The BlueClaws hit three home runs on Sunday including a ninth-inning game-winner by Arquimedes Gamboa.
KANNAPOLIS, NC - Arquimedes Gamboa broke a 6-6 tie with a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the BlueClaws a 7-6 win in a back-and-forth Sunday game at Intimidators Stadium.
The BlueClaws (29-34/69-64) won a game despite blowing leads in both the seventh and eighth innings. Lakewood took two of three in the series from Kannapolis (27-36/66-65) and won four of the six games on their final trip of the season.
Gamboa's home run was his sixth of the year and fourth in the last eight days. It came off JB Olson (1-1), who took the loss.
Jake Kelzer (1-1), who gave up the game-tying home run to Evan Skoug in the eighth inning, earned the win while Will Hibbs threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his league-leading 18th save of the season.
After falling behind 5-4, the BlueClaws got two runs in the eighth inning to take the lead. Darick Hall's RBI single tied the game before Henri Lartigue's RBI single scored pinch-runner David Martinelli to put the BlueClaws up 6-5.
Kannapolis would then tie the game in the bottom of the eighth on Evan Skoug's second home run of the game. He was the first BlueClaws opponent to homer twice in a game since Kyri Washington of Greenville on June 24 2016. Gamboa then broke the tie with his home run in the ninth, one of three home runs hit by the BlueClaws in the game.
Kannapolis took the lead with three runs in the seventh inning off Ismael Cabrera. Evan Skoug brought the Intimidat
ors within one as he led off the inning with his first home run. After a Grant Massey single, Alex Call's RBI single tied the game and Jake Burger's RBI single gave Kannapolis the lead.
Lakewood got two early home runs to build a 4-2 lead. Mickey Moniak hit his fifth home run of the season in the third inning. The two-run blast was his first home run since July 9th. Then Colby Fitch homered in the fourth. It was Fitch's second home run since joining the BlueClaws on August 1st.
BlueClaws starter Adonis Medina got a no-decision after allowing two runs in five innings.
Adam Haseley, Gamboa, Moniak, and Fitch all had two hits for the BlueClaws in the win.
The BlueClaws head home for their final homestand of the season starting Tuesday against West Virginia. RHP Luis Carrasco (1-2) starts for Lakewood against RHP Eduardo Vera (6-5).
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