Jonathan Hennigan got the last six outs for his first professional save as the BlueClaws held off a Kannapolis rally to top the Intimidators 6-4 on Friday night at Intimidators Stadium. The win puts the BlueClaws at 2-0 for the first time since 2010, when they won the first two games of the season in Asheville.
Hennigan, making his BlueClaws debut, earned his first professional save. With two-on in the ninth, he struck out both Seby Zavala and Brandon Dulin to end the game.
Lakewood jumped out to an early lead with a first-inning run on a Darick Hall sacrifice fly. In the third, the BlueClaws scored two runs, one on an RBI single from Arquimedes Gamboa, and one on a bases loaded walk to Alex Wojciechowski as the 'Claws took a 3-0 lead.
The BlueClaws added two more in the fourth on a fielder's choice grounder from Mickey Moniak that scored a second run on an error on pitcher Alec Hansen. At that point, Lakewood had a 5-1 lead, but Kannapolis got three off starter Sixto Sanchez in the bottom of the fifth, with two coming on a base-hit by Zavala off reliever Felix Paulino. Sanchez was charged with four runs in 4 2/3 innings, with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Paulino, however, settled in and got the BlueClaws to the eighth with a one-run lead, and earned the win, allowing three hits over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Moniak's RBI double in the ninth put the BlueClaws up 6-4 before Hennigan finished things off.
Brito and Gamboa each had two hits for the BlueClaws after two-hit games in the opener on Thursday.
WP: Max Scherzer (1-0), LP: Vince Velasquez (0-1), SV: Blake Treinen (3)
The combination of Maikel Franco, Michael Saunders, Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp, the four through seven hitters in the order, are a combined 5-for-50 (.100) with no home runs and just one RBI through four games.
Joely Rodriguez 2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Lehigh Valley 7
WP: Shawn Haviland (1-0), LP: Jake Thompson (0-1), SV: None
HR: PAW - none; LV - none
Roman Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin both had two hits. Quinn drove in a run with a perfect drag bunt and then doubled to drive in a second run. Valentin had one RBI on the night. J.P. Crawford went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.
WP: Ty Buttrey (1-0), LP: Jesen Therrien (0-1), SV: Austin Maddox (1)
HR: RDG - none; POR - Rafael Devers (1), Aneury Tavarez (1)
Andrew Pullin 2-for-3, 2B, BB
Tom Eshelman 4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
WP: Andrew Case (1-0), LP: Luke Leftwich (0-1), SV: Kender Vilegas (1)
HR: DUN - none; CLW - Cornelius Randolph (1)
Jose Taveras: 4 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Leftwich: 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
TRANSACTIONS for April 7: None