BlueClaws Take Early Post-Season Edge

An historic night for Lakewood ended just the way they had hoped - with a win. The BlueClaws took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series with Lexington. AAA Scranton didn't start their series as well though, dropping a 6-5 decision to Rochester.

The first playoff game in the history of the Lakewood BlueClaws' franchise saw the ‘Claws come away with a 2-1 win over the Lexington Legends. The BlueClaws sent Carlos Carrasco (12-6, 2.26) to the mound against Lexington's Brad James (6-2, 1.36). Lakewood got their first hit in the bottom of the fourth inning on a leadoff single by Michael Spidale. Spidale would come around to score on a double by Jeremy Slayden.

Carrasco was near flawless until the eighth inning when he walked leadoff hitter Nathan Warrick. A sacrifice bunt moved Warrick to second and a single by Eli Iorg tied the game at one. Carrasco pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed only six hits and struck out four.

The BlueClaws scored what would prove to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Again, Spidale was in the middle of things, starting the inning by drawing a walk and then up a base on a balk call. An intentional walk to Clay Harris to set up a lefty verus lefty matchup between Jake Hurry and Lakewood's John Urick, who won the battle and slapped a ball into center to score Spidale.

Brett Harker was brought in to close the game out for the BlueClaws. Koby Clemens and Ryan Reed both would both fly out to center before Harker struck out Eric King to end the game.

After a day off to travel to Lexington, Kentucky, the BlueClaws and Legends will play game two of the best of three series, Friday night. On the mound for the BlueClaws will be Matt Maloney (16-9, 2.03) and the Legends will counter with Brian Bogusevic (2-5, 4.73).

Rochester 6, Scranton Wilkes-Barre 5

A throwing error by catcher Dusty Wathan on a stolen base attempt in the sixth inning allowed Rochester to go on to score two runs to break a 4-4 tie. Earlier in the game, outfielder Josh Kroeger misplayed a ball that he lost in the dusk sky, leading to the first run of the game for the Red Wings.

Gavin Floyd started and took the loss, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits and four walks. The Scranton bullpen pitched well over the final 2 1/3 innings, but the Red Barons offense couldn't overtake the Red Wings.

Scranton shortstop Carlos Leon finished the night with three hits and two RBI for the Red Barons. Bobby Scales also had two hits – both doubles - and a walk, while scoring two of the Red Barons' runs.

Game Two of the series is Thursday night in Rochester, with Brian Mazone pitching for Scranton against Rochester's Dave Gassner.

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