Suns open door, 'Claws charge through

April 14, 2012

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — In baseball, free passes are never a good thing.

Especially when it comes to leadoff batters.

The Lakewood BlueClaws used Hagerstown’s generosity to open the third and seventh innings with a combined 13 runs and overwhelm the Suns 14-4 on Saturday.

The Blue Claws (4-6) scored six runs in the third, started by a leadoff walk to Gauntlett Eldemire, and seven runs in the sixth, launched when Logan Moore was hit by a pitch, to rough up the Suns (6-4).

Suns starter Chris McKenzie (0-1) allowed six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks with one strikeout as he left without recording an out in the third inning.

It didn’t get much better for the Suns’ bullpen. Christian Meza was hit for five runs (four earned) in three innings, Alex Kreis gave up two runs in two innings and Bobby Lucas allowed one run in one inning of work.

Lakewood third baseman Maikel Franco went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and three RBIs to lead the way for Lakewood.  Blue Claws starter Colin Kleven (1-1) earned the win.

Hagerstown’s Caleb Ramsey went 2-for-5, including a triple and a pair of RBIs, while Matt Skole added another RBI to raise his league-leading total to 14.

Jason Martinson also knocked in his ninth RBI of the season.

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