(Photo: Ryan Griffith)
The Wilmington Blue Rocks swept the three game series with the Carolina Mudcats with a 3-0 win on Monday night at Frawley Stadium.
Monday’s win was also historic as Rocks starting pitcher Jonathan Bowlan threw the second no-hitter in the franchise’s history. Bowlan was so close to a perfect game but a fielding error from third baseman Dennicher Carrasco in the second inning ended that bid.
The first no-hitter in Wilmington’s history came from Brian Sanches who did it in May of 2000 against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
The Kansas City Royals ( Rocks Major League Affiliate) also highlighted the accomplishment by Bowlan by sending their congrats.
We will get back to Bowlan in a bit but let us look at some of the other stats in the game.
The RBIs in the game came from catcher Sebastian Rivero (1) and second baseman Kyle Kasser (1).
Two Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were shortstop Cristian Perez (2) and first baseman Nick Pratto (1).
Six Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were center fielder Michael Gigliotti (1), left fielder Brewer Hicklen (1),Pratto (1), Perez (2), Rivero (2) and Kasser (1).
The Wilmington Blue Rocks were two for five with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Jonathan Bowlan was literally unhittable as the Mudcats lineup could not get anything past the young pitcher. Bowlan went nine innings, nine strikeouts and earned the win ( fourth win of the season).
Rocks Score Two Runs In Second Inning To Take An Early Lead
Starting pitcher Jonathan Bowlan was mowing through the Mudcats lineup early as he blanked the team in the first inning but a fielding error from third baseman Dennicher Carrasco in the second inning would end his perfect game bid.
It was also in the bottom of the second inning where the Blue Rocks would end the silence on the scoreboard as the team would score two runs.
The first run of the inning came from Sebastian Rivero who would hit a ground ball single to center field which scored Nick Pratto to give the Rocks a 1-0 lead.
The next run of the inning for the Rocks came from Kyle Kasser who grounded into a double play but it allowed Cristian Perez to score to expand their team’s lead to 2-0.
Rocks Add Another Run In The Seventh & Bowlan Gets Historic Win
Jonathan Bowlan would continue to confuse the Mudcats hitters into the seventh inning as the no-hitter was still in play.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Rocks hitters would add one more run for the pitcher.
The run came from Kyle Kasser who would hit a ground ball single to right field which scored Cristian Perez to give Rocks a 3-0 lead.
Bowlan would sit six batters down in a row ( three strikeouts & three ground outs) to breeze through the last two innings to seal the first no-hitter in 19 years for the Blue Rocks.
Bowlan stats were nine innings, nine strikeouts and earned the win.
The Main Man of The Evening Talking About The No-Hitter: