Marathon Doesn't End Well For 'Claws

The Delmarva Shorebirds and Lakewood BlueClaws battled for 15 innings before Delmarva pulled out a 5-4 win over Lakewood.

The Lakewood BlueClaws dropped a 5-4 decision at the hands of the Delmarva Shorebirds in 15 innings Thursday night in Lakewood. The BlueClaws fell behind 4-0 before putting up four runs in the final three innings to tie the score at four, but were held scoreless in six extra innings. The Shorebirds scored the go ahead run in the top of the 15th to earn the victory and improve to 4-8 on the season. The BlueClaws dropped to 5-5.

The Shorebirds received a great effort from starting pitcher Jeff Moore, who went 6 2/3 innings allowing two hits and one unearned run. "He pitched a smart game, using both sides of the plate very well" said BlueClaw manager Steve Roadcap. On the other side Kyle Drabek got tagged for four runs in the first three innings, giving up two homeruns. Drabek settled down to complete his five innings of work giving up four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts. Drabek looked dominant at times with a plus 90 mph fastball and a sharp breaking ball.

The BlueClaws failed to take advantage of a bases loaded and no out situation in the bottom of the ninth scoring only one run on C.J. Henry's sacrifice fly to leftfield. Gus Milner attempted to tag up from second on Henry's sacrifice fly but was thrown out at third base to complete the double play. "It was a good baseball play all around, Milner tried to take the third to put the team in a better position and leftfielder Bobby Andrews made a great throw" said Manager Steve Roadcap. Julian Williams was called out on strikes for the third out of the inning ending the BlueClaw threat. The BlueClaws were unable to put anything together in extra innings against the fledgling Shorebird bullpen. Ben Pfinnsgraff pitched four strong innings for the BlueClaws, but gave up a two-out RBI single to Miguel Abreu for the eventual game winner. Pfinnsgraff was credited with the loss while Jose Maria earned the win for Delmarva throwing two scoreless innings. Although the outcome wasn't what he wanted, Roadcap was happy with his teams effort "We battled for 15 innings and just came up a little short".

The two teams will play the rubber match of their three-game set Friday night at FirstEnergy Park. Edgar Garcia (1-0 2.25 era) will take the hill for Lakewood against Delmarva starter Brad Bergesen (1-1 0.00 era). Julian Williams will look to extend his home on base streak to 55 games Friday night. Williams was hit by a pitch to leadoff the eighth inning extending the streak to 54 games.

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