The Wilmington Blue Rocks earned their 60th win of the season with their 6-2 road win against the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday at Five County Stadium.
The RBIs in the game came from outfielder Blake Perkins (1), right fielder Kyle Isbel (1), DH Dennicher Carrasco (2), shortstop Cristian Perez (1) and second baseman Kyle Kasser (1).
Five Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were center fielder Michael Gigliotti (1), Perkins (2),Isbel (1), catcher MJ Melendez (1) and Kasser (1).
Seven Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Gigliotti (1), Perkins (2),Isbel (2),Carrasco (2),Melendez (1), Perez (1) and Kasser (2).
The Wilmington Blue Rocks were six for 20 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Michael Gigliotti (1), MJ Melendez (1) and Kyle Kasser (1) each stole a base in the 6-2 win.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Daniel Tillo was cruising through the Mudcats lineup tonight as the young pitcher only allowed three hits in 5.2 innings. Tillo went 5.2 innings, three hits, three walks, six strikeouts and earned the win ( sixth win of the season).
Walker Sheller would come into the game to relieve Tillo and he hit some bumps with his time on the mound as he gave up two runs to the Mudcats. Sheller went two innings,four hits,two runs, two earned runs and one walk.
Josh Dye came into the game to seal the win for the Rocks and he did just that as he went 1.1 inning,one strikeout and earned the save (second of the season).
Rocks Strike First To Take Early Lead
The Wilmington Blue Rocks did not waste any time getting a run on the board as the team scored one run in the first inning.
The Rocks run came from Kyle Isbel who would hit into a sacrifice fly which allowed Blake Perkins to score to give Rocks a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Wilmington Adds Two More Runs To Lead In Third Inning
The Blue Rocks would add two more runs to their lead in the third inning as the score would be 3-0.
The first run of the inning for the Rocks came from Blake Perkins who grounded out but that would allow Kyle Kasser to score to extend their team’s lead to 2-0.
The next run of the inning for the Rocks came from Dennicher Carrasco who hit a two-out ground ball single to center field which scored Michael Gigliotti to give their team a 3-0 lead.
The Rocks would add another run to their lead in the fourth inning, when Kasser hit a two-out ground ball single to right field which scored MJ Melendez to expand their team’s lead to 4-0.
Rocks Add Two More Runs In Seventh Inning & Ride Pitching To The End
Rocks starting pitcher Daniel Tillo would leave the game in the sixth inning, after facing three batters in the inning. Tillo did not have any trouble going through the Mudcats lineup as he only gave up three hits in his start. Tillo went 5.2 innings, three hits, three walks, six strikeouts and earned the win.
Walker Sheller would come into the game to relieve Tillo and he would finish the sixth inning with a walk, single and finally an out from a runner trying to score for the Mudcats.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Rocks were not done adding to their lead just yet as the team added two runs in the seventh.
Before any runs were added though, the first batter of the inning Michael Gigliotti would go down on strikes and the outfielder was also injured during the at-bat.
Rocks Brewer Hicklen would come in the game to replace Gigliotti for the rest of the game.
The first run of the seventh inning came from Dennicher Carrasco who would hit a line drive single to center field which scored Blake Perkins to give Rocks a 5-0 lead.
The last run of the game for the Rocks came from Cristian Perez who would hit a two-out ground ball single to third base which scored Kyle Isbel to expand their team’s lead to 6-0.
Rocks Sheller had some trouble in the eighth inning when he gave up two runs for the Mudcats that inning.
The first run Sheller gave up in the inning was to Mudcats Eddie Silva who would hit into a sacrifice fly which allowed Tristen Lutz to score to decrease Rocks lead to 6-1.
The next run of the inning for the Mudcats came when Pat McInerney would hit a line drive single to left field which allowed Mario Feliciano to score to decrease Wilmington’s lead to 6-2.
After that run, Sheller would exit the game as he left with two innings,four hits,two runs, two earned runs and one walk under his belt.
Josh Dye would come in the game to seal the win for the Rocks which he did just that as he would get a lineout, a strikeout and two groundouts in 1.1 innings to wrap the game up.
Rocks continue the series with the Mudcats tomorrow at 2:00 pm ET.