The BlueClaws scored three times in the eighth to earn a comeback win on Friday over Delmarva.
SALISBURY, MD - The BlueClaws scored three times in the eighth inning, coming from behind to top Delmarva 5-4 on Friday night at Perdue Stadium.
Lakewood (21-27/61-57) snapped a four-game losing streak with the win while Delmarva (21-26/50-65), who had won the first game of the season on Thursday, has now lost 13 of their last 14 games.
The BlueClaws started their eighth inning rally on Darick Hall's 23rd home run of the season, pulling Lakewood within 4-3. Hall leads the league in home runs and is now within one of Jose Pujols' record of 24 set last year.
After reliever Aaron Myers walked Austin Listi, Delmarva manager Ryan Minor went to Steven Klimek, and the BlueClaws promptly got a base hit by Colby Fitch. After Henri Lartigue bunted the runners ahead, Raul Rivas' RBI single tied the game and Jesus Alastre's RBI single gave the BlueClaws the lead.
Myers was charged with the first two runs, but Klimek (5-3) was tagged with the go-ahead run and took the loss.
Ismael Cabrera (8-5), who threw a scoreless seventh, stayed in and threw a scoreless eighth, earning his eighth win of the season. Will Hibbs threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to tie for the league lead with his 14th save.
Trailing 2-0, Delmarva got four runs in the sixth inning. With two outs, Jake Ring hit a line drive to center that just snuck under the glove of a sliding Mickey Moniak for a two-run double to tie the game. The next batter, Gerrion Grim, launched a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Shorebirds their first lead of night.
The home run was Grim's 15th of the season and first of August, moving him into a tie for fourth in the South Atlantic League behind the BlueClaws' Darick Hall, the league leader with 22 long balls on the season.
BlueClaws starter Gustavo Armas, one pitch away from six scoreless innings, allowed four runs over six innings, giving up six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Lakewood had taken an early 2-0 lead. The BlueClaws got a first inning SAC fly from Austin Listi and a fourth inning home run from Henri Lartigue. The home run was Lartigue's sixth of the second half and eighth home run of the season.
Shorebirds starter Lucas Humpal gave up two runs over six innings and did not factor in the decision.
Every BlueClaws starter had a hit in the game, led by Raul Rivas' two. Rivas is now 22 for his last 61. The BlueClaws and Shorebirds continue their series on Saturday night at 7:05 pm. RHP Felix Paulino (2-9) starts for Lakewood.
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