The BlueClaws pulled out a 2-1, 11-inning win on Thursday in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, WV - The BlueClaws got a run in the 11th after allowing a run with two out and two strikes in the ninth before Will Hibbs shut the door and the BlueClaws topped West Virginia 2-1 on Thursday night at Appalachian Power Park.
Luke Williams' groundout to second scored Jose Antequera, who reached on an error, with the winning run in the 11th, as Antequera slid home under the tag of catcher Chris Harvey.
The win snaps a two-game BlueClaws losing streak and puts Lakewood at 8-7 on the year, 3-1 in extra innings. West Virginia, meanwhile, falls to 7-8 on the season and 0-4 in extra innings, all at home.
Hibbs, who came on in the 10th, retired all six hitters that he faced and improved to 3-0 in his first five appearances of 2017.
The Power tied the game in the ninth inning off Jonathan Hennigan. With pinch-runner Logan Ratledge at first base, a wild pitch moved him up to second. On the wild pitch, catcher Henri Lartigue's throw sailed into centerfield and centerfielder Carlos Duran bobbled the ball allowing Ratledge to score all the way from first base to tie the game.
BlueClaws starter Ranger Suarez struck out 10 over seven innings, but was denied the win. Suarez's outing matched his longest career outing and he set a new career-high with 10 strikeouts. He's also the first BlueClaws pitcher to throw past six innings in a game so far this season.
The BlueClaws got on the board in the fifth inning when Danny Zardon doubled home Alex Wojociechowski to give Lakewood a 1-0 lead.
West Virginia starter Cam Vieux gave up one run over six innings but was not part of the decision.
Danny Zardon had two hits for the BlueClaws in the win.
The series with the Power continues on Friday night. RHP Adonis Medina (0-1) starts for Lakewood opposite West Virginia RHP Matt Anderson (1-1). First pitch is at 7:05 pm.
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