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BlueClaws keep pace with 9-1 win over Charleston

August 18, 2008 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Lakewood BlueClaws News Release

LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Lakewood needed a win to avoid being swept at home for the first time this season at FirstEnergy Park, and they got just that, taking a convincing 9-1 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday night.

Mike Cisco helped the BlueClaws move to 4-0 in his starts with five solid innings in what was basically a must-win game for Lakewood. The 21-year old right- hander did allow the first run in any of his starts, though it was unearned. Cisco (2-0) allowed five hits and did not walk a batter. He has now thrown 23 innings in a Lakewood uniform without issuing a single walk.

By the time Zack Sterner entered for Cisco in the sixth the BlueClaws led comfortably, 4-1, and wasted little time putting the game out of reach. Lakewood scored one run in the bottom of the sixth and four in the bottom of the seventh, all off of Gabe Medina, to finish up the scoring.

Derrick Mitchell led the offensive charge, finishing 3- for-4 with three doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. And though the 'Claws combined for 12 hits, Freddy Galvis was the only other player with a multi-hit outing, as the 18-year old shortstop finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Travis D'Arnaud continued his hot start to his BlueClaws career, slugging a monster home run to lead off the third inning. D'Arnaud is now hitting .412 over his first four games with Lakewood with five runs scored and two RBIs.

Lakewood picked up three runs in the first against Charleston starter Adam Olbrachowski (6-8) to take an early lead. Olbrachowski issued a bases loaded walk to Mike Durant to plate the first run of the game, before second baseman Prilys Cuello booted a Travis Mattair groundball to bring in two more.

Mattiar was the only starter in the BlueClaws lineup to go hitless, though he did have a clean single to left taken away in bizarre fashion. With Durant at first and no outs, the 'Claws third baseman ripped a base hit. Durant seemingly went first to third on the play, but Charleston (27-28, 72-53) successfully appealed that he missed second base, turning Mattair's single into a fielder's choice.

The BlueClaws (36-21, 74-53) also suffered a setback in the top of the sixth inning, when Dominic Brown injured his left shoulder diving for a ball in centerfield off the bat of Jesus Montero. The ball dropped in for a triple, but the far larger loss could be that of Brown. The extent of his injury is unknown, but he was forced to leave the game.

Lakewood will take a day off on Tuesday, before heading to Lake County for a five game series starting on Wednesday at Classic Park. Right-hander Vance Worley (2-1) will make the start for the BlueClaws, with South Atlantic League walks leader Chris Archer (4-8) going for the Captains.

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