Welcome back to FirstEnergy Park…A new team in town, Greensboro, a Marlins affiliate, against whom Lakewood is 5-3 this year. First of four.
LAK: RHP Jason Knapp (2-6, 3.62)
GBO: RHP Johnny Dorn (7-5, 3.15)
Score Him Some Runs…The BlueClaws have tallied just 30 runs in Knapp’s 14 starts…Jason has walked nine over his last two starts, however.
Who’s Hot…Anthony Gose is hitting .341 in June and Harold Garcia is at .373 since June 12th…Travis d’Arnaud is 14 for his last 40.
Game notes here…Audio here.
5:37: We expect the rain to continue to pester our friends in western New Jersey and not here. Tarp is not on the field, and we don’t expect to put it on the field.
6:56: Getting set to go…70s, overcast, breeze. Conditions are just fine.
7:02: The BlueClaws have lost two games in a row for the 8th time, but they are 7-0 when on a two-game losing streak, so that bodes well, I think. Who knows?
7:38: A controversial run for Greensboro on a double-steal. Kevin Mattison came in from 3rd “before” Jeremy Synan was tagged out at second by Harold Garcia…We thought, so did Dusty, that the run crossed well after the out was recorded.
8:00: Knapp…6 Ks through three innings…still 1-0 GBO to the home third.
8:16: Lakewood takes the lead…Harold Garcia’s hot hitting continues, a base hit and he scores on a Murphy SAC fly. Gose scores the go-ahead run on an errant throw by the catcher Langely…2-1 Lakewood, top 4.
8:23: Knapp is dealing…8 Ks so far through 3.2 innings.
8:24: Now 9 through 4…5 off his team record.
8:36: Two more for Lakewood on four hits…a 2-run single for Harold Garcia, who is now 21 for his last 54.
8:49: Knapp…wow…3 more Ks…12 through 5…he’s probably done, at 103 pitches, but what a great outing…5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 12 K, and the one run from back in the first…the last 9 outs he recorded were via the K and 8 of those were swinging.
9:00: Knapp’s last pitch was clocked at 98 on a gun that we’re told is about 2 mph slow…The last nine outs he recorded were via the K. Jordan Ellis in and in trouble…1st/3rd nobody out.
9:27: Ellis allowes a three run home run to Ben Lasater and we are tied at 4…the BlueClaws get two men on in the bottom of the sixth and go away begging…two strikeouts and we are still tied 4-4.
9:45: MURPH!!! Jim Murphy’s 8th home run of the year gives Lakewood the lead. 6-4 BlueClaws to the 8th…BJ coming in.
10:46: Final was 7-4…BJR got the final six outs for his 12th save.