(Photo: Brad Glazier)
The Wilmington Blue Rocks won their fourth straight game on Tuesday, when the team defeated the Salem Red Sox 2-1 in 10 innings at Haley Toyota Field.
The RBIs in the game came from catcher MJ Melendez (1) and second baseman Ricky Aracena (1).
Two Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were DH Brewer Hicklen (1) and and shortstop Cristian Perez (1).
Four Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Hicklen (2), first baseman Nick Pratto (1),Perez (1) and Aracena (2).
The Blue Rocks were one for six with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Brady Singer had the Red Sox hitters confused for seven innings with five hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Tad Ratliff would come in for Singer which he would lose the lead in the ninth for the Rocks. Ratliff would go 1.2 innings, one hit,one run,one earned run, two walks, three strikeouts and had a blown save ( second of the season).
Collin Snider would close the game out for the pitching staff, as he went 1.1 inning,one hit and earned the win ( fifth of the season).
Rocks Score First In Fourth Inning
It took some time before we saw a run on the board in this game, as the pitching on both teams brought their best stuff for this game.
The silence on the scoreboard would end in the fourth inning when the Rocks finally put a run on the board.
The Rocks run came from MJ Melendez who grounded out on the play which allowed Brewer Hicklen to score to give their team a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.
Red Sox Tie The Game Up In The Ninth Inning
Rocks starting pitcher Brady Singer had a dominant outing as the Red Sox hitters could not figure out the right handed pitcher for seven innings.
Singer’s stats for the game was he went seven innings with five hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Tad Ratliff would come into the game looking to earn the save on the slim 1-0 lead that the Blue Rocks had but Salem had other plans for Ratliff.
Ratliff would sail through the eighth inning but in the ninth inning is where the Red Sox hitters showed some fight which would lead them to tie the game up at one.
The bottom of the ninth inning would start with Ratliff walking Red Sox shortstop Nick Lovullo which he would follow up with two strikeouts.
The next batter for the Sox would be Pedro Castellanos who would hit a two out single to second base which would score Deiner Lopez ( pinched run for Lovullo) to tie the game at one run.
Castellanos would be Ratliff’s last batter in the inning as he went 1.2 innings, one hit,one run,one earned run, two walks, three strikeouts and had a blown save.
Rocks Score One Run In Extra Innings To Earn Win
The top of the tenth inning for the Rocks started with Cristian Perez being placed on second base which was followed by him moving to third as Salem’s pitcher balked.
Ricky Aracena would come up to the plate which he would hit a single to right field that allowed Perez to score to give the Rocks a 2-1 lead.
In the the bottom of the 10th inning, it was all up to Collin Snider to seal the win for the Rocks which did not come easy for the pitcher.
The inning started with Salem’s Dylan Hardy being placed on second base which was followed by a fielder’s choice and fly out.
The next batter would be Red Sox Jagger Rusconi who would hit a two out single to left field which would put runners on first and third for the team.
After making the inning a little interesting, Snider would calm down and get the last out on a line out which sealed the Rocks 2-1 win.
Rocks look for their fifth straight win tomorrow as the team takes on Salem at 7:05 pm ET.