Lehigh Valley 5 (1-5, 4.0 GB)
Justin Lehr (1-0, 1.42) had an impressive first start for Lehigh Valley, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk to help lead Lehigh Valley to their first win of the season. So far this season, when a 'Pigs starter has left with a lead, the bullpen hasn't been able to hold onto that lead for them, but the bullpen came through in the series opener against Syracuse. Joe Rocchio contributed with two shutout innings in relief.
Lakewood 11 (2-3, 2.0 GB)
Lake County 9
Jon Velasquez (2-0, 1.59), won his second game in as many relief appearances this season, giving the BlueClaws a much needed strong outing as he went 3 2/3 innings, allowing just one run in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch to make the score 11-8. Santo Hernandez, getting his second action of the season, pitched both the seventh and eighth innings. He worked a clean seventh but allowed Mark Thompson to single home a run in the eighth to make it an 11-9 game.
Ryan Bergh was called upon to close the game and picked up his first save as he allowed just one base runner and struck out two.
The BlueClaws had scored just ten runs in their first four games, but in the sixth inning, Lakewood scored the way their lineup is built to score runs; aggressive base running and timely hitting. Harold Gracia started the inning with a base hit, before stealing second and scoring on a Travis Mattair single. Mattair was then a menace on the bases as he stole second, took third tagging up on a tough fly ball in the infield and later scored on a Troy Hanzwa RBI double. The run capped a string of nine unanswered runs for the BlueClaws.
Garcia, Mattair and Travis D'Arnaud all collected three hits as part of Lakewood's 16 hit day.
Starter Jacob Diekman was pounded for seven runs - six earned - in 2 1/3 innings in his first start of the season.