The BlueClaws dropped the first game of a double-header, 1-0, to Greensboro on Saturday afternoon.
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Michael King threw a complete-game shutout and a third inning Grasshoppers run held up as Greensboro topped the BlueClaws 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at FirstEnergy Park.
The win, in the first game of a double-header, puts the Grasshoppers at 7-3 on the year and they have taken two of the first three games from the BlueClaws (5-5). Lakewood dropped their fifth game in the last six.
King retired the first 14 hitters that he faced and gave up just two hits. He struck out seven against just one walk.
Greensboro got on the board in the third inning. With two out and nobody on, Dalton Wheat was hit by an Adonis Medina slider. The next batter, Colby Lusignan, doubled to left-center, bringing home Wheat, and giving Greensboro a 1-0 lead.
The BlueClaws had their best chance in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a Daniel Brito single with pinch-runner Carlos Duran on first, Duran went to third and Brito to second on the throw home. However, the next batter, David Martinelli, grounded out. After Mickey Moniak walked, Brett Barbier grounded out to first base to end the threat.
King retired the side in order in the seventh to finish the complete game shutout.
Medina (0-1) gave up one run over six inning with six strikeouts, one off his 2016 high. His outing was the longest by a BlueClaws starter so far this year.
Game two of the double-header follows at 7:05 pm. LHP Nick Fanti starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Caleb Brewster.
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