Cornelius Randolph broke a scoreless tie with an eighth inning RBI single and the BlueClaws topped Hickory 1-0 on Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Park, giving the BlueClaws their third straight win.
Randolph's RBI single came off of Hickory reliever Peter Fairbanks (4-5), who took the loss. Randolph had two of Lakewood's six hits in the win.
The BlueClaws have now won three straight games and are eight games over .500 in the second half for the first time. Lakewood has allowed one run in the three game series and won back-to-back 1-0 games for the first time in franchise history. It's the second time (June 7-8 vs Lexington) that the BlueClaws have thrown back-to-back shutouts this year.
Edgar Garcia (4-1) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief. In the seventh inning, Hickory had a runner at third and one out but Garcia got two strikeouts to end the inning. Then, Garcia stranded another runner at second in the eighth. Hickory also threatened in the ninth when they put the tying run on second base with one out, but Ismael Cabrera got a strikeout and groundout to end the game and earn his third save of the season.
Lakewood starter Harold Arauz threw six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Hickory starter Joe Palumbo went five scoreless innings, giving up one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. Neither factored in the decision.
The series with Hickory wraps up on Thursday night at 7:05 pm. LHP Tyler Gilbert (6-8, 3.84) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Luke Lanphere (1-1, 6.00).
Los Angeles 7
WP: Scott Kazmir (10-6), LP: Jake Thompson (1-2), SV: none
HR: LA - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (12), Justin Turner (22); PHIL - Tommy Joseph (16)
Jake Thompson has an 8.79 ERA through his first three major league starts.
Lehigh Valley 9
WP: Ben Lively (8-5), LP: Justin Haley (7-4), SV: none
HR: PAW - Chris Dominguez (9); LV - Brock Stassi (10), Darin Ruf (17)
Cam Perkins went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
WP: Nestor Molina (1-0), Miguel Nunez (4-2), SV: Preston Claiborne (2)
HR: RICH - Tyler Horan (9); RDG - Dylan Cozens (35)
Dylan Cozens homered for the third straight game. Reading now has 159 home runs as a team, breaking the record of 158 set by the 2004 team.
WP: Yacksel Rios (3-3), LP: Yefrey Ramirez (2-6), SV: none
HR: CLW - Aaron Brown (2), Kyle Martin (17); TAM - Kevin Cornelius (6)
Chase Numata (1-for-3) now has a 14-game hitting streak.
State College 5
WP: Steven Farinaro (7-1), LP: Bailey Falter (1-6), SV: Spencer Trayner (3)
The Crosscutters are now seven games behind State College in the division and three games out in the wild card.
GCL Yankees East 2
GCL Phillies 5
WP: Luis Carrasco (5-2), LP: Rony Garcia (2-1), SV: Tyler Frohwirth (7)
Phillies are percentage points behind the Blue Jays in the Northwest Division.
LHP Elvis Araujo optioned to Lehigh Valley.
RHP Aaron Nola transferred to the 60-day DL.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
RHP Frank Herrmann had his contract purchased by Philadelphia.
Reading Fightin' Phils
LHP Hoby Milner reassigned to Lehigh Valley.