BlueClaws Win Fourth Straight

After starting the season on a 0-9 skid, the BlueClaws have come back to win three straight games at home against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Florida Marlins affiliate and four straight overall.

On the mound for the 'Claws was Carlos Carrasco. Carrasco gave up two runs in the first inning, one unearned, but finished with six innings, striking out five while giving up only four hits and one walk. His earned run average remains at 1.50, with 18 innings under his belt and a 19-3 KO-BB ratio.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Claws tied the game 2-2 on a fielding error by center fielder Greg Burns. Aaron Cheesman scored from third, and Julian Williams scored all the way from first on the play.

The Grasshoppers responded with a run in the top of the seventh, off reliever Andy Barb, who replaced Carrasco. The Claws then scored four more runs in the second half of the inning, giving them a 6-3 lead and didn't look back.

Barb came up with the win, pitching two innings which now puts him at 2-1 on the season. Brett Harker came on to blank the Grasshoppers in the last inning for his first save of the season.

Lakewood stills hold last place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League with their 4-9 record.

On Friday, Josh Outman will take the hill for a 7:05 first pitch with hopes of a four-game sweep of the Grasshoppers. Outman is 0-1, 6.00 with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

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