Lakewood Finishes Strong Against DelMarVa

The BlueClaws (31-38) finished the 2005 season on a positive note with a 2-1 win over the first place Delmarva Shorebirds (41-27), Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, on Monday afternoon. Lakewood received solid pitching and rallied for the win trailing 1-0 after five innings.

Nate Johnson (12-8) recorded the win in relief pitching three innings of scoreless ball. Johnson allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out two.

The BlueClaws took a 2-1 lead in the seventh innings on an RBI base hit from Derek Brant. Sam Orr led off the inning with a base hit then moved up to second on Josh Mader's sacrifice bunt. Chris Klemm followed up with a ground out to first base moving Orr up to third. Brant followed up swinging at the very first pitch he saw to line a base hit into center.

Lakewood trailed 1-0 entering the sixth inning but tied it up on an RBI ground out from Jason Jaramillo. Greg Golson led off the inning with a double off the left field wall. Golson then stole third base, his 25th stolen base of the year. After Sean Gamble popped out for the first out of the frame, Jaramillo followed up with a ground out to the shortstop plating Golson from third.

Delmarva took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a wild pitch from starter Maximo De La Cruz. With the bases loaded and two outs De La Cruz threw a wild pitch allowing Pat Scalabrini to score from third. Scalabrini reached base on a one-out single then stole second base. On the play Scalabrini moved up to third when the throw from Brant went into center-field.

De La Cruz got a no decision allowing one run on three hits over five innings while walking two and striking out two.

Cory Duiett recorded his seventh save of the year pitching a scoreless ninth. Duiett allowed one hit and struck out a batter.

Brant finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and Golson went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base.

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