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BlueClaws scratch out win over Suns in 9th

July 29, 2013

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — It would seem the Lakewood Blueclaws had the Hagerstown Suns right where they wanted them.

The BlueClaws spotted the Suns a 3-0 lead and then scored in each of the last four innings on Monday to pull out a 5-4 South Atlantic League victory.

Brian Pointer drew a one-out walk off Cody Davis (1-3), Hagerstown’s fourth pitcher of the night, and Alejandro Villalobos hit a double to left to score the winning run.

Villalobos, the No. 9 hitter, finished with three hits and two RBIs and scored a run to make a winner of Chris Burgess (2-2) in relief.

The loss dropped the Suns (60-44, 22-15) out of first place,  a half-game behind West Virginia in the Northern Division second-half standings.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first off Lakewood starter Ramon Oviedo as Tony Renda started the rally by drawing a one-out walk and took second on Shawn Pleffner’s infield single to third baseman Mitch Walding.

After Oviedo’s wild pitch advanced the runners, Brandon Miller hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Renda.

Hagerstown added a run in the third when Stephen Perez led off with a single to right and eventually scored on Pleffner’s  sacrifice fly to left for a 2-0 lead.

The Suns got their third run, scoring off Lakewood reliever Jonathan Musser in the sixth as Pleffner, Mike McQuillan and Wander Ramos each singled to create the run.

Lakewood battled back starting with some big hitting in the sixth against Suns starter Nick Lee.

Pointer led off with a homer run to right center field, before Alejandro Villalobos and Angelo Mora hit back-to-back triples to chop the deficit to 3-2.

The BlueClaws tied the game in the seventh against reliever Bryan Harper as Walding reached first on a wild pitch after a strikeout. Chance Numata walked and Pointer struck out before Harper was lifted for Derek Self.

Villlobos greeted Self with an RBI single to left to tie the game at 3.

Lakewood took a 4-3  lead in the eighth on Art Charles’ two-out single off Self.

The Suns tied the game at 4 in the ninth as Perez hit a one-out single against Burgess, before taking  second on Mesa’s grounder and scoring on Renda’s single.

The Suns finished with eight hits, led by Pleffner and Perez with two each. Lee pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

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