Worrell Struggles in BlueClaws Win

In a perfect world, Tim Worrell would have been pitching in Philly all season long and keeping opposing hitters off the basepaths. In the real world, he has struggled with personal problems and pitching, winding up on the DL and is now on a rehab assignment with Lakewood. His second rehab appearance didn't go well, but the BlueClaws were able to rally to pick up a tough win.

The Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the Hagerstown Suns by a score of 6-3 in front of 7,229 fans at FirstEnergy Park. Tim Worrell made the second in a series of rehab appearances and pitched substantially poorer than in his first outing. Worrell threw 32 pitches in his inning plus, allowing three runs over that time.

"I'm not totally upset but I'm not pleased either." said the thirty-seven year old reliever after his outing.

Worrell added that he gave up most of his hits because of the same kinds of things he did while pitching with the Phillies earlier in the season.

"I think on every hit I gave up I was ahead in the count. It wasn't like I made a bad pitch, I just got too much of the plate with the pitch." said Worrell.

Worrell will pitch with the BlueClaws again on Sunday before moving on to Reading next week when the R-Phils return home from their current road trip to Akron and Trenton.

Despite the struggles of the rehabbing reliever, the BlueClaws rallied to improve to 2-1 on the second half and have played the first consistently good ball of the entire season after being twenty games under .500 in the first half. The BlueClaws have now won six of their last eight games.

The Suns jumped out 3-0 early on Lakewood, but the BlueClaws rallied for three in their half of the second to tie it at and give themselves a chance to win. The BlueClaws were helped by Hagerstown starter, Matthew Miramontes, who allowed the first six batters of the inning to reach base. Doug Gredvig led off the inning by being hit by a pitch, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Sean Gamble followed with a walk and Ryan Frith was the second hit batter of the inning before Chris Klemm walked to load the bases. Josh Mader, the nine hole hitter, came through with a single to left that scored Gamble and Frith to make it 3-2 Hagerstown. Greg Golson followed with another single that scored Klemm before consecutive fly outs ended the Lakewood rally and left the game tied.

South Atlantic League All-Star Sam Orr tripled home the game-winning run for the Claws in the fourth with a triple off the wall in center that scored Golson to make it 4-3. Golson had led off the inning with a single.

The BlueClaws would add two more runs in the seventh to lengthen their lead to the eventual 6-3 margin.

A triplet of BlueClaw relievers held Hagerstown off the board for the final eight innings behind Worrell. Nathan Johnson got the win to improve to 7-3 on the season, pitching six stellar innings. Jacob Barrack recorded his fifth save after pitching a scoreless ninth while Marcelo Perez fell to 0-3 in relief for the Suns.

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