LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws erased a 4-0 deficit, fell behind, and saw their rally fall one hit short in a 9-6 Monday loss at Greensboro as the teams split their four-game series at First National Bank Field.
The BlueClaws, down three, got two two-out hits in the ninth inning, but Riley Hovis got Arquimedes Gamboa to ground out to first to end the game and earn his second save of the season.
The BlueClaws (8-11/48-41) and Grasshoppers (8-9/45-40) end up splitting their four-game weekend series and the BlueClaws head home after a 4-3 road trip.
The Grasshoppers took a 4-0 lead after four, scoring all four off starter Bailey Falter (4 innings, 10 hits, 4 runs), while Greensboro starter Dustin Beggs gave up two hits and faced the minimum 12 over four. The BlueClaws, however, struck quickly and powerfully in the fifth. Edgar Cabral homered, his 2nd of the season, to make it a 4-1 game. After hits by Henri Lartigue and Luke Williams, a two-run double by Jesus Alastre pulled Lakewood within 4-3.
Arquimedes Gamboa, who hadn't homered since April 9th, then hit a two-run blast over the right field wall to put Lakewood up 5-4.
The lead, however, was short-lived as Greensboro tied the game in the sixth on a groundout by Justin Twine off Addison Russ. Russ gave up two more in the sixth - an RBI single by Aaron Knapp and an RBI double by James Nelson to put the Grasshoppers up 7-5.
In the seventh, the BlueClaws pulled to within one run on the first professional home run by Jesus Alastre. However, Greensboro added two more in the bottom of the seventh off Tyler Hallead - both unearned after an error on Luke Williams, to build their lead back to 9-6.
Jesus Alastre had three hits for Lakewood while Edgar Cabral, Henri Lartigue, and Luke Williams had two hits apiece.
Every Greensboro starter had a hit in the game, led by three from Aaron Knapp.
The BlueClaws matched their season high with three home runs, one apiece by Alastre, Cabral, and Gamboa.
The BlueClaws head home and after a day off on Tuesday, open a three-game series with Rome on Wednesday. RHP Sixto Sanchez (3-3) starts the series opener.
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