The Wilmington Blue Rocks snapped their 10 game losing streak with a 8-2 win over Salem Red Sox yesterday and well the team won again at Frawley Stadium on Saturday with the same score.
Just like in yesterday’s win, Rocks pitching staff dominated Salem’s hitters which the staff was led by starter Gerson Garabito who went five innings with five hits, one run, one earned run, three walks, one strikeout and earned his seventh win of the season.
The standouts on the offensive side for the Rocks were right fielder Rudy Martin, second baseman Gabriel Cancel, first baseman Travis Jones and shortstop Angelo Castellano.
Martin had one run, two hits, two RBIs and two strikeouts in five at bats in the win.
Cancel had two runs, two hits and one strikeout in three at bats in the win.
Jones had had two runs, two hits, and one RBI in three at bats in the win.
Castellano had one hit, two RBIs and one strikeout in four at bats in the win.
Red Sox Strike First
Salem was the first to get on the board by their first baseman Michael Osinski grounding out into a force out which scored shortstop C.J. Chatham to give their team a 1-0 lead in the third inning.
The third inning was the only inning that Rocks starting pitcher Gerson Garabito surrender a run. Garabito’s night ended in the fifth inning with him exiting with five innings with five hits, one run, one earned run, three walks, one strikeout and earned his seventh win of the season.
Three Runs For Rocks In Fifth
In the bottom of the fifth, Blue Rocks offense came roaring with three runs which gave the team a 3-1 lead.
The first run in the inning came from right fielder Rudy Martin who tripled on a line drive to right field which scored left fielder Vance Vizcaino.
The next run in the inning came from third baseman D.J. Burt who singled on a ground ball to left field to score Martin.
The last run of the inning for the Rocks came from catcher Meibrys Viloria who doubled on a fly ball to left field to score Burt.
Corey Ray came in the game in the sixth inning to relieve Rocks starter Garabito and he went one inning, one run, one earned run, three walks, one strikeout and earned his fifth hold of the season.
Rocks Like Runs In Threes
Just like in the bottom of the fifth inning, Rocks scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to increase their lead to 6-1.
The first run of the inning came from Jones who hit a single to center field which scored second baseman Gabriel Cancel.
The next run happened when Rocks center fielder Blake Perkins stole second base ( 28th stolen base of the season) which caused Red Sox pitcher Mark Montgomery to throw a wild pitch and resulting in Rocks Jones scoring.
The last run of the inning came from Rocks Martin who singled on a fly ball to right field which scored Perkins.
Salem’s Last Strike
Salem scored one more run in the game and that was in the seventh inning when their shortstop C.J. Chatham grounded out into a double play which scored second baseman Nick Lovullo to decrease Rocks lead to 6-2.
A Two Run Eighth For The Rocks
Rocks added to their lead by scoring two more runs which increased the team’s lead to 8-2.
Rocks two runs came from shortstop Angelo Castellano who singled on a line drive to left field which scored Cancel and Jones.
In the ninth inning, it was all up to Rocks closer Julio Pinto who went three up and three down with the Sox line up and secured the Rocks 8-2 win.
Pinto went three innings, two strikeouts and earned his 10th save of the season.
Rocks look to end the series with Salem tomorrow with three straight wins and first pitch is at 1:35 pm ET.