Suns Get Three in Ninth, Top Claws 6-4

Teams have split first two games in three-game series

By Lakewood BlueClaws | April 18, 2017 9:48 PM ET

Hagerstown scored three in the ninth to beat the BlueClaws on Tuesday.

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LAKEWOOD, NJ - Hagerstown scored three runs in the ninth inning, taking the lead on a two-run double by Carter Kieboom, to top the BlueClaws 6-4 on Tuesday night at FirstEnergy Park.

Kieboom drove in two off Harold Arauz, who gave up the three runs in his third inning of work to take the loss. Lakewood had the tying run at the plate in the ninth but fell short.

The teams have now split the first two games in their three-game series with Hagerstown improving to 8-5 and Lakewood falling to 7-6 on the young season.

BlueClaws outfielder Mickey Moniak tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run single to center. Then, with two-on, Henri Lartigue lined one into right-center, but was robbed of a hit by right fielder Juan Soto, a play that would have given the BlueClaws the lead.

Mick Van Vossen (1-0) gave up a run in the ninth but earned the win with two innings of relief. Harold Arauz, who allowed all three runs in the ninth, took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.

The BlueClaws got on the board in the second inning on an RBI double from Cord Sandberg.

Lakewood's lead lasted until the fifth, when the Suns scored three runs with the help of three BlueClaws errors. They tied the game on an RBI single by Blake Perkins, but added runs on a passed ball and one of the three errors for a 3-1 Suns lead, chasing JoJo Romero.

Romero, the Lakewood starter, fanned a career high seven, but gave up three unearned runs on three hits and four walks.

The BlueClaws threatened with two on in the sixth but couldn't score off Sterling Sharp. He exited after allowing one run over six innings on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

Brett Barbier had two hits for the BlueClaws in the loss.

The series with Hagerstown wraps up on Wednesday morning at 11:05 am. RHP Sixto Sanchez (0-1) starts for Lakewood opposite LHP McKenzie Mills (1-1).

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