( Photo: Brad Glazier)
The Wilmington Blue Rocks snapped their three game losing streak on Tuesday when the team defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 4-1 in 10 innings at Segra Stadium.
The RBIs in the game came from right fielder Brewer Hicklen (1), center fielder Kyle Isbel (2) and left fielder Colby Schultz (1).
Three Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were Hicklen (2),third baseman Kyle Kasser (1) and Schultz (1).
Six Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were second baseman Ricky Aracena (1),Hicklen (2),Isbel (1), shortstop Cristian Perez (1), Kasser (1) and Schultz (1).
The Wilmington Blue Rocks were two for nine with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Brewer Hicklen hit a solo home run in the 4-1 win.
Ricky Aracena (1) and Kyle Isbel (1) each recorded a stolen base in Tuesday’s win.
On the pitching side, Rocks starter Rito Lugo had the Woodpeckers hitters confused for 6.2 innings, as he only gave up three hits. Lugo went 6.2 innings,three hits,two walks and five strikeouts.
Collin Snider came into the game to relieve Lugo, as went 1.1 innings, one hit,one walk, one strikeout and earned the hold ( seventh of the season).
Tad Ratliff would come in the game to wrap up the win but instead he let the Woodpeckers tie the game up which pushed it into extra innings. Ratliff went one inning,three hits, one run, one earned run,one strikeout, blown save ( fifth of the season) and earned the win ( third of the season).
Andrew Beckwith would come into the game to try to wrap the win up in extra innings which he did just that as he went one inning and earned the save ( first of the season).
Rocks Score First with Home Run In Third Inning
The scoreboard was quiet in the first two innings as each team’s pitcher was in full control of the game and was not letting any offense develop under their watch.
In the third inning, that would all change when Brewer Hicklen hit a two-out solo home run to give the Rocks a 1-0 lead.
Woodpeckers Tie The Game Up In Ninth Inning
This was a game for fans who love a good old pitching duel between the team’s rotation because for five innings there was no runs to be found for either team’s offense.
Rocks starting pitcher Rito Lugo would leave in the seventh inning after facing three hitters but the young pitcher had a solid day on the mound. Lugo went 6.2 innings,three hits,two walks and five strikeouts.
Collin Snider came into the game to relieve Lugo, as went 1.1 innings, one hit,one walk, one strikeout and earned the hold.
Tad Ratliff came into the game in the ninth inning looking to close the win out for the Rocks but gave up the tying run of the game to the Woodpeckers.
The Woodpeckers run came from Miguelangel Sierra hitting into a sacrifice fly which allowed Chandler Taylor to score to tie the game at one run a piece.
Ratliff went one inning,three hits, one run, one earned run,one strikeout, blown save and earned the win.
Rocks Score Three Runs In 10th Inning To Seal Win
The tied game meant this one was headed to extra innings which gave the Rocks hitters a extra spark that they missed most of the game.
Rocks would score three runs in the top of the 10th to take a 4-1 lead over the Woodpeckers.
The first run of the inning for the Rocks came from Colby Schultz who would hit a ground ball double to right field which would score Kyle Kasser to give their team a 2-1 lead.
The next two runs of the inning came from Kyle Isbel who would hit a ground ball single to left field which would score Schultz and Brewer Hicklen to give Rocks a 4-1 lead.
Andrew Beckwith would come into the game to try to wrap the win up in extra innings which he did just that as he went one inning and earned the save.
Rocks continue the series on the road with the Woodpeckers tomorrow at 7:00 pm ET.