BlueClaws, Suns Split Wednesday Double-Header
HAGERSTOWN, MD - The BlueClaws and Suns split a double-header on Wednesday at Municipal Stadium with Lakewood winning the opener 5-2 and the Suns the nightcap 2-1 on a walk-off home run by Alex Flores.
Lakewood (34-24) is now two games in back of first place Kannapolis. The BlueClaws have 11 games left in the first half while Kannapolis has 13.
Trailing 1-0, the BlueClaws scored three times in the fourth inning to take the lead. They tied the game on Colby Fitch's third home run of the season before adding runs on an RBI single by Daniel Brito and a groundout from Jesus Alastre.
After the Suns got a run back off Ramon Rosso in the fourth, Jake Scheiner came home on an RBI single from Jhailyn Ortiz as Lakewood opened a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. Ortiz added an RBI double in the fifth for a 5-2 lead.
Ramon Rosso (3-1) earned the win, allowing two runs in 5.2 innings of work. Kyle Dohy, who came in with the tying run on base for the last out of the sixth inning, got the last four outs for his sixth save of the year.
Suns starter Matthew DeRosier (2-3), who allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings, took the loss.
Alex Flores hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to give Hagerstown a 2-1 win over the BlueClaws. Flores' home run, his third of the year, came off Lakewood reliever Addison Russ(5-1) and marked just the fourth run allowed by Russ this season.
Trailing 1-0, the BlueClaws tied the game in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout from Gregori Rivero. Suns starter Nick Raquet attempted to finish all seven, but Colby Fitch reached on an error to start the inning. Kevin Markham ran for Fitch and moved to second when Quincy Nieporte walked. They were bunted up by Nick Maton and Markham scored on Rivero's groundout to tie the game.
Nick Raquet (4-5) went all seven for Hagerstown and earned the win, allowing one unearned run.
The Suns got on the board in the second inning on a fielder's choice groundout by Flores to take a 1-0 lead. That would be the lone run allowed by Stewart over his six innings of work. He struck out five and continues to lead the league in ERA at 1.25.
The teams finish their series on Thursday night at 7:05 pm. LHP Kyle Young (1-2) will start for Lakewood.
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