What a Relief! Lakewood Wins 5-2

The Lakewood BlueClaws played in front of their largest home crowd of the season Tuesday and sent their fans home happy with a 5-2 win over Savannah. The Lakewood bullpen came through as three relievers shut down the Savannah offense.

Kyle Kendrick worked a solid five innings and Victor Menocal, Cory Schultz and Dan Hodges tossed shutout relief in Lakewood's 5-2 win over Savannah in front of 7,456, the largest crowd at FirstEnergy Park this season. The BlueClaws have taken the first two games of the four-game set to improve to 13-19 overall and grabbed their fourth in a row at home to lift their home mark to 7-5.

Luis Apodaca led off the Savannah third inning with a base hit, moved to second on a walk to Trey Webb and advanced, with Webb on a sacrifice bunt by Reggie Fitzpatrick before Jerry Owens singled to drive in both runners to put the visitors on top 2-0. From there, Lakewood's pitching took over as the BlueClaws offense mounted a comeback.

It didn't take long for Lakewood to come back as they tied the game in the home half of the inning on a run-scoring ground out by Randy Ruiz and a throwing error by second baseman Jason Conlisk that allowed Jake Blalock to score.

Carlos Rodriguez led off the fourth with a home run to right field that put Lakewood on top to stay at 3-2. The Lakewood shortstop extended his hitting streak to six games and gained a share of the team lead, along with Bryan Hansen and Marc Tugwell, with his third long ball of the season. Savannah starter Daryl Thompson walked Omar Bramasco, the next hitter, and was taken out of the game after striking out three and issuing a pair of bases on balls. The 18-year-old right-hander suffered his first loss of the season after giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits. Anthony Pearson took over and went the rest of the way, giving up two unearned runs on two hits over five frames in his ninth appearance of the year. The BlueClaws scored twice in the fifth against Pearson on a sacrifice fly by Tugwell and a throwing error by Webb that allowed Randy Ruiz to score.

Kendrick worked five innings for a third straight start to pick up his second win of the year against three losses. The right-hander yielded a pair of runs on four hits, while striking out two and walking one. Menocal, who had been scored on in three straight outings, worked two scoreless, hitless frames before Schultz tossed a scoreless eighth inning. Hodges retired all three hitters he faced on fly ball outs to left field in the ninth to record his fourth save of the season. Six different pitchers in the BlueClaws bullpen have combined to toss eight shutout innings in the first two games of the series.

The series continues Wednesday night with BlueClaws' right-hander Erick Arteaga taking the hill against Savannah right-hander Nick Long. All BlueClaws games, home and away, can be heard on 1160 WOBM-AM and you can also use the link to live coverage of BlueClaws game on the left navigation bar of PhillyBaseballNews.com.

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