BlueClaws Complete Greensboro Sweep

The Lakewood BlueClaws completed a four-game sweep over the Greensboro Grasshoppers with a 3-0 victory on Friday night. Not only did they sweep the Marlins' affiliate, but they shut them out three times during the home stand.

Josh Outman was lights out on the hill. The lefty went six scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, while walking two and striking out six batters. Outman topped out at 94 mph, and consistently threw his fastball at 92 mph on the chilly 49 degree night at First Energy Park.

"I thought he did great," said first year manager, Dave Huppert. "He got the ball down, had a real nice change-up going. It was a tough night to use a breaking ball because it was a little cold, but he used his fastball in and out, and used his change-up very well."

Outman's record improves to 1-1 and he's posted a 3.60 ERA over 15 innings.

Scott Mitchinson pitched the seventh and eighth innings, recording a hold. It was his best relief appearance of the season, as he gave up just two hits while striking out five batters. Pat Overholt then shutdown the Grasshoppers in the ninth to record his first save as a BlueClaw.

Offensively, the ‘Claws only put five hits on the board. Shortstop, Fidel Hernandez, went 2-for-3 in the game.

Their first run came in the third inning when John Castellano singled home catcher, Lou Marson, and that was all they would need to come away with the win. They later scored two runs in the fifth inning.

The BlueClaws are now 5-9, winning all five of their games this past week. They are now headed to Delmarva for a four-game series set to kickoff Saturday with Maximo De La Cruz starting and will return home on Wednesday to take on Fernando Martinez and the Hagerstown Suns.


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