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The Wilmington Blue Rocks continue to roll as the team started off their second half of the 2019 season with a 3-2 win over the Frederick Keys on Thursday at Frawley Stadium.
The RBIs in the game came from DH Dennicher Carrasco (2) and shortstop Cristian Perez (1).
Three Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were center fielder Michael Gigliotti (1), right fielder Blake Perkins (1) and left fielder Brewer Hicklen (1).
Three Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Gigliotti (1),Perkins (1) and Carrasco (2).
The Rocks were two for seven with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Brewer Hicklen (2) and Michael Gigliotti (1) each recorded a stolen base in the win.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Kris Bubic kept the Keys hitters confused all night, as he went six innings, two hits, five strikeouts and earned the win (second of the season).
Holden Capps would come into the game for Bubic which he would have a slight bump in the road as he went one inning,one hit, one run and earned the hold ( seventh of the season).
Josh Dye was the next man up for the Rocks as he went one inning, three hits,one run, one earned run, one strikeout and earned the hold (first of the season).
Tad Ratliff closed out the game for the Rocks as he went one inning,one hit, one strikeout and earned the save ( 15th of the season).
Wilmington Wastes No Time To Take Early 2-0 Lead
The Wilmington Blue Rocks did waste any time to score runs in this game as the team took a early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The first run of the inning came from Dennicher Carrasco who would hit a ground ball single to left field which scored the newest Blue Rock Michael Gigliotti. Carrasco’s RBI gave the Rocks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The second run of the inning came when Cristian Perez hit into a sacrifice double play which scored Brewer Hicklen to extend the Rocks lead to 2-0.
Rocks Add Another Run To Lead & Pitching Finishes Off The Keys
The Rocks bats fell silent for the next five innings but in the sixth inning the team would wake up to add one more run to their lead.
The Rocks run in the bottom of the sixth inning came from Dennicher Carrasco who would hit a single on a fly ball to center field which scored Blake Perkins to expand their team’s lead to 3-0.
Rocks starting pitcher Kris Bubic would leave in the top of seventh inning but the left handed pitcher had the Keys hitters number all day. Bubic went six innings, two hits, five strikeouts and earned the win.
Holden Capps would come into the game for Bubic which he would have a slight bump in the road as he went one inning,one hit, one run and earned the hold.
The one run Capps gave up was in the seventh inning when his pitch got away from him which scored Keys Zach Jarrett to decrease Rocks lead to 3-1.
In the top of the eighth inning, Holden Capps would exit and Josh Dye would enter for the Rocks.
Josh Dye would go one inning, three hits,one run, one earned run, one strikeout and earned the hold.
The one run Dye gave up was in the eighth inning when Keys Daniel Fajardo hit a double on a fly ball to right field which decreased the Rocks lead to 3-2.
The Keys comeback would come to a halt in the ninth inning as Rocks closer Tad Ratliff would see four batters and get one fly out, one pop out and a strikeout to seal the 3-2 win for his team.
Rocks continue the series at Frawley Stadium with the Keys tomorrow at 7:05 pm ET.