(Photo: Brad Glazier)
The Wilmington Blue Rocks walked away with a series win as the team defeated the Potomac Nationals 5-3 on Sunday at Pfitzner Stadium.
The RBIs in the game came from right fielder Blake Perkins (1), Cristian Perez (1), catcher MJ Melendez (1), third baseman Colby Schultz (1) and second baseman Ricky Aracena (1).
Five Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were Perkins (1), Melendez (1), DH Sebastian Rivero (1), Schultz (1) and center fielder Rudy Martin (1).
Eight Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Perkins (2),Perez (1),left fielder Brewer Hicklen (1),Melendez (2), Rivero (1),Schultz (1) ,Aracena (1) and Martin (1).
MJ Melendez (1) and Colby Schultz (1) each recorded a home run in the win.
The Blue Rocks were two for six with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.
Rudy Martin recorded four stolen bases in the 5-3 win against the Nationals.
On the pitching side, Daniel Tillo turned in a solid outing as he went six innings, four hits,two runs,two walks and one strikeout.
Josh Mitchell came into the game to relieve Tillo as he went two innings,four hits, one run, one earned run, one walk,one strikeout and earned the win (first of the season).
Tyler Zuber closed out the pitching staff, as he went one inning,one walk, two strikeouts and earned the save ( sixth of the season).
Potomac Takes Early 2-0 Lead In Fourth Inning
For the first three innings, this game was all pitching as the scoreboard was silent and neither lineup could muster anything together.
In the bottom of the fourth inning that would all change as the Nationals would put two runs on the scoreboard.
The Nationals first run came from a Blue Rocks error, as Nick Banks would score on a fielding error from Wilmington’s Colby Schultz. Banks score would give the Nats a 1-0 lead.
The next run for the Nationals came from Telmito Agustin who hit a single to third base which scored KJ Harrison to extend their team’s lead to 2-0.
Blue Rocks Tie The Game Up In The Seventh Inning
After six innings of silence from the Rocks hitters, it was in the seventh inning the team finally woke up and put two runs on the board.
The first run in the seventh inning for the Rocks came from MJ Melendez who hit a solo home run to right field to decrease the Nationals lead to 2-1.
The next run for the Rocks came from Ricky Aracena who hit a two out single to center field which scored Sebastian Rivero to tie the game up at two runs.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Rocks starter Daniel Tillo would exit the game after having a pretty solid outing as he went six innings, four hits,two runs,two walks and one strikeout.
Rocks Score Three Runs In The Ninth Inning To Seal Win
Josh Mitchell came into the game to relieve Tillo as he went two innings,four hits, one run, one earned run, one walk,one strikeout and earned the win.
The one run that Mitchell gave up was in the eighth inning, as Telmito Agustin would hit a line drive single to center field which scored KJ Harrison to give the Nats a 3-2 lead.
This would be the last time the Nationals would score a run in this game.
Rocks would answer back in a huge way, as the team scored three runs in the ninth inning to take a 5-3 lead.
The first run in the ninth inning for Rocks came from Colby Schultz who hit a solo home run to right field which tied the game up at three runs.
Rocks Blake Perkins would hit a two out line drive single to center field which would score Rudy Martin to give their team a 4-3 lead.
The next batter up was Cristian Perez who also hit a two out line drive single which would score Perks to extend the Rocks lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, it was up to Rocks closer Tyler Zuber to close the door on the 5-3 win which he did just that as he ended the inning with two strikeouts and a fly out.
Zuber’s stats for the inning was one walk, two strikeouts and earned the save.
Rocks stay on the road to take on the Salem Red Sox on May 20th at 7:05 pm ET.