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BlueClaws Win 5th Straight with 3-1 Victory at Delmarva

July 31, 2018 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Lakewood BlueClaws News Release

SALISBURY, MD - Dalton Guthrie's ninth inning SAC fly broke a 1-1 tie and Zach Warren struck out the last three hitters with the tying run on base as the BlueClaws topped Delmarva 3-1 on Tuesday to win their fifth straight game.

The BlueClaws (26-12/67-40) have now won five in a row, nine out of 10, and 16 out of 20. They finished July at 19-8, their second most wins in a month over the last 10 seasons, with only the 2016 team going 20-10 in August. Lakewood has now won 13 of 18 against Delmarva (19-18/54-49) including the first two games of this series.

Guthrie's SAC fly brought home Rodolfo Duran, who led off the inning with a walk, to put the BlueClaws up 2-1. Matt Vierling followed with an RBI single for a 3-1 lead. Both runs were charged to Delmarva's Nick Vespi (4-4), the first two runs he's allowed since June 14th.

Lakewood now has six wins since last Monday in which they trailed in the seventh inning or later. They also finish July at 19-8, only the second time in the last 10 years they've won 19 games in a month (the 2016 BlueClaws went 20-10 in August).

Zach Warren gave up a hit and walk to start the bottom of the ninth but struck out the next three hitters to end the game and earn his ninth save. Eight of his nine saves have come in the second half, when he's allowed one run in 14.2 innings pitched.

Tyler Fallwell (1-0), who threw two scoreless innings, earned his first win as a member of the Phillies organization.

Delmarva got a run in the sixth off Ismael Cabrera to take a 1-0 lead. A lead-off single by Branden Becker set up the Birds, and Becker came home on a SAC fly from Trevor Craport to get the game's first run.

The BlueClaws answered off Cameron Ming in the seventh. Nick Maton drew a walk to start the inning and scored on an RBI double from Guthrie to tie the game.

Lakewood starter Spencer Howard threw three scoreless innings while Shorebirds starter DL Hallthrew four, but neither starter factored in the decision.

Quincy Nieporte had two hits in the win for the BlueClaws.

The teams finish their series on Wednesday night at 7:05 pm. LHP Damon Jones (7-5) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Jhon Peluffo (3-6).

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