Darick Hall Homers to Lead Lakewood to 3-2 Rain-Shortened Victory
For the second straight night, Darick Hall homered against the Charleston RiverDogs. However, this homer was the difference maker, breaking a 2-2 tie and giving the Lakewood BlueClaws a 3-2 victory in a rain-shortened affair that ended after seven. That gave the BlueClaws a sweep of the three-game series and extended their winning streak to five.
After a scoreless first inning, the BlueClaws took the lead in the second. Hall was hit by a Brian Keller pitch to start the frame and moved to second on a ground out. Cord Sandberg followed with a base hit that moved Hall to third and both runners scored when Edgar Cabral lined a double down the line in left to make it 2-0.
Ranger Suarez started for Lakewood, and he was sharp through the first two innings, striking out three and allowing a lone hit, but picking off the runner to erase him from the base path. In the third, Charleston would get to the BlueClaws starter.
Oswaldo Cabrera started the frame with a base hit, but Suarez was able to retire the next two hitters. However, Estevan Florial kept the inning alive with a single, and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position. Angel Aguilar then beat out an infield single to score Cabrera and Florial scored on an error on the play to tie the game.
The game would stay tied until the sixth when Lakewood would retake the lead. Keller retired the first two hitters of the inning, but Darick Hall put his team back on top by drilling a home run over the right-center field fence to put the BlueClaws up 3-2. That was the second homer of the year for Hall and his second straight game with a round tripper.
In the bottom of the seventh the rains would become quite heavy, and after an extended delay the game was called. Ranger Suarez (2-0) earned the victory, pitching 6.2-innnigs and allowing a lone earned run while striking out 7. Trevor Bettencourt recorded the last out of the seventh and earned his first save of the year. Darick Hall went 1-2, scoring both runs and driving in one. Both Angel Aguilar and Donny Sands went 2-3 for the Charleston RiverDogs.
Tomorrow the Charleston RiverDogs welcome the Delmarva Shorebirds. Zach Muckehnhirn goes for Delmarva against Nick Nelson. Game time is 7:05.
By Robert Pannier