Fireflies Top BlueClaws 5-4 To Take Three Of Four

Cord Sandberg has three hits in the loss

By Lakewood BlueClaws | May 16, 2017 9:56 PM ET

Columbia won a game that featured a combined seven errors and topped the BlueClaws 5-4 on Tuesday. 

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LAKEWOOD, NJ - Columbia scored four unearned runs against Lakewood and Max Kuhns gave up one hit while getting the last eight outs as the Fireflies topped the BlueClaws 5-4 on Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Park.

Lakewood (22-17) finished their homestand at 3-4 and 1.5 games behind first place Hagerstown. The BlueClaws and Columbia (20-17) split their eight meetings this season.

Columbia took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning. One scored on a Daniel Brito error and two on a bloop single by Milton Ramos that was lost in the lights that gave Columbia their first lead of the game. They added a run off Ismael Cabrera in the seventh on a dual-error on Mickey Moniak (fly ball) and Daniel Brito (relay throw) for a 5-3 lead.

Lakewood then added an unearned run in the seventh inning when Henri Lartigue drove home Mickey Moniak, who reached on a Tim Tebow error, to cut the lead to 5-4.

However, Kuhns came in and shut the door to earn his first save and give the Fireflies three wins in the four game series.

Ismael Cabrera (2-2), who gave up two runs/one earned in 2/3 of an inning, took the loss.

The BlueClaws got on the board early. In the first inning, with Raul Rivas at first base, Mickey Moniak singled and Desmond Lindsay's throw from centerfield to third base got away allowing Rivas to score.

Lakewood added two more in the third. An RBI groundout by Henri Lartigue scored one run and Cord Sandberg added an RBI single for the second run of the inning.

Lakewood starter JoJo Romero gave up three runs, one earned, over 5.2 innings of work.

The teams combined for seven errors, with Lakewood making a season-high four in the loss. 

Gabriel Llanes (2-2) scattered 10 hits and four runs, two earned over 6.1 innings and earned his second win of the season.

Cord Sandberg had three hits for the BlueClaws while Raul Rivas, Mickey Moniak and Carlos Duran had two hits apiece.

After a day off on Wednesday, the BlueClaws will be in Hagerstown on Thursday to start a four-game series with the first-place Suns. LHP Ranger Suarez (2-0) starts the series opener for Lakewood against LHP Tyler Watson (2-1).

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