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Lakewood moved to 2-0 on the season, while the Phillies comeback bid fell short.

The Phillies played their home opener Thursday, while Lehigh Valley and Reading played their season openers. Plus, Lakewood wins their second straight and a former number-one pick homers for the Threshers in their loss to Dunedin.

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.


Nationals 7
Phillies 6

WP: Max Scherzer (1-0), LP: Vince Velasquez (0-1), SV: Blake Treinen (3)

HR: WASH - Bryce Harper (2), Daniel Murphy (1), Jayson Werth (2); PHIL - Aaron Altherr (1), Freddy Galvis (2)

The combination of Maikel FrancoMichael SaundersTommy 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

Pawtucket 14
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.

Thompson: 2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Cesar Ramos and Pat Venditte combined for five innings of shutout ball, but also combined to walk four batters, while striking out six.

Reading 2
Portland 4

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

Dunedin 7
Clearwater 4

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

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