The BlueClaws threw their second straight shutout in an 8-0 win over Kannapolis on Sunday night.
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Felix Paulino threw seven scoreless innings and Arquimedes Gamboa drove in three runs as the BlueClaws threw their second straight shutout in an 8-0 win over Kannapolis on Sunday night.
Paulino, who improved to 5-9, gave up four hits and two walks while striking out five. Jake Kelzer got the last six outs to complete the 22nd shutout by the BlueClaws this season. The previous record was 19 set in 2006 and the BlueClaws have thrown back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the last three games of the 2016 regular season.
Lakewood (32-36/72-66) has now won three straight games with one left in the regular season. Kannapolis (29-39/68-68) will open the post-season against either Greensboro or West Virginia on Wednesday.
Neither team scored in the first four innings, but Lakewood got going with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Adam Haseley hit a SAC fly to score Luke Williams with the game's first run. Then Arquimedes Gamboa hit an RBI double for a 2-0 lead.
The BlueClaws added five runs in the sixth inning, all after there were two outs and nobody on. With Gregori Rivero on first, Luke Williams doubled him home. Jesus Alastre added an RBI single. After a run scored on a wild pitch, Gamboa hit a two-run double to put the BlueClaws up 7-0.
Kannapolis starter Blake Hickman threw three scoreless innings but Yelmison Peralta (3-4) gave up six runs, five earned, in 2.1 innings to take the loss.
Gamboa, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, had two hits and three RBIs while Gregori Rivero added two hits for the BlueClaws in victory.
Alex Call had two of the four Kannapolis hits.
The BlueClaws and Intimidators finish the regular season on Monday at 1:05 pm. RHP Adonis Medina (4-9) starts for the BlueClaws opposite RHP Lane Hobbs (4-1).
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