Pitching Dominates As Rocks Win 2-1 Over Nationals

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks broke their three game losing streak on Saturday when the team defeated the Potomac Nationals 2-1 at Frawley Stadium.

Rocks ended a Three Game Skid 

The RBIs in the game came from second baseman Ricky Aracena (1).

One Blue Rocks player had runs in the win and they were shortstop Cristian Perez (2).

Four Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were center fielder Rudy Martin (1), right fielder Seuly Matias (1), Perez (2) and Aracena (1).

The Blue Rocks were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.

On the pitching side, Rocks starter Marcelo Martinez was not playing around on the mound as he went six innings, six hits, one run, one earned run, three strikeouts, one home run and earned the win ( second win of the season).

Collin Snider would come into the game to relieve Martinez which he dominated his time in there, as he went two innings,two hits, one strikeout and earned the hold ( third of the year).

Tad Ratliff would close the game out for the Rocks, as he went one inning, one walk,two strikeouts and earned the save ( ninth of the year).

Both Teams Score In The Third Inning

The first two innings were quiet as each team’s pitching just had the opposing lineup on lock down which resulted in the lack of scoring.

In the third inning, that would all change as both teams would drop runs in the inning.

The first team to score was the Nationals as Nick Banks hit a solo home run to right field which gave his team a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Blue Rocks would answer back in the bottom of the inning with Cristian Perez using his speed to score.

Perez was on a second base which he would go on to steal third and a throwing error by the Nationals catcher would allow him to score to tie the game at one run.

 

Rocks Score In Fifth Inning & Pitching Does The Rest

The next time the Rocks would score would be in the fifth inning when Ricky Aracena hit a double to left field which scored Cristian Perez to give their team a 2-1 lead.

This would be the last time a run would hit the board, as the game was truly dominated by pitching. Each team’s pitching staff really had the number of the hitters in this game.

In the top of the seventh inning, Rocks starter Marcelo Martinez would exit the game with a solid day, as he went six innings, six hits, one run, one earned run, three strikeouts, one home run and earned the win.

Collin Snider would come into the game to relieve Martinez which he dominated his time in there, as he went two innings,two hits, one strikeout and earned the hold.

In the ninth inning, it was up to Tad Ratliff to close the door on the win which he did just that as he had one Nationals player to line out and the last two hitters to strike out to seal the 2-1 win.

The Blue Rocks close out the series with the Nationals at Frawley Stadium tomorrow at 1:35 pm ET.

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