The first second inning run scored on an RBI single by Randolph and another on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead. Both of these runs were unearned after an error on shortstop Edwin Lora.
The BlueClaws extended the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Grullon for a 5-0 lead.
Baez came out after five innings, allowing five runs, two of which were earned.
Hagerstown got back in the game with four runs in the sixth. Alberto Tirado started the inning and the first two batters reached on a walk and a hit batsman. Jacob Waguespack came on in relief. Jake Noll's two-run double followed a run-scoring groundout by Grant DeBruin. Edwin Lora made it 5-4 with an RBI single.
The Suns tied the game in the eighth on an RBI double by Narciso Mesa before Lakewood's big eighth.
Randolph, Pujols, Garcia, and Grullon all had two hits with Pujols driving in three and taking the league lead with 71 RBI this year. Grullon also drove in three for Lakewood.
San Diego 5
WP: Jerad Eickhoff (7-12), LP: Brad Hand (3-3), SV: Jeanmar Gomez (29)
HR: PHIL - Odubel Herrera (12); SD - Alex Dickerson (7), Ryan Schimpf (10)
Odubel Herrera had three hits, two RBI and a stolen base.
The Phillies pulled a 5-4-3 Triple Play in the seventh inning.
Lehigh Valley 10
WP: Ben Lively (7-4), LP: Jason Wheeler (9-3), SV: none
HR: ROCH - none; LV - Cedric Hunter (9)
Ben Lively: 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
WP: Nick Pivetta (11-6), LP: Cody Dickson (9-4), SV: none
HR: ALT - none; RDG - Andrew Pullin (8), Gabriel Lino (1)
Andrew Pullin drove in three runs. Rhys Hoskins was 0-for-0 with five walks.
The Clearwater Threshers were rained out Sunday at Lakeland.
West Virginia 9
WP: Cam Vieaux (1-1), LP: Ranger Suarez (5-1), SV: none
HR: WILL - none; WV - Chris Harvey (1)
Ranger Suarez: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
The GCL Phillies were off on Sunday.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
RHP Phil Klein officially added to the roster.
INF Carlos Alonso placed on the DL (shin contusion).