The BlueClaws and Delmarva split a Sunday double-header.
LAKEWOOD, NJ - The BlueClaws and Delmarva split a Sunday double-header at FirstEnergy Park with Lakewood using a six-run fifth to spark a game-one 8-4 win and Delmarva getting a two-run ninth inning home run from Jake Ring to steal game two 6-5.
Lakewood (25-31/65-61) has now taken two of three from Delmarva (24-31/53-70) with just the finale on Monday night to play in the season series.
The BlueClaws used a six-run bottom of the fifth inning to come back and top Delmarva 8-4 in the first game of the double-header. The inning included RBI singles from Darick Hall, Henri Lartigue, and Arquimedes Gamboa.
Hall finished the game with two hits and two RBIs while Daniel Brito had two hits as well.
Delmarva had taken the lead with four runs in the top of the fifth inning off Felix Paulino, but Paulino still earned the win. He gave up four runs on four hits in five innings of work and improved to 4-9 on the season.
Shorebirds starter Matthias Dietz (4-9) took the loss, allowing eight runs, five earned, in 4.1 innings of work.
Delmarva scored four runs off Gustavo Armas in game two. Cole Billingsley led off the game with his third home run of the season. Preston Palmeiro had an RBI single in the third. In the fourth, Alexis Torres' RBI double and Billingsley's RBI single gave the Shorebirds a 4-1 lead.
Lakewood got back in the game on Arquimedes Gamboa's two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was his third of the season and brought the BlueClaws within 4-3.
In the fifth, Darick Hall walked to start the inning and then Listi went deep to give the BlueClaws the lead. Listi, who had a walk-off single on Saturday night, now has three home runs with the BlueClaws and six professional home runs after the 2017 hit three long balls with Williamsport in the NY-Penn League. Will Hibbs came on in the seventh, but surrendered a two-run home run to Jake Ring to put Delmarva up 6-5. It was Ring's 14th home run of the season.
Jake Bray stranded BlueClaws on the corners to end the seventh and earn his league-leading 16th save of the season.
Francisco Jimenez (6-2) earned the win despite allowing four runs on two home runs. Hibbs (5-4) took the loss.
Gamboa and Listi each had three hits in the nightcap for the BlueClaws.
The teams finish their series on Monday night at 7:05 pm. RHP Adonis Medina (4-8) starts for Lakewood opposite LHP Alex Wells (10-5).
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