Lakewood Ends Three-Game Skid in 9-5 Win

Randy Ruiz, Zach Norman and Timi Moni all belted homeruns to power Lakewood to a 9-5 win over Delmarva Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Maryland. The BlueClaws ended a three-game slide and improved to 32-26 in the second half and 63-62 overall. The BlueClaws won for just the third time in 11 games against Delmarva this season.

Randy Ruiz and Zach Norman slammed back-to-back long balls in the second inning off of Delmarva starter and loser Jim Tiller to put Lakewood 2-0. Bryan Hansen doubled home two runs with two outs in the third to extend the lead to 4-0 and end a 17 at-bat hitless drought. Timi Moni launched a two-run homerun in the fourth inning that extended the Lakewood lead to 6-1. It was Moni's first homerun since joining the club and followed a leadoff double by Norman.

Delmarva loaded the bases in the fifth inning with nobody out on singles by Whit Pierce and Travis Brown and a walk to Nate Spears. Lakewood starter Erick Arteaga then struck out Jeff Fiorentino and Jason Fransz before Dustin Yount sliced a three-run double into the left field corner that just eluded the reach of a sliding Jake Blalock to cut the BlueClaws lead to 6-5. Arteaga then retired Jarod Rine on a ground out to end the inning to preserve the lead.

Arteaga became just the fourth pitcher in BlueClaws history to earn at least 10 wins in a season after yielding five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks. He joined Taft Cable and Gavin Floyd, who won 11 times in 2002, and Ezequiel Astacio, who grabbed 10 wins that same season, in the Lakewood record book.

Tim Moss doubled home a run in the sixth to push the BlueClaws lead to 7-5 after Moni had been thrown out trying to score on a Josh Mader two-base hit. Brad Overton took over for Arteaga in the sixth and walked the first two hitters he faced before Pierce struck out, Evel Bastida was thrown trying to steal third and Brown flied out for the final out of the frame. Overton tossed two hitless, scoreless innings and was followed by Dan Hodges, who retired all six hitters he faced. Hodges has worked 11 scoreless innings over eight appearances since coming off the disabled list on August 2.

Moss knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and Blalock singled home a run in the same frame to push the Lakewood lead to 9-5. Blalock has driven 86 runs this season, one shy of the team record set by Ryan Howard in 2002.

Michael Bourn finished with two hits in four at-bats to extend his road hitting streak to 15 games, while Moni collected two hits for a third straight game.

The BlueClaws wrap up their three-game series with Delmarva Friday night at 7:05 p.m., as left-hander Zac Cline takes the hill against Shorebirds right-hander Luis Ramirez. Coverage of Friday's game on 1160 WOBM-AM and www.sportsjuice.com begins at 6:50 p.m. You can use the Listen Live link in the BlueClaws section of our left navigator bar to access the live broadcast.


LAKEWOOD 9 AT DELMARVA 5 YTD YTD LAKEWOOD AB R H BI AVG DELMARVA AB R H BI AVG M.Bourn CF 4 1 2 0 .320 T.Brown SS 5 2 2 0 .282 O.Bramasco SS 5 0 0 0 .241 N.Spears DH 3 1 1 0 .273 J.Blalock LF 5 0 1 1 .277 J.Fiorentino CF 4 0 0 0 .279 B.Hansen 1B 4 0 2 2 .269 J.Fransz LF 4 1 1 0 .328 R.Ruiz DH 5 1 1 1 .300 D.Yount 1B 3 0 1 3 .266 Z.Norman CAT 4 3 2 1 .341 J.Rine RF 4 0 1 0 .255 T.Moni-Erigb RF 5 1 2 2 .262 E.Bastida-Ma 2B 3 0 0 1 .192 J.Mader 3B 3 2 1 0 .211 E.Grimm 3B 3 0 0 0 .217 T.Moss 2B 3 1 2 2 .251 W.Pierce CAT 4 1 1 0 .073 E.Arteaga PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 J.Tiller PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 B.Overton PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 J.Potter PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 D.Hodges PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 M.Patitucci PIT 0 0 0 0 .000 TOTALS 38 9 13 9 TOTALS 33 5 7 4 LAKEWOOD 0 2 2 2 0 1 0 2 0- 9 13 0 DELMARVA 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0- 5 7 2 E--J.Fiorentino, E.Bastida-Ma. DP--LAKEWOOD 0, DELMARVA 1. LOB-- LAKEWOOD 7, DELMARVA 6. 2B--B.Hansen (26), Z.Norman (3), J.Mader (5), T.Moss 2 (12), D.Yount (23). HR--R.Ruiz (17), Z.Norman (5), T.Moni-Erigb (1). SB--B.Hansen (1). SF--T.Moss. YTD IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA LAKEWOOD E.Arteaga (W,10-7) 5.0 7 5 4 2 5 0 4.41 B.Overton 2.0 0 0 0 3 2 0 4.94 D.Hodges 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.08 DELMARVA J.Tiller (L,3-5) 3.1 7 6 4 1 1 3 6.10 J.Potter 3.2 3 1 1 1 4 0 4.60 M.Patitucci 2.0 3 2 1 2 5 0 5.11 WP--J.Tiller. PB--Z.Norman, W.Pierce. SO--M.Bourn 2, O.Bramasco 2, R.Ruiz 2, Z.Norman 2, T.Moni-Erigb 2, J.Fiorentino 2, J.Fransz 3, W.Pierce 2. BB--M.Bourn, B.Hansen, Z.Norman, J.Mader, N.Spears 2, D.Yount, E.Bastida-Ma, E.Grimm. T--2:49. A--6878


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