The Wilmington Blue Rocks not only won their third straight game but the team swept the three game series against Salem Red Sox on Sunday with a 8-3 win at Frawley Stadium.
This weekend the number eight was brought to you by the Blue Rocks because each game in the three game series against Salem, the team scored eight runs to win the game.
The Rocks outscored the Red Sox 24-7 in three game series at Frawley Stadium this past weekend.
Just like in the past two games, Rocks pitching staff was solid in Sunday’s win which was led by starting pitcher Daniel Tillo who went 6.2 innings, seven hits, two runs, two earned runs, five strikeouts and earned third win of the season.
The offensive standouts in the game for the Rocks were right fielder Rudy Martin, center fielder Blake Perkins and third baseman Emmanuel Rivera.
Martin had two runs, three hits, three RBIs, one home run and one strikeout in five at bats in the win.
Perkins had two runs, four hits, one RBI and and one strikeout in five at bats in the win.
Rivera had one run and three hits in five at bats in the win.
Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!
The Rocks did not waste any time getting some runs on the board as right fielder Rudy Martin hit a two run home run ( fourth of the year) to right field which scored himself and center fielder Blake Perkins to give their team a early 2-0 lead.
📽️ It was @RudyM4rtin who got it all going for the Rocks this afternoon with THIS 2-run home run in the 1st inning. Martin is 8-for-13 (.615) 🔥 with a HR & 4 RBI in this series. 👀 pic.twitter.com/MBBu6qOkcm
— Wilmington Blue Rocks (@WilmBlueRocks) August 26, 2018
Salem Ties The Game In The Third Inning
Salem found their swing in the third as they scored two runs to tie the game up at two.
The first run for the Sox came from their second baseman Brett Netzer who hit a ground rule double to right field which scored center fielder Tyler Hill.
The run that tied the game up came from Salem’s shortstop C.J. Chatham who hit a ground ball single to right field to score Netzer.
Those two runs for Salem would be the last runs surrender by Rocks starting pitcher Daniel Tillo.
Rocks Score Six In The Fourth Inning
In the fourth inning, the Rocks poured on the runs as they scored six runs to take a 8-2 lead in the game.
The first run of the inning came from Rocks first baseman Travis Jones who hit a ground ball single to center field which scored third baseman Emmanuel Rivera.
The next run came from shortstop Angelo Castellano who hit a line drive double to center field which scored Jones.
Rocks Perkins joined the scoring party in the inning when he hit a double to left field to score Castellano.
The bats continue to stay hot for the Rocks in the inning as Martin hit a ground rule double to left center field to score Perkins.
The next one to bat in a run for the Rocks was DH D.J. Burt who hit a ground ball single to right field which scored Martin.
The last run in the inning came from a fielding error by the Red Sox which lead to Burt score.
After the sixth inning, Rocks starting pitcher Tillo closed his day with pitching 6.2 innings, seven hits, two runs, two earned runs, five strikeouts and earned third win of the season.
Salem’s Not Done Yet
Salem scored one more run in the game and that was in the eighth when their first baseman Jerry Downs hit a line drive single to center field which scored Brett Netzer to decrease Rocks lead to 8-3.
The eighth inning belonged to Rocks reliever Anthony Bender who went 1.1 inning, two hits, one run, one earned run and two strikeouts.
Rocks reliever Andrew Beckwith came out in the ninth to close the win for the Rocks and he did just that as he went one inning and one strikeout.
Rocks will try to continue their winning streak on the road at the Lynchburg Hillcats on Monday. First pitch is at 6:35 pm ET.