(Photo: Brad Glazier)
The Wilmington Blue Rocks took home their 34th win of the season on Friday, as the team defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5-3 at Segra Stadium.
The player of the night was Wilmington’s left fielder Brewer Hicklen who had one run, three hits, two RBIs and one stolen base.
The RBIs in the game came from Hicklen (2) and third baseman Dennicher Carrasco (2).
Five Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were Hicklen (1), Carrasco (1), catcher Sebastian Rivero (1), shortstop Cristian Perez (1) and second baseman Ricky Aracena (1).
Six Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Hicklen (3), Carrasco (1), DH MJ Melendez (1),Rivero (1), Perez (1) and Aracena (1).
Dennicher Carrasco hit a home run in the 5-3 win.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Daniel Tillo had a solid day on the mound as he went 5.2 innings, four hits, two runs, one earned run,two walks, four strikeouts and earned the win ( fourth win of the season).
Collin Snider would come into the game to relieve Tillo as he went 0.1 innings, two hits, one strikeout and earned the hold ( fifth of the season).
Rito Lugo would take over for Snider as he was dominant in his two innings pitched with striking out two batters and earning the hold ( third of the season).
Tad Ratliff would close out the game for the pitching staff as he went one inning, one hit,one run, one walk, two strikeouts and earned the save (12th of the season).
Blue Rocks Waste No Time To Get On The Scoreboard
The Wilmington Blue Rocks did not waste any time getting runs on the board as the team scored two in the top of the first inning.
The two runs in the inning came from a two-out, two run home run from Dennicher Carrasco which gave the Rocks a 2-0 early lead.
The first time the Woodpeckers hitters would make some noise on the scoreboard was in the third inning when the team scored one run.
The Woodpeckers run in the inning came from Jonathan Arauz who hit into a sacrifice fly which allowed Ramiro Rodriguez to score to decrease Rocks lead to 2-1.
Fayetteville Continue To Chase Rocks
Wilmington would add another run to their lead in the fifth inning as Brewer Hicklen would hit a ground ball single to third base which would score Ricky Aracena. Hicklen’s RBI gave Rocks a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning.
After facing three batters in sixth inning, Rocks starting pitcher Daniel Tillo would leave the game with a stellar night on the mound. Tillo went 5.2 innings, four hits, two runs, one earned run,two walks, four strikeouts and earned the win.
Collin Snider would come into the game to relieve Tillo as he went 0.1 innings, two hits, one strikeout and earned the hold.
The Woodpeckers would score a run in the sixth inning, as Michael Papierski would hit a single to left field which would score Jonathan Arauz to decrease Rocks lead to 3-2.
Rocks Score Two Runs In Seventh Inning
The Rocks would continue to add to their lead in the seventh inning, as the team scored two runs with some help from Fayetteville.
The Rocks first run in the seventh inning came from a wild pitch by Woodpeckers Yohan Ramirez which scored Sebastian Rivero to extend his team’s lead to 4-2.
The next run in the inning for the Rocks came from Brewer Hicklen who managed to get a single on a bunt which scored Cristian Perez to expand their team’s lead to 5-2.
Rito Lugo came in for Collin Snider in bottom of the seventh inning which he delivered two dominating innings. Lugo went two innings, two strikeouts and earned the hold.
Woodpeckers Score One Run In Ninth But Rocks Ratliff Closes Door On Win
Tad Ratliff would come in for the Rocks in the ninth inning to close the door on the win but it did not come as easy as he wanted it to.
The first three batters for Ratliff would be a strikeout, walk and strikeout.
Ratliff was looking for that last out with the next batter but would not get it as Enmanuel Valdez would hit a ground ball single to right field to score Michael Papierski to decrease Rocks lead to 5-3.
After that run, Ratliff would seal the 5-3 win with a force out to end the game.
The Rocks continue the series with the Woodpeckers tomorrow at 5:00 pm ET at Segra Stadium.