BlueClaws Storm Back to Top Suns with Five-Run Eighth
LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws erased an 8-1 deficit, capped by a five-run bottom of the eighth in storming past Hagerstown 10-8 on Friday night at FirstEnergy Park. Nick Maton's two-run double put Lakewood ahead for good.
The five-run eighth inning started with a lead-off walk to Colby Fitch. After two more reached to lead the bases, Simon Muzziotti and Jake Scheiner hit back to back RBI singles. Connor Zwetsch (0-1) came out in favor of pitcher Phil Morse, and Jhailyn Ortiz reached on an error to score a run and tie the game.
Maton followed with a two-run double to put the BlueClaws ahead for the first time all night.
Zwetsch was charged with five runs in 1.1 innings and took the loss. Luis Carrasco (4-0), who threw a scoreless eighth, earned the win and Zach Warren got the last three outs for his eighth save, seventh of the second half.
Maton led the way, going 3-5 with the game-winning double. Daniel Brito, Simon Muzziotti, and Jake Scheiner all had two hits for the BlueClaws (22-12/63-40), who have now won 12 of their last 16 games. Lakewood is now 16-7 against Hagerstown (12-20/39-61) this season.
The comeback win was Lakewood's biggest come-from-behind win since an 8-7 win on June 30, 2014 at West Virginia, a game they trailed 7-0.
Jake Scudder opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning, his fifth home run of the year and his second off BlueClaws starter Will Stewart. Hagerstown added four more runs in the third, two on Scudder's RBI single and two more on Alex Dunlap's first home run of the night. Armond Upshaw and Cole Freeman drove in runs in the fourth to put Hagerstown up 7-1.
Stewart allowed a season-high seven runs on eight hits in four innings of work, his shortest start of the year.
Dunlap greeted Tyler Fallwell in the fifth with his second home run of the game, becoming the first player since Evan Skoug August 27, 2017 to hit two home runs in a game against the BlueClaws.
After trailing 8-1, Lakewood got one off starter Andrew Lee in the fifth to cut the lead to 8-2.
After Lee came out, the BlueClaws scored three times in the sixth including an RIB single by Colby Fitch and triple by Josh Stephen.
The teams continue their series on Saturday night at 7:05 pm. LHP David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Jackson Tetreault (3-9, 4.58).
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