The BlueClaws opened their homestand with a 3-0 loss to West Virginia.
LAKEWOOD, NJ - Ryne Inman threw a complete game shutout, striking out 12, as West Virginia topped the BlueClaws 3-0 at FirstEnergy Park on Thursday in the first of a four-game series.
Inman (8-7) became the first pitcher to throw nine innings against the BlueClaws since Zach Jemiola of Asheville on May 9, 2015. The right-hander, who threw 107 pitches, fanned a career-high 12 in the win and allowed only three hits.
The Power (22-24/59-57) have won eight of 11 against the BlueClaws (19-25/48-66) this year.
West Virginia opened the scoring with a run in the third. Onil Pena doubled to start the inning and scored on an RBI triple from Charlie McConnell.
McConnell drove home Mike Salvatore, a Ewing, New Jersey native, with a SAC fly in the fifth.
BlueClaws starter Tom Sutera gave up two runs, one earned, in five innings.
Kevin Gowdy came on and got out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth. The Power, however, added a run in the eighth inning when Julio Rodriguez scored from second base on a wild pitch.
McCarthy Tatum went 1-4 for the BlueClaws and extended his hitting streak to nine games. However, Jonathan Guzman went 0-4 and saw his hitting streak snapped at eight games.
The teams continue their series on Friday night at 7:05 pm. RHP Rafi Gonell (4-1) starts for Lakewood opposite RHP Devin Sweet (6-4).
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