The Hickory Crawdads had their franchise record, 12-game winning streak snapped by the Lakewood BlueClaws in a 3-1 loss Thursday night at FirstEnergy Park.
The 'Dads (38-28), playing in a steady drizzle, were held to a run on six hits, marking the first time since June 4 (against Charleston) that Hickory has scored less than four runs or more in a game. The lack of offense squandered a complete game outing by Crawdads starter Kevin Pucetas (0-1), who held the BlueClaws to three runs on ten hits over eight innings.
The 'Claws (27-39) jumped on Pucetas for two runs on three hits in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. The Crawdads responded with a run in the second as Ronald Guzman led off the inning with a single. He scored two batters later on a RBI single by Jairo Beras, making the score, 2-1.
The 'Dads threatened in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings, but were denied each time. The Crawdads left seven men on base. Lakewood added some insurance with a single run in the bottom of the fifth.
Ryan Cordell, Nomar Mazara, and Janluis Castro all ended the night 1-4 with a double; Beras went 1-4 with an RBI. Lakewood starter Jon Prosinski (2-0) earned the win after holding Hickory to one run on five hits, two walks, and four strikeouts over six innings pitched. BlueClaws reliever Ulises Joaquin earned his fifth save with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The Crawdads hope to bounce back against the BlueClaws tonight at 7:05 p.m.
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