Early Hole Buries BlueClaws

The Lakewood BlueClaws lost to the Hagerstown Suns 9-5 in front of 4,010 fans at FirstEnergy Park. Kyle Kendrick, the BlueClaw starter, gave up seven of the Suns nine runs in his four innings of work. Jose Sanchez got the win for the Suns, allowing five runs in five and a third innings of work. Lakewood fell to 3-11 on the season with the loss.

After working out of trouble in the first and second innings, Kendrick couldn't continue to dodge the bullet in the third. After retiring the first two batters in the inning, Kendrick allowed the next nine Suns batters to reach base. Tyler Davidson started the Hagerstown rally with a double to right center. After Grant Psomas followed with a single to center, the first big blow came off the bat of Derran Watts. Watts tripled to right center that allowed Davidson and Psomas to score and give Hagerstown an early 2-0 lead. Hagerstown would go on to score five more in the inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead, sending twelve batters to the plate in the third.

Lakewood didn't give up though, as they scored five runs in the middle innings. In the fourth, Josh Mader hit a one-out infield single that was followed by a walk to Timi Moni to put runners at first and second. A wild pitch by Sanchez moved BlueClaw runners to first and second with one out. Jason Crosland followed with a single to left that scored Mader and made it a 7-1 Suns lead. The next batter, Derek Brant, singled to left to score Moni and make it 7-2 but John Hardy followed with a 1-6-3 double play to thwart the Lakewood rally. Brad Harman hit a solo homerun for the BlueClaws in the fifth to make a 7-3 game.

The BlueClaws would make one more run at the Suns in the sixth. With one out, Moni tripled to right-center and was followed by Crosland's homer to left center to make it 7-5. This was as close as Lakewood would get, however, as Hagerstown added single runs in the seventh and ninth to seal the victory.

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