Parkinson Pitches ‘Claws to 1-0 Win

David Parkinson threw six scoreless innings and Kyle Dohy closed down Lakewood’s 1-0 win over Kannapolis on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Park.

Danny Mayer homered in the second inning, a ball that just cleared the outfield wall in left field beneath the outfield picnic area. The ball wedged between signage tiers and would not have been a home run last year, prior to a ground-rules change that stipulates any ball that hits above the padded wall, at eight feet high, is a home run.

The win puts the BlueClaws at 14-10 on the year and they took two of three in their series with Kannapolis (14-10). After a 1-4 start to the year, the BlueClaws have won 13 of their last 19 games.

Parkinson (3-0) allowed no runs on five hits over six innings, striking out five. It was the longest start of his professional career.

Kannapolis threatened in the seventh, leaving the bases loaded against Zach Warren, and again in the eighth, leaving two on against Julian Garcia.

Dohy came on and threw a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

BlueClaws pitchers held the Intimidators hitless in 12 at bats with runners in scoring position. Kannapolis left 13 on base as the BlueClaws threw their fourth shutout of the season.

The BlueClaws head to Rome to open a three-game series with the Braves on Tuesday night. Right-hander Ramon Rosso (1-0) starts the series opener for the BlueClaws.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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