West Virginia, who has statistically the best offense in the South Atlantic League, looked average at the plate, as they managed just five hits on the game. Chris Kissock and Jared Simon each gave up hits, but nothing across to close out the win. Simon struck out the side in the ninth to take his franchise-best 23rd save of the season.
The BlueClaws, meanwhile, handed Power starter Lucas Luetge (0-1) his first professional loss. The West Virginia southpaw, who was making his first start with the Power since being drafted in the 21st round this year, lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits.
Tim Kennelly stayed red hot with a 2-for-4 performance. The BlueClaws rightfielder picked up his first triple of the season and also drove in the first run of the game for Lakewood in the first inning. Dominic Brown, in just his second start since returning from a left shoulder injury, surpassed Kennelly at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored.
Lakewood took an early lead off of Luetge with three first-inning hits, though the 'Claws got just one run out of the rally. Two BlueClaws hitters were thrown out on the basepaths to cut the inning short.
West Virginia's lone run came in the third off of Stutes and tied the game, 1-1. Eric Farris tallied his 41st RBI of the season on a single off of Stutes, the only base hit that left the infield. The BlueClaws (26-15, 64-47) next head to Greensboro for a four-game set at NewBridge Bank Park. Lakewood was swept in four games the last time they made the trip to North Carolina. West Virginia (28-13, 60-50) must next take to the road to return home for a series with third-pace Delmarva.